A federal judge has ordered a temporary halt to the enforcement and implementation of Tennessee's new law banning public school mask mandates. The judge ordered all parties in a federal lawsuit challenging the law to maintain the status quo of Nov. 11, 2021—the Thursday before Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the new legislation.
Michigan hospitals have seen a 20% increase in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 over the past week, according to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. The numbers are the highest since a surge in the spring.
Florida legislators are holding a week-long special session to pass new regulations on businesses that require employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The proposals do not ban vaccination requirements but would impose five new exemptions for employees who don’t want a vaccination, all but one of which mirrors a federal rule.
Voters could find themselves in a reignited conversation around bringing universal health care to Maine next year as the nonprofit Maine Health Care Action advocates for a ballot question that would demand the legislature create a task force to come up with a bill by 2024. This could make the issue a driving factor in the 2022 elections.
Businesses and consumers in the Seattle area are still suffering from a maxed-out global supply chain that can’t catch up in Washington state. There are “out of stock” signs at grocery stores, empty shelves at department store cosmetic counters. Car dealers are short on new cars and restaurants must perform weekly sourcing gymnastics to preserve their menus.
A map of new Missouri Senate districts proposed by Republicans likely would result in a net loss for Democrats in the state’s upper legislative chamber, according to a review of the plan by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
After the state missed a critical testing window in November, county election officials are urging GOP Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen to delay a January rollout of Montana’s new election system for the sake of election integrity.
The Georgia General Assembly gave final approval to the state House’s redrawn district maps, sending them to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature.
Facing high employee turnover and an increasing number of children in the foster care system in the state’s largest county, the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services will raise salaries and begin paying employees for being on call, among other changes.
Nevada lawmakers began advancing legislation drawing new congressional and legislative districts, despite criticism from both advocates for marginalized communities and Republican lawmakers.
For much of the past two years in California, extremists have swarmed local board meetings spewing a toxic mix of conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric.
Louisiana Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy said the state stands to receive $5.8 billion over the next five years for roads, bridges, broadband and other projects, through the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill.
Nebraska educators said they were overworked, stressed, micromanaged and paid too little for the job. Then the pandemic made their jobs even harder while putting every move under a microscope.
After nearly a decade of leaning heavily on governors to make some of the toughest cuts in the state budget, the Connecticut General Assembly is looking to tackle more of the hard choices by itself.
The Massachusetts Statehouse appears to be the only state capitol on the continent where the public remains barred from entering. The pandemic-induced closure has now stretched past 600 days, and legislative leaders in charge of the building say they’re juggling how to safely reopen a building where hundreds of people work and roughly 100,000 visit each year.
Oregonians’ typical incomes grew more in the last decade than in any other state, and one of the state’s chief economists isn’t sure if there’s a root cause. “That’s one we don’t fully understand,” said Josh Lehner, an analyst with the state’s Office of Economic Analysis.
The 250-pound gilded acorn that adorned Maryland's Statehouse in Annapolis for centuries will find a new home in a nearby museum. It is made of cypress wood and covered in copper alloy sheets.
The coronavirus disease is now the top killer of Idahoans of Native American, Asian and Hispanic descent. This year, COVID-19 is poised to be the No. 2 killer of Idahoans in their 20s—after not even breaking into the Top 10 causes of death for that age group last year. Overall, the state has reported about 20% more deaths this year compared with pre-pandemic years.
New York state motor vehicle workers say potentially thousands of individuals may have illicitly obtained driver's permits since the Department of Motor Vehicles launched a program last year allowing written tests to be taken online, leading to widespread cheating. The pandemic had backlogged the in-office testing.
Alaska has an ambitious goal: to turn its growing mariculture business into a $100 million industry by 2040. It has a long way to go. But federal and state agencies are taking steps toward making products like seaweed and shellfish easier to grow and market.