Management

Ramping Up Efforts to Trace the Coronavirus

COMMENTARY | State and local officials should use the tools they have now to identify, isolate and track the localized outbreaks of Covid-19 that will likely occur in the months ahead.

Public Safety

Police Reform Is Popular. Rioting Is Not.

COMMENTARY | Once the fires are out, what is the best way to secure justice?

Management

Virginia and Richmond Leaders Plan to Move on Confederate Statue Removal

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Hawaii opens up to interisland travel this month … Tropical storm projected to be headed to Gulf Coast … Nebraska governor apologizes for saying ‘you people’ to black pastors.

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Going Digital: State and Local Agencies Turn to Powerful Financial Reporting Tools

Modern financial reporting tools have become a key part of resiliency and continuity efforts for agencies — for good reason.

Management

What States Can Learn from Tuesday’s Election Mishaps for November

Some states that tried to transition to primarily mail-in elections Tuesday saw problems, including long lines at polling places and requested absentee ballots that never made it to voters.

Finance

Fed Again Expands State and Municipal Lending Program

The latest move will ensure that at least two local governments in each state have access to the program, which is designed to help states and localities weather the coronavirus crisis.

Public Safety

Why People Loot

On who looters are, what they want, and why some protests are more likely to include them.

Public Safety

Defense Secretary Opposes Deploying Federal Troops in Response to Unrest

His remarks come after President Trump earlier this week raised the possibility of invoking the Insurrection Act to send federal troops to assist with law enforcement in some cities.

Public Safety

Police Using Rubber Bullets On Protesters That Can Kill, Blind Or Maim For Life

Police in multiple cities are using supposedly “nonlethal” crowd-control methods from rubber bullets to tear gas bombs to pepper-spray projectiles.

Management

Trump’s Attacks on Vote-by-Mail Worry Some Election Officials

Experts fear the president’s outbursts could threaten the integrity of the general election.

Management

Pandemic, Civil Unrest Complicate Voting in the Nation’s Capital

Washington, D.C. is among the jurisdictions that encouraged residents to vote by mail to stay safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, but voters who came out to the polls Tuesday still encountered long lines.

Public Safety

In a Rural Valley, Virus Threat Hangs Heavy Over Summer Tourist Season

Washington’s Methow Valley is a magnet for tourists and people looking to get into the outdoors. But the coronavirus outbreak is stirring mixed reactions about visitors.

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Public Safety

Feds to Investigate Shooting of Black Business Owner in Louisville

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minnesota AG gives update on George Floyd case … Flint implements police reforms … Confederate monument removed in Birmingham.

Health & Human Services

Poll: Nearly Three-Fourths of Americans Would Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Seventy-one percent of Americans would get a coronavirus vaccine if it were free and widely available, a large increase from just a week ago, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Health & Human Services

Senior Citizens in Subsidized Housing Have Been Dying Alone at Home, Unnoticed Because of Coronavirus Distancing

The patchwork system of well-being checks in some of Chicago’s public and subsidized housing was not enough to prevent deaths in heartbreaking circumstances.

Health & Human Services

California AG Seeks More Power To Battle Merger-Hungry Health Care Chains

Now that COVID-19 has slammed the health care industry, especially the small practices that are barely seeing patients, California is likely to see a lot of health care system mergers.

Management

College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It.

There are at least 100 closure-related suits filed against colleges and universities in federal and state courts.

Health & Human Services

‘Why Do We Always Get Hit First?’ Proposed Budget Cuts Target Vulnerable Californians

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed sweeping budget cuts to safety-net health care programs just as enrollment is projected to spike because of record job losses related to the pandemic.

Finance

Coronavirus-Related Debt Will Live in Digital Profiles for Years—Hurting Americans’ Ability to Get Jobs, Apartments and Credit

COMMENTARY | The effects of evictions and increased debts can last a long time. Companies capture this information in people’s credit scores and digital profiles.