Minnesota’s Largest Homeless Camp Is in a Race Against Colder Weather

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Outflanking New York state’s stubborn legislature … an independent auditing office for Mass. State Police … and L.A.’s new golden Gold tribute.

Feds Say Marketplace Will Expose Bad Colleges, But States Find It’s Not So Easy

Many states have come up with tools to help college students find out information about future earnings and debt, but they often rely on partial data that can limit their usefulness.

‘The Truth Will Come Out’ in Fisticuffs Incident at City Hall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Surge in Ohio, Ky. HIV cases … Colo.’s pollination corridor … and Maine Gov. LePage digs in his heels.

Which Major City Has the Best Parks?

For the third year in a row, Minneapolis claimed the top spot in the Trust for Public Land's ParkScore index.

Why States Worry That 'Association Health Plans' Will Be Magnets for Scam Artists

Some insurance regulators agitate for power to regulate plans to ensure consumers are protected.

To Curb Rising Health Insurance Costs, Some States Try 'Reinsurance Pools'

In its first year, Minnesota's reinsurance pool has performed even better than expected.

Mayor Has His Office Trained to Respond to Drug Overdoses

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Six months since Hurricane Harvey; a fatal stabbing in Mass. library; states legislatures with the most women; Penn State alcohol binge strains local ambulance response time; and S.F. ferries are stuffed to the gills.

The CHIP Reauthorization Saga Is Over But the Damage Has Already Been Done

State officials aren’t likely to forget this episode of Congressional paralysis—and the precedent it set—any time soon.

Highlighting Minnesota Government’s IT Innovations

A new awards program in the Land of 10,000 Lakes selected these four winners.

How Operational Intelligence Is Saving One County Time and Money on Troubleshooting

An IT operations use case has spawned a security use case as well in Hennepin County, and they’re not alone.

Minnesota Health Commissioner: CHIP Failure Calls Reliability of Federal ‘Partners’ Into Question

“We rely on a functioning federal partner ... and when our federal partners don’t perform the basic functions necessary for us to continue to operate these programs for the benefit of people, there’s consequences to that.”

Time Is Running Out for the 370,000 Pregnant Women Who Get Health Care Through CHIP

In Minnesota, officials would be forced to choose between terminating care for expectant mothers and breaking federal law should Congress let Children's Health Insurance Program funding expire.

How One Minnesota City Streamlined Its Web Content Strategy

St. Louis Park’s new site understands residents seek transactional government.

Judge Orders Mayor to Turn In City’s Past-Due Budget

Critics say that, unless the $1.4 billion fiscal plan in Minneapolis is turned in soon, there won’t be enough time to review it before public hearings begin next month.

Beyond Rooftops: States Move to Encourage Community Solar

Community solar can drastically expand the base of people and business that can access solar power. But regulating the evolving industry is tricky.

It’s Been 10 Years Since the Deadly I-35W Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis

But “almost nothing has been done in this country to keep it from happening again,” according to former Mayor R.T. Ryback.

Minnesota Officials Face Baffled Fury Among Walleye Anglers. Again.

Fishing enthusiasts continue to seethe with anger at the state as it seeks new solutions to a tricky problem.

Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns Over Shooting

The resignation, prompted by the unexpected killing of a 911 caller, was perhaps years in the making.

25 Boats Full of Angry Walleye Protesters Surround Minnesota Governor During Lake Outing

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: Large swath of Los Angeles loses power; Dallas pension debacle finger-pointing; and Spokane’s ozone pollution problem.