The Public Startup Charting Bold New Waters

Water utilities are struggling to lower their operation costs and simultaneously meet stricter environmental rules. Blue Drop, the brainchild of DC Water’s former leader, wants to help.

Can Taxing Pain Pills Alleviate the Opioid Epidemic?

Several states might tax drug manufacturers for the opioids they produce. But even among supporters, there are still a lot of questions.

3 Things in the Banking Deregulation Bill That State and Local Governments Should Know

The first major bipartisan banking bill since Dodd-Frank has some potential pluses and minuses for states and localities.

California's Biggest (and Most Surprising) Marijuana Opponent

As an African-American Democrat, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas isn't like a lot of other anti-drug advocates.

Why Rents Are Actually Lowering in Some Big Cities

But renters may not want to celebrate just yet.

What DOJ’s California Lawsuit Means for Immigrant Sanctuaries Across the Country

The White House indicated that it may sue other states with policies similar to California's. Does it have a case anywhere else?

Teachers Aren't Just Striking, They're Running for Office

Motivated by education cuts and a nationwide spirit of activism, dozens of teachers are running for legislative seats across the country.

• West Virginia Teachers Strike Inspires Talk of Protest in Other States

Black Students Have Longer Commutes Under School Choice

Of the cities studied, only in New Orleans did white students travel farther than their black peers.

SXSW Takeaways: 'The Immediate Future Is All About Cities'

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and several other city leaders discuss their experience at this year's South by Southwest conference.

• Our Full Coverage of SXSW 2018

Why Mississippi Might Want to Be Sued Over Abortion

When the governor signs what will be the nation's strictest abortion ban, lawsuits are expected. Some say that was the point.

• Months Late, Trump Changes Family Planning Program's Priorities

The Homeless-Campus Concept Catches On

As homelessness rises nationwide, Las Vegas is taking a gamble on a new way of helping the homeless. But some say it's money that could be better spent.

Where the Pay Gap Between Male and Female Doctors Is Biggest

On average, female doctors made $105,000 less than male doctors last year, and the gender pay gap actually increased.


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Time limit on abortions in Mississippi under a bill the governor said he endorses. Once signed, it will be the strictest abortion ban in the nation.


New Steel and Aluminium Tariffs May Impact Red States the Most

President Trump's "Buy American" policies are expected to cause the most harm to states such as Florida, Michigan and Texas.

• Trump's Tariffs Could Hurt More Local Economies Than They Help

Connecticut Goes to War With NRA

The NRA has "in essence become a terrorist organization," said Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is considering cutting it out of the state's gun permitting process. It's not the only state, however, that directs funds toward the group.

• With Guns in the Spotlight, Candidates for Governor Recalibrate Their Positions

State Efforts to Bring Back Obamacare's Individual Mandate Stall

Despite early enthusiasm, even the most liberal states are struggling to get enough support to restore the health insurance requirement that Congress repealed in December.

• Idaho Tests Trump Administration's Willingness to Revoke States' Right to Regulate Obamacare

To Track Opioid Use, More Cities May Soon Screen Wastewater

A new tech startup allows cities to chart drug usage down to the neighborhood level.

Vacancies Aren't Unique to Trump. States Struggle to Fill Top Positions, Too.

When an agency head leaves, some states take years to find a permanent replacement. What takes so long?

Can Apprenticeships Train the Workforce of the Future? States Hope So.

America has a skills gap. Governments across the U.S. are turning to European-style apprenticeship programs as a possible solution.

Trump's Leaked Immigration Rule Already Having Impacts

Regardless of whether a proposal to drastically expand the reasons for denying green cards becomes law, many legal immigrants are afraid to use government assistance -- for themselves and their children.


DNA’s Newfound Power for Crime-Solving

The development of more-sophisticated software packages is a boon for forensic investigators.


A Tip for Infrastructure Builders: Fix It First

Before we invest in new infrastructure, we need to maintain and update what we have.