At two-year mark, federal funding for 988 is running dry. Enter phone fees.

Only 10 states have identified permanent funding for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline in their communities. Experts say a surcharge can help policymakers keep pace with the growing mental health crisis.

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If a presidential nominee drops out, what happens to states’ ballots?

Experts say it’s likely the Supreme Court would settle the resulting mess.

If you’re in the military, voting this year could be tricky

Military families move often and have to navigate varying state laws, administrative hurdles and a lack of resources for access to the ballot.

New report: School cops double student arrest rates and race, gender key factors

Government watchdog reveals students twice as likely to be arrested when officers are present and their race, gender and disability play pivotal role.

A nonprofit’s abrupt closure puts access to public benefits at risk

The Benefits Data Trust said it would close after a ‘careful review’ of its operations and finances. The closure leaves in question the status of its work with numerous state governments.

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As public health becomes political, state surgeons general play delicate role

Louisiana just became the sixth state with its own surgeon general.

A GUIDE to caring for older adults with dementia

The federal program looks to support older adults aging in place and their caregivers, which could help reduce state Medicare and Medicaid expenditures.

The sweeping impact of the Supreme Court’s Chevron reversal

Repealing the 40-year-old doctrine throws laws on climate, conservation, health, technology and more into doubt.

This housing fix could help build more homes. But firefighters are sounding the alarm.

At the center of the housing debate are building codes, and whether states’ bids to update them to address the affordable housing crises poses safety risks to the individuals they are trying to help.

A $15M grant program looks to improve maternal mental, behavioral health

Pregnant people are at a heightened risk of developing mental health or substance use disorders, which is why the federal government is investing in a program to improve health care for new parents amid a maternal health crisis.

America’s biggest education experiment is happening in Houston. Could it change U.S. schools?

The controversial reforms underway in Houston ISD rival the biggest U.S. education experiments—and could impact schools across the nation.

The road AHEAD: Maryland to be a test-subject state in new federal hospital model

The federal AHEAD model aims to help participating states implement what’s called a total cost of care model, in which states take responsibility and accountability for health outcomes of their patients.

It’s hot. Is your community pool open?

An ongoing lifeguard shortage means some pools and beaches are staying closed amid record-breaking heat waves across the U.S. Here’s what states and municipalities are doing about it.

Is it time to break up with fireworks?

Fourth of July celebrations have long featured flashy pyrotechnics. But more environmentally friendly spectacles could take their place.

Despite what some politicians say, crime rates are decreasing

Violent crime in the U.S. saw a significant decrease in the first quarter of 2024, according to preliminary data from the FBI. But some may stille manipulate crime statistics for political gain, experts warn.

Supreme Court issues rulings on opioid settlement, overturns Chevron doctrine

As the term nears its end, the high court has issued a flurry of decisions that will affect state and local governments.

A swing constituency could help allow more homes

A survey could help illuminate for policymakers which housing reforms are more popular than others with a swing group of voters.

The federal government just acknowledged the harm its dams have caused tribes. Here’s what it left out.

The Biden administration said officials historically gave “little, if any, consideration” to impacts on tribal fishing. But some sought deliberately to upend the harvest, according to documents obtained by ProPublica and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

It’s OK to ban homeless people from camping in public, high court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with states and cities, saying anti-camping laws are not “cruel and unusual punishment” and that the laws of Grants Pass, Oregon, did not punish people for being homeless.