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A Former Whaling and Textiles Hub in New England Seeks Regeneration

New Bedford, Mass., Mayor Jonathan Mitchell pushes for infrastructure investments and a better business climate.

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Fighting AIDS in the Nation's Capital

Over the past decade, Washington, D.C., has cut by three-quarters the number of people testing positive for AIDS.

Colorado’s First-in-the-Nation Risk-Limiting Audits Take Shape Ahead of 2017 Election

The state has had eight years to develop a secure election process that’s open source and easily replicable.


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Meet Missi, Mississippi’s 1st Artificial Conversational Chatbot

You can also now take a virtual reality tour of the Magnolia State’s Capitol.

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Too Many People Are Calling 911. Here's a Better Way.

Memphis is working on an alternative for the expensive “you-call, we-haul” approach.

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Pennsylvania’s Big Budgetary Gamble With Proposal for ‘Satellite’ Casinos

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: EPA faces lawsuit over ‘vague’ pollution permits in Texas; a California wildfire grows near Yosemite; and a mini-pig proposal in Billings, Montana.

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The Bipartisan Opposition to Sessions's New Civil-Forfeiture Rules

Attorney General Jeff Sessions expanded the controversial police practice on Wednesday by rolling back Obama-era reforms.

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Cops Get Help to Cope With Trauma

For decades, police have kept silent about the toll trauma takes on them, their families and their careers. But that is changing.

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New Mapping Tool Helps Chattanoogans Explore Their City’s Data

"Open data has a tremendous ability to break down barriers and empower communities,” according to Mayor Andy Berke.

Route Fifty President Donald Trump, with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks at a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on Wednesday at the White House.

Trump Targets State Holdouts During Election Integrity Commission’s 1st Public Meeting

“If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they’re worried about,” the president said during a livestream.

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Unexpected Hot-Air Balloon Incident Keeps Washington State DOT Busy

Near Seattle, there was an unusual feast for the eyes for those normally glued to the monotony of traffic camera footage.

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Code for America’s New California Partnership Targets Food Stamp ‘Participation Gap’ allows Golden State residents to apply for SNAP benefits via mobile phone. “You can do it wherever you are.”