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In Missouri and Other States, Flawed Data Makes It Hard to Track Vaccine Equity

Throughout the covid-19 vaccination effort, public health officials and politicians have insisted that providing shots equitably across racial and ethnic groups is a top priority. This story is part o...

After a Deadly Year on the Roads, States Push for Safety Over Speed

As more Americans start commuting to work and hitting the roads after a year indoors, they’ll be returning to streets that have gotten deadlier. Last year, an estimated 42,000 people died in mot...

How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos

ST. LOUIS — Missourians have driven hours to find vaccines in rural counties — at least those with cars and the time. Tens of thousands of doses are waiting to be distributed, slowly being rolled out ...

High Obesity Rates in Southern States Magnify Covid Threat

In January, as Mississippi health officials planned for their incoming shipments of covid-19 vaccine, they assessed the state’s most vulnerable: health care workers, of course, and elderly peopl...

Push Is On for States to Ban Organ Transplant Discrimination

Griffin Dalrymple is an energetic 7-year-old who loves going to school in Eureka, Montana. But two years ago, the boy described by his mother, Jayci, as a “ball of fire” was suddenly knock...

States Aim to Chip Away at Abortion Rights With Supreme Court in Mind

This story also ran on USA Today and GateHouse Media. It can be republished for free. When Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway introduced a bill in the Montana House two years ago that would have prohibited ab...

States Move Ahead With Canada Drug Importation While Awaiting Signal From Biden

Florida, Colorado and several New England states are moving ahead with efforts to import prescription drugs from Canada, a politically popular strategy greenlighted last year by President Donald Trump...