‘Holy Grail for Snow Geeks’ Looks to Produce More Accurate Water Forecasts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Fatal fentanyl-related overdoses jump in Vermont; Spokane looking at its municipal broadband options; Florida school security upgrades divert education funds; and priorities for Nashville’s new mayor.

How Agencies Can Effectively Implement Artificial Intelligence

There are opportunities in three broad areas: technology and data, workforce, and risk management.

Nobody Knows How Many Kids Get Caught With Guns in School. Here’s Why.

Much of the information on the Education Department’s website is either outdated or inconsistent with state data.

Microsoft Is Working With Alaska to Reduce Car Deaths on Icy Roads

Icy roads cause more than 150,000 car crashes in the U.S. each year.

State Officials Want More Election Security Intel From Feds

With the upcoming midterm elections, it's a race to establish better information sharing between Homeland Security and state and local elections officials.

Chicago Focuses Its Quality of Life Index on Youth

Chronic, concentrated joblessness has caused young, black men to struggle in the nation's third-largest city, and an index will assist officials in refining services to help them be successful.

Kansas City Enters ‘Phase 2’ of Its Smart City Transformation

“There is a greater value to the data we maintain as a city than we anticipated,” according to the city’s chief innovation officer.

A Popular Algorithm Is No Better at Predicting Crimes Than Random People

The COMPAS tool is widely used to assess a defendant’s risk of committing more crimes, but a new study puts its usefulness into perspective.

Senate Republicans Blame Medicaid for the Rise in Opioid Deaths

But the data and the on-the-ground experience of local health officials beg to differ.

Bloomberg’s What Works Cities Program Hits a Big Milestone But Its Work Is Far From Done

Reaching its 100-city goal, the network focused on improving data-driven management practices in mid-size municipalities is continuing to foster “sustainability of practice” in city halls.

Census Uncertainty Spurs State Action to Prevent Undercounting

Starting in February, the bureau will turn over address lists to states and local governments for double-checking that must be finished within 120 days.

Bad Data Is Partly to Blame in Texas’ Maternal Mortality Spike

Maternal health data in the U.S. is so imprecise the federal government hasn’t released an official annual count of pregnancy-linked fatalities since 2007.

Felony Conviction Rates Have Risen Sharply, But Unevenly

The share of the population living with a felony conviction has gone up sharply in Georgia and Florida, while West Virginia and New Hampshire still have relatively low rates.

A Tech-Enabled Effort to Fight Census Undercounting in San José

There’s a Jan. 15 deadline for localities to update their residential address lists for the U.S. Census Bureau.

New CDC Data: 2016 Was the Deadliest Year Yet for the Opioid Crisis

More people died from overdoses in 2016 than died from AIDS in 1995, the peak of that crisis.

Virginia Beach Is Using an IoT-Enabled Sensor Network to Predict Flooding in Real Time

Local officials are hoping high-resolution, hydrodynamic models using fluid physics will improve preparedness and response in a low-lying region vulnerable to flooding.

Beyond Gadgets: Public Safety in a Digital World

In the lead-up to a discussion on public safety data, our senior director of programs is obsessed with our digital footprint, and its implications for police and citizens.

3 Takeaways From the American Community Survey

The survey, which is collected over a five-year period is the nation's only source of small-area estimates for socio-economic and demographic data.