Rebecca’s Recent Stories
Education Nov 02Uprooted by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican teachers try to start over
Puerto Rican teachers who fled Hurricane Maria's aftermath often relocate to states with school staff shortages, but tests, fees and certificates create roadblocks to getting these instructors back in the classroom.
Nation Sep 14How diverting mothers from prison may break the cycle of incarceration
With the number of incarcerated women — and the cost of imprisoning them — on the rise in some states, the programs are drawing new attention.
Nation Jul 27How states are working to reduce recidivism among ex-offenders
To ease prison crowding and rein in corrections spending, state legislatures are trying to help ex-offenders re-enter society with the goal of ensuring they don’t return to prison.
Nation May 13Lawmakers in 10 states push to raise marriage age
Most Americans think of child marriage as a vestige of a bygone era. And yet in every state, people under 18 are allowed to marry.
Nation Apr 17Should states ban the death penalty for people with severe mental illness?
Legislators in at least seven states have proposed bills this year to prohibit the death penalty for people who suffered from a serious mental illness at the time of their crime.
Politics Mar 12Lawmakers look to curb foreign influence in state elections
Bills under consideration in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Washington state would bar political spending by businesses in which non-U.S. citizens have a significant ownership stake.
Nation Jan 31States reconsider suspending licenses of drivers with drug convictions
“We want to make sure people who have done their time don’t suffer doubly,” said Brian Ferguson, director of the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Health Dec 24Licensing medical marijuana stirs up trouble for states
States have struggled with how to give out potentially lucrative medical marijuana licenses.
Politics Oct 19New voter ID rules, other election changes could cause confusion
New voter ID requirements, early voting schedules and voter registration rules in more than a dozen states are creating uncertainty that could dampen turnout.
Nation Sep 12Worsening highway traffic slows down paid express lanes
But as Americans drive more miles than ever before, express lanes are facing a challenge: they are too popular. So many drivers of all kinds are using the lanes that it is increasingly difficult for transportation officials to keep them…