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Tenants Struggle Amid Patchwork of State Rental Relief Efforts

Whether billions of dollars in aid will help save renters depends on how effectively states distribute the money.

Now Is the Time to Tackle Climate Change. Here’s How States Can Lead.

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Smallest Businesses Will Get Special Window to Apply for Federal Relief Funds

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Bemoaning 'Cancel Culture,' One State Lawmaker Aims to Make Political Affiliation a Protected Class

California state Sen. Melissa Melendez, a Republican, said the legislation is necessary to ensure free speech.

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The Window for D.C. Statehood Won’t Be Open Forever

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Vaccine Appointment Link Sharing ‘Highly Problematic’ for Health Departments

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Environmentalists Make Long-Shot Attempt to Ban New Factory Farms

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Failed Poisoning Attempt Shows Vulnerability of Smaller Water Systems to Hackers

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Casting Ballots by Smartphone or Tablet? Elections Officials Want to Expand Online Voting Pilots

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What Does ‘Reopening Schools’ Mean? Here’s What the Biden Administration Has Said

The president’s powers to reopen schools during the pandemic are limited, but Biden has said it is a priority.

Lawmakers Call for Federal Program to Upgrade Unemployment Systems

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Montana’s Health Policy MVP Takes Her Playbook on the Road

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Texans Running Out of Food as Weather Crisis Disrupts Supply Chain

Texans running low on food are finding empty grocery store shelves. Food pantries are running out of supplies. And the freeze has wiped out substantial portions of the state's citrus and vegetable crops.

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