Indiana Takes Action to Protect K-12 Schools From Hackers

The state has launched a multi-pronged initiative aimed at reducing cybersecurity risks.

When the FBI Calls to Say Your State Has Been Hacked By Iran

Indiana CIO Dewand Neely shares how his state came to be named in “one of the largest state-sponsored hacking campaigns ever prosecuted.”

Tens of Thousands of Fish Travel by Truck Between Great Lakes States

“There has to be a cooperative spirit or it just flat-out won’t work,” according to Ed Eisch, fish production program manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

What Trump-era Economic Policies Mean to the Mayor of U.S. Steel’s Hometown

Gary, Ind. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson spoke with Route Fifty about the what she dislikes and likes about the tax overhaul, steel tariffs and education, as well as being sued for being a “welcoming city.”

The President of Everywhere, USA

We asked South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg about a recent Politico headline, automation and much more at SXSW.

#MeToo Movement Fuels a 1970s Comeback: The ERA

Nevada last year became the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, meaning that supporters need only two more states to reach the 38 required to add the ERA to the U.S. Constitution. Before Nevada, the last state to ratify was Indiana in 1977.

Seema Verma: Medicaid Work Requirements Are ‘True Compassion’

Now that the Trump administration has approved work requirement waivers in two states—Kentucky and Indiana—as many as 11 more could follow.

Payday-Lending Lobbyists Swarm Indiana Statehouse

In the Obama era, the industry turned to state lawmakers to make its case. That strategy doesn’t seem to be changing.

SWAMP Act Would Use Bidding Process to Push Federal Agency HQs Outside D.C.

“There’s no reason why the Department of Agriculture has to be in the District of Columbia when it could be located in Indiana or another heartland state,” according to Indiana Congressman Luke Messer.

Gay Couples Fight to Be Included on Birth Certificates

Lesbian couples in Indiana and Arkansas that have used artificial insemination say they should be treated like heterosexual couples on birth certificates, with both the biological mother and her spouse listed as parents.

Indiana County Returns Artifacts Taken From Tribal Graves

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Kentucky’s AG threatens lawsuit over education board reorganization; an obscure Texas election code; and Minnesota’s meth problem.

A Republican Mayor’s Efforts to Tame Suburban Sprawl in His Community

Carmel, Indiana, Mayor Jim Brainard, who has built a lot of traffic roundabouts, has reservations about the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal.

Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

Officials in Indiana and Kentucky say college scholarships for occupational training programs will help fill open jobs.

What South Bend’s Mayor Discussed With Facebook’s CEO During a Special Driving Tour

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Minneapolis mayor vs. police chief; Texas pension disagreement; and venomous spiders move north into Michigan.

Redefining the First Responder: Reducing Readmission with Proactive Paramedicine

In a guest article, the fire and emergency services chief in Fishers, Ind., discusses how his department is “at the crossroads of public safety, public health and public service.”

Making It Easier for Public Fleets to Adopt Use of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

So long as state and local governments are willing to get creative with funding mechanisms, a two-to-three year return on investment is easily attainable, National Association of Regional Councils environment committee members discussed on Monday.

A Cautionary Case Study for Governors Looking to Defund Planned Parenthood

What are state governments doing to prevent a repeat of a public health crisis like the one that’s hobbled Scott County, Indiana?

Indiana’s Medicaid Experiment May Reveal Obamacare’s Future

The state’s health-care system was expanded under the Affordable Care Act. Now, it may serve as a model nationwide.