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Virginia Counties May Withdraw From Broadband Initiative

But will Roanoke be perceived as being a technological backwater?

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Pensioners in Bankrupt Detroit OK Tough Cuts

CIty retirees will see a 4.5 percent pension cut and lose annual inflation adjustments.

Fla. County Is Ready to Issue Marriage Licenses for Gay Couples

But a judge's ruling Monday afternoon will put any gay weddings in Key West on hold.


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What's Behind the Backlash to Houston's 'One Bin for All' Program

The city is forging ahead with an unprecedented single-bin combined waste collection and recycling plan. But it may want to reconsider ditching tried-and-true methods.

A South Texas Border Patrol vehicle removes tracks in 2013.

Why Border-State Gubernatorial Candidates Can't Solve Their Voters' Most Pressing Issue

Immigration is a hot-button issue, so border-state politicians talk a big game about it. There's only one problem.

A boat navigates Bristol Bay in 2007.

EPA Moves to Thwart Huge Alaskan Copper and Gold Mine

Bristol Bay is home to the world's largest sockeye salmon run.

Local leaders in the Charlotte area are upset with a proposed move to block a local sales tax to help pay teachers.

North Carolina Might Block Counties Looking to Boost Teacher Pay

Local control remains a contentious issue in the Tar Heel State.

One California lawmaker is pushing a plan in Sacramento that would mandate businesses in the state with five or more employees and offer no retirement plan to deduct 3 percent of worker wages.

Lawmakers Look at State-Sponsored IRAs for Private-Sector Workers

Several states are examining setting up mandatory retirement plans for businesses that don’t offer one.

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Where Will the Next U.S. Earthquake Hit?

USGS maps offer cross-agency team new insights into the nation's seismic risks.

State-Run Green Banks Could Bring Down Energy Costs

New York is one of many states that's changing the way it funds clean-energy projects.

Michigan Suburb Blocks Street on Detroit Border

Grosse Pointe Park’s traffic-calming blockade raises boundary questions and stirs cross-border tensions.

Under the proposed plan, San Francisco would be part of the new state of Silicon Valley.

Six Californias, One Super City-State

One venture capitalist's dream to divide California into six states—while consolidating much of its power into one.