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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday signed a bill intended to block Planned Parenthood from receiving funding for services it provides in health clinics around the state, although the new law would have no impact on abortion services. Continue reading.

The state Assembly has approved a bill that would give police more power to conduct strip searches in Wisconsin, regardless of whether the target of the search has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Continue reading.

Kansas lawmakers violated the state Constitution last year when they repealed the state’s old school finance formula and replaced it with a system of block grants for two years, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Continue reading.

Among the current presidential candidates, climate change is still very much up for debate -- whether it’s the result of human action or whether it’s even happening. But for many at the state and local level, the matter is settled: Climate change is real, and it’s threatening plants, wildlife and infrastructure. The only question policymakers have regarding climate change is what they can do about it. Continue reading.
A handful of federal lawsuits against states that have denied highly effective but costly hepatitis C drugs to Medicaid patients and prisoners could cost states hundreds of millions of dollars. Continue reading.

The Maryland Senate narrowly overrode Gov. Larry Hogan's final veto from last year's General Assembly session, paving the way to reinstate voting rights to felons before they complete probation or parole. Continue reading.

More than eight months before Gov. Rick Snyder disclosed a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area, federal health officials worried a lack of cooperation in Michigan could be hampering the public health response. Continue reading.

The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an anti-crime bill that includes a provision that would pay residents who might commit or become the victims of violent crime to stay out of trouble. Continue reading.

As fears of the virus rise in America, public health departments are ramping up their efforts to educate the public and eradicate the mosquitoes that spread it. When viral outbreaks occur, local health departments have to combat both the disease itself and any level of panic it might trigger. Continue reading.

Shortly after Joe Davidson moved into his Cincinnati apartment, he noticed his joints were achy and he wasn’t sleeping well. Then he needed two root canals.  Davidson is among a small but outspoken group of people who say the radio frequencies coming from so-called smart meters installed in their homes are making them sick. Continue reading.