Articles by Anita Snow and Geoff Mulvihill

Arizona Seeking U.S. Supreme Court Involvement in Opioid Case

Arizona’s attorney general on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, to return billions of dollars they took out of the company. The court filing marks the first time the high …

State, Local Governments Debate How to Best Allocate Any Opioid Settlement Funds

The roughly 2,000 state and local governments suing the drug industry over the deadly opioid crisis have yet to see any verdicts or reach any big national settlements but are already tussling with each other over how to divide any …

Maker of OxyContin Gets Hit with Another State Lawsuit

The company that makes OxyContin did not stop pitching the powerful opioid painkiller to doctors even when its sales representatives raised concerns that they were prescribing the drug inappropriately, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office said in a lawsuit announced Tuesday. …

For New Governors, Natural Disasters Will Be Necessary Priority

Even Governors Skeptical of Climate Change Can’t Avoid Need to Plan for Future Storms, Fires Governors have a range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet, one topic that receives less …

Managing Natural Disasters Becomes Priority for Nation’s Governors

Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their …

Candidates in New Jersey House Race Air Disputes

The jabs and insults that had been confined to campaign commercials and news releases in New Jersey’s close and contentious 3rd District Congressional race were made face-to-face last Friday as the candidates appeared together for the first time. Democrat Aimee …

Civil Engineers Hit Lack of National Plan on Flood Mitigation

An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The American Society of Civil Engineers released its recommendations this week …

Insurance Issues Loom Large in N.J.’s 3rd Congressional District Race

Democrats see New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District as one of their best chances to pick up a House seat in November’s general election in a race full of early spending on accusatory ads, and in which the insurance business looms …

N.J. Accelerates Disbursement of Federal Sandy Aid for Homeowners

New Jersey state officials say they have accelerated spending on housing programs from federal aid sent to New Jersey to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy amid improvements to a big program that got off to an uncertain start last year. In …

Critics Want More Details on Superstorm Sandy Spending in New Jersey

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney says newly released reports on the state’s biggest Superstorm Sandy recovery projects are not detailed enough. Gov. Chris Christie’s administration released its first integrity monitor reports last week, more than 16 months after Christie …