State & Local

A Long Struggle to Upgrade Public Water Systems in West Virginia’s Coalfields

The McDowell County Public Service District has worked for 27 years to improve and maintain infrastructure that provides drinking water to people in remote corners of the state.

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Mayors Celebrate Immigrants While Facing ICE’s New ‘Non-Cooperative’ City List

“We’re all trying to figure out what is accomplished by this list and how it is going to be used,” according to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Under the Cover of Darkness, New Orleans Removes a Confederate Monument

While some Southern states still officially honor their ‘Lost Cause’ history, the Crescent City is choosing to instead promote diversity on Confederate Memorial Day.


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States Continue to Rebuild Rainy Day Reserves

At least 24 states ended fiscal 2016 with larger rainy day funds as a share of operating costs than before the 2007-09 downturn.

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By the Numbers: Nuisance Alligator Incidents in Florida

There are an estimated 1.3 million wild alligators in the Sunshine State and it’s the time of year they most mix with people.

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Trump Plans Executive Order to Review Obama’s National Monument Designation

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Body armor for firefighters; Florida budget talks deadlocked; and Delaware’s librarians are on edge.

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Why Foreign Worker Visa Reform Is a Top Priority in Colorado

In times of low unemployment, “it’s a real challenge to hire as many people as we need and keep them through the whole [ski] season.” And Colorado’s growing tech sector faces similar challenges.

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Rural Doctors’ Training May Be in Jeopardy

A program designed to address the shortage of doctors in rural and poor urban areas could be in peril unless Congress acts.

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The ‘Fundamental Shift in Federalism’ Under Trump

States and localities are interacting with the federal government differently under the new administration on matters of health care, immigration and a host of other issues.

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Nurse Licensing Laws Block Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Congress has paved the way to letting nurse practitioners and physician assistants prescribe anti-addiction medication. But laws in many states stand in the way.

Route Fifty Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

To Protect and Serve (and Pray)

Alabama could soon create something unprecedented in American legal history: a police department run by a church.

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The Alaska Town That Sank and (Mostly) Disappeared

PHOTOS: The devastating Good Friday Earthquake nearly wiped this spot off the map in 1964. But not everything.

Route Fifty San José, California

Taking City Sustainability to the Next Level

“[T]here’s no question we can’t rely on Washington, D.C., to lead if we are going to make any progress toward our climate goals,” San José Mayor Sam Liccardo said.


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