Texas bill limiting transgender student athletes’ sports participation clears key hurdle on way to becoming law

A Texas bill prohibiting transgender student athletes from joining school sports teams aligned with their gender identity is heading to the full Texas House, where it is likely to pass, following a House committee’s approval Wednesday. After more than eight hours of emotional testimony, the House Select Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies voted 8-4 […]

Asian New Yorkers See Hope in Preliminary Political Map That Unites Some Neighborhoods

When the state’s new Independent Redistricting Commission split along party lines and put out dueling maps in mid-September, attention focused on clashing visions for congressional boundaries with the House of Representatives up for grabs last year. Not as widely noticed were two versions of maps for the state Legislature — including a Democratic-crafted edition that […]

Pennsylvania House panel supports stronger penalties against turnpike toll violators

The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Monday in favor of a bill that increases penalties against toll violators on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. House Bill 1922 would lower the threshold for when the state can suspend a vehicle’s registration down from $500 in unpaid tolls to $250. The statute of limitations on the crime would also increase […]

Why more sportspeople than ever are coming out

Sport, up until very recently, was considered a hostile environment for LGBTQ+ athletes. The treatment of some of sport’s first openly LGBTQ+ athletes, such as tennis player Billie Jean King and footballer Justin Fashanu, shows this. But this year has seen a significant flurry of events that suggest sport is becoming much more inclusive. In June 2021, for example, Carl Nassib came out […]

Oklahoma lawmakers seeks answers on number of available jobs

Oklahoma businesses are struggling to find workers to fill open jobs. The state’s unemployment rate of 3.2% – one of the lowest in the country – is back to pre-pandemic levels after soaring during the early months of COVID-19 restrictions. But the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce estimates that more than 60,000 jobs are available statewide. […]

A Haitian migrant’s harrowing journey to the Texas-Mexico border

After leaving his native Haiti for Chile in 2018, Nicol struggled for years to find full-time work. Some days he worked as a construction worker, other days he would mow lawns or clean houses. During his time there, he met his future wife, who had also come to Chile from Haiti looking for work. After […]

Why some college sports are often out of reach for students from low-income families

When it comes to landing a spot on a college sports team, a student’s chances are profoundly affected by their parents’ wealth and education. Even college sports recruitment favors white suburban athletes. Those two findings come from our collective research as sport sociology and education scholars. As former college athletes, we have lived and studied what it takes to become a […]

Hearings on new Illinois congressional maps announced

Public hearings are set for Illinois’ new congressional maps where the state will lose a seat at the table in the U.S. House. But not all details, like where hearings will be held, have been released. Maps are redrawn every ten years following the decennial Census. The Democratic supermajority has already approved, and the governor […]

New Jersey looking to dole out $30.1 million for road, bridge projects

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is looking to allocate $30.1 million in grants to help communities statewide improve roads and bridges with heavy truck traffic. The grants are part of the fiscal 2022 Local Freight Impact Fund (LFIF) program, created in October 2016 by the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) reauthorization. The money ostensibly […]

Publicly funded stadiums boost quality of life. But economy? Not so much.

Albuquerque voters will decide in November whether the city should foot the bill for a new soccer stadium. Unlike a proposal to build a downtown multi-use arena that percolated in the mid-2000s, this one could become reality. That’s because the city has a new professional soccer team that has proven popular. New Mexico United games […]