Looking for Extra Cash? Check Your State’s Unclaimed Property Database

COMMENTARY | State treasurers are returning millions in unclaimed property to residents.

Cities Take Lead on Coronavirus Response At Times, Leading to Friction With States

Debates over state and local authority could come into play going forward as government leaders decide on how to dial back restrictions and restart the economy.

In Mississippi, a New Call to Remove a Confederate Symbol from the State Flag

A bill in the state legislature would establish a flag commission to draw up alternatives.

The Healthiest—and Unhealthiest—States

Reduced smoking rates, not much violent crime and low reports of sexually transmitted diseases make Vermont the healthiest state in the country, according to rankings released this week.

The Way America Votes Is Broken. In One Rural County, a Nonprofit Showed a Way Forward.

In Mississippi last week, a seamless performance by a new set of voting machines took place amid widespread anxiety about election integrity.

The Mississippi Governor’s Race Is Taking Place Under Jim Crow-Era Rules

COMMENTARY | Mississippi is facing its first close gubernatorial election since 1999.

State Poverty Figures Show Positive Trends, But Some Places Still Struggle

The Census Bureau figures also show incomes lag behind pre-recession levels in at least nine states.

Trump Hailed This State’s Prison Reforms as a National Model — but the Numbers Reflect a Grim Reality

When Mississippi lawmakers passed prison reform legislation in 2014, they pledged to devote some of the savings to drug rehabilitation, reentry programs and prison alternatives. That hasn’t happened.

Poor Taxpayers in Rural Counties Most Likely to be Audited

New research finds that low-income taxpayers who receive the earned-income tax credit are more likely to be audited than wealthier Americans.

African-Americans Missing Out on Southern Push for Legal Pot

Advocates have raised concerns that minorities won’t have an equitable stake in the emerging business.

State AGs Call Out Congress on Robocalls

Attorneys general are urging Congress to pass legislation cracking down on spam calls.

Reworking Probation as Part of Criminal Justice Reform

As states reduce prison sentences and try to limit the number of people incarcerated, governors say they also must drill down into the next steps needed to help people remake their lives.

State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America

Several states inhibit the ability of electric cooperatives to roll out broadband service.

How Mississippi IT Is Getting More Nimble

Craig Orgeron has embraced the “CIO-as-a-broker” model.

Here Comes Gordon: Gulf Storm Expected to Make Landfall as Hurricane

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kansas ruling on citizen-initiated grand jury ... Seattle stuck in streetcar purgatory … and U.S. ports fear proposed crane tariffs.

Warm Weather Prompts Snake Warnings Throughout the U.S.

The uptick in visible slithering reptiles has prompted cities and counties to warn residents that warmer weather and increased rainfall can force snakes out of their holes and into backyards, pools and homes.

2018 Hurricane Season Awaits Communities Still Recovering From 2017

Local officials have pushed for hazard mitigation funds as well as outstanding FEMA reimbursements.

Meet Missi, Mississippi’s 1st Artificial Conversational Chatbot

You can also now take a virtual reality tour of the Magnolia State’s Capitol.

Here’s Where Children Rely Most on Medicaid

In Arkansas, 61 percent of all children get their health insurance coverage through the program. How does your state or local area compare?

Next Stop on the Route Fifty Roadshow: New Orleans

In the Big Easy, experts from across the Gulf Coast and the nation will share the changing nature of disasters and what 'Responding to Modern Emergencies' looks like.

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