Category Archives: Stateline

Recognizing Suicide’s Warning Signs Could Save Lives

Stat State Library Ed. Note: Oregon is featured throughout the piece. More than 47,000 Americans died by suicide last year, a 4 percent increase over 2016. For Portland resident Stephen Canova, thoughts of suicide came unexpectedly one December night. Then 20, a sophomore in college, unhappy and disconnected from his tightknit home community, he tried […]
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Too Few Doctors and Nurses for Veterans in Some Areas

State Library Ed. Note: Oregon has a 13% vacancy rate, just higher than the 12% U.S. rate. Vacancy rates at VA hospitals vary widely across the country. As the nation prepares to honor its veterans Nov. 12, many veterans in rural areas and some cities still face long wait times for health care because there […]
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Polio-like Illness AFM Tests an Overstretched Public Health System

State and federal governments largely have stopped making new investments in public health. The mysterious, polio-like disease that has struck 414 people — mostly young children — across the United States since 2014 comes at a time when the public health system already is overstretched. Reported in 39 states and Washington, D.C., acute flaccid myelitis, […]
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Voters OK Affordable Housing Measures

Two states approved statewide measures to funnel more money toward affordable housing. A man sits with his son and a sign asking for money near an upscale hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. Voters in Oregon and seven other states considered measures designed to boost the construction of affordable housing. Voters in California and Oregon yesterday […]
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Nevada, Arizona Split on Renewable Energy

Arizona voters rejected a measure boosting solar and wind energy, but Nevadans passed one. Electricians install solar panels on a roof in Arizona. Voters in the state Tuesday shot down a renewable energy measure. Arizona voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure to increase the amount of energy its utilities must acquire from renewable sources after a […]
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Courts Force States to Provide Costly Hep C Treatment

Hepatitis C kills far more Americans than any other infectious disease. A series of recent court rulings and settlements, including one last week in Indiana, have found that states cannot withhold potentially life-saving but expensive medications from Medicaid beneficiaries and prison inmates who have chronic hepatitis C. Source: Courts Force States to Provide Costly Hep […]
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Feds Say Marketplace Will Expose Bad Colleges, But States Find It’s Not So Easy

Post-college salary data isn’t reaching students who could benefit most. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to help students pick a college and a major by publishing more information about how much they might earn and owe after graduation. But, as experience from nearly two dozen states illustrates, the plan will be challenging to implement, and […]
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For Addicted Women, the Year After Childbirth Is the Deadliest

For Addicted Women, the Year After Childbirth Is the Deadliest. Katie Raftery was in a Massachusetts prison for drug-related crimes when she found out she was pregnant with her second child. A longtime heroin user, she was released to a residential drug treatment program where she stayed for seven months, until her baby was born. […]
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How to Bring the Ballot to Aging Americans

State Library Ed. Note: Story mentions Multnomah County’s efforts. As more Americans enter long-term care, mobile polling may ensure their right to vote. Kathleen Henry, 80, wants all her neighbors to vote, even if they can’t drive, read or remember as much anymore. Soon after the former civics teacher moved to the Greenspring retirement community […]
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Food Stamp Work Requirements Would Force States to Provide Job Training. Many Aren’t Ready.

As many as 7.5 million more food stamp recipients could be subject to work requirements. The House version of the food-stamp-to-work program Congress is considering this week would require recipients to enroll in job training programs if they can’t find work — but in many states, those programs won’t be fully available for at least […]
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