State & Local

New Earthquake-Resilient Water Pipes ‘Surpassed Expectations’ in Recent Tests

“We took the pipe to three times its current design standard, and it continued to convey water,” according to a Cornell University researcher.

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Maine Governor Leaves Shocking Voicemail; D.C.’s 9-1-1 System Fails

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: New problems for Louisiana flood victims; Virginia’s budget gap; and intergovernmental squabbles over Michigan Legionella investigation.

New Orleans Improves Transparency About Police Use-of-Force Incidents

The data-focused effort comes at a time when the city is carrying out police department reforms.


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Federal Judge Rules Against North Carolina's HB2

Thomas Schroeder temporarily barred the University of North Carolina from enforcing the state’s “bathroom bill,” finding that the law likely violates the Civil Rights Act.

Route Fifty Stanford law professor Michele Dauber speaks at a rally before activists delivered over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench Friday, June 10, 2016.

Judging California's Judges

Recalls may become easier, but is that better for the Golden State?

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Can Uber and Lyft Save Carpooling?

To really turn around the decline in carpooling, many more people would have to start using ride-hailing apps.

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Ranking Business Startup Activity in U.S. Metro Areas and States

The Kauffman Index of Startup Activity shows where entrepreneurship is flourishing.

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Finding the ‘Secret Sauce’ for City Innovation

With Bloomberg Philanthropies funding, Harvard University is bringing mayors together to teach them how to bring about change—and will research what makes that change possible in the first place.

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Voter Information on Government Websites Still Fails Basic Accessibility Tests

Are inaccessible features on government websites making it harder for people with disabilities to vote?

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Local Government Performance Guru Heads Back to Louisville

Daro Mott will return to the Louisville Metro Government as chief of performance improvement.

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Maine Gov. Irked by Obama’s Nat’l Monument Executive Order; ‘Cleaning Up’ a Corrupt Calif. City

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: N.Y.C.’s homeless heroin addicts; Missouri discovers crime law’s fine print; and Michigan tries new tactic to reduce sign thefts.

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To Storm-Proof Hoboken, City Looks to Microgrid

After devastating flooding in 2012, the New Jersey city is racing to develop its own backup power supply.

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How an Interstate Deal With Massachusetts Is Helping Keep Connecticut’s Data Safe

Connecticut’s CIO discussed the disaster recovery arrangement at an event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.


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