Raleigh’s Long-Awaited New 'Front Door' Is Nearly Complete

A new multi-modal transportation hub has sparked mixed-use development and fueled neighborhood revitalization in North Carolina's capital city.

These Local Public Sector Workers Are Scarce and in High Demand

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Denver mayor’s video apology; Utah lawmaker proposes ‘safe on red’ bill; New Mexico’s rape-kit backlog; and turning biogas into energy in Kansas.

Contempt for Court

Republican lawmakers are increasingly showing disdain for decisions made by the judicial branch—and by extension the rule of law.

Some Hospitals in Appalachia See Surges of Opioid Babies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maine Gov. LePage plans major shift in oversight for county jails; Philly will soon say goodbye to a transit relic; New Mexico’s challenging job-skills gap; and a Silicon Valley mayor is criticized for his housing comments.

Has the Tide Turned Against Partisan Gerrymandering?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday struck down the state’s maps as too heavily biased toward Republicans, the latest ruling in a new and contentious battle over legislative districts.

North Carolina's Landmark Ruling Against Partisan Gerrymanders

Judges said redistricting designed to elect Republicans violated the Constitution, the first time a federal court has come to that conclusion.

Trump Administration Eyes as ‘Much as Possible’ for Expanded Offshore Drilling

A number of state and local officials are opposing the leasing of previously protected waters.

How One North Carolina County Is Keeping Down Its Jail Population

Mecklenburg County judges are preparing to hold pretrial hearings to determine defendants’ economic statuses before handing down financial punishments.

Midsize Cities Get a New, Free Data Portal Option

Open Data America wants to do for other municipalities what it did in Cary, North Carolina.

What's the Right Punishment for Tearing Down a Confederate Monument?

In Durham, the sheriff and district attorney appear divided over whether civil disobedience deserves greater leniency from the judicial system.

Durham's Confederate Statue Comes Down

Unwilling to wait for local officials to act to take down a Civil War monument, a group of protesters took matters into their own hands Monday night.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks Remain Off Limits Due to Major Mistake

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Why Tampa is doomed; a problematic exotic animal farm in Oregon; and Connecticut’s municipalities are forced to make bad decisions.

America’s Fight for Independence Has Always Been Local

In North Carolina, Mecklenburg County’s 1775 declaration may have been the first exertion by Americans to formalize the value of self-governance.

Charlotte Is Among 5 Cities Developing More Inclusive Procurement

“We know that diverse and equitable communities tend to be more economically and civically vibrant and experience more growth,” said a Living Cities employee of its latest City Accelerator cohort.

N.C. Man Sees $99.9 Million Service Fee on His Local Water Bill

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: New ‘Buy American Steel’ law in Texas worries mayors on Canadian trade trip; N.J. project sees largest sale of unrated muni bonds so far in 2017; and will California leaders replumb the state?

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down North Carolina’s Congressional District Map

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Pittsburgh sours on Uber; Colorado governor signs measure for ‘Rolling Coal’ fines; and Western states see jump in arrests of undocumented immigrants.

North Carolina's Voter ID Law Is Defeated, For Now

The Supreme Court declined to review the law that lower courts found to be discriminatory, but made no judgment on the merits of the policy.

Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South

In Charlotte and other Southern cities, poor children have the lowest odds of making it to the top income bracket of kids anywhere in the country. Why?

How Will NCAA React to North Carolina’s ‘Humpty Dumpty’ H.B. 2 Repeal?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Okla. proposal for new fees for electric and hybrid cars; New Orleans mayor fears federal disaster planning cuts; and N.M. governor vs. journalists.