Hemmed in by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has agreed to allow houses of worship to reopen in California, with limited attendance.
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed half a dozen criminal justice bills into laws that will take effect later this year. The laws address substance use disorders, criminal records, medical treatment and many other dimensions of the state’s criminal justice system.
After only their first few weeks of work, tensions already are high among lawmakers meeting in-person at some state capitols—not because of testy debates over taxes, guns or abortion access, but because of a disregard for coronavirus precautions.
More than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases and 35 new deaths were confirmed in South Carolina, marking the deadliest seven-day period for the coronavirus in the Palmetto State.
Since New Orleans canceled its usual Mardi Gras parade operations there’s been a movement to decorate Louisiana homes like parade floats. Some famous float ‘krewes’ are raffling off their talents to decorate homes.
Democrats in Virginia are calling on lawmakers to end the revocation of voting rights in Virginia, one of just three states that permanently disenfranchise people convicted of a felony. The move would require a constitutional amendment.
Home health workers in Texas, most of whom are women of color, could start losing their jobs if they aren’t vaccinated. Many are more afraid of the vaccine than the virus.
Illinois’ vaccination pace ranks it in the bottom third of the country, when adjusted for population size. The state’s vaccine distribution system has caused widespread frustration.
The ruling allows lawsuits for hundreds of victims to continue against New Mexico’s bankrupt Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The archdiocese had attempted to shield millions of dollars in assets against a settlement.
Scarce doses of COVID-19 vaccines go disproportionately to White Washington residents. As in other states, Black and Hispanic residents have tested positive for the coronavirus at a higher rate compared to White residents, but vaccination numbers haven’t matched vulnerability.
Maryland eventually hopes to distribute thousands of COVID-19 vaccines per day across half a dozen mass vaccination sites. But the state’s first two sites offered just a few hundred doses on the first day.
Leading Connecticut Democratic legislators are backing legalization of sports betting and online gambling in tandem with plans to fund Connecticut’s community college program through lottery revenue.
The 75,000 New Jersey residents who have gone weeks without an unemployment payment because of a snag in the Department of Labor's system will return to their normal payment cycle a week earlier than anticipated, officials said.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital saw an increase in the number and severity of child-abuse-related cases last year, a troubling pattern in a state that had high rates of child maltreatment before the pandemic. Nationally, the percentage of abuse-related visits resulting in hospitalization has increased dramatically.
The bill in the Minnesota legislature reflects how the issue has moved from legalization to attempts to remedy the ill effects of decades of cannabis prohibition.
Less than two months into vaccinations, West Virginia has seen a 40% to 45% reduction in deaths linked to COVID-19, and hospitalizations are down more than 50%. About 11.5% of state residents have received at least one vaccine dose.
Indiana legislators are poised to finalize a fast-tracked proposal that will shield businesses and others from COVID-19-related lawsuits.
Oregon is expecting chaos when 167,000 people 80 years and older become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Thirty additional National Guard members will be deployed to help field calls and texts.
Scheduling a vaccine appointment in Pennsylvania is already exacerbated by a short supply and a patchwork of online scheduling systems. But in rural areas, older residents—who are supposed to be among the first in line—face more obstacles.
The coronavirus emptied Massachusetts roads last year, but did little to stem another public health issue: the number of people killed by car crashes.
Maine’s largest health network, and the state’s largest employer, provided vaccines to all 22,000 employees regardless of whether they deal with patients or even work on site.