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  • Coverage of how abortion remains a contentious debate between the pro-life and pro-choice groups reflected in the legislative and judicial battles taking place in states and localities.
  • Articles that examine issues that have made housing unaffordable for many and the policies and practices that can expand the affordable housing market.
  • The simulation of human intelligence processes by machines. Some artificial intelligence (AI) must be regulated by government policy, including autonomous vehicles and social media algorithms for example, but problems remain with this emerging technology.
  • Articles on the implementation of technologies that reduce human intervention while expanding government efficiency.
  • Coverage of the state and local bond market, from the issues to the latest trends in bond financing.
  • High-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than dial-up, delivered via coaxial cable, optical fiber, wireless Internet, satellite or other means. Issues include equity gaps, state restrictions on municipal broadband and rural coverage.
  • Articles on how states and localities help small and large firms preserve and expand business processes and services to ensure their long-term success.
  • How social and government programs and policies impact children and their success.
  • The history, renovations and importance of buildings that provide essential services to a state, city or town and efforts to preserve civic buildings of historical significance.
  • Articles on how state and local governments are establishing policies, rules and guidelines to best manage climate change, in the face of long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns.
  • Coverage on the funding, ridership, workforce and other issues affecting passenger rail service that primarily operates within a metropolitan area to connect commuters from nearby areas to the central city.
  • Articles on management and administration of state and local prisons and jails.
  • Policies and practices to assist and improve court systems at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Articles on the agencies and institutions that deliver justice to those who have committed crimes, and the policies that impact them.
  • How state and local governments are adapting their processes to incorporate and manage digital or virtual currencies.
  • The technology and policies that help to protect critical systems and sensitive information from digital attacks, and the issues that make security such a challenge in today’s digital world.
  • Coverage of the policies that governments enact to ensure sensitive data is protected and secured properly within technological systems.
  • How governments handle sensitive information within technological systems.
  • Reporting that analyzes and breaks down data sets from various departments and agencies to provide deeper understanding to otherwise complex issues.
  • Articles that examine the kinds of incentives and subsidies state and local governments use to expand business development.
  • Stories about job creation and training, business preservation methods, development incentives and unemployment.
  • Coverage of policies to assist and improve public education, K-12 and higher education.
  • The implications of using vehicles that are powered with alternative energy sources, including hybrids, electricity and hydrogen, and the network charging systems that they require.
  • Articles on response and management of disasters, including wildfire, flooding, freezing temperatures, heat waves, hurricanes and infrastructure collapse.
  • The management and regulation of gases that are produced by technologies and their processes to mitigate their impacts on the environment.
  • Stories about the state and local technologies and policies that impact the environment, including climate change, emissions, renewable energy, water rights and environmental justice.
  • How populations are differently impacted by various environmental events, including heat, cold and shade.
  • Coverage of the management and distribution of federal funds to state and local government entities.
  • Analysis of how federal, state and local government work together and are at odds with each other.
  • Articles on state and local government policies that impact the disproportionate levels of food access among different communities.
  • Stories about the impact of gubernatorial decisions and elections on state and local government, and the chief executives who run state government.
  • Technology and policy for monitoring and regulating firearm usage as well as governments’ response to shootings.
  • Coverage of health care, health-care policy and public health.
  • The policies that impact health-care systems and the challenges of managing public health in today’s political environment.
  • Articles on policies that affect colleges, universities and their staff and students.
  • The maintenance and upgrades that state and local governments implement to highways.
  • Stories that use the humanities to provide unique insights into the issues and solutions of state and local governments.
  • Coverage of state and local government response and programs to assist the homeless populations.
  • Articles about affordable housing, food security, child services and other issues that detail state and local government social services.
  • Reporting on state and local government policies that impact immigration and work visas.
  • Stories about the maintenance and upgrades to highways, rail, broadband, utilities, water and sewer, infrastructure finance and civic architecture.
  • Coverage of the distribution of state and local funds to maintain, update and implement city infrastructure.
  • Articles and analysis of intercity railway projects and updates, including high-speed rail, Amtrak and regional rail development.
  • Analysis of the policies and legislation that are aimed at generating employment and improving training for workers in both the public and private sector.
  • The policies that impact primary education, including distance learning, curriculum and staffing.
  • Stories about state legislature trends and issues, and the lawmakers who are making the news.
  • Analysis of the key policies that are being implemented at the city and county level to improve their management and administration.
  • Articles on the issues impacting state and local administration as well as best practices.
  • Analysis of trends and issues affecting public transportation systems, including bus, rail and subways.
  • Coverage and analysis of the public health insurance that provides coverage to low-income families and individuals.
  • Reporting that details the technology and policies of online education for both K-12 and higher education.
  • Stories about how state and local governments continue to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts.
  • Articles on the policies that impact public workers’ retirement funds and the agencies that manage them.
  • Reporting about police departments, fire departments and other emergency medical services at the state and local levels.
  • Stories about policies at the state and local level that impact politics and elections through governors, legislatures, voting, local government and redistricting.
  • Coverage of state and local governments’ policies to manage, maintain and improve community health and public health agencies.
  • How state and local governments utilize, promote and advance safety within their communities, including gun control, corrections, police/fire/EMS departments, criminal justice and emergency management.
  • The systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all, and the policies that state and local governments employ to achieve such equity.
  • Articles on the process of enacting new congressional and state legislative district boundaries for elections, and the impacts of those borders.
  • Reporting that details the technology and policies on remote work within both public and private sectors.
  • How state and local governments implement and regulate energy that is collected from resources that are naturally replenished, such as wind and solar power.
  • Stories about homelessness, immigration, racial justice, women’s rights, transgender rights and other social issues.
  • The policies that state and local governments use to maintain and improve the infrastructure of streets and highways.
  • The programs and policies at a state and local level that aim to help reduce substance abuse and addiction from within the community.
  • Articles on fiscal policies, pensions, bonds, federal aid and other aspects of state and local finance.
  • Analysis of artificial intelligence, automation, cybersecurity, data privacy, data policy and other technologies that state and local governments use to manage and administer their operations.
  • Analysis of the U.S. Constitution and its implications on state and local government today.
  • Coverage of transgender people in the private sector and government, and the policies that impact them.
  • Articles about state and local transportation, including intercity rail, commuter rail, electric vehicles, mass transit, street and highways and other modes of transport.
  • Coverage of policies that impact how state and local governments manage and respond to changing levels of unemployed workers.
  • Articles that cover workforce unions and how they interact with businesses and state and local government agencies, and trends within public-sector unions.
  • Coverage of trends and issues that impact how cities are run, how they develop as urban centers, as well as the people who live there.
  • Government use of technology and the policies that impact water systems, sewer, electric, gas, trash, recycling and Internet for state and local residents.
  • Coverage of the trends and issues affecting communities’ right to vote and the administration of voting at the state and local level.
  • Technology and policies that impact state and local water and sewer utilities and access.
  • Analysis of the right to clean drinking water and sanitation and how state and local governments assure that right to their communities.
  • Articles on women in government and the policies that impact them.
  • Coverage of policies and technologies that impact the hiring and training of public-sector workers, as well as legislative efforts to modernize worker development.