Ohio Seeks to Identify, Help Local Governments Headed for Distress

Detecting trouble early gives states and local governments more flexibility to solve a local government’s fiscal challenges.

New CDC Data Show the Role of Fentanyl and Its Analogs Play in Opioid Death Toll

No state was as harder hit by fentanyl’s animal tranquilizer cousin, carfentanil, than Ohio.

New Special Report: Insights and Ideas for Smart Cities

Dispatches from our coverage of the tools, strategies and systems fueling tech- and data-driven innovation in city governments.

After Long Fight, Some Farmers Get Relief From High Property Taxes

Agricultural property taxes have skyrocketed and crop prices are down. Farmers are fighting back, sometimes successfully.

Ambush Attack at Ohio Courthouse Raises More Security Concerns

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Oklahoma’s teacher shortage worsens; Virginia governor announces big budget surplus; and Miami Beach bolsters security following attacks in Europe.

Multiple States Court Taiwanese Manufacturer, But Is It Worth the Concessions?

Foxconn Technology Group is promising $4 billion in investment and 5,000 new jobs, but not every suitor will get a piece of the pie despite cutting taxes, in some cases, to woo them.

The Route Fifty Roadshow Goes To Columbus

We hope you'll join us as we explore partnerships, technology and smart cities live from the National Association of Counties Annual Conference.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley: I Would Encourage Other Cities to Sue

Her city filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies, distributors and doctors it believes caused the opioid epidemic. And Whaley thinks other cities should do the same.

Threat of Immigration Enforcement and Worker Shortages Worry Ohio Farmers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A surprising city for the nation’s fastest-growing average rents; Texas governor’s energy regulation resolution; and community health clinics prepare for federal funding cuts.

The Politics of the Opioid Epidemic in Ohio

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Iowa department launches review of state’s child-protection system; Pennsylvania Republicans push pension reform; and Lincoln’s trolley troubles.

Are Pharmaceutical Companies to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic?

Recent state, local and tribal lawsuits are asking courts whether the current crisis is comparable to the one over tobacco in the ’90s.

All the Ways Retail's Decline Could Hurt American Towns

As brick-and-mortar stores close, local governments in struggling regions lose much-needed tax revenues.

Police Officer’s Near-Fatal Fentanyl-Contact Overdose Prompts New Concerns

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: L.A. city elections; dead mouse found in N.D. town’s water supply; and Wisconsin mayor suddenly resigns and gives no reason.

Cincinnati Seeks P3 Deal to Develop a ‘Wi-Fi Superhighway’

“We want the marketplace to organically build this thing out,” according to City Manager Harry Black.

Scofflaw City? Cash-Strapped East Cleveland Battles to Retain Contested Red-Light Cameras

Collections agents press traffic ticket holders for payment while the Ohio Supreme Court reviews red-light cases from across the state.

Young and Homeless in Ohio: Trying to Survive Without Much of a Safety Net

Daniel Rupert’s story of trying to find stability is not uncommon. "I had nothing. I had a duffel bag on my back and that was it.”

Cleveland’s ‘Moral Dilemma’ on Lead Poisoning; ‘We Just Don’t Have the Money’ in Kansas

How Palm Beach has adapted to Trump visits; ranks of Alaska village public safety officers dwindle; and proposed 51st state would “rival Texas in prosperity.”

Ohio County Crippled by Computer Virus; New Background Checks for Colo. Teachers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Pa. mayor arrested in cemetery incident; New Mexico’s organic farm program withers; and Wisconsin gov.’s tax credit plan.

Kasich Has No Medicaid Back-Up Plan in Ohio; Iowa Looking at Big Changes to State Pensions

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Supporters of federal public lands rally in Montana; Tenn. governor pushing broadband proposal; and lack of transparency at issue in Salt Lake City.