Hurricanes, Wildfires, Tornadoes, Floods – Whatever Your Local Risk, Here’s How to be More Weather-ready

COMMENTARY | Everyone should understand what kinds of severe weather hazards could affect their family and home and be ready for them. Here are some ways to do it.

Child Tax Credits were Expanded to the Poorest Families for the First Time. Most of them Still Can’t Get the Money

The historic expansion of the child tax credit this year could slash child poverty in half, but only if the poorest families can access it. Reaching them is a massive task the country has never taken on.

The Term Bullying Doesn’t Easily Fit the Workplace

COMMENTARY | Inappropriate behavior can be detrimental (even extremely detrimental) without being rightly described as “bullying.”

Crumbling Water Facilities Need Central Role in Infrastructure Proposals

COMMENTARY | America’s network of drinking water plants, wastewater treatment facilities and subterranean pipes is in dire need of fixing. It has been deteriorating for years, jeopardizing the health of millions.

From New Hampshire to California, Parks Departments Embrace Video Games

Esports leagues, where gamers of all ages compete online in tournaments, are an increasingly popular programming choice for parks and recreation departments.

Cities and States Scramble to Get Aid to Renters as Federal Eviction Ban Nears Its End

Some states and localities are extending their eviction moratoriums as they try to distribute billions in federal rental assistance. When to let the bans lapse is a pressing question.

US Libraries Need $32B for Construction and Renovations, Estimates Show

The American Libraries Association says the average public library building is more than 40 years old and hundreds of buildings are more than 100 years old.

Why Getting More People with Disabilities Developing Technology is Good for Everyone

COMMENTARY | Accessible technology is better for everyone, and accessible technology benefits when the people who rely on it most help build it.

US Southwest, Already Parched, Sees ‘Virtual Water’ Drain Abroad

As the Colorado River Basin enters yet another year of drought, global companies are worsening the water crisis.

Rental Prices are Booming in Mid-Sized Cities

New estimates show how places like Boise, Idaho and Spokane, Washington have seen housing rents rise sharply during the pandemic. And the trend isn’t easing up.

Report: Violent Crime Up in Major US Cities Since Covid-19 Pandemic Began

But overall crime rates are lower when compared to prior years, according to a report by the National Commission on Covid-19 and Criminal Justice.

Below Aging US Dams, a Potential Toxic Calamity

Documents suggest that in more than 80 U.S. locations, the failure of an aging dam could flood a major toxic waste site.

Nevada Pushes to Hold First Presidential Primary in 2024

A bill, awaiting a signature from Gov. Steve Sisolak, would switch the state from a caucus to a primary system and push it ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire, traditionally the first two states to vote for presidential candidates.

8 Lessons to Break the Poverty Cycle in Communities

COMMENTARY | Governments and funders are increasingly interested in two-generation approaches to disrupt this cycle by helping parents and their children move out of poverty together.

Sick of Dangerous City Traffic? Remove Left Turns

COMMENTARY | Left turns are dangerous and cause a lot of unnecessary traffic.

Pandemic Hasn’t Changed Partisan Divide on Paid Time Off

Three Democratic-led states have passed paid leave laws since March 2020.

These 8 States Passed Legislation to Limit Public Health Officials’ Authority

Anger over responses to the pandemic led some legislators to limit health officials’ role in public health emergency mandates.

The Top 10 Emerging US Real Estate Markets

These locations have home prices that are rising, strong economies and a wealth of activities, according to an analysis by Realtor.com and The Wall Street Journal.

States Look to Ban Police From Lying During Interrogations

Lawmakers in Illinois approved legislation that would prohibit police from lying to minors during interrogations, and similar proposals are underway in other states.

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