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This Jobs Program Just Might Get People Back to Work

May 9, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Qunton. BALTIMORE — When the man in the teal hoodie mentioned that he had trained as a pharmacy technician, Lachelle Hill’s voice rose in excitement. “Why don’t I see that on...

Why More School Districts Are Holding Class Just Four Days a Week

April 18, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. The public school in Campo, Colorado, hasn’t required all its students to come to class on Fridays for nearly two decades. The 44-student district dropped a weekday to boost attendance...

Pizza, Pad Thai and Pot: Home Delivery of Marijuana Is Legal in These States

April 3, 2018 This story is part of an occasional series on marijuana laws in the states published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. It was written by Sophie Quinton. It’s been legal to buy small amounts of marijuana in Colorado for over four years. But consumers can’t order buds,...

To Prevent Suicides and School Shootings, More States Embrace Anonymous Tip Lines

March 16, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. After a teenage gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month, schools across the country were hit by a wave of copycat threats. In Colorado, at...

As Trump Moves to Erect Trade Barriers, ‘Foreign Trade Zones’ Aim to Take Them Down

March 7, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. LIMON, Colo. — This tiny truck-stop town, 90 miles southeast of Denver and home to fewer than 2,000 people, is flanked on all sides by endless, undulating hills. Limon’s busiest...

Why ‘Cloud Seeding’ Is Increasingly Attractive to the Thirsty West

February 21, 2018 This article as originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Machines that prod clouds to make snow may sound like something out of an old science fiction movie. But worsening water scarcity, combined with new proof that...

Trump's Environmental Actions Spark Resistance in Many States

January 22, 2018 This article is Part One of the State of the States 2018 series at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Democratic governors, attorneys general and state legislators spent 2017 fighting President Donald Trump’s environmental agenda, and the conflict shows no sign of...

Trump Administration's Shift on Marijuana Could Imperil Banking Arrangements

January 8, 2018 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. By rolling back an Obama-era memo that shielded legal marijuana users, growers and distributors from federal prosecution, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may compel many banks and credit unions to...

Testing for Tainted Marijuana Challenges States

December 21, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. People don’t just smoke marijuana. They vaporize it, bake it into brownies, use it in eye drops, and rub extracts of it onto their skin. Some people use the drug...

Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Companies to Open Bank Accounts

December 6, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. State and local officials in places that recently legalized marijuana are bracing for the arrival of a sector that largely runs on cash. They’re anxiously envisioning burglars targeting dispensaries and...