Cover Story

Tribes and Tribulations

BY Ellen Perlman

Localities are struggling to deal with the issues that arise from being adjacent to Indian lands.


Public Safety & Justice

Clear Connection

A high-tech partnership is driving down crime in Chicago. BY

Damage Control

Coastal states are testing ways to keep citizens' property insured against hurricane winds and rain. BY

Powering Down

Saving electricity has never been a big priority in North Carolina. Power is cheap and plentiful, as it is across much of the South. These... BY
Management & Labor

Golden-Rule Charlie

It's hard to imagine an entertainer anywhere in America more despised by the Republican right than pop singer Sheryl Crow. She's a boisterous supporter of... BY
Public Safety & Justice

Bratton's Brigade

One May night, two police officers bicycle-patrolling their beat in a violence-prone neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island, spotted a car parked near a recreation center.... BY
Public Safety & Justice

Data on the Beat

You get lied to a lot out there," says Brian Joseph Tierney, a burly beat cop with the Chicago Police Department. Tierney is referring to... BY

Up Front

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Somebody Different

Michelle Rhee doesn't have the resume of a school superintendent. That's why she got the job. BY
Politics & Elections

Demographic Storm

The natural disasters of 2005 may spawn political hurricanes in 2010. BY

Capability Gap

Machines are part of the digital divide problem. Lack of knowledge is a bigger part. BY
Public Safety & Justice

Bench Brawl

In Nevada, it's sometimes hard to tell the judge from the accused. BY

Clueless in Boise

The public events in a legislature bear only a tenuous connection to what is really going on. BY
Tech Talk

311 Potholes

Consolidating call centers is proving to be a boon to cities, but the roll-outs are rough. BY
Washington Watch

Homeland Psychiatry

War veterans are coming home in worse mental shape than anybody expected. BY
Politics & Elections

Payroll Peeking

Government salaries have always been public record. But not the way they are now. BY

The Business of Government

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Transportation & Infrastructure

Street Wise

A study compared how well old-city street layouts handled traffic versus modern approaches. The results set off a firestorm. BY
Tech Talk

311 Potholes

Consolidating call centers is proving to be a boon to cities, but the roll-outs are rough. BY

Clean-Up Hitters: High-Tech Cities Vie For New Tech

San Jose has long been the capital of Silicon Valley, and Austin, the center of Silicon Hills, the Valley's clone. Lately, the two high-tech cities aren't fighting over microchips, software or dotcoms, but to become powerhouses for clean technology: solar panels, wind farms, fuel cells and biofuels. BY
Management & Labor

Pension Divestment Politics

State politicians have returned to the slippery slopes of social investing and pension divestment. In the 1980s, South Africa was the target. Last year, it was Sudan, followed quickly by Iran, and now "all terrorist nations" are on blacklists in some states. BY
Management & Labor

Budget Band-Aid

Increasingly, state and local governments are expecting their workers to pay a greater share of their own health care and prescription drug costs. BY
Public Safety & Justice

Got Bars?

States are cracking down on the proliferation of contraband cell phones in prisons. BY

Budget Builders: Collecting and Spending Stay Steady

More than half of the states exceeded their budgeted tax revenue in the 2007 fiscal year, according to data compiled by the National Association of State Budget Officers in their biennial "Fiscal Survey of States." Revenue came in below projections in just nine states. BY

Market Sighs In Relief

A Texas bond disclosure bank settles a threat to its existence. BY
Public Safety & Justice

Wildfire Fight

Most dry summer months, somewhere in the country, a wildfire flares into a fearsome sight that fills the sky with harrowing flames and forbidding columns... BY
Transportation & Infrastructure

The Rich Get Richer

For states and cities, the trick is to capture the wealth when and where it's created and put it to long-term use locally. BY


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