Boston’s Smarter 3-1-1 System Is Coming

Residents will soon be able to describe their problem in a sentence or less and have case types suggested to them.

Governors Back Bipartisan Senate Plan to Stabilize Health Markets

Three Republicans and two Democrats teamed up to urge the Senate to act quickly.

Beyond Rooftops: States Move to Encourage Community Solar

Community solar can drastically expand the base of people and business that can access solar power. But regulating the evolving industry is tricky.

Boston’s Unparalleled Effort to Incorporate Racial Equity Into Urban Planning

“To be a strong city, we must learn to understand one another, break down the systemic racism of our history, and advocate for the rights of every Bostonian,” Mayor Marty Walsh said.

A Former Whaling and Textiles Hub in New England Seeks Regeneration

New Bedford, Mass., Mayor Jonathan Mitchell pushes for infrastructure investments and a better business climate.

How a Local Drug Diversion Program Is Trying to Break the Cycle of Addiction in Massachusetts

In a guest article, the district attorney in Essex County, Massachusetts, details a local effort to offer treatment on demand to non-violent offenders rather than prosecuting them.

This Massachusetts County Tells the 40-Year Story of U.S. Jobs

Service-sector work in health care and education is replacing manufacturing.

Partnership May Bring Lockboxes Stocked With Narcan to Massachusetts Street Corners

The lockboxes envisioned for Cambridge are designed to make it easier for bystanders to act quickly if they were to come upon someone experiencing an overdose emergency.

Boston Seeks a More Tech-Savvy Audience With New Open Data Platform

“We’re trying to establish a culture where the default for datasets is trying to make things open data,” said the city’s chief data officer.

New Rankings Show That This State Bests All Others; Sessions Will Ease Federal Police Dept. Monitoring

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: N.C. governor releases spending plan; Oklahoma’s earthquake risk in 2017; and was a Michigan city built with Confederate gold?

Boston Studying Massive Seawall; Tucson’s Mayor Carjacked at Home

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Broadband-digging fines in Charlotte; Rhode Island’s governor defends free-tuition plan; and Newark’s mayor has a message about being “the next Brooklyn.”

Closing the ‘Last Mile' Gap With Uber and Lyft Continues to Gain Steam

“We see it as building as many different modes to match the needs of our customers as possible,” according to the MBTA’s transportation innovation director.

Health Care Cost Transparency Website Will Inform Consumer Decisions in Massachusetts

The first iteration will rely on hospital claims data to infer the average costs of various medical procedures.

Amid Infrastructure Crisis, Accessibility-Minded Agencies Are Needed More Than Ever

“Transportation agencies know surprisingly little about the people and places that they serve…” said MassDOT’s secretary at a Brookings Institution event in Washington, D.C.

Farmers Push Back Against State Animal Welfare Laws

Consumers increasingly are demanding farmers change the way they raise livestock and poultry. But some farmers are pushing for laws to let them continue doing business as usual.

Newly Redesigned Boston.gov Just Went Open Source

Officials boast this is the first time a major U.S. city has made its full website code public.

5 States Eye Recreational Marijuana

Election Day 2016 could be the point of no return for legalized pot.

Car Privileges Revoked for Some Mass. State Workers; Big Jump in St. Louis’ Foreign-Born Residents

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: 50 guards, inmates charged in federal investigation of Maryland’s prisons; concerns over Utah county official’s cognitive health; creating the ‘Queen’ of Michigan State Parks

Boston’s Redevelopment Rebranding; California’s New Fishing Rules

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Racism in Delaware government, fire-damaged bridge that nearly collapsed reopens in Pittsburgh; and Butte business owners vs. homeless