Some say Ferguson's increasing reliance on court fines to fund its municipal operations may have contributed to its residents' distrust in law enforcement and government.
U.S. cities traditionally developed relationships with foreign cities for diplomatic, cultural or educational purposes. But more and more are looking to them for economic development.
A roundup of money (and other) news governments can use.
The Arizona city is likely the only in the country to pay for wildfire prevention with bond money and is being looked to as a national model for leveraging federal funds.