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Securing the Border in Texas With More Cameras; A Solution for Flint's Lead Problem?

Also: A one-person anti-bullying office in Iowa and a godly natural disaster-prevention plan in Tennessee

When It Comes to Cyber Defense, Colorado Spends to Secure Its Information Resources

Faced with 8.4 million security events a day, the Governor’s Office of Information Technology continues to identify controls in need of additional funding.


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More Than 610 People Killed Over 6 Years by California Police

Will body cameras reveal unjust killings more common than previously thought?

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Young, White Millennials Coming to a City Near You

White populations grew in America’s largest cities from 2010 to 2014, with Millennials leading the way.

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Why Millennials Are Heading for Des Moines

Young people are flocking to the city for its cheap homes and budding hipster scene, according to housing data.

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Figuring Out What Makes the Best-Managed Cities Tick

‘What Works Cities,’ an expanding Bloomberg Philanthropies program, aims to create maturity models for municipal governments, using data to ‘get a better picture of what good looks like.’

Route Fifty Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, left, and Jeb Bush, at the CNN GOP debate in Simi Valley, California, on Sept. 16.

U.S. Mayors Have a Message for 2016 Presidential Contenders

“We want to refocus the conversation,” says Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. And infrastructure funding and mental health care are among the top issues for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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There’s Another Big Problem With Alabama’s Sweeping DMV Closures

Critics say the move will prevent black residents from getting voting ID documents. But the impacts will have other consequences.

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Why There Won’t Be a ‘Final’ Version of the Redesigned

Tired of municipal websites structured like city halls, Beantown is soliciting user feedback to create an ever-evolving experience.

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Sometimes You Don’t Need to Think Outside the Box

One subtle lesson from the Code for America summit: Effective innovation doesn’t always require a big shift in mindset or a bold transformational idea.

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Can Cities Desegregate? Some Show How It’s Done

As the federal government ups the pressure on cities to desegregate, some may provide models to follow.