Pa.’s Cybersecurity Team Is ‘Talking About Projects That Actually Enable the Business’

Erik Avakian, Pennsylvania’s chief information security officer, may be a new breed of ‘black swan’: the optimistic cybersecurity professional.

Opioid Crisis Requires State Leadership With a Multidisciplinary Approach

State and local governments are on the front lines of the opioid crisis, “providing blueprints for federal action along the way,” according to Pennsylvania’s attorney general.

New Study Shows We’re Missing Opportunities to Help Survivors of Opioid Overdoses

Opioid users in Pennsylvania were still being prescribed powerful painkillers, even after they were treated for an overdose.

Pennsylvania Decision Puts Public Officials on Notice Regarding Their Facebook Use

It all started with a proposed local mural. Then things online got snarky and personal.

Philadelphia Seeks a Cross-Sector Solution to Gun Violence

Recognizing federal and state policies are beyond their control, local officials want the City of Brotherly Love to become a national model for reducing firearm-related crimes.

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.

Pennsylvania’s Big Budgetary Gamble With Proposal for ‘Satellite’ Casinos

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: EPA faces lawsuit over ‘vague’ pollution permits in Texas; a California wildfire grows near Yosemite; and a mini-pig proposal in Billings, Montana.

A Replacement for Overworked Public Defenders?

Through a suburban Philadelphia program, offenders’ family members learn how to help their criminal defense—and do some of the nitty-gritty work lawyers would typically handle.

New Ecological Disaster for Chesapeake Bay Watershed May Be Just 3 Years Away

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Detroit’s pet coke proposal; a new Indiana preemption law; and other stories you may have missed over the past few days.

Deal Reached to Clean Up the East Coast’s Biggest Open-Air Drug Market

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Ky. fraud hotline raises concerns; Cuomo says “Amtrak must pay” for commuter mess; and Seattle leaders considering city income-tax plan.

Simulating Scenarios for Killer Smog Conditions in Pittsburgh

Predictive analytics are getting better at profiling the clinical impact of air- and heat-related emergencies, as well as the stress they place on response infrastructure.

Pittsburgh Corrects Trump Claim About City's View on Climate Change

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump said Thursday. But the city voted 80 percent in favor of Hillary Clinton in November.

Trump’s Plan to Zero Out Funding for Agency Aiding Appalachia Isn’t Playing Well in Congress

“If the president were to say let’s quadruple funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission, I’d vote for it,” said U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat.

What’s Holding Back Philadelphia From Being a ‘Top-Tier’ City?

The sixth-largest U.S. metro and top 10 research spender still isn’t globally relevant, according to a new Brookings report.

Philadelphia's Predatory Lending Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo

The city alleges the bank unfairly targeted minorities with bad loans.

There May Be a Good Reason Pittsburgh Kept Its Body Camera Policies Under Wraps

In the eight categories from a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights scorecard, local law enforcement in Steel City get one passing mark.

Pittsburgh Isn’t Worried About the Self-Driving Uber That Flipped Over in Arizona

“One traffic incident in a city 2,000 miles away—in which the automated vehicle was not at fault, according to Tempe police—is not going to change that,” according to a city spokesman.

Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

“Our growth—our business growth, our population growth, our economic growth—is rooted firmly in our immigrant population,” the mayor said in an interview.

State and Local Agencies in Northeast Prep for Big Late-Season Coastal Storm

Blizzard conditions and 18 inches of snow in some places between Washington, D.C., and Boston are primed to disrupt the heavily populated region starting Monday night.