Jenni Bergal

Jenni Bergal covers transportation, infrastructure and cybersecurity for Stateline. She has been a reporter at Kaiser and the Center for Public Integrity.

States Search for Ways to Cut Traffic Deaths

By: - October 7, 2014

© AP A volunteer fireman helps extricate a school bus driver after a tractor-trailer ran a stop sign and collided with the bus in East Concord, New York. The state is one of two dozen that are working with federal officials on programs that use data to determine which intersections or roads are the most […]

Nursing Home Cameras Create Controversy

By: - September 25, 2014

© AP Christina Anderson, left, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, holds a sign with photos of her mother, Pauline Brill, which Anderson said were taken after her mother’s stay in a nursing home, during an Oklahoma City rally to improve the condition of the state’s nursing homes. Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that have […]

States Clear Way for Crowdfunding

By: - August 21, 2014

© AP Matthew Marcus works at his desk in the basement of Kansas City Startup Village in Kansas City, Kansas. Kansas is one of a dozen states that have made it easier for startups to use crowdfunding to raise money from investors. (AP) Creating a startup company takes a lot of time and effort. It […]

Fighting Financial Scams Aimed at Seniors

By: - August 18, 2014

© (Stateline/Jenni Bergal) Virginia resident Art Hurme, left, shows his wife, Sally, the reloadable debit cards that he purchased to pay scammers who conned him out of $3,000 earlier this year. States are trying to beef up consumer laws protecting seniors against financial fraud and exploitation. (Jenni Bergal/Stateline) Sally Hurme figured that if anyone knew […]

Policing Private Contractors Is Challenge for States

By: - August 5, 2014

© AP People throw away ruined items in Seaside Heights, N.J., two weeks after the area was pounded by Hurricane Sandy. A recent study blasted New Jersey officials for doing a poor job of overseeing state contractors handling recovery funds. Other states have had similar problems overseeing contractors. (AP) Hurricane Sandy victims were improperly denied […]

Preserving Online Accounts After Death

By: - July 24, 2014

© JENNI BERGAL/Stateline Donna Johnson, right, says her mother, Claudia, spent months trying unsuccessfully to access her late husband’s email account and digital photo album. Delaware would become the ninth state to enact legislation dealing with online assets of people who die, if its governor signs a bill passed by the legislature last month. (Stateline/Jenni […]

Federal Backstop for Terrorism Insurance Set to Expire

By: - July 10, 2014

© AP A firefighter surveys the twisted wreckage inside a hotel following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. States and cities have joined the business community in urging Congress to renew the federal terrorism risk insurance program. (AP) When a large hotel near the World Trade […]

States’ Apps Target Health and Safety

By: - June 27, 2014

© AP Multiple plows work on Highway 70 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, after a January snowstorm. North Carolina is one of a growing number of states using apps to help protect citizens’ health and safety during snowstorms and other emergencies. Beth Stevenson was worried about the snowstorm approaching North Carolina this past January. She needed […]