Programs That Fight Teenage Pregnancy Are at Risk of Being Cut

By PAM BELLUCK August 10, 2017 ANDERSON, S.C. — At age 14, Latavia Burton knows something about teenage pregnancy. Her mother gave birth to her at 18 and couldn’t attend college because of it. And Latavia’s former best friend became...

Illinois Lawmakers Override Governor’s Budget Veto

By JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY July 6, 2017 CHICAGO — Illinois lawmakers overrode a veto of the Republican governor on Thursday, giving the state its first full budget in more than two years and ending the longest such impasse for any state...

Illinois Moves a Step Closer to Ending Its Budget Deadlock

By JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY July 4, 2017 CHICAGO — Illinois took a crucial step on Tuesday toward ending a budget impasse that has imperiled the state’s fiscal future, but major questions remained even as a threat loomed that the...

Caught in Budget Tugs of War, States Teeter on the Brink

By JESS BIDGOOD, JULIE BOSMAN and ALEXANDER BURNS July 3, 2017 AUGUSTA, Me. — Government workers marched outside the State House here chanting, “Do your job!” on Monday as Maine kept children’s caseworkers at home and...

Going to a New Jersey State Park or Beach? Not This Holiday Weekend

By NICK CORASANITI July 1, 2017 ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. — This spot is usually a choke point for shore traffic, not a U-turn. Yet roughly every 10 minutes on Saturday morning, a new vehicle approached the entrance to the beach here — some...