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With an NBA Assist, All-Star Host City Aims to Help Minority-Owned Businesses

Charlotte, N.C., is using the sporting event as an opportunity to close the investment gaps between businesses owned by white women and people of color.


Voter Turnout Is Up, Especially Among Democrats. What Does That Mean for November?

More people are casting primary ballots than four years ago. But that year, turnout was the lowest since World War II.


Home health care worker helps her client out of their wheelchair

Unions Could No Longer Get Medicaid Money Under New Trump Proposal

The federal government wants to roll back an Obama-era rule that lets some Medicaid payments go toward unions that represent home health care workers -- one of the fastest-growing and lowest-paid jobs.


Voting Rights Debate Moves From Statehouses to Ballot Boxes

Voters will weigh in this fall on voter registration, campaign finance and redistricting.


The New Gold Rush for Green Bonds

Investors are lining up to buy them to fund environmental projects.

• Are Green Bonds a Better Deal for Governments?

COMMENTARY

Federalism Is Broken. Can It Be Fixed?

Our federal system is tied up in knots. We have to try to untie them.

COMMENTARY

Getting the Most Out of Government’s Learning Loop

The digital tools are getting better all the time. It's a critical opportunity to improve judgment and decision-making.

COMMENTARY

How to Reduce Jail Populations in Big Ways

Not everybody charged with a felony needs to be behind bars, and speeding up court processes can have a significant impact.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

$800,000

Settlement the state of Missouri is paying a female prison guard who says she was sexually harassed and poisoned by male coworkers.

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After Supreme Court Shake-Up, These State Abortion Laws Could Challenge Roe v. Wade

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy increases the likelihood of extreme restrictions passing legal scrutiny.

• California Abortion Ruling Puts Other States' Laws in Doubt

First She Watched History on TV. Then She Made It.

Mayor Acquanetta Warren credits her father for her big dreams. "You've been to the moon," he used to say. There was some truth to that.

The Construction Projects Governments Are (and Aren't) Funding

Spending is up on airports but down or flat for schools, highways and prisons.

Why Alcohol Is Still the Most Dangerous Drug

It's cheaper, legal and kills more people than opioids. But public officials are much more united in the fight against drugs than alcohol.

Will Weaker Unions Mean More Money for States?

The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public-sector unions this week. Whether it'll save governments labor costs is debatable.

• Supreme Court: Public Employees Don't Have to Pay Union Fees

The Red State That's Considering a 'Millionaire's Tax'

The revenue-raising strategy is more common in blue states. So far, four Democratic-controlled states have passed such a tax.

Amid Scandal and Explosive Growth, Nashville Ponders Its Future

Like many other Sunbelt cities, Music City is trying to figure out what kind of place it wants to be.

Progressives' Next Target: How Worried Should Andrew Cuomo Be?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset is a warning for more moderate incumbents like New York's governor, who can't feel safe while the Democratic Party is shifting to the left.

• Ratings & Analysis for 2018's State Elections

One Woman's Quest to Fight Gentrification by Asking Residents How

Cat Goughnour is pushing several cities to give community members more say in urban design.

• Can Gentrification Be Illegal? This City Is Being Sued.