Stateline Midwest

Study highlights striking differences in condition of state retirement systems.

A decades-old project to store the nation's nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain has been de-funded, leaving the future of federal policy up in the air.

The Obama administration has formed a new task force to develop policies that promote advances in carbon capture and storage, while the region's governors move ahead with plans of their own.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has scrapped its National Animal Identification System (NAIS), which was more than five years and $120 million in the making, and handed over much control over to the states.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative could mean a major change to how education is delivered in states across the nation.  Currently, each state has its own K-12 education standards, which shape what students should know and be able to do after completing each grade. However, these standards vary widely between the states.   The Common Core initiative will establish a common set of standards in English language arts, math, social studies, and science.