In 2017, there were 100 documented suicides among New Jersey’s 15- to 24-year-olds, the highest number and rate since the 1990s, according to federal data. An investigation reveals a frayed safety net that leaves young people dangerously vulnerable.
Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, a Republican, was caught on tape telling a conservative group that his goal this year was “the worst session in the history of the legislature for cities and counties.” During the session lawmakers sharply limited city and county property taxes and other revenue sources.
Washington state lawmakers voted this spring to remove standardized tests as a graduation requirement. Now, the state's Board of Education has given the public until Oct. 28 to weigh in on possible alternative pathways to graduation.
The homeless population in Boise, Idaho, is not as significant as many larger cities in the West, but it's setting enforcement standards for the entire region. That's because a federal judge blocked Boise — and as a result, other cities — from ticketing or arresting people for sleeping in the street, and cities like Los Angeles and others are joining Boise's legal challenge to the ruling.
The chief psychiatrist at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation headquarters, Dr. Michael Golding, accused prison leaders of providing false and misleading data to a federal court on how the state handles inmate psychiatric care.
Indiana needs state taxes to discourage the use of electronic cigarettes as vaping becomes more popular and is increasingly blamed in illnesses and deaths, the state’s main physicians’ organization and other health advocates told a legislative committee.
A ban on some sunscreens, seen as damaging to coral reefs, in Key West prompted a Florida state Senate committee to advance a bill pre-empting local legislation on the issue. A Republican senator said the state should encourage sunscreen use to prevent skin cancer.
A new bill in the Wisconsin legislature would extend state benefits to Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War. The legislation would change the state's definition of a veteran to include Hmong people who served in the CIA and U.S. military in Laos between 1961 and 1975.
Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds says she is forming a working group chaired by the lieutenant governor to make recommendations for removing racial bias from the criminal justice system and to help offenders re-enter communities in a way that reduces repeat offenses.
Several Delaware lawmakers say it's time to try again with bail reform. The previous General Assembly approved measures that tightened the requirements for someone on high cash bail. Critics said the result is a system under which potentially dangerous people are released with no bail whatsoever.
The Alaska Department of Corrections will seek to send between 250 and 500 inmates to outside prisons. The department will issue a request for proposals from interested prisons in the next few days. The request will be for a three-year contract with an option to extend.
The U.S. Department of Education has found that public school districts across Massachusetts and state education officials have violated federal law for years by denying services and government aid to students with disabilities who attend Catholic, Jewish and other private schools, according to a copy of the decision obtained by the Boston Globe.
Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to change how Tennessee’s Medicaid program, TennCare, is funded was roundly denounced in Memphis, with residents, officials and health care advocates criticizing the plan as an immoral prioritization of cost savings over vulnerable citizens.