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US Supreme Court rejects Alabama’s request to stay redistricting decision

BY: - September 26, 2023

This story first appeared in the Alabama Reflector. The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Alabama’s request to stay a lower court decision directing a special master to draw new state congressional maps to remedy Voting Rights Act violations. The nation’s high court dismissed the request in two one-sentence orders. No opinions were given with […]

The Maine State Prison.

Incarcerated people partner with state officials to encourage voter turnout in Maine prisons

BY: - September 26, 2023

This story first appeared in the Maine Morning Star. In Maine, people in prison retain their right to vote, making the state one of just two in the nation — along with Vermont — where that is the case. Emphasizing the importance of being able to vote while incarcerated, advocates inside and outside prisons have […]

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Amid rising evictions and rents, states grapple with protections in tenant-landlord laws

BY: - September 26, 2023

At 90 years old, Hilda Chavera has found a new purpose in life: tenant organizing. A Minneapolis resident for 50 years, Chavera said she has seen her city change, with many of her neighbors struggling to stay in their homes. “People can’t afford their rent. They are getting kicked out of their homes. They feel […]

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Shaken by post-pandemic disruptions, some states take a harder line on school discipline

BY: - September 25, 2023

Parents in Boone County, Kentucky, were outraged this past January when a ninth grader who had been suspended a year earlier for threatening violence against his fellow students returned to class as soon as his punishment time was up. The parents packed a school board meeting, excoriating the county superintendent and other officials for the […]

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Arizona abortion access initiative to start signature gathering

BY: - September 22, 2023

This story first appeared in the Arizona Mirror. The initiative seeking to make abortion a fundamental right in Arizona has officially launched the signature gathering effort necessary to land on the 2024 ballot. Reproductive rights advocates gathered Thursday to urge Arizonans to support the campaign for the Arizona Abortion Access Act, which aims to enshrine the […]

Bears Ears National Monument.

In new collaborations, tribes become stewards of parks and monuments

BY: - September 22, 2023

In a rural area of Michigan’s Thumb region, a small state park preserves a collection of sandstone carvings that date back many hundreds of years. One of the carvings, a figure with a bow and arrow, symbolizes ancestors shooting their knowledge ahead seven generations. Some might say that arrow landed in 2019. That year, descendants […]

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As child poverty doubles, states launch or expand their own tax credits

BY: - September 21, 2023

The federal pandemic-era child tax credit expansion lifted millions of children out of poverty in the second half of 2021. But Congress allowed it to expire at the end of that year, and new U.S. census data shows the child poverty rate more than doubled in 2022, erasing the record gains that were made. “It […]

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

Ohio Supreme Court approves abortion rights amendment Ballot Board summary for voters with a tweak

BY: - September 20, 2023

This story first appeared in the Ohio Capital Journal. The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered one tweak to summary language approved by Republicans on the Ohio Ballot Board for voters to see in November on a proposed reproductive rights amendment. The split state supreme court rejected using the full text of the proposed amendment and declared […]

Lake Mead.

Feds’ cash stream supports Colorado River conservation — but the money will dry up

BY: - September 20, 2023

Read more Stateline coverage of how communities across the West are grappling with drought that’s worsening because of climate change. Despite a megadrought, states in the West have been able to avoid drastic cuts to their allocations of Colorado River water this year not only because of surprising storms but also thanks to generous financial incentives from […]

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A new COVID booster is here. Will those at greatest risk get it?

BY: - September 19, 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends new COVID-19 booster vaccines for all — but many who need them most won’t get them. About 75% of people in the United States appear to have skipped last year’s bivalent booster, and nothing suggests uptake will be better this time around. “Urging people to get boosters […]

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States and cities eye stronger protections for gig economy workers

BY: - September 19, 2023

Joshua Wood remembers days during the COVID-19 lockdown when New York City’s streets were practically empty, save for workers like him. That experience convinced the 25-year-old Brooklynite — who makes deliveries for both Uber Eats and a package delivery service — that the gig economy needed some urgent changes. Roughly 1 in 6 American adults […]

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States sweeten their offers to chipmakers in competition for jobs

BY: - September 18, 2023

HILLSBORO, Ore. — “Oregon’s been at this for decades,” the governor’s office assures potential investors in its so-called Silicon Forest. The Lone Star State’s governor calls it a “race that Texas must win for our state, our workforce, our national security, and our future.” And New York’s governor boasts on the state’s YouTube channel that […]