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4 Ways to Make Open Data Meaningful

Helping citizens build smarter communities through GIS technology the can help spur innovation, form connections and ultimately lead to action.

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A New Coalition to Lower State and Local Incarceration Rates

Launched by the White House, the Data-Driven Justice Initiative wants to lower prison inmate numbers and increase the number of prisoners receiving health care and mental health services with proven methods.

Could a New Michigan Competition Prevent the Next Big Great Lakes Invader?

Invasive species like zebra mussels threaten the Great Lakes ecosystem. Now, a statewide competition will award creative solutions for keeping other invaders at bay.


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Upstate N.Y. Local Governments Get Infusion of Casino Money

The state is doling out $30.2 million in license fees from three new casino projects to counties and municipalities.

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Ariz. Gov. Fires All State Contract Lobbyists; Ky. Probes Radioactive Fracking Waste From W.Va.

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Kansas’ unprocessed Medicaid applications more than thought; desert town’s $238,000 hedge headache; and Pennsylvania’s state troopers set to retire en masse.

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Zombie Invasion: Rethinking Undead Mobile Apps

Plenty of old, outdated, “zombie” native mobile apps are still around, swaying and shuffling around the app stores without serving a useful purpose for the government agencies that created them.

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More States Consider Family Leave Laws, But Barriers Remain

So far, only five states have approved comprehensive family and medical leave laws, but legislators in many other states are pushing for similar measures.

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A Middle-Class Stronghold’s Uncertain Future

As incomes fall across the nation, even better-off areas like Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, are faltering.

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No, Alphabet Isn't Conspiring to Take Over Public Transit in Columbus

Contrary to a recent article, “smart” transportation technologies like those from Sidewalk Labs aren’t really a big secret. Plus, cities want them.

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North Carolina Is About to Pass a Law Barring Public Access to Police Cam Footage

The controversial bill has cleared the House and made its way through the Senate Wednesday.

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For Smaller Cities, Intelligent Networks Offer a Solid Digital Foundation

Legacy networks are constraining when cities must meet connectivity demands, according to Verizon’s VP of SLED markets.

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Will North Carolina's Bathroom Bill Be Revised?

Lawmakers are meeting to consider changes to the controversial law, according to media reports.

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A Vote to Save Puerto Rico From Default

A bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Senate advanced legislation just in time to allow the island territory to make a July 1 payment and restructure its $70 billion debt.


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