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California, HP Sign $116.5 Million Prisoner Records Deal

Paper-based system was a “logistical nightmare” for the state’s corrections department.

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S.F. Mayor Announces World Series Victory Plans; Big Change in El Paso

Also in our State & Local news roundup: Rhode Island town voters face lengthy double-sided 40-question ballot.

Save or Delete? Official Email Policies Vary By State

State policies about whether employees should delete or save emails vary considerably, creating concerns among open government advocates.


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Shrinking Prisons: Good Crime-Fighting and Good Government

Corrections is the ultimate human service—and it can be done more cheaply and more effectively without locking so many people up.

Pennsylvania’s Secondhand Smoke Loopholes; Dangerous Highway Guardrails?

Also in our State & Local news roundup: Cat nuisance ordinance in West Virginia is criticized and marijuana raids in Denver.

A licensed clinician sanitizes his hands after a simulated Ebola training session on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Anniston, Ala.

Ebola Scare in Missouri Raises Questions About State-Local Communication

“It was probably a favor to everybody that, in hindsight, that happened,” state senator says.

In Texas, the Death Penalty is Slowly Dying Out

The Lone Star State carried out its fewest executions since 1996 this year.

Why Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

Blue America has a problem: Even after adjusting for income, left-leaning metros tend to have worse income inequality and less affordable housing.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis Plans New Electric Vehicle ‘Freedom Fleet’ for City

Mayor Greg Ballard’s quest to ditch foreign oil is expanding the city’s green footprint.

Will Alaska's marijuana ballot proposal help sway the course of the state's U.S. Senate and governor's race?

State Ballot Initiatives Could Boost Turnout, Affecting Key Races

Voters this year aren’t just deciding control of the U.S. Senate.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, at right, at the Alabama Academy of Honor induction ceremony at the State Capitol on Monday.

Apple CEO Challenges Alabama in Speech; NTSB Releases Findings on Conn., N.Y. Rail Incidents

Also in our State & Local news roundup: Is there a tech scene rising in New Orleans’ Silicon Bayou?

A high-speed train crosses a viaduct in El Burgo de Ebro, Spain.

Moving Forward with America's High-Speed Rail Projects

A status report on proposed lines in California, Texas, and the Northeast.

It Only Took 45 Years For The US to Completely Change Its Mind About Weed

Nearly half the 50 states have made marijuana either legal in one form or another, or have decriminalized its use.