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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.

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

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.

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?

States Add a Human (Services) Touch to 'Stat'

Colorado is one of the few governments to employ the data-driven approach in human services. It's helping the state tackle major problems.

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Transportation Innovation’s Crucial Ingredient

For the revolution to succeed, smart regulators and thoughtful entrepreneurs will need to work together.


The first meeting of the president's opioid commission. From left: Dr. Bertha K. Madras, a Harvard Medical School professor who specializes in addiction biology, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, North Carolina Gov. Roy Coo

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

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


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?


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Why Are Government Websites So Bad?

Broken links, outdated information and mysterious abbreviations are just a few of the problems.


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Promoting the Good That Public Institutions Do

A code of ethics should be about more than preventing abuses. It should also promote positive contributions.


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Can We Build Inclusive, Innovative Local Economies?

A new learning collaborative is charting efforts in four metros to connect minority communities to entrepreneurial resources.

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Why Sun Belt Cities Need Unique Solutions to Common Problems

The typical tools of urban America don’t always work in the rapidly growing region.

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.

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$30 million

Estimated economic benefit of the total solar eclipse in just one town, Hopkinsville, Ky., which is the epicenter of the global event and is expecting as many as 200,000 visitors this weekend.

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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.


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.

Is Automation Anxiety All Hype?

Fears are spreading that automation will be a massive job-killer. But the extent to which that could be true depends on the region and industry -- and which researcher you talk to.

How Driverless Cars Could Be a Big Problem for Cities

The technology could signal the beginning of the end of parking tickets and other revenue sources. Some cities' budgets could take a big hit.

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Investing in Culture to Enhance Creativity and Social Engagement

Mayors are using the arts to enliven their communities.

Trash collector on the back of a garbage truck in Chicago.

States Hope to Make One of the Dirtiest, Deadliest Jobs a Little Safer

Garbage workers are killed on the job more often than police or firefighters.


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Transportation and the Challenge of Future-Proofing Our Cities

To preserve their communities' economic and social wellbeing, leaders will need to manage an endless cycle of technological disruption.

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Getting Energy Efficiency to the People Who Need It Most

It's too hard for low-income households to take advantage of programs to lower their utility bills. Some cities are making progress.

California Sterilized More People Than Any U.S. State But Has Yet to Compensate Victims

What's taking the progressive state so long to right its historical wrongs?

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Pension Plans Had a Great Year, But Retirees Likely Won't Benefit From It

One good investment year isn't enough to fix struggling systems' problems.