Education Dec 07These states are helping former foster youth navigate college
At a time when many parents help their children navigate every twist and turn of their academic lives, former and current foster youth have a particularly difficult path. If they don’t have a parental figure to guide them, they’re often…
Nation Feb 19States struggle to close their own gender pay gaps
Male state workers earn more than their female counterparts in many states, including California, Idaho, Maryland and Texas.
Arts Feb 05To keep their artists, cities explore affordable housing
Fearful of losing arts and entertainment, some cities are trying to provide artists and musicians with affordable places to live and work.
Nation Dec 28What crimes make immigrants eligible for deportation?
While the federal government says it targets noncitizens who are serious or repeat offenders, immigrants with minor offenses often are deported.
Nation Nov 03How drug addiction led to more grandparents raising grandchildren
Child welfare officials say drug addiction, especially to opioids, is behind much of the rise in the number of grandparents raising their grandchildren, just as it was during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s.
Nation Oct 07These states are struggling with a drug addiction-fueled crisis in foster care
In many states in the East and parts of the Midwest, addiction to opioid painkillers and heroin is helping to drive the crisis in foster care. In other parts of the Midwest and in the West, abuse of methamphetamines is.
Nation Aug 09States ease access to welfare and food stamps for convicted drug felons
The changes come amid broader efforts in Washington and many states to reform drug policies and criminal justice approaches. And they reflect a growing consensus that helping people when they are released from prison can increase the chances that they…
Nation Jul 13Growing number of states repeal family welfare caps
The move to repeal family payment caps coincides with research that indicates the laws don’t reduce birthrates among those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Health Jun 15Colleges use sober dorms to combat opioid epidemic
A decade ago, most college students with substance abuse problems had little help besides student health services and local Alcoholics Anonymous chapters. That’s changing. Today, roughly 150 colleges and universities in 49 states offer recovery programs, providing students with counseling,…
Nation Jun 07States bedeviled by contraband cellphones in prisons
Last month, a Georgia inmate was indicted for ordering the revenge killing of a 9-month-old baby from his prison cell. His alleged tool: a cellphone.