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Construction Starts on Detroit's New M-1 Rail Line

The term "public-private partnership” does not fully capture the collaborative nature of the project.

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Voluntary Water Reductions Aren’t Effective in California

New poll shows 75 percent of state residents support mandatory cutbacks.

Virginia Court Strikes Down State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The federal appeals decision upholds a February ruling that found the ban violated the Constitution's equal protection clause.


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An Amtrak train waits to be boarded in Fresno.

California High-Speed Rail—Some Views from the Valley

People in Los Angeles and San Francisco often say that the initial links in a proposed north-south system would be "trains to nowhere." People from nowhere weigh in.

Rhode Island to Unemployed: No Online Resumé, No Benefits

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

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.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants petroleum coke storage companies to "either clean up or shut down."

Koch Brothers Firm Threatens to Sue Chicago

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

What Would the National Guard Actually Do at the Border?

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

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signs two executive orders implementing early Medicaid enrollment as his official first act as governor.

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.

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.