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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Remember the Human Element When Implementing Smart City Technologies

Building sensor networks seems like the most difficult step, but that’s just the start on the long road to a smarter local government.

Why Does Fracking (Sometimes) Trigger Earthquakes?

A new study proposes why fracking triggers some faults but leaves others dormant—and it suggests a possible method of earthquake prediction.


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Fate of Atlantic City’s Water Utility to Be Decided; Illinois Village’s Chuck E. Cheese Nightmare

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: An end to Colorado's largest-ever marijuana raid case; 5,000 Cedar Rapids residents asked to evacuate; and San Francisco turns dog poop into compost

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Still Not Enough Treatment in the Heart of the Opioid Crisis

A West Virginia city at the epicenter of the nation’s opioid epidemic finds all its efforts to battle the scourge still fall short.

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How Data Drives Government

How can government agencies use the data they collect, generate, protect and share to inform better decision-making and drive mission success?

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Navigator Award Finalists: Department and Agency Chiefs

As we count up to 50, we're rolling out finalists 11-20 next.

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Can a Police-Misconduct Lawsuit Lead to Reform?

Several legal experts say the settlement awarded to Sandra Bland’s family could potentially yield substantive jail changes.

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How Cincinnati's Public Utilities Have Deployed Drone Aircraft

“Using drone technology we can do it in a matter of minutes, versus a matter of hours or days, and redirect human resources to other facets of the utility,” according to City Manager Harry Black.

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Can Public Art Solve Pressing Urban Issues?

Mayors are using an unusual tool to address issues like environmental stewardship and public safety: public art.

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Ohio Can't Purge Infrequent Voters From Its Rolls

A federal appeals court says the secretary of state violated the National Voting Rights Act when he moved to clean up voter rolls.

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Big Money Pours into State Ballot Issue Campaigns

California routinely leads the nation in dollars raised and spent to pass or kill ballot propositions, and the trend is spreading to other states.

Route Fifty Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, left; his wife, Carla; Sen. Chris Coons, right; and his wife, Annie, stand together at a campaign stop in Wilmington on April 25.

U.S. Governors: Next President Must Increase Mass Transit Funding

“You have to prove to people you understand it’s their money and you’re spending it wisely,” says Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.


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