Although poverty rates have remained consistent, Texas has significantly reduced the traditional welfare it provides to poor Texans through cash assistance over the last two decades.
Iowa is one of only two states nationally that has had increases in arrests in all four main categories of violent crimes over the past decade, which represents a troubling trend, the state's top prison administrator said Wednesday.
A member of the New York Assembly was disciplined for sexual harassment after an investigation by the ethics committee found he had asked a female Assembly staff member for naked pictures. The sanctions include forbidding him to employ interns, and an official statement of admonition from the Assembly speaker.
The Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association put a combined $5.8 million into this year’s race for New Jersey governor, as outside groups nearly equaled the total spent by Republican Kim Guadagno and the victor, Democrat Phil Murphy. The associations spent a combined $15.8 million in the more competitive race for Virginia governor, which was won by Democrat Ralph Northam.
Hunters killed 1,796 bears in Pennsylvania's recent, four-day, firearms hunting season, down about 30 percent from the 2,579 killed last year. Driving rains, with fog and sleet in some areas, thwarted hunters on the first day of the firearms season and held down the overall harvest to the lowest in recent years.
Illinois consumers are snapping up “Obamacare” health insurance plans much faster than they did last year, despite continuing uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act. More than 95,000 Illinois residents selected Obamacare exchange plans during the first four weeks of open enrollment this year, compared with about 68,000 at about the same time last year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Residents in nearly a third of Kansas nursing homes face possible harm or are in immediate jeopardy, according to citations issued this year – the fourth-highest percentage among all states. In Kansas, 30.3 percent of nursing facilities have citations for possible harm or immediate jeopardy so far in 2017. The national average is 13.4 percent.
The rise in Colorado newborns addicted to opioids has alarmed physicians and child advocates, jumping 83 percent from 2010 to 2015. The state’s rate climbed from 2 births out of 1,000 to 3.6 births in that five-year period.
Of course sexual harassment happens in Utah politics, say state lawmakers and members of Congress who represent the state. Thirteen leaders from around the state shared their stories of unwanted touching and kissing over the years with The Salt Lake Tribune.
Top state lawmakers announced Wednesday that they plan to overhaul the New Mexico Legislature's policy on harassment by the end of January, outlining a framework for rewriting rules adopted nearly a decade ago.
Maryland’s top legislative leaders are backing a proposal to expand the state’s automatic-weapons ban in 2018 by prohibiting the sale of bump stocks, a device used to accelerate the firing of semiautomatic weapons, including during last month’s Las Vegas mass shooting
In a 90-15 vote, the Michigan House has approved a measure that would stiffen penalties against those who abuse animals. Supporters say domestic violence and abuse can sometimes involve a family pet as a way to exert control over a person who loves the animal.
The Legislative Research Commission’s contract with a Louisville law firm to investigate sexual harassment in the state House of Representatives will cost Kentucky taxpayers up to $50,000.