Thursday, May 25, 2017

What Happens When States Go Hunting for Welfare Fraud

By the time Illinois decided to crack down on Medicaid fraud in 2012, state officials knew that many people enrolled in the program probably weren’t eligible. For years, caseworkers hadn’t… Read More
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Why Texas Is the Most Dangerous U.S. State to Have a Baby

A few years ago, after more than two decades as a gynecologist taking care of low-income women in Texas, Lisa Hollier began to see something unexpected and disturbing. The number… Read More
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ricketts Vetoes Bill To Restore Voting Rights to Felons Sooner

The governor is headed for a showdown with state lawmakers over felon voting rights.  Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a measure Thursday that restores the voting rights of felons immediately after… Read More
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Facing a Financial Squeeze, Hospitals Nationwide Are Cutting Jobs

Hospitals nationwide are cutting jobs amid a whirlwind of financial pressures — and sharp fears about the direction Republicans will steer health care policy.  Just in the past month, hospitals… Read More
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Maine Lawmakers Considering Bills to Lower Drug Costs

State lawmakers are considering two bills that would lower the cost of prescription drugs in Maine by requiring state agencies to pay the same or lower prices than the U.S.… Read More
Thursday, May 4, 2017

In the Elusive Search for Affordable Housing, Clues Emerge

Los Angeles has some of the most expensive housing in the United States. The median price of a new home in the city is more than nine times median household… Read More
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Shakespeare and Sexting: Reconsidering Penalties for Teen Sexual Activity

More than 20 years ago, when Russell Foster was 19 and his girlfriend Amber was 15, Montana’s laws tore them apart, sending Russell to prison for four years for having… Read More
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Maryland Gov. Signs 'No Means No' Sex Assault Bill

Sexual assault victims will no longer need to prove that they physically fought back against their attackers in order for the incident to be characterized as rape after a new… Read More
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nearly 20,000 Drug Convictions Dismissed Over Chemist's Misconduct

Because of a lab chemist's widespread criminal misconduct in analyzing drug samples, about 95% of 20,000 drug convictions in Massachusetts have been dismissed, according to the American Civil Liberties Union… Read More
Thursday, April 20, 2017

States Consider Barring Death Penalty for Severely Mentally Ill

Upset that people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders have been put to death after murder convictions, lawmakers in a handful of states want to bar the use of the… Read More
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