Management

State Law Provides Funding to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

North Carolina will provide $6 million over two years to help clear a backlog of roughly 15,000 untested rape kits.

Infrastructure

Busy Shipping River at a Standstill Until a Broken Barge Lock is Fixed

Thousands of tons of cargo are stuck on barges, as the closure on the Columbia River is expected to last until the end of the month.

Public Safety

A Plan to Spruce Up Vacant Lots to Reduce Gun Violence

A program in Chicago that beautifies abandoned properties is aimed at providing work and reducing crime. But some local residents say more needs to be done to involve neighborhood residents.

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Health & Human Services

Invasive Mosquitoes Plunge Deeper Into California

While state and local vector control agencies keep a close eye on these species of Aedes mosquitoes, their biggest concerns are still West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis, which are spread by different species of mosquitoes, more common in California.

Infrastructure

Very Bad Bus Signs and How to Make Them Better

Clear wayfinding displays can help bus riders feel more confident, and give a whole city’s public transportation system an air of greater authority.

Health & Human Services

Tennessee Seeks to Become First State to Convert Medicaid to a Block Grant

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mayors from across the country endorse Buttigieg … South Dakota governor addresses flooding … Minnesota governor questioned about deleted video.

Management

A 51st State? The District of Columbia Aims for Its Star

Washington, D.C. leaders made their case for statehood at the first U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the issue in 25 years, while Republicans raised concerns about corruption and fiscal stability.

Management

Why Isn’t Trump Helping the Autoworkers?

COMMENTARY | The president has been happy to stand up for manufacturing employees on the campaign trail, but has done conspicuously little as GM workers go on strike.

Management

How City Failures Affect Trust in Climate Planning

Cities may struggle to gain support for climate action plans because they haven’t dealt with infrastructure issues that regularly afflict residents.

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While cyber-enabled interference and election tampering continues to make headlines, coverage of the root cause can seem unclear due to the wide range of differing threats facing entities within an election’s ecosystem.

Public Safety

State Attorneys General Combat At-Home Rape Testing Kits

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Connecticut governor plans to end religious vaccine exemptions … Undercover cop in St. Louis sues city … New Mexico moves to make college free for residents.

Infrastructure

Transit to the Trailhead: Bus Service in a Recreation Corridor Takes Off

Oregon’s Department of Transportation has seen strong demand among riders for buses that run between Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

Public Safety

Dispatching a 'Battle Buddy' to Help Distressed Veterans

An initiative in Joliet, Illinois, sends police officers with military experience to respond to calls for service involving veterans who need help.

Public Safety

Six U.S. Cities Make the List of Most Surveilled Places in the World

A new report found that CCTV surveillance is increasing in certain areas of the U.S., with one city government watching its citizens from 35,000 cameras.

Management

As Trump Moves to Revoke California Emissions Authority, State Leaders Poised to Challenge

President Trump announced his plan Wednesday to strip California of its ability to set vehicle emissions standards, which have become the defacto national standard.

Management

As Texas Cracks Down On Abortion, Austin Votes To Help Women Defray Costs

The Austin City Council is setting aside $150,000 in city funds to help local women seeking an abortion pay for related costs, such as transportation or child care.

Management

Reparations Are Essential to Eliminating the Substantial Wealth Gap Between Black and White Americans

COMMENTARY | The average white family owned more than nine times as much total wealth as a black one in 2016.