Nursing homes nationwide are struggling to hire and hold on to caregivers, but few states have problems as severe as North Carolina’s, according to an investigation by The Charlotte Observer.
The Ohio Redistricting Commission is coming down to the wire as it faces a court-ordered deadline to draw new state legislative maps in time for the May 3 election. The commission and new consultants have been working almost continuously.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a measure setting added requirements for schools as they select books. In recent months, parents in several counties have urged their school districts to remove titles that they have deemed pornographic.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, has signed legislation allowing public school administrators to regularly check the camera footage in special education classrooms and requiring a study of possibly letting parents do so, too. Justice said no one should fear cameras in these classrooms.
The more than 1,800 clerks tasked with running Wisconsin’s elections are at risk of violating the law when it comes to someone delivering an absentee ballot on behalf of another.
Colorado officials allowed evacuated residents to return home after firefighters significantly hemmed in a nearly 200-acre wildfire as it burned along the southwestern edge of Boulder.
Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska resigned from office after a California jury convicted him of lying to federal authorities about an illegal campaign donation from a foreign national.
Minnesota's new Office for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives is the first state office in the nation tasked with systemically trying to fix the problem. The office has a huge task ahead, including wrangling missing person reports across many agencies and databases.
The Mississippi legislature—in a bipartisan vote with very little debate—passed the largest tax cut in state history. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who is expected to sign it into law, although he favored going further and eliminating the state personal income tax.
Climate change is projected to cause New York's Hudson River to rise up to six feet by 2100, affecting everything along its shoreline. State and local governments face a long path to adapt to the changes.adn.com
A “gold rush” is on for Alaska tribes and Native corporations that are trying to capture a surge of federal infrastructure money to provide city-quality broadband service in more than 200 villages statewide. Representatives for the groups say this could be their moment to transform lives and village economies.
Battered by two years of pandemic stress, tens of thousands of Southern California grocery workers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if supermarkets don’t meet their wage demands as negotiations on a new contract resume in the coming weeks.
The Nevada National Guard’s mission to support the state’s COVID-19 response is ending. Since its activation in April 2020, the Nevada Guard administered tests and vaccines and helped with traffic and paperwork.
The Georgia House passed a bill that would prevent schools from enforcing mask mandates. The “Unmask Georgia Students Act” says schools could still mandate masks but would have to let parents decide whether to exempt their children.
Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure to use about one-third of the state’s federal coronavirus relief money to pay off more than half of a $4.5 billion debt in the state’s pandemic-depleted unemployment insurance fund. A plan to erase the remaining deficit is still being negotiated.
The Vermont House passed a massive transportation spending package, advancing two pieces of legislation that together would invest $866 million in the state’s bridges, roads and public transit and significantly expand electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure.crosscut.com
As schools in Washington state continue to ship students with disabilities to other communities, state lawmakers say they plan to find a way to keep kids closer to home.