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Looser liquor laws boosted restaurants — and maybe problem drinking

By: - August 9, 2022

Most states that allowed curbside pickup or home delivery of alcohol to help restaurants, bars and liquor stores survive pandemic closures have extended the looser liquor laws. But in their desire to boost the hospitality industry, states might be fueling binge drinking and higher overall alcohol consumption, some research shows. Of the 35 states (plus […]

States post yellow alerts to try to nab hit-and-run drivers

By: - August 4, 2022

Debbie Geneau was on her way to the bank in Bakersfield, California, one afternoon in July 2020, when three cars headed in the opposite direction crashed. One hit the divider and went airborne, landing on top of Geneau’s Dodge Charger, killing the 65-year-old office manager. The driver responsible for the chain-reaction crash fled the scene. […]

Despite economic headwinds, most state budget experts aren’t worried

By: - July 26, 2022

Grocery, gas and housing prices are up this year. The stock market is down. Voters are souring on the economy, and some analysts are warning of a looming recession. But most state budget analysts aren’t too worried. Tax collections are still coming in strong, and states have saved so much money — thanks to economic […]

Body armor bans come to the forefront

By: - July 6, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Calls for new gun restrictions inevitably follow most American mass shootings, including the one that killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket six weeks ago. But in the wake of the Tops supermarket massacre, legislators in several states also have turned their attention to a new target: civilian body armor. Such equipment—including helmets, bulletproof […]