Nation Jun 19What federal emergency fund cuts could mean for states dealing with disasters
As the country faces an increasing number of billion-dollar disasters, federal officials are considering scaling back that spending, aiming to save taxpayer money and encourage states to prepare for disasters with their own resources.
Nation Oct 11Police body cameras capture hours and hours of footage with no national consensus on how to release it
At least 21 states have instituted policies that range from treating body camera footage like other public records to imposing outright bans on releasing footage.
Nation Jul 31How texting 911 could help people in crisis
So far few states and cities have adopted 911 texting, but that will change over the next several years, as utility companies abandon old copper phone lines for fiber optic cables.
Education Jun 09States scramble to protect student data and privacy
With few protections on the privacy of student data beyond a decades-old federal law, states have been scrambling to regulate how student data is collected and stored.
Health May 25Here’s why states want to make it tough to skip childhood vaccines
Even a small number of unvaccinated people can undermine the immunity of the larger population, which is leading public health officials and vaccine advocates to push for changes.
Nation May 17Is America finally ready for smart guns?
Gun safety advocates have pushed for commercially available smart, personalized guns that could only be fired by a specific person through radio frequency chips, fingerprint scans or other technology, for more than three decades. Now, there are signs that a…