From the Archives
Updates to stories from the Pacific Standard archive.
After a Weekend of Deadly Shootings, Republicans Offer Renewed Support for Red Flag Laws
Seventeen states and Washington, D.C., already have such legislation, also known as extreme risk protection order laws, in place.
ICE Is Detaining More People Than Ever—and for Longer
Between May and July, the average number of days detainees spent in custody went from 28 to 46.
Yellowstone Grizzly Bears Are Back on the Protected Species List
The restoration is a victory for many conservationists and environmentalists, although not everyone sees it that way.
The Trump Administration Is Still Separating Families Over Minor Offenses
At least 911 immigrant children have been separated from their parents at the border since June of 2018.
The U.S. Soccer Federation Claims the Women's Team Actually Earns More Than the Men's Team, Prompting Backlash
Both the men's and women's national teams have disputed the USSF's claims.
The Trump Administration Will Pay Farmers $16 Billion for Its Trade War
The announcement comes amid criticism of farm subsidies, which exceed revenue Trump has taken in from tariffs on Chinese imports.
Wildfire Season Is Here, and More Homeowners Are Losing Insurance
California homeowners with mortgages are required by law to have home insurance, leaving many to scramble to find a new plan before a potentially devastating blaze hits.
Mueller's Testimony Doesn't Give Either Party What It Wants
And research shows that both Democrats and Republicans likely only heard what they wanted to hear.
Immigration Courts Are Replacing Interpreters With Orientation Videos
The new measure is intended to reduce costs and accelerate proceedings, but even immigration judges are questioning it.
Juul Hires a Prominent Researcher of Nicotine's Effects on Youth
Mark Rubinstein comes from a university known for its tobacco-control research and archive of tobacco industry documents.
Plans to Move the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters West Raise Questions
Critics of the move say it's a way to weaken the agency and eliminate senior officials and scientists who don't want to relocate.
A Report on 'Killer Heat' Reiterates How Climate Change Puts Vulnerable Populations at the Greatest Risk
The Union of Concerned Scientists warns that extreme heat days will become more frequent and severe if carbon emissions continue at current levels.
The U.N. Is Calling for the Inclusion of People With Disabilities in the Climate Change Debate
In a new resolution, the organization urges governments to listen to those who are affected the most by natural disasters.
More Utilities Plan to Use Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires
A Nevada utility company is joining utilities in other western states in implementing a new measure to reduce the risk of wildfire.
California Passes a $21 Billion Wildfire Victims' Fund to Protect Utilities From Damage Claims
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Friday, changing how the state will pay for wildfire damage.
Republican Leaders Aim to Make Conservation Conservative Again
A new Republican caucus will tackle conservation and climate change. Is the GOP changing its tune or merely paying lip service to environmental issues?
Twitter Will Remove Dehumanizing Content Against Religious Groups
The expansion of the social media company's hateful content policy doesn't go as far as initially promised.
A Federal Judge Blocks the Trump Administration's Plan to Lower Drug Prices
President Donald Trump pledged to lower drug costs by forcing companies to disclose their list prices in ads. But would the plan have even worked in the first place?
DMV Employees Have Been Accused of Collaborating With ICE. This Isn't the First Time.
This week, public records revealed how ICE has scanned facial data from millions of driver's license photos. But the agency's collaboration with state DMVs might go deeper.
The U.S. Virgin Islands Bans Potentially Dangerous Sunscreen Chemicals
The science community is still debating these ingredients' effects on the environment.
The Trump Administration Waives Environmental Regulations (Again) for Border Wall Construction
The Department of Homeland Security is bypassing dozens of laws to speed up the construction of several miles of fencing in Texas.
Cory Booker's Immigration Plan Focuses on Day-One Changes
The 2020 candidate's plan focuses on executive actions that could happen with or without Congress getting on board.
West Virginia Will Now Provide Free Community College Tuition If Students Can Pass a Drug Test
The program is the first in the country to introduce drug testing as an eligibility requirement.
Florida's Governor Limits the Voting Rights of Former Felons
The legislation, which disproportionately affects black voters, will prevent hundreds of thousands of citizens from voting.