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More Evidence That Goats Are a Good Municipal Investment

Goats are better than herbicides when it comes to clearing weeds, say scientists.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

Kansas County Bucks Brownback's Vision; ‘Lung-Scarring Siege’ in California

Also in our State & Local weekend roundup: Stories from New Jersey, Florida and Wisconsin ...

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Boston Mayor Angers Hometown Ice Hockey Fans During Sister-City Visit

Marty Walsh clarifies his overseas comments amid social media mess.

Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Eric Holder Talks Up D.C. Voting Rights On His Way Out the Door

"We pay our taxes. We die in the Army. . . . It is long past time for every citizen to be afforded his or her full responsibilities as well as our full right."

An Atheist's Alabama Invocation; California's Faulty 24-Story State Office Building

Also in our State & Local roundup: Stories from Pennsylvania, Idaho and Michigan.

Jamal Byers, left center, shakes hands with Judge James Cissell, right, after Jamal and Tyshawn Byers, right center, were adopted by the Rev. Edward Byers, left, and his wife Darnette Byers, last November in Cincinnati. Adoption is a desired outcome for m

Software Helps States Reduce Foster Care Numbers

Better computer software tools have helped states do a better job of meeting the needs of neglected or abused children, including not letting them linger in foster care.

Oliver Wise, director of the city of New Orleans' Office of Performance and Accountability.

How New Orleans Is Fighting Blight With Stats and Data Analysis

Watch Oliver Wise address Code for America’s 2014 Summit in San Francisco.

Iraqi Prime Minister: Attack Against New York and Paris Subways Is 'Imminent'

New York Gov. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Christie are increasing police presence.

Here's What Stands in the Way of Marijuana Legalization in Washington, D.C.

How a bill becomes a law in the District—Mary Jane edition.

West Virginia's Boy Scout Amendment; Texas State Auditor's Big UNT Findings

Also in our State & Local roundup: Stories from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., Los Angeles City Hall and Eugene, Ore.