Record-breaking Heat Wave Sprawls Across US

Medical experts worry that extreme heat is exacting a rising and deadly toll on public health.

NYC Fire Department Calls for Help to Prevent Doxing

The department is looking for cybersecurity services to help it protect its employees from having personally identifiable information exposed.

Why Flexibility for States is a Central Part of the Gun Safety Deal

Details of the package are still coming into focus. But senators are emphasizing that states will hold heavy sway when it comes to shaping the red flag laws the legislation seeks to incentivize.

The Big Question About Red Flag Laws With the Gun Safety Deal

Under a bipartisan U.S. Senate framework, it'll be left to states to decide how to move ahead with the laws. How many will actually do so and how far they will go remains to be seen.

States Have Leading Role to Play in Preventing Mass Shootings

COMMENTARY | Embracing coordinated violence prevention strategies can help state governments prevent targeted violence.

For Mental Crises, Send a Pro Not the Police

Evidence from a pilot program in Denver suggests that providing mental health support for nonviolent emergencies can help reduce crime and save money.

City Official: State Transportation Agencies Block Street Safety Progress

The Idaho city council president told congressional lawmakers that state policies are designed to make sure vehicles go fast. She and others offered local solutions to make roads safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Supreme Court Could Make it Harder For States and Localities to Keep Guns Off Streets

The high court is expected to strike down laws in several states that restrict people from carrying guns in public, potentially setting off a firestorm of court battles.

Work Zones Cause Crashes—but Only Sometimes

Researchers found that there are more vehicle accidents in work zones on busy roads, among other things.

Local Officials to Congress: We Want Stricter Gun Control

City and county leaders who have had to deal with the tragic aftermath of a mass shooting are looking to federal lawmakers to address the crisis.

States Where the Most Postal Workers Are Attacked by Dogs

More than 5,400 mail carriers nationwide were injured by canines last year, with California leading the nation in bites, according to a new report.

Monkeypox Cases on the Rise Across States

Mitigating the virus comes down to “testing, tracing and timely vaccines and treatments,” a senior federal health official says.

Driverless Taxis Hit the Streets

California regulators gave Cruise the go-ahead to charge passengers to ride through San Francisco in its autonomous vehicles, but public safety skepticism remains.

Politicians Search for Solutions After Another Mass Shooting. Experts Say We’ve Already Found Them

Political debate often overlooks the range of incremental steps that could lessen the chances of mass killing and help address the nation’s persistent gun violence.

Police Oversight Boards Proliferate After George Floyd's Death

A new report says that the growth of review boards could “reshape the landscape of civilian oversight.” 

Congress is Looking at Offering Grant Incentives for States to Adopt ‘Red Flag’ Gun Laws

The idea has emerged during talks over possible bipartisan gun legislation following the deadly Uvalde, Texas school shooting. The laws provide a way to temporarily block people seen as posing violent threats from accessing firearms.

'We Battled to Get That Food Store': What the Tops Supermarket Meant to Buffalo’s Black Community

The racist mass shooting has left a deep scar at a symbol of resilience on the city’s east side.

A Republican Tried to Introduce a Commonsense Gun Law. Then the Gun Lobby Got Involved

After a sheriff’s deputy was murdered in a Denver suburb, Colorado state Rep. Cole Wist took action by sponsoring a red flag bill. It likely cost him his seat.

Pedestrian Fatalities Are Surging. Here Are Strategies to Bring Them Down

COMMENTARY | While traffic volume dropped precipitously during the pandemic, vehicle fatalities, particularly those involving pedestrians, are increasing at a record-setting pace. But there are things governments can do to address the issue.

Patchwork of State Gun Laws Unlikely to Change Even After Massacre at Texas School

The shooting left 19 students and two educators dead, renewing calls for stricter gun laws. But the issue has been at a standstill for years in Congress amid Republican opposition and states remain divided.

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