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Mayor Emanuel: ‘Chicago Will Not Be Blackmailed’ by Trump Administration

The Windy City plans to sue the federal government and “will continue to stand up to President Trump and his Justice Department.”

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Pennsylvania Decision Puts Public Officials on Notice Regarding Their Facebook Use

It all started with a proposed local mural. Then things online got snarky and personal.

Collaborating to Close Silicon Valley’s ‘Homework Gap’

A new partnership in San José plans to distribute free mobile hotspots to 1 million low-income students over five years.


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A Skeptical N.Y.C. Mayor Casts Doubts on Governor's Congestion-Pricing Proposal

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A Conn. city may prohibit pedestrian cellphone use in crosswalks; Colo. new autonomous vehicle pilot for construction zones; and Wyo. governor applauds Trump executive order on environmental review.

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Beyond Rooftops: States Move to Encourage Community Solar

Community solar can drastically expand the base of people and business that can access solar power. But regulating the evolving industry is tricky.

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How to Stop Neo-Nazis From Mobilizing on the Street: Lessons From Europe

Boston's march against racism deflated the far right's ability to mobilize publicly while remaining peaceful.

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Solar Eclipse Will Test Stability of California’s Power Grid

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Oregon city asks people not to use eclipse glasses it gave away; Boston police praised for keeping the peace; and an Idaho lawmaker says an Obama plot for Charlottesville violence is “completely plausible.”

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Using GIS Mapping for On-the-Ground Situational Awareness During the Eclipse

A massive influx of visitors to places along the “path of totality” is a public safety challenge and operational challenge.

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How State Preemption Became a 'Serious Problem' for Local Governments in Florida

“The legislature has shown disregard, even hostility, to the fundamental principle of home rule,” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said at last week’s Florida League of Cities annual conference.

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Why States Don’t Want Trump to Make ‘Very Big Changes’ to NAFTA

“We need to be very thoughtful in talking about trade issues,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, said this spring during a joint news conference with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Route Fifty Notes and flowers form a memorial in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the site where Heather Heyer was killed. Heyer was struck by a car while protesting a white nationalist rally on Saturday Aug. 12.

Mayors Join With the Anti-Defamation League in Effort to Combat White Supremacy

Mayors say Charlottesville was a “clarion call to create stronger cultures of kindness and compassion in all of our communities.”

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This City Made Its Waze Data Actionable Moving to the Cloud

Few of the cities that are part of the navigation app’s Connected Citizens data-sharing program actually do anything with the anonymized trip information they receive because of the volume.

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AT&T’s Lawsuit Challenging Google Fiber Expansion Faces Setback in Louisville

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Montana’s wildfire funding running dry; Peoria’s new apprenticeship program; and a N.Y. public information officer’s unfortunate “butt dial.”