Don’t Panic About Omicron. But Don’t Be Indifferent, Either.

COMMENTARY | The next wave of the pandemic requires charting a middle course between dismay and dismissal.

The Push to Ban Books in Texas Schools Spreads to Public Libraries

Some Texas residents are asking for greater say in what titles appear on public library shelves.

USDA Offers $1.5B to Help With School Meal Supply Chain Struggles

School nutrition officials have flagged concerns about rising costs and goods shortages.

Booster Mandates Are a Tough Call for States, Businesses

New Mexico is the first and only state to require boosters for its employees.

America Is Not Ready for Omicron

The new variant poses a far graver threat at the collective level than the individual one—the kind of test that the U.S. has repeatedly failed.

Mattresses and Mold Removal: Medi-Cal to Offer Unconventional Treatments to Asthma Patients

MADERA, Calif. — Growing up amid the dusty agricultural fields of the Central Valley, Ruby Marentes-Cabrera can’t recall a time when it wasn’t difficult to breathe.

How State and Local Leaders Can Bolster a Core American Ideal

COMMENTARY | Programs focused on preventing childhood trauma could go a long way towards delivering on the idea that the "pursuit of happiness" is an unalienable right.

NYC’s Supervised Injection Sites Face Pushback

A Republican New York congresswoman has introduced a bill to defund the “Overdose Prevention Centers.”

Bills Modeled on Texas Abortion Law Target Sex Abusers, Gun Sellers

California’s governor wants to use Texas tactics to go after assault weapons sold in his state, while an Illinois state lawmaker seeks to penalize sex offenders.

What a Progressive Utopia Does to Outdoor Dining

COMMENTARY | In San Francisco and elsewhere in California, the red tape that prevented dining alfresco before the pandemic is starting to grow back.

Report: Place Governance Must Evolve to Address Homeless Crisis

Local organizations need to create a more integrated and inclusive service system to meet the needs of unsheltered individuals, according to Brookings.

Amid Omicron Uncertainty, States Resist New Mandates

“We may be through with covid even if it’s not through with us.”

With Too Few Nurses, It Won’t Take Much to Overwhelm Hospitals This Winter

Even as a new COVID-19 variant starts to spread in the United States, staff shortages have made it impossible for many hospitals to operate at full capacity.

California’s Water Supplies Are in Trouble as Climate Change Worsens Natural Dry Spells

The State Water Project cut its initial allocations for water agencies to 0% for 2022. A California water expert explains why.

Plastic Trash in the Ocean Is a Global Problem, and the US Is the Top Source

An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean each year – equivalent to dumping in a garbage truckload of it every minute. A new report calls on the US to help stem the deluge.

Omicron’s Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios

The new, highly contagious variant could have terrible consequences. But if it ends up causing milder symptoms than delta, there’s a real upside.

Surgeons Sometimes Deny Organ Transplants for Disabled Patients. State Lawmakers Are Changing That.

Twenty-nine states prevent doctors from considering a person's disability when determining eligibility for an organ transplant. Wisconsin could join them.

'Love Letter' Legislation Leads to Lawsuit

A real estate firm filed a lawsuit to contest a new law in Oregon that prohibits sellers from presenting their clients with letters from prospective homebuyers, a common practice in competitive markets.

Telehealth May Be Here to Stay

The use of remote health services soared during the pandemic.

Judge Blocks National Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

The Tuesday ruling stops a nationwide vaccine mandate by the Biden administration that was set to start Dec. 6.

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