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As remote work persists, cities struggle to adapt

Nationally, people were working remotely about 39% of the time as of April, after peaking at around 62% in mid-2020, and the new realities are likely to untether labor from centralized workplaces and blurring the boundaries between work and home.... Read more»

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Some states are already targeting birth control

The Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade will further fuel some conservatives’ efforts to limit access to birth control - as Republican lawmakers have begun a push to restrict access to birth control methods they claim are abortifacients.... Read more»

Ransomware attacks on hospitals put patients at risk

In the past few years, a growing number of hospitals and health care organizations across the U.S. have faced cyberattacks, interrupting care and putting patients at risk, including some public health facilities run by state or local governments. ... Read more»

Multiracial residents are changing the face of the U.S.

The number of Americans who identified as more than one race nearly doubled to 13.5 million people between 2010 and 2020, and did double or more in 34 states and the District of Columbia.... Read more»

Romance scams bedevil law enforcement

Romance scammers ripped off about $1 billion from would-be U.S. lovers in 2021 - up from $600 million the year before - and attorneys general say they have little success at recovering money or criminally charging romance scammers.... Read more»

More states want power to approve wetlands development

Critics fear that Florida’s move to assume authority over wetland management could open the floodgates for more states to claim Section 404 authority - but the hurdles that have mostly stymied such efforts for decades remain significant. ... Read more»

More states shield against rogue abortion prosecutions

With the Supreme Court expected to weaken or overturn the right to abortion in the months ahead, lawmakers and criminal justice officials in a handful of states are trying to prevent rogue legal actions against women determining pregnancy outcomes.... Read more»

Immigrant communities push for more non-English ballots

With primary elections well underway across the country, voting rights and immigrant advocates are raising the alarm about a lack of language assistance for voters who aren’t fluent in English.... Read more»

Arizona, other states band together against Biden immigration policies

Since President Joe Biden took office, Republican-led states have filed some 27 lawsuits or appeals seeking to block immigration actions taken by the administration, with at least 15 multistate efforts by Republican attorneys general.... Read more»

States are eying foreign-trained health professionals as shortage grows

States are eying foreign-trained health professionals as part of a solution to two problems: the growing shortage of health care workers and the worse health outcomes experienced by minority and immigrant communities. ... Read more»

To-go cocktails make it harder to enforce underage drinking laws

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states gave a boost to struggling restaurants by allowing cocktails to-go - but the expansion has strained understaffed alcohol enforcement agencies, which have been hard-pressed to prevent underage drinking.... Read more»

As women return to jobs, remote work could lock in gains

The pandemic “shecession” is fading as more women return to jobs across the country, aided by new workplace flexibility that could lock in future increases in female employment.... Read more»

COVID woes prompt more states to require financial literacy classes

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored how few Americans are prepared for financial emergencies and how most are uninformed about personal finances, giving financial literacy requirements as a high school graduation requirement new momentum.... Read more»

Deadly bird flu sweeps states, straining farmers

Consumers will see higher egg and poultry prices - and farmers and their rural communities will face financial hardship - due to a highly contagious strain of bird flu that has spread rapidly across the U.S., killing millions of chickens, turkeys and wild birds.... Read more»

Climate change is pushing toxic chemicals into drinking wells

With climate change confronting communities, people who rely on wells are at particular risk as drought can increase the concentration of contaminants in well water, and wildfires damage equipment and piping, leaching toxic chemicals into drinking water.... Read more»

Rising construction costs stall affordable housing projects

Developers across the country are scrambling to find gap financing to cover increased material and labor costs - and the construction slowdown is coming at a time when there is a desperate need to increase the nation’s supply of affordable housing. ... Read more»

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