Articles by Jenni Bergal, Stateline

Jenni Bergal is a veteran journalist who covers the business of government for Stateline. She has been a reporter at Kaiser Health News, the Center for Public Integrity and the South FloridaSun-Sentinel, and was supervising senior editor of “Weekend Edition” at NPR. Bergal has spent much of her career doing investigative reporting. She has won numerous national awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, the National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award and the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. She is a co-author of the book, City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina.

Cops Draw Blood to Catch Impaired Drivers

It was about 6:30 on a Friday night in January when Phoenix Police Det. Kemp Layden pulled over a white Jeep Cherokee that was speeding and weaving in and out of its lane. The 47-year-old driver spoke slowly, his eyes …

Digital or Plastic? Or Both? States Experiment with Driver’s Licenses

Millions of people may be able to show their smartphones rather than a plastic card to prove they’re legit to drive, vote or buy a beer in coming years. Louisiana in July became the first state to make digital licenses …

The Future of Driver’s Licenses?

More States Supplementing Digital with Plastic Millions of people may be able to show their smartphones rather than a plastic card to prove they’re legit to drive, vote or buy a beer in coming years. Louisiana in July became the …

Electric Scooters Have Been Burned, Buried and Butchered. They’re About to Be Regulated.

Thousands of new riders have embraced the electric pay-per-minute scooters that have proliferated on America’s streets. Other people have set them on fire, tossed them off buildings and decorated them with dog droppings. Depending on your point of view, the …

Another Use for Drones: Investigating Car Wrecks

When police investigators tried to figure out what caused a multi-vehicle crash that killed an elderly woman in Morton, Illinois, last month, they looked to the sky for help. Like a growing number of police agencies throughout the country, the …

Worried About Hackers, States Turn to Cyber Insurance

As the threat from hackers and cybercriminals intensifies, a growing number of states are buying cyber insurance to protect themselves — and taxpayers. “It’s expensive. It’s a big budget item for us. But it’s absolutely worth it,” said Michael Hussey, …

More States Adopt ‘Click It or Ticket’ Laws; Do They Work?

In his 28 years with the Utah Highway Patrol, Lt. Lee Perry has seen a lot of carnage from crashes in which motorists weren’t wearing seat belts. One crash in 2013 really struck home: He arrived at a scene where …

What Happens When Golf Carts Hit the Streets

At retirement communities from California to Florida, golf carts have become a way of life. They’re energy-efficient, cheaper to buy and maintain than regular cars, and, seniors say, fun to drive. For many, they’re the main way to get from …