Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, has directed Virginia's Medicaid program to "pause" negotiations with the federal government on approval of a work requirement that was central to a political deal that allowed the state to expand eligibility for the program's health care benefits. Northam cited the Democratic takeover of both chambers of the General Assembly in legislative elections last month.
A local judge in South Texas has ordered supporters of President Donald Trump not to build their planned border wall near the Rio Grande pending a Dec. 17 hearing. A group called We Build The Wall announced on Facebook last month that it had started construction near the riverbank on privately owned land.
In the wake of a string of violence in Wisconsin schools, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said the state needs to provide more resources for mental and behavioral health for students. Evers said the Republican-led legislature rejected millions in spending he proposed in the current budget to assist troubled students and add more counselors and training at schools.
State agriculture officials are saying new federal hemp rules would hurt Maine’s rapidly growing hemp industry. The proposed federal rules would require testing of hemp in labs registered with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Maine’s hemp program currently has only one private lab available for testing, and it is not registered with the DEA.
The shortage traces back to problems with a new warehouse run by one of only three state-authorized distribution companies in Michigan. Store operators have complained that popular holiday products like artisanal vodka and spiced rum have been running out.
After 15 months in legislative limbo, New Jersey lawmakers appear to be on the verge of enacting one of the nation's strictest set of restrictions on plastic retail bags, foam food containers and plastic straws. Lawmakers are still debating when the bans would take effect.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, a Democrat, says Juul Labs is largely responsible for teens’ misconception that e-cigarettes are safe and not addictive. Now Minnesota is suing the e-cigarette giant for deceptively marketing to children to get them hooked on nicotine.
The federal government is working on guidelines to help people keep wireless carrier coverage during emergencies, but California lawmakers worry the agency is prioritizing hurricanes over wildfires, which could leave victims of fires disadvantaged. The FCC is indicating it does not plan to include information specific to the wildfires that have devastated thousands of Californians.
Coloradans are frequently visiting hospital emergency rooms for mental health reasons, and many of those visits — about 1 in 4 — are by children, according to new data from the nonprofit Center for Improving Value in Health Care. Anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder and panic disorders were the top reasons for the ER visits at all ages.
Family members and advocates of Alabama inmates crowded into a state task force meeting to plead for changes to the state’s criminal justice system and in state prisons that have come under national scrutiny for violent and crowded conditions. Speakers urged an overhaul of conditions, medical care and current sentencing laws.
The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee shelved its marijuana legalization bill — the latest setback for the legalization campaign in the state, which for months has struggled to overcome opposition in the state Senate and the governor’s office.
A 20-year-old chemical engineering student at Iowa State University has been elected to the Ames City Council in a runoff, making her the youngest woman elected to any office in state history. Rachel Junck said she wants her first steps to include taking local action to address climate change.
Along the border in New Hampshire and Maine, sales of nicotine and cannabis vaping products have boomed since Sept. 24, when Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, banned both amid an outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries.