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Few States Get Good Grades on Accessibility of Executive Orders

A new Sunlight Foundation report assesses how the 50 states make their governor's directives available to the public.

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Koch Brothers Firm Threatens to Sue Chicago

As petroleum coke piles grow near neighborhoods, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants new limits.

Rhode Island to Unemployed: No Online Resumé, No Benefits

A new state mandate that claimants post their resumés online raises technical concerns.


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The Government Is Cracking Down on School Bake Sales

States are trying to circumvent federal nutrition standards that would limit sugary foods at school fundraisers.

The Colorado River is used as a main water source by 40 million people in the West.

The Western States Are Guzzling Water So Fast They Don’t Realize They’re Running Out

The Colorado River Basin lost nearly 53 million acre feet of water between Dec. 2004 and Nov. 2013

John Zemblidge, right, of Phoenix, leads a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents in prayer as they protest the execution of Joseph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz.

One Hour and 57 Minutes in Arizona

Joseph Wood's death Wednesday is the fourth botched execution in the United States this year.

What Would the National Guard Actually Do at the Border?

White House calls the move 'symbolic' and says it is intended to 'generate headlines.'

Ryan says the current network of federal aid for the poor is “fragmented and formulaic."

Paul Ryan Wants to Give States the Lead Role in Anti-Poverty Fight

Possible 2016 presidential hopeful proposes consolidating 11 federal low-income programs, giving states more flexibility in providing aid.

California Launches Integrated Cloud Platform for State and Local Agencies

CalCloud aims to transform government IT infrastructure in the Golden State.

Austin's Rail-or-Fail Vote Is Uniting Transit Supporters and Foes

Facing down a determined opposition, Austin is wise to plan for growth with its new rail project—even if that means investing in areas where demand is only starting to arrive.

Botched Arizona Execution Raises New Questions

Joseph Rudolph Wood's lethal injection took almost two hours.

Firefighter Kathleen Calvin sits atop her fire truck as smoke from a wildfire fills the sky in Winthrop, Washington.

Obama Declares Washington's 250,000-Acre Wildfire An Emergency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security will coordinate relief efforts and provide equipment to manage the 400-square-mile blaze.

One State Is Being Sued Over Obamacare Politics

A lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses Tennessee of denying coverage to low-income patients.