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Pennsylvania Seeks to Close Two Prisons to Help Alleviate $1.7 Billion Budget Gap

“We’re not in ideal times,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “If you look at the financial realities, our choices were to reduce staffing and programming, or do this.”

Land Cover Data for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Just Got Way Better

New high resolution data for six states and Washington, D.C., is seen as a boon for efforts to cut down on pollutants in the nation’s largest estuary.

Mayor of Former Steel Mill Town Hopes Federal Aid Will Flow Under Trump

“If there’s ever an opportunity, it’s now,” says Mayor Lou Mavrakis of Monessen, Pennsylvania.

Toomey Bill Takes Aim at Federal Funding for Sanctuary Cities; Drug Tests for Illinois State Workers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s hurricane recovery request; a Calexit vote in 2018?; ACLU vs. Maine police over social media monitoring.

Pa.’s Medicaid Expansion for Long-Acting Birth Control; Maine’s Lousy Infrastructure Report Card

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Is Pasadena, Texas redistricting racist?; another ransomware attack on an Indiana county; Boston PD social media monitoring raises discrimination concerns.

Google Street View Car Sniffs Out Hidden Danger in Pittsburgh

A collaborative effort is mapping leaky gas pipes.

Navigator Award Finalist: Chelsa Wagner and Team, Allegheny County Controller’s Office

Bringing greater transparency to county government finances.

Pittsburgh Launches New ‘Burgh’s Eye View’ Online Map Tool for City Data

The city plans to “open source” the computer code for the application in the coming weeks, offering a way for other local governments to replicate the project.

SEPTA Strike Cripples Philly Transit; Chicago’s Deadly October

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Sacramento’s homeless toilet station costs; Milwaukee County’s proposed “wheel tax” to pay for crumbling infrastructure; and Colorado used as out-of-state ballot fodder.

What It Takes to Settle Refugees

The people of Erie, Pennsylvania, have welcomed immigrants and refugees, and believe that their town is better off for having done so.

No Pension Reform for Pennsylvania; N.J. City to Sue Neighbors Over Sewers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Florida Keys ends in-person jail visits; the ACLU wants Utah county's police footage; Colorado's $2.39B marijuana impact.

University Faculty Strike in Pennsylvania; Campaign Finance Probe Continues in N.Y.C.

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A new city manager in Charlotte; transgender health care benefits in Manchester, N.H.; and different rules on ballot selfies.

How Pennsylvania Is Visualizing Medical Error Data to Save Lives

A small staff is doing big things with the right training.

Navigator Award Finalists: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Team

In Pennsylvania's second-largest city, a growing tech sector is driving the wheels of innovation. But so is city hall.

Anybody Can Test a Driverless Car in Pennsylvania

As long as there’s a licensed human sitting in the driver’s seat, you don’t need a special permit for your vehicle to drive itself.

Nonprofit Helps Upgrade Harrisburg's Ailing IT; Disgraced Florida Mayor's Mysterious Charity

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A bill undermining Michigan's labor unions?; a federal mining dispute in Minnesota; and a California city gets a transportation facelift.

N.J. Ends Bistate Tax Deal With Pennsylvania; Challenging Alabama's 'Discriminatory' Judicial Elections

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Pittsburgh bridge within 30 minutes of collapsing; NYC brings in streetcar heavy hitter; and Illinois schools drivers on police.

Pennsylvania’s New Open Data Website Is Now Live

A dozen datasets, including those related to government performance, schools and jobs, are currently available through the online portal.

Time to Downsize Pittsburgh’s Desolate Airport?; North Dakotans Will Vote on Medical Marijuana

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: 311 spat at New York City Hall; more violence in Chicago; and 50th anniversary for North America’s longest continuous truss bridge.

Pennsylvania, Illinois Budget Fights Hold Lessons for Other States

Does protecting critical services from harm prolong budget fights?

Damaged SEPTA Trains Slow Philadelphia Commute; Police Oversight Crumbles in Portland

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Demolishing a California surfer fort; Montana's unclear Medicaid costs; and NYC government's bed bug problem.

How Large of an Impact Do Immigrants Have on Pittsburgh’s Regional Economy?

New research “is a great reminder of how vital the growing immigrant and Latino community is to our region’s future success and stability,” according to Mayor Bill Peduto.

Pennsylvania’s New Budget Quandary; Giant Water Park Permit Fight in Texas

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Boston mayor’s new City Hall porch; Anchorage’s vacant property fee; and a big recreational impact for a southwest Utah town.

Following Plea to White House, Mayor of Struggling Former Steel Town Turns to Trump

“Whenever you're desperate … you take chances,” according to the Democratic mayor of Monessen, Pennsylvania.

In Opioid Abuse Fight, Pennsylvania Tries Out New Tool: Facebook Video

In a crowded media ecosystem, can dialogue on state government policy compete against live exploding watermelons?

New State-by-State GDP Gains and Losses Released

The states with the largest economies based on real GDP in 2015 are California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Prepare to Pay Taxes on Soda in Cities and Towns Across the US

A win for Philadelphia's soda tax would deflate the reasoning that only ultra-liberal enclaves enact such measures.

Emergence as Regional Tech Hub Reflected in Pittsburgh’s Smart City Challenge Bid

“Pittsburgh was based on steel and the economy was based upon getting product to market,” says Mayor Bill Peduto. “Our new economy is based upon getting people to workplace.”

Route Fifty Roadmap: Pittsburgh’s ‘Kissing Fish Bridge’

The Smithfield Street Bridge is the oldest in the city and gets its nickname from a unique design feature.

These 5 Cities Plan to Evaluate Systemic Racism

Over two years, municipalities like Philadelphia will aim to develop solutions to racial inequality in education and employment.

High-Profile Cases Spur States to Reconsider Statutes of Limitations for Rape

It can take years for sexual abuse victims to find the courage to come forward, and police departments across the country are still digging through a backlog of rape kits, some of which are three decades old.

Philadelphia City Hall Creates Open Data and Digital Transformation Office

But its establishment hints at the city's offices being too siloed.

Pa. Trims Corrections Costs by Relocating Inmates in Need of Radiation Treatment

Savings are relatively small compared to overall state corrections spending.