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Grand Rapids Mayor Touts ‘Blue Economy’ and Effort to Let City’s River Run Wild

Let George Heartwell explain why restoring the rapids could give Michigan’s second-largest city a big economic boost.

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Miami Beach's New Flood Defenses; Flint's 'Massive' Water Thefts

Also in our State & Local roundup, stories from Kansas, California and Baltimore.

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D.C. Looking for 1st ‘Civic Hacker in Residence’

Full-time developer will help improve access to public data by using open-source tools.

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Hey, I'm Bikin' Here! A Buffer Zone Is Now Law for California Cyclists

California drivers are now legally required to give cyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing. But do these laws really work?

Millennials Love Transit Most, Boomers Still Stuck on Cars

A new study shows generations bucking their upbringings, with sheltered Millennials choosing the bus.

L.A.'s Fire Department Rolls Out New Nepotism Protocols

The city says the practice leads to less diversity among firefighters.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill

McCaskill Taps Her State Auditor Experience for Local Police Militarization Inquiry

Missouri senator’s previous state investigations found problems with training and use of local police equipment.

Oregon County Voters Say ‘No,’ Again; West Virginia’s Data Lawsuit

Also in our State & Local roundup: Pennsylvania county vs. Haiti and Nebraska’s minimum-wage proposal.

Training Their Fire

A national shooting competition for police officers draws criticism in Albuquerque, where there have been 27 fatal "officer involved" shootings since 2010.

Important Lessons From Sacramento’s Cellphone Waste Report

Auditor finds nearly $300,000 in unnecessary wireless device usage, plenty of potential savings and recommends changes.

The University of Texas at Austin

‘Unprecedented Legislative Intrusion’ in Texas; Idaho City Fights ‘War on Wolves’

Also in our daily State & Local roundup: Hawaii’s web award and Atlantic City’s health-care safety net.

Attention Cities Looking to Engage Immigrants: Don't Dismiss the Smartphone

A new report highlights how civic smartphone technology could be a huge help to recently arrived immigrants.

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Minnesota State Capitol Renovations Bring Big Changes

Check out the major upgrades coming to state legislative facilities.