Some States Lag in Using Electronic Health Records

BY: - March 19, 2014

Dr. Damodar Poudel updates patient records in Chillicothe, Ohio. Nearly half of all U.S. physicians maintain electronic patient records, but some states are lagging behind. (AP) Less than a decade ago, nine out of 10 U.S. doctors updated their patients’ records by hand and stored them in color-coded files. Today, nearly half of all office-based […]

How Does Your State Stack Up?

BY: - December 23, 2013

To mark the end of the year, Stateline this week is republishing some of the most popular interactive features from 2013. From the impact of food stamp cuts to the shrinking number of school districts nationwide, these features resonated with readers and helped us illuminate state politics and policy in a creative way. We hope you enjoy […]

White House Report: Food Stamps Help Millions Stay Out of Poverty, Put Food on Table

BY: - November 26, 2013

At a time when millions of Americans are reeling from recent cuts to food stamp benefits and food banks are struggling to fill in the gaps, the Obama administration cited the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as a key tool in the battle against poverty. According to a report released Tuesday, 5 million Americans would have […]

Grandparents Need More State Help to Raise Kids

BY: - May 24, 2012

States should tap more federal dollars and redesign their welfare programs to help grandparents and other relatives who are raising millions of children whose parents can no longer care for them, says a new report released Wednesday (May 23). The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization, says that President Obama and Oprah Winfrey […]

Infographic: The Aging States of America

BY: and - August 26, 2011

As the baby boomers grow older, America is getting older, too. According to the 2010 census, the nation’s median age has increased to 37.2, up from 35.3 in 2000. The aging trend held up in every state — only the District of Columbia has a younger median age now than a decade ago. For states, […]

Infographic: Underwater Mortgages Still a Drag on Housing

BY: - July 8, 2011

Nearly 23 percent of U.S. homeowners were “underwater” in the first quarter of 2011, meaning that they owed more on their home mortgage than their property was worth. That’s the latest data from CoreLogic, a research firm headquartered in California. The greatest challenges lie in states such as Nevada, Arizona and Florida, states that experienced […]

LePage Sparks a Child Labor Debate in Maine

BY: - April 27, 2011

iStockphoto Maine Governor Paul LePage thinks letting young people ages 16 and over work longer hours is a good idea. Critics have invoked images of child labor from the industrial era to argue against the plan. Many long-dormant personnel issues have re-emerged in the states this year as Republican governors seek to change the rules […]

How Utah Came to Own a Half-Built City in the Desert

BY: - July 9, 2010

Part two in a series. At one time, there was a café and a beauty parlor next to Tammy Smith’s remodeling store in Coral Canyon, Utah. Today, her business, Bliss Design Center, is one of the only shops left in the retail district of this new development located 20 minutes up the highway from the […]