January 29, 2021 -
Biden has pledged to be the country's "most pro-union president." But will he and congressional Democrats succeed in passing sweeping reforms that could dismantle the barriers to labor organizing in the South?
July 31, 2020 -
The South's five most populous metropolitan areas are rich in racial and ethnic diversity, yet segregation persists at the neighborhood level. A recent Trump administration decision to scrap a rule designed to prevent racial discrimination in housing is unlikely to help.
December 20, 2019 -
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to soon hand down its decision over continuing an Obama-era program giving temporary reprieve from deportation to immigrants brought to the country as children. Nearly one-third of the program's active beneficiaries live in Southern states.
November 18, 2019 -
The Trump administration is taking comments on proposals to ease coal ash regulations that the EPA adopted after the catastrophic 2008 spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in East Tennessee. Critics say the proposed rules would take a toll on public health by allowing more pollution, and on the public purse by letting utilities shift costs.
August 14, 2019 -
In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security produced a report that tried to focus the nation's attention on the growing threat of right-wing domestic terrorism. Members of Congress, including several representing Southern states that have suffered domestic terror attacks, worked to bury it.
August 24, 2018 -
The plan to roll back Obama-era pollution regulations on coal-burning power plants would put vulnerable communities across the coal-dependent South disproportionately at risk for respiratory problems and premature death.
June 7, 2018 -
Two Southern communities that once embraced a federal program that lets local police enforce federal immigration law signaled their rejection of it in recent sheriff elections. To see which communities have been involved in the program, we mapped state and local participants nationwide and over time.