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Sophie Quinton

Finance

Why Some Small Towns Are Rejecting Federal Covid Relief Funds

At least 171 communities have declined the federal aid so far.

Public Safety

Lack of Federal Firefighters Hurts California Wildfire Response

Roughly a third of all federal firefighters work in California, where more than 142,447 acres have burned this year.

Finance

The Hemp Boom is Over. What Now?

Farmers facing low hemp CBD prices are storing their plants and hoping to someday sell them for a higher price.

Management

Relaxed Rules Attract Entrepreneurs to State 'Sandboxes'

‘We’re really concerned about predatory lending to low-income families.’

Management

Pandemic Hasn’t Changed Partisan Divide on Paid Time Off

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

Management

California Lacks Federal Firefighters as Dangerous Season Looms

A third of Forest Service fire engines in California likely can’t run every day.

Finance

Paying With Cash? Retailers Must Take Your Dollars in These States

For many, requiring the option to use cash is a race and economic equity issue.

Management

GOP Works to Override Voters on Medicaid, Higher Wages, Pot

Minimum wage, marijuana and Medicaid initiatives could be undercut.

Health & Human Services

Vaccinations Lag for Home Health Workers

They’re less likely to have had a shot than hospital and nursing home workers.

Management

This Time, Lawmakers Want Control Over Covid-19 Aid

In Kentucky and at least three other states, lawmakers are trying to gain control over funds allocated under the latest federal Covid-19 relief package.

Management

States Debate Improvements to Unemployment Systems

Tech upgrades are bipartisan. Increased benefits are not.

Finance

State Lawmakers Split Over Need for Federal Aid

Despite dire budget projections earlier on in the pandemic, many states are now anticipating surpluses this year.

Health & Human Services

Bills to Block Mandatory Worker Vaccines Falter in the States

The proposals have emerged in at least 23 states. Despite lobbying from anti-vaccine groups, experts say they are unlikely to pass.

Health & Human Services

Lawmakers Move to Strip Governors’ Emergency Powers

In at least half the states, Republicans and some Democrats have proposed limiting their governor’s emergency powers in some way during the pandemic.

Management

Quarantines Leave Schools Scrambling for Substitute Teachers

Schools need substitutes to stay open during a pandemic, and many schools are finding they don’t have enough.

Management

Some States Train Jobless for Post-Pandemic Workforce

At least nine states are paying for short-term training.

Finance

Governors Announce Small Business Aid Alongside Restrictions

States hope the money will help businesses survive public health orders.

Health & Human Services

GOP Lawsuits Restrain Governors’ COVID-19 Actions

In most states, judges have tossed out the lawsuits or sided with governors.

Management

Tough Fire Season Takes Toll on Firefighters’ Mental Health

Wildland firefighters deploy for weeks or months, working nearly nonstop.