Hiring Outlook Brighter for College Grads

BY: - May 7, 2014

Brooke Southwell of Evansville, Indiana, expresses thanks to her parents as she waits for the start of her graduation ceremony earlier this month at the University of Southern Indiana. Two out of three employers say they plan to hire from this year’s college graduates, a survey found. (AP) America’s jobs machine finally may be churning […]

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 […]

The National Guard Takes On Hackers

BY: - January 28, 2014

Washington National Guard members wait in an end zone to take a re-enlistment oath before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings late last year. Washington and other states view the Guard as a natural fit to counter cyberattacks. (AP) At home, the National Guard is summoned during natural disasters and […]

NSA Controversies Spur States into Action

BY: - January 9, 2014

The RAPTR drone helicopter manufactured by Tactical Electronics in Broken Arrow, Okla., is displayed at a convention on UAVs. State lawmakers will debate privacy issues related to drones, license plate readers and cellphones this year. (Photo: Maggie Clark/Stateline) A year of revelations about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program has sent legislators back to […]

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 […]

Distracted Bus and Train Drivers Under Scrutiny

BY: - November 21, 2013

A makeshift memorial in New Jersey marks the spot where an 8-month-old girl died in an accident caused by a distracted bus driver in July. High-profile accidents have prompted regulators and transit agencies to crack down on distracted driving by bus and train operators. (AP) An 8-month old girl in a stroller was killed when […]

Thanks JFK: States Gained from Space Program

BY: - November 20, 2013

Caption President John F. Kennedy visits Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Nov. 16, 1963 to review the progress of the space program. (AP Photo/NASA via John F. Kennedy Library and Museum) As the Minotaur 1 rocket launched from Virginia and Maryland’s spaceport Tuesday night, it provided a subtle reminder of President John F. Kennedy’s legacy. It […]

Stiff Resistance to State Technology Taxes

BY: - October 30, 2013

David Rosenbaum, president of Real-Time Computer Services, confers with a staffer in New York. States that have tried to tax technological services have run into fierce political resistance. (AP) As the nation moves from a tangible goods-based economy to a service-based economy, a few states are trying to keep revenues robust by taxing technological services […]

Why States Need Social Media Policies

BY: - October 29, 2013

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s office was caught deleting Facebook comments that were critical of his position on gay marriage. A website was set up to capture the censored comments. (Courtesy of Soon after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence posted a statement on Facebook expressing disappointment in the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, a long […]

Red-light Cameras Generate Revenue, Controversy

BY: - October 15, 2013

Traffic moves past a red-light camera in Knoxville, Tenn. Red-light cameras reduce traffic accidents, at least on some corners. But critics say they are mostly designed to generate millions of dollars in revenue for cities and states. (AP) Florida drivers who were caught by red-light cameras paid more than million in traffic fines last year. […]

State Regulators Step In On Ridesharing Controversies

BY: - October 10, 2013

Lyft driver Nancy Tcheou waits in her car after dropping off a passenger as a taxi cab passes her in San Francisco in January 2013. Internet-enabled ridesharing services such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar are challenging the business models of regulated taxi and limousine companies, and state regulators are being asked to referee the disputes. […]

Govs Urge Action to Thwart Cyberattacks, Computer Hacking

BY: - September 26, 2013

A Hawaii Air National Guard member explains routing equipment he helped set up in Hawaii’s new cyber range on the University of Hawaii, an example of what states are doing to defend computer systems from attack. (AP) Prominent on the website of South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley is a banner and button that says: […]