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Marijuana Bills Increasingly Focus on Social Justice

July 19, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. State lawmakers and advocates pushing to legalize marijuana this year aren’t just touting legalization as a way to raise tax revenue and regulate an underground pot market. They’re also talking...

Why 'Orphan' Oil and Gas Wells Are a Growing Problem for States

July 9, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. When Bill West drives his weed sprayer over wheat and hay fields at his ranch northwest of Gillette, Wyoming, he bumps into the occasional debris from the more than a...

Commercial Spaceports Still Waiting for Liftoff

June 28, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Last summer, a slim red-and-black rocket blasted off from a vacant industrial site in swampy south Georgia. The rocket was 40 feet tall, about a tenth of the size of...

It’s Wildfire Season in California, and Utilities Want to Tamp Down Their Liability

June 8, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. California utilities might have to pay billions of dollars in damage if state investigators find their power lines sparked last year’s devastating wildfires. And they’ll face similar bills in the...

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...