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4 Ways to Make Open Data Meaningful

Helping citizens build smarter communities through GIS technology the can help spur innovation, form connections and ultimately lead to action.

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Why Elected Officials Sometimes Need to Rein In Their Influence During Emergencies

Instead of inserting themselves into an unfolding response, politicians may want to keep their gravitas in check.

NYPD Gears Up to Protect Its Officers Following Dallas and Baton Rouge Assaults

The nation’s largest police force plans to purchase 6,000 bulletproof vests and 20,000 military-style helmets.


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Top stories on how innovation is driving smarter government across the country.

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L.A. Area Faces Powerful Wildfire; Georgia Looks to Fill Hundreds of State Jobs

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: N.Y.C. gets more details about long-term subway closure; and PETA vs. Billings Parks and Recreation

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Minority Neighborhoods Benefit From Shared Mobility Systems

Chicago is expanding its bikeshare program into disadvantaged communities, increasing cost-effective access to jobs and educational opportunities.

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Millennials Bring New Life to Some Rust Belt Cities

Young college graduates are stemming population losses and transforming old neighborhoods in some Rust Belt cities.

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Police Demand Access to Military-Grade Equipment After Shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge

Police organizations want a ban on such equipment repealed for officer safety, but killings of police are actually at an all-time low.

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Check Out This Great Resource for County-Level Health Data

“I wish I had this tool when I was a local health officer,” says the co-director of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Program at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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Making It Easier for Former Inmates to Work in Los Angeles

The city plans to prohibit some employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record.

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Nation’s Most-Populous County Takes Center Stage

It’s easy to forget just how large Los Angeles is—not the City of Los Angeles, mind you, the County of Los Angeles.

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Mayor Refuses to Remove ‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner; Baltimore Minimum Wage Split

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: No THC in Colo. water supply; feds rebuff Arkansas TANF request; and advocating for mental health reform in Minnesota.

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Protect Wolves or Hunt Them? Western States Are in the Crosshairs

Western states like Washington are walking a line between preserving wolves as an endangered species and helping ranchers control them.

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The NBA’s Reaction to North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

The league will move the 2017 All-Star Game because of the law.


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