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Court Backlogs Could Disappear With This Drug Test

The wait for drug test results can bring the criminal justice system to a slow crawl. There's a faster test, but few are using it.

Hand holding a baggie of drugs.

How Much Climate Change Will Cost Each U.S. County

It's not just an environmental issue, and for the first time, researchers have calculated global warming's potential economic impact on each county.

Governments Are Turning to Banks for Easy Money

States and localities say direct loans aren't as much of a hassle as issuing bonds. That may be true, but they're also riskier.

Governors Pay Prisoners Face-to-Face Visits

As part of a new initiative, eight governors agreed to meet with inmates, crime victims and corrections staff to better understand how their criminal justice policies impact people.

Drowning in Data, Cities Turn to 'Citizen Scientists'

Governments have more data than they have the manpower to handle. Some recruit volunteers to help analyze it all, but they're far from being experts in data.


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Elections and the Challenges of Technology

Our voting systems are a difficult marriage between ancient and modern tools. Keeping the proper balance is tricky but crucial.


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What's Good Enough for the Gherkin Should Be Good Enough for Americans

The most sophisticated risk managers in the world invest in state and local governments. So why are Americans so hesitant?


Don Willett’s Lone Star Legal Show

The Texas Supreme Court justice is witty and approachable, and he's huge on Twitter. He's also one of the most influential conservative jurists in the country right now.


Cash money flying in the air.

What If Government Just Gave Everyone Cash, No Strings Attached?

The radical idea of a universal basic income is far from new, but it's finally being tested around the world -- even in America.


Rural America Gets Creative to Attract Much-Needed Doctors

"Training in 'the sticks,' sticks," says one medical professional. But first, rural areas have to get doctors there.

These Governors Are Rich, But Are They Effective?

The wealthy are increasingly seeking their state's highest office. Winning has been the easy part.

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What a Digital City Hall Could Be

Redesigning a government website should be about more than attractiveness and easy navigation. It's a chance to reengineer underlying processes.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

1.4%

Vermonters who voted in November but left blank the line for president. Hillary Clinton ultimately won 57 percent of the state's vote, but 6 percent of it went to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders as a write-in candidate.

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Activists dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" outside the Texas Capitol.

For the Future of Anti-Abortion Laws, Look to Missouri

Health policy experts say other conservative states often follow Missouri's lead on abortion measures. This year, the state passed several never-before-seen regulations.


Term Limits Could Hurt Republicans in 2018

Twice as many Republicans can't run again for state legislative office. That could help Democrats, but how much?

What Does the National Opioid Emergency Mean for States and Cities?

There are still some major unanswered questions about Trump's declaration.

Work for Us – Or Else: The Rise of Noncompete Contracts

It's now common, even for lower-paying jobs, to make employees pledge their loyalty to companies. Some states are stepping in to stop the corporate abuse.

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Thriving Environment, Thriving Community

Fresh air, clean water and open spaces are fundamental pillars of a healthy community.

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Infrastructure Lessons From One of the Nation’s First P3s

A 75-year-old highway project offers clues to solving a critical present-day problem.


Speeding Plays an Even Bigger Role in Traffic Deaths Than We Thought, Say Feds

The National Transportation Safety Board wants governments to crack down on speeding, which claims as many traffic deaths as drunk driving. But the hard question is: How?

Legal or Not, States Forge Ahead With 401(k)-for-Everyone Plans

Congress jeopardized the future of state plans to help private employees save for retirement. States don't seem to care.

The Rise of the 'Night Mayor' in America

The concept caught fire in Europe and is gaining relevance in large and small cities across the Atlantic.

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Throwing Money at Businesses Has Been a Bad Idea Since the Start

It's time to abandon corporate tax breaks. Just look at their history.