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New Momentum for Addiction Treatment Behind Bars

This story is part of an occasional series on the opioid crisis.

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

This story is part of an occasional series on marijuana laws in the states.

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Federal Ban on Methadone Vans Seen as Barrier to Treatment

From California to Vermont, mobile methadone vans have served people with opioid addiction in rural towns and underserved inner-city neighborhoods for nearly three decades.

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One State Forces Opioid Abusers to Get Help. Will Others Follow?

TAMPA, Fla. — In an opioid epidemic that is killing more than a hundred Americans every day, many families of overdose victims feel helpless when it comes to convincing their loved ones to seek treatment.

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Overdose Deaths Fall in 14 States

New provisional data released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drug overdose deaths declined in 14 states during the 12-month period that ended July 2017, a potentially hopeful sign that policies aimed at curbing the death toll may be working.

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Why Police Need to Get Behind Needle Exchanges

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Until the opioid epidemic began seeping into nearly every city and town in the country, the idea of a Main Street storefront offering free needles, alcohol wipes and small metal cookers for heroin users was unthinkable in a conservative Southern city like this one.

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Injection Sites Provide Safe Spots to Shoot Up

NEW YORK — In about one hundred locations across Canada, Europe and Australia, supervised drug injection facilities allow visitors to inject heroin and other drugs in a clean, well-lighted space under the watchful eye of trained personnel who can rescue them if they overdose. 

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Billions From VW Settlement Boost Push to Clean Vehicles

South Carolina wants to replace aging school buses. Colorado plans to electrify Denver’s bus system. And Washington wants electric ferryboats for Puget Sound.

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

Editor's Note: This story was updated 12/7 to correct the year when medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Hawaii (it was 2017), and 12/6 to clarify comments made by Brian Smith, who said that many marijuana businesses were reluctant to open bank accounts because they were hesitant to enter a highly regulated system.

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As Kratom Use Surges, Some States Enact Bans

CARRBORO, N.C. — On a sunny November afternoon in this quiet college community, a steady stream of customers walks through the doors of a local cafe called Oasis for a cup of an increasingly popular herbal beverage. The menu offers coffee, black tea, beer, wine and pastries, but nearly everyone opts for a $5 mug of kratom (pronounced KRAY-dum).

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In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away

When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition courts to change some felonies to misdemeanors, change some misdemeanors to infractions, and wipe away convictions for possessing or growing small amounts of the drug.

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Western States Try to Tame Homegrown Marijuana

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.

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Beyond Standing Rock: As Pipelines Proliferate Across the U.S., So Do Protests

Hundreds of miles from the North Dakota pipeline protests that garnered headlines this fall, a woman in Iowa stood in her soy bean field, trying to block industrial mowers about to cut down her crops.

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Why States are Taking a Fresh Look at Drug-Free Zones

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.

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States Confront a New Era of Crazy Wildfires

NORTH FORK, Montana — The 2003 Wedge Canyon fire missed Molly Shepherd’s property by a quarter mile. From her cabin deck, she watched flames lick down the mountainside through acres of pine and larch forest toward her home. The fire burned for more than two agonizing months, consuming seven homes and over 53,000 acres.

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The Fight to Save Bees Is Gaining Steam, State by State

The orange groves in Fort Myers, Florida, have turned to poison for David Mendes’ honeybees. The onetime winter havens for bees have been treated with a popular pesticide that he says kills his livelihood.

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California Isn't the Only State with Water Woes

With all the attention focused on California’s water woes, an observer might conclude that the Golden State’s drought is the exception. It isn’t. Forty states expect to see water shortages in at least some areas in the next decade, according to a government watchdog agency.

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Are Special Fees For Driving Green a Penalty?

A tax on virtue or a matter of fairness? The question ripples through states trying to prop up their ever-shrinking highway funds while eyeing the “free ride” enjoyed by green vehicle owners.

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Nearly 4 Million Seriously Mentally Ill Still Without Insurance

Some might consider Kelly Troyer of South Carolina lucky. She isn’t one of them.

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States Exploring Free Community College

Several states are considering offering free tuition at community colleges, as the cost of a college education continues to climb and as high school diplomas no longer guarantee a living wage.

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