February 28, 2011
While the feds struggle with their own assessment of the chemical, several states enact bans.
February 1, 2011
More states are allowing patrons to bring guns into bars, but what effect will the laws actually have?
January 13, 2011
To increase visitor traffic to downtown Scottsdale, Ariz., the city is adding a route to the city's trolley system to shuttle hotel and resort-dwelling tourists downtown.
January 10, 2011
Some students from low-income families in Missouri will continue to receive meal-assistance during summer vacation this year thanks to a statewide food-security program.
January 6, 2011
A model agreement between state chief information officers, attorneys general and Facebook addresses legal concerns state and local governments may have regarding social media use.
January 1, 2011
Developers all around the world are creating innovative apps to help citizens utilize public information.
January 1, 2011
Some shelters still regularly euthanize their animals by placing them in gas chambers -- a method that’s increasingly coming under attack in several states.
December 23, 2010
A dozen cab drivers in the Big Apple are getting bulletproof vests in an experiment to keep them safe during late-night shifts.
December 21, 2010
Now more than ever, state and local governments' programs only stay alive if they've proven themselves to be effective. But how do you really know a program is effective?
December 20, 2010
An international design contest is calling teams of architects, engineers and ecologists to develop highway overpasses to increase the safety of wildlife and motorists.
December 16, 2010
In an effort to combat rising teen birthrates, Texas implemented two programs to show and teach students the real-life responsibilities that come with teen pregnancy.
December 13, 2010
Quincy, Mass., is expanding a pilot program this winter that pays snow-removal companies for the amount of snow they remove, not the hours they work.
December 9, 2010
One Montana county has been implementing a pilot program that enforces two breathalyzer tests a day for repeat DUI offenders to keep them sober.
December 6, 2010
A nationwide pilot program is set to increase the amount of classroom experience student teachers receive in education programs.
December 2, 2010
Manhattan is implementing a pilot program that will allow for the recovery of organs from individuals who die outside of hospital settings.
December 1, 2010
Legislators face opposition in passing school bus seat belt laws, but support is growing.
November 29, 2010
School districts in California are building solar-panel roofs in their parking lots to provide shade for cars and generate low-cost electricity.
November 22, 2010
The White Mountain Stewardship Project creates an unlikely partnership between conservationists and loggers in Arizona to dampen the dangers of wildfires while stimulating the local economy.
November 18, 2010
Schools and municipalities across the country are implementing wireless devices that keep students and participants engaged and facilitate feedback.
November 17, 2010
What changes do we have to make to our food regulation methods to prevent future large-scale food contamination outbreaks?
November 15, 2010
A community wellness grant is helping Erie County, N.Y., launch a program that will help locally owned restaurants research and post detailed nutrition information.
November 11, 2010
The Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community in Pittsfield, Mass., is giving homeless veterans something that, to many, seemed almost impossible: owning a home.
November 8, 2010
A USDA grant is funding a study that will measure and compare the levels of greenhouse gas emissions from conventional and organic dairy farms.
November 4, 2010
The rural town of Adrian, Minn., opened a telepharmacy to continue conveniently serving the needs of its community after its local pharmacy closed down.
November 2, 2010
Here's a quick overview of GOVERNING's coverage of the 2010 Midterm Elections. Pre-election ratings, real-time results and analysis, post-election live chats, and more.
November 1, 2010
Missouri’s Riverview Gardens School District is testing a program that suspends misbehaving students, but keeps them in school.
October 25, 2010
Ohio's Mississinawa Valley School District is implementing a pilot program that will allow students to continue their educational instruction from home, even when schools are closed due to inclement weather.
October 19, 2010
The recession has been officially over for a year now, so when will we be back to normal? One way to look at it is to compare it to catching and recovering from a cold.
October 18, 2010
A federal grant is helping fund a project that will look for ways to turn unwanted, invasive plant species along the Missouri River Basin into biofuel.
October 14, 2010
NYC's Department of Transportation is test-running a car-sharing program that's estimated to save the city over half a million dollars in fleet maintenance costs over four years.
October 12, 2010
To the extermination industry, bedbugs are as good as gold. But what effects could these little blood-suckers have on retail centers?
October 11, 2010
Five Georgia school districts are trying out a score-based physical fitness program for students that's scheduled to go statewide in the 2011-2012 school year.
October 7, 2010
Connecticut's Help Me Grow program helps diagnose children's disorders early and offers families quick access to community-based programs for treatment.
October 5, 2010
With all the talk about gun control and keeping people safe from the modern-day dangers, we often forget about the biggest danger: ourselves.
October 4, 2010
The Dallas Police Department is using smart-phone technology to take the classic neighborhood crime-watch idea to the 21st century.
September 29, 2010
A recently released study by Vanderbilt University on performance-based pay for teachers showed bonus pay alone was not enough to affect student test scores. So what now?
September 27, 2010
As a part of a nationwide electric vehicle infrastructure project, Knoxville, Tenn., will soon host about 350 public charging stations for electric vehicles.
September 23, 2010
Counties in California are setting up drop-off locations for excess paint; saving communities thousands in hazardous waste disposal costs.
September 21, 2010
The NYC bedbug epidemic is still going strong. What can be done to help people avoid the sleep-stealing parasites in New York and in other cities?
September 20, 2010
Oklahoma has a program ready to send emergency responders to Louisiana to help operate and maintain shelters, if disaster were to strike and cause mass evacuations.
September 16, 2010
Washington, D.C., is implementing a sound device in a popular shopping district to prevent loitering and violence among youth.
September 13, 2010
A pilot program in South Carolina prepares high school students to take a certification test and become active firefighters as soon as they turn 18.
September 10, 2010
Emergency response teams need to upgrade the ways they communicate with each other and the public. But what's the best way to do so?
September 9, 2010
Columbia, S.C., is converting residents' used cooking oil, grease and fat into biodiesel to fuel city trash trucks.
September 2, 2010
A program in Cleveland, Ohio, uses plywood – painted to resemble doors and windows – to keep abandoned houses free of vandals and drifters.
August 30, 2010
The Houston Independent School District will soon hand out cash incentives to parents for being more involved in their child's education.
August 26, 2010
Trash and recycling carts, embedded with radio frequency ID chips, will keep track of how often residents put their recycling cart out for collection.
August 23, 2010
In hopes of achieving long-term savings on obesity-related health-care costs, South Carolina is going to spend $2.4 million on bariatric surgeries for state workers.
August 16, 2010
A program in New Hampshire allows employers and unemployed workers to test their compatibility with each other before committing to an official job.
August 9, 2010
A number of Chicago public schools are adopting an alternative school-year calendar that shortens students' summer breaks.
August 2, 2010
Utah's Department of Transportation is implementing a program that uses dual-sensory deterrents to keep deer from wandering onto roads while cars are driving by.
July 30, 2010
When it comes to retirement systems, levels of funding and liability are all over the map.
July 26, 2010
As a possible alternative to traditional concrete sound barriers on highways, Ohio will test out the effectiveness of 12-foot-high "green" walls.
July 19, 2010
This summer, people in the Big Apple will be diving into Dumpsters – not to rummage through trash, but to escape the summer heat.
July 13, 2010
Some MLB players and fans opposed to Arizona’s immigration law are protesting against having the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix. Come next year, how much will all of this matter?
July 12, 2010
To save money and time, the Big Apple is encouraging delivery companies and businesses to shift their freight deliveries to off-peak hours.
July 8, 2010
In hopes of eliminating cash payments at toll stations, Florida is letting drivers add funds to prepaid electronic toll-collection accounts with cash. That way, everyone can cruise on through.
July 7, 2010
If LeBron James decides to suit up for another NBA team, will Cleveland's businesses and economy still "rock"?
July 1, 2010
Some elementary school students in Maryland are making money this summer by reading books.
June 28, 2010
Louisiana state officials are participating in a pilot study that uses devices to render cell phones virtually useless in moving vehicle.
June 24, 2010
Findings on Chicago's first year with a pilot teacher evaluation system include more consistent evaluations and more low-performing teachers.
June 21, 2010
The Oregon Public Utility Commission is providing residents and businesses with a long-term solution for offsetting the installation costs of solar panels: payment for the power they generate.
June 17, 2010
Tempe, Ariz., and Maricopa County are test-running a long-term solution to helping homeless people get back on track.
June 17, 2010
The Buffaloes and Cornhuskers flew the Big 12 coop. Texas legislators got involved in keeping that coop together. Here's why.
June 14, 2010
New York City is test-driving a new, cooler way to pave roads that's energy- and time-efficient.
June 10, 2010
Two cities are gauging the effectiveness of using DNA evidence to identify and apprehend car thieves.
June 7, 2010
Bouncers in Polk County, Iowa, bars are being trained to maintain the safety of patrons and workers. Some lawmakers want to take it statewide.
June 3, 2010
Arvada, Colo., residents now have an online resource to help them find alternative methods of transportation – and win prizes.
May 24, 2010
Hawaii's Vehicle Monitoring Service saves car rental companies' time and money in keeping tabs on tickets.
May 17, 2010
Prisons across the country are implementing self-sufficient food programs to save money.
May 13, 2010
Find out how Florida plans on using voice-recognition technology to fight health-care fraud.
May 3, 2010
Oregon's K-12 classrooms now have access to Google's cloud-computing system.
April 26, 2010
The days of 911 operators only knowing callers' street location are over. They now visually inspect the area of an inbound caller's location through 3-D-like images.
April 19, 2010
What can pig poo do? Apparently, it can be turned into one of the nation's biggest imports: crude oil. At the University of Illinois in...
April 12, 2010
Earlier this month, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that the state will launch a pilot program, using GPS monitors to track the movement of...
April 9, 2010
More and more states across the country are adopting tobacco bans in their prisons. In fact, half of the states in the U.S. have ...
April 5, 2010
A hybrid-powered streetlight system, the first of its kind in a residential community, was recently installed in a Downers Grove, Illinois neighborhood. The 25 streetlights are...
March 29, 2010
In this current state of the economy, school districts across the country are trying to offset budget cuts by generating new streams of revenue. A...
March 25, 2010
Akin to many other large U.S. cities, streets and public rights-of-way take up about one-fourth of San Francisco's land area. As part of a...
January 3, 2010
One correctional facility in Michigan is partnering with a local animal shelter to have inmates help develop shelter dogs into adoption-ready companions.