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States begin tapping Medicaid dollars to combat gun violence

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Mayors urge ATF to finalize rules to expand background checks

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The Federal Highway Administration released long-awaited updates to its manual for traffic signs and road design. The newest edition comes as the country is in the throes of a major upswing in roadway deaths.

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Introducing the 2023 Rising Stars

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‘Safety’ campaigns pre-blame pedestrians for getting hit by cars

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New technology helps state officers, clinicians provide mental health care

Oklahoma law enforcement officers say the iPads offer telehealth services to connect distressed individuals with mental health professionals, reducing the number of hospitalizations and calls to 911 or 988.

New California law offers fresh protection from steep ambulance bills

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LA explores new options as copper thieves target streetlight wiring

Transportation departments are scrambling to cope with a spike in copper wire thefts that leave their roads darker and more dangerous.

After hottest summer on record, local governments are underreporting heat deaths

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Only 71% of U.S. law enforcement agencies submitted 2022 crime data to the FBI.

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