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Climate Adaptation Raises a 'Question of Equity’ for Flagstaff's Mayor

Whether it’s sea level rise or a flood control project in her hometown, Mayor Coral Evans sees climate resilience and environmental sustainability as linked with social issues.

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Is Sessions’ Dangling of 'Sanctuary City' Funding an Overstep?

The U.S. attorney general followed through on a threat he made in May, showing he’s willing to withhold millions of dollars meant for criminal justice initiatives if it means getting states and localities to enforce federal immigration law.

What's the Real Goal of Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission?

A conversation with Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of three Democrats advising the president on “election integrity”


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Texas Gov.’s ‘War on Cities’ Heats Up With Snub of the Big 5

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Seattle police want to bargain for body cams; Allentown, Pa. mayor shrugs off corruption charges; Baltimore gun bill gets a rewrite

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Reluctant States Raise Gas Taxes to Repair Roads

Driven by an infrastructure crisis, even legislatures dominated by fiscal conservatives are striking deals to raise taxes on gasoline and other fees paid by drivers.

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Building a Skills Agenda for the New Economy

We can't rely on the free market to fix our workforce—here's what works.

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Attorney General's Civil Asset Forfeiture Orders Are 'Irrelevant' in Philadelphia

Jeff Sessions has ordered prosecutors to continue seizing property from suspects, even if they haven’t been charged with a crime, to help finance law enforcement practices. Philadelphia is moving in the opposite direction.

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Philadelphia Ranks High for Smoking and Other Unhealthy Behaviors

Federal data show how Philly compares with other big cities.

Route Fifty Iowa Sec. of State Paul Pate, center, collects ballots from Iowa electors Alan Braun, of Norwalk, Iowa, left, and Don Kass, of Remsen, Iowa, right, during Iowa's Electoral College vote in 2016.

States Clear to Send Trump Commission Sensitive Voter File Data

The ACLU is attempting to document the process, to the dismay of some like Iowa’s secretary of state.

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Counties Are on the Front Lines of Cyber War

WATCH: A retired Marine general outlined how a fundamental threat to our democracy must be addressed.

Route Fifty Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is being pressured by the state's treasurer to change legislative protocols after settling a lawsuit with a woman accusing GOP senators of sexual harassment.

Iowa Treasurer Wants Senate ‘Scoundrels’ to Pay $2.2M Sexual Harassment Settlement

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: N.J. township nixes Jewish religious boundary; ACLU balks at Maine governor's Facebook use; remembering Talkeetna, Alaska's cat 'mayor'

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Despite Growing Support for Marijuana, Legalization Faces Rocky Road

This year, Vermont came close to becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the Legislature. Other states spent the first half of 2017 battling over regulations to govern voter-approved pot sales.

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How Venice Beach Became a Neighborhood for the Wealthy

... and what that means for affordable housing across the country