State & Local

Colorado’s New Local Control Oil and Gas Rules Fuel Ballot Battle

While the state maintains primacy in regulating oil and gas drilling, activist groups have been pushing hard for more municipal and county control.

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New York Village Faces Its Own Toxic Water Crisis

In Hoosick Falls, the discovery of high levels of a synthetic chemical, PFOA, has the town avoiding the tap. What comes next?

Vacant Walmart Sites Create Giant Big-Box Stumbling Blocks for Local Governments

As the global retail giant shutters 154 U.S. stores, some communities are facing huge economic redevelopment hurdles. But there are some outside-the-box ideas for filling these hard-to-fill footprints.

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Golden State Legislators Lock Up Bills to Limit Solitary Confinement of Juveniles

"In California, a juvenile–a child–can be placed in solitary confinement for a lesser act of misbehavior than an adult.”

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Amid Health, Privacy Fears, States Are Letting People Reject 'Smart Meters'

Legislators in several states have moved to give consumers options when it comes to installing smart meters in their homes.

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Another Blow to the Overarching ‘Ferguson Effect’ Theory

A new University of Colorado-Boulder study found urban crime remains low.

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Maryland Bill Aims to Shield the ‘Right to Yelp’ for Consumers

Similar legislation is pending in Congress. But California is the only place that has enacted a comparable state law.

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When Did Rick Snyder Learn About Legionnaire's in Flint?

Michigan’s governor says he only found out in January, but newly revealed emails show his aides were aware of the fatal outbreak nine months ago.

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Reno Is Gambling It All on Tech

With Tesla and Switch moving to town, the city unveils its tech ambitions.

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A Plan to Manage a Chihuahuan Desert Splendor in New Mexico

The Bureau of Land Management will soon ask for public input on how our Carlsbad public lands are managed—whether for conservation purposes or for development including oil and gas.

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Tunnel Boring Machine ‘Harriet’ Launches to Dig New L.A. Metro Line Tunnel

A name can be a powerful way to garner community support for an important transit project.

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Super Bowl 50 Host City Fosters Silicon Valley Relationships

Santa Clara, California, hopes partnerships with STEM innovators will benefit public education.