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Climate Adaptation Raises a 'Question of Equity’ for Flagstaff's Mayor

Whether it’s sea level rise or a flood control project in her hometown, Mayor Coral Evans sees climate resilience and environmental sustainability as linked with social issues.

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A More Holistic Approach to Social Problem-Solving Requires Interagency Collaboration

Researchers and governments have teamed up through the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust to craft better public policy and metrics.

State and Local Attorneys Brace for a Workload Increase

Laws keep evolving, budgets keep tightening and more experienced attorneys are ready to retire, making automation that much more important for governments.


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Do Driverless Cars Need Their Own Roads Around Manhattan?

A concept for AV expressways promises to reduce travel times, but falls into an old trap of car-centric planning.

Route Fifty Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, arrives for a vote as the Republican-run Senate rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement on Wednesday.

Trump Warns He’ll Protect Alaska’s Environment, if Murkowski Doesn’t Back Obamacare Repeal

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Missouri still refers to Asian Americans as 'Oriental'; Election Integrity vice chair's credibility questioned; no more parties in Miami Beach . . . after 2 a.m.?

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County in Wisconsin Looks to Partner With Neighboring Jurisdictions on Vital Services

“It’s something that will be an evolutionary process, not revolutionary,” according to Washington County administrator Joshua Schoemann.

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To Reduce Recidivism, States Scrap Barriers for Ex-Offenders

Hoping to make it easier for people leaving prison to re-enter society—and avoid going back—several states enacted laws aimed at helping ex-offenders get jobs, pay off court debt, and access food stamps.

Route Fifty Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia on Friday.

Is Sessions’ Dangling of 'Sanctuary City' Funding an Overstep?

The U.S. attorney general followed through on a threat he made in May, showing he’s willing to withhold millions of dollars meant for criminal justice initiatives if it means getting states and localities to enforce federal immigration law.

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What's the Real Goal of Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission?

A conversation with Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of three Democrats advising the president on “election integrity.”

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Texas Gov.’s ‘War on Cities’ Heats Up With Snub of the Big 5

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Seattle police want to bargain for body cams; Allentown, Pa. mayor shrugs off corruption charges; Baltimore gun bill gets a rewrite

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Reluctant States Raise Gas Taxes to Repair Roads

Driven by an infrastructure crisis, even legislatures dominated by fiscal conservatives are striking deals to raise taxes on gasoline and other fees paid by drivers.

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Building a Skills Agenda for the New Economy

We can't rely on the free market to fix our workforce—here's what works.

Route Fifty Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross departs after speaking with members of the media and listening to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' speech at the U.S. Attorney's Office on Friday.

Attorney General's Civil Asset Forfeiture Orders Are 'Irrelevant' in Philadelphia

Jeff Sessions has ordered prosecutors to continue seizing property from suspects, even if they haven’t been charged with a crime, to help finance law enforcement practices. Philadelphia is moving in the opposite direction.