A Health Department Tackles Recidivism

Two community health workers from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are working to link high-need defendants with community services.

How a Library Embraced New Technology and Helped Build a Prosthetic Hand

The public library in a small Texas town used an assessment tool that helped officials eventually upgrade equipment—including buying a 3D printer. One community member used it to make a prosthesis.

Cities And Counties Unlikely To Heed FDA Warning On Importing Foreign Drugs

The localities use CanaRx to connect their workers with pharmacies in Canada and other places to fill prescriptions.

Counties Push for Sustainable Public Lands Payment Programs

Local and federal officials argue two funding streams they count on are part of a “social safety net” for primarily rural, Western jurisdictions.

Is This The End of Recycling?

Americans are consuming more and more stuff. Now that other countries won’t take our papers and plastics, they’re ending up in the trash.

How Counties Are Addressing Their Digital Divides

Maricopa County, Arizona is fast-tracking 5G deployment, while Wise County, Texas wants to partner with providers on “middle mile” projects.

Finding the Flaws in the Federal Broadband Maps

Frustrated with the FCC maps, the National Association of Counties and other federal agencies are looking to figure out which communities lack broadband access.

Health Department’s Dog Crackdown Brings No Joy to Brewery Taproom

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Austin’s measles risk … former Little Rock mayor’s unused paid time off … and a Florida county’s understaffed 911 dispatch center.

This Rural Priority Won Big in the Federal Spending Bill

Some infrastructure funding was included in the final legislation signed by President Trump last week.

These States Collect the Highest Sales Taxes Per Person

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia collect state sales taxes, while local sales taxes exist in 38 states, according to the Tax Foundation.

When Newspapers Close, Voters Become More Partisan

Local newspapers keep readers’ focus on local politics and issues.

Salt Doesn’t Melt Ice—Here’s How It Actually Makes Winter Streets Safe

Still, research is ongoing to come up with alternatives with fewer negative environmental consequences.

Police Departments Waive Tattoo Bans, Enlist Wookiees to Fill Ranks

There's currently an officer shortage at many police departments across the country.

Survey Technique Shows Way to Better Understand Scope of Local Opioid Abuse

In one West Virginia county, 1,857 people are estimated to have injected drugs in the last six months.

The Long Lines for Women’s Bathrooms Could Be Eliminated. Why Haven’t They Been?

It’s been more than 30 years since states started trying to achieve “potty parity,” but many queues are still unequal.

People Aren’t Walking More. But More Pedestrians Are Getting Killed.

The trend appears to be especially troublesome in the South, and for minorities and lower-income communities.

Where Public Sector Union Membership Is Shrinking and Growing

Newly released employment numbers show a small decline last year in the rate of public sector union membership.

Florida’s New Governor Wants to Oust Another Local Official

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Albuquerque crime decrease … Baltimore’s new online nudge … and “thorny” questions about marijuana legalization in New York.