Nashville Mayor Opens Up About the Tragedy of Losing Her Son

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | West Virginia’s new effort to reduce fire fatalities; women are underrepresented in Utah city halls; and despite an economic development disaster, S.C. county isn’t “going to curl up and die.”

New Mapping Tool Helps Chattanoogans Explore Their City’s Data

"Open data has a tremendous ability to break down barriers and empower communities,” according to Mayor Andy Berke.

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.

A New Way of Procuring Radios? Roger That.

In a guest article, the executive director of the National Association of State Procurement Officials shares how one state’s contracting improvements brought significant savings that materialized in multiple ways.

Program in Tennessee County Aims to Divert Single Moms From Jail

A $50,000 MacArthur Foundation grant will help Campbell County develop a gender-responsive risk and needs assessment for women at high risk of incarceration.

Wildfire Wreaks Havoc in Tennessee: 'People Were Basically Running for Their Lives'

Authorities confirmed three deaths and said flames forced over 14,000 people to flee from Gatlinburg.

N.J. State Takeover of Atlantic City; Wildfires in Southeast States Cause Hazy Conditions

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: EPA Consent Agreement With City in Texas Florida; Keys Mosquito study divides voters; Baltimore’s progressive city council.

Memphis Is Doing Greenspace Right Again

Shelby Farms Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline demonstrate a civic interest in landscape design not seen in years.

A New Coalition to Lower State and Local Incarceration Rates

Launched by the White House, the Data-Driven Justice Initiative wants to lower prison inmate numbers and increase the number of prisoners receiving health care and mental health services with proven methods.

‘Resilient Cities’ Look to Address Social Inequality as a Function of Other Environmental, Economic Stresses

Louisville, Kentucky, sees a link between its most pressing problems and poorest neighborhoods, and it’s not alone.

A ‘Holistic Approach’ to State Fraud Prevention

Predictive analytics, behavioral economics and collective intelligence are key, per a new report.

Tennessee’s Procurement for Marketing and Advertising Sets a New Standard

Tennessee’s four-tiered procurement method helped bring in an estimated $1 billion in increased tourism spending and could be used by any state willing to step away from traditional Request for Proposal models.

State Religious Liberty Laws Lack Meaning

Legislation claiming to protect conservatives who object to LGBT relationships and identity most recently passed in Tennessee.

Why Are So Few Kids Getting the HPV Vaccine?

Despite state efforts, HPV’s link to sexual activity and the vaccine’s multiple-shot requirement are keeping vaccination rates low.

Governors Seek Ways for Their States to Address Challenges From Rural Poverty

Better education, they say, is the critical element needed to improve lives in impoverished areas.

These States Have Relied Most Heavily on Federal Aid

An analysis from the Tax Foundation presents federal aid as a percentage of state revenue for fiscal year 2013.

Mississippi River Winter Floods to Test Government Response, Army Corps Defenses

Levees are being checked for sand boils as water levels rise. And in Louisiana, there’s no word yet whether the Bonnet Carré and Morganza spillways will be opened.

These Two Major Metros Saw a Decrease in Small Business Activity in 2015

Charlotte was one them, according to the Kauffman Foundation's new Main Street Entrepreneurship Index.