State & Local

New Earthquake-Resilient Water Pipes ‘Surpassed Expectations’ in Recent Tests

“We took the pipe to three times its current design standard, and it continued to convey water,” according to a Cornell University researcher.

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How Apps Can Prompt Police Departments to Release More Stats

In trying to answer questions about U.S. crime using open data, app developers on the online analytics platform Foxtrot Code are requiring even more transparency from city officials.

Policies States Should Implement to Boost Child Immunization Rates

Data on policies strongarming parents is lacking, but rejecting nonmedical exemptions is a start.


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Tropical Storm to Bring Heavy Rain to Florida; Will Baltimore’s Drug Problems Alter Local Aquatic Life?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Tulsa’s gonorrhea and chlamydia hot spots; Confederate T-shirt courtroom dispute in South Carolina; Indiana’s ‘Grave in the Middle of the Road’

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States Say ‘Bah! Humbug!’ to Sales Tax Holidays

While retailers have persuaded legislators that the feel-good tax breaks are good for the economy, studies have shown otherwise.

A HI-SEAS crew member from a previous mission explores 'Mars' in Hawaii.

A NASA-funded, Year-long Experiment in Hawaii to Mimic Life on Mars Has Come to an End

What will it take to survive the three-year long trip to the red planet?

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As Acadia Nat’l Park Celebrates Centennial, Maine Gets New Nat’l Monument

Soon after President Obama’s pen stroke made a long-discussed Katahdin Woods proposal official, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell explored the area’s ‘beauty and the bounty’ by canoe.

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Maine Governor Leaves Shocking Voicemail; D.C.’s 9-1-1 System Fails

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: New problems for Louisiana flood victims; Virginia’s budget gap; and intergovernmental squabbles over Michigan Legionella investigation.

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New Orleans Improves Transparency About Police Use-of-Force Incidents

The data-focused effort comes at a time when the city is carrying out police department reforms.

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Federal Judge Rules Against North Carolina's HB2

Thomas Schroeder temporarily barred the University of North Carolina from enforcing the state’s “bathroom bill,” finding that the law likely violates the Civil Rights Act.

Route Fifty Stanford law professor Michele Dauber speaks at a rally before activists delivered over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench Friday, June 10, 2016.

Judging California's Judges

Recalls may become easier, but is that better for the Golden State?

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Can Uber and Lyft Save Carpooling?

To really turn around the decline in carpooling, many more people would have to start using ride-hailing apps.

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Ranking Business Startup Activity in U.S. Metro Areas and States

The Kauffman Index of Startup Activity shows where entrepreneurship is flourishing.


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