Hospitals in Pennsylvania will now get reimbursed by the state’s Medicaid program if they give new mothers intrauterine devices or birth control implants right after delivery.
Between 2010 and 2014, there was a 51 percent increase in the number of Tennessee parents who had their relationship with a child severed, and the number of children waiting to be adopted increased by 56 percent. Judges, temporary guardians and lawyers involved in the cases said the state’s opioid addiction epidemic is a key driver.
Republican Gov. John Kasich and legislative leaders are working to reduce the number of Ohio's medical licensing boards from 16 to eight to reduce costs and respond to antitrust concerns.
The federal government has several options if it wants to enforce the Controlled Substances Act, which bans pot even for medical purposes.
The nation's largest state bar association is overhauling ethics rules for attorneys for the first time in 30 years, and some California lawyers are unhappy about a proposal that would open them up to discipline for having sex with clients.
No state has lost more of its labor union identity than Wisconsin, where Act 10 dramatically curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, including teachers.
Faced with an aging inmate population, the Missouri Department of Corrections is seeking bids from funeral homes across the state in a search for the best deal on burial and cremation services for prisoners.
Republican Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama’s plan to shift Medicaid to managed care will be pushed back from July to October amid uncertainty about funding and what changes the Trump administration might bring to Medicaid.
A new state report finds that Nebraska’s main business tax incentive program has helped lure just nine new companies to the state in eight years, and each new job cost state and local governments between $24,500 and $320,000. But the program also encouraged 69 existing businesses to add jobs and increase investment from 2006 through 2014.
To help make up budget shortfalls caused by the state’s declining revenue, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed budget for the next two years earmarks about $25 million from Montana’s wildfire suppression fund for other state forestry programs.
Politicians are pushing to bring industrial hemp production to Virginia and the state has been growing the plant for research. Some see hemp as a potential replacement to the tobacco and manufacturing industries in the state.
Nearly $860,000 was approved for Nevada’s new execution chamber at Ely State Prison. But the state can no longer obtain the drugs it needs to proceed with an execution and there is no expectation that it will be used any time soon.
The University of Texas at Austin energy system operates as an island, outside of the electricity grid that covers most of Texas. It's getting more efficient over time, avoiding millions of dollars in fuel costs.