WATCH: The state’s IT secretary, Darryl Ackley, discusses the huge decisionpoint for states on building a nationwide public safety broadband network, and his focus on “trying to future-proof” his agency.
One board member asks: “Don’t people have the right to not take medical advice if they don’t want to?”
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Oklahoma’s mercury-in-fish lake list grows; Philly neighborhood sees increased flooding; and N.C. Republicans seek more revenge on Cooper.
In Arkansas, 61 percent of all children get their health insurance coverage through the program. How does your state or local area compare?
Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Florida pre-emption proposal rankles local officials; California’s new cigarette taxes; and fed-up citizens in St. Paul take action on trash.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: San Diego police deploy mouth-swab marijuana tests; tracking drowned snorkelers in Hawaii; and Georgia county weighs ‘tiny houses’ regulations.
Mayors face a "common set of challenges" and benefit from sharing their experiences and insights of how they're dealing with major policy challenges, like reducing homelessness in their cities.
America’s byways are dotted with boarded-up motels, but in New Mexico’s largest city, the old El Vado is set to be transformed through a public-private partnership.
An explosion caused by cat litter at a storage site in the New Mexico desert was just the beginning.
A brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts indicates the approach has been successful.
Predictive analytics, behavioral economics and collective intelligence are key, per a new report.
Non-motorized activities like backpacking, research of 11 western states in 2014 shows, generated around $1.8 billion in spending in communities within 50 miles of "quiet recreation" sites.
Also in our news roundup: Northern Cheyenne reservation declares drug state of emergency; California’s north-south water wars; and Seattle’s transportation director hit with ethics probe.
The Bureau of Land Management will soon ask for public input on how our Carlsbad public lands are managed—whether for conservation purposes or for development including oil and gas.
Residents in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California should be paying the most attention to the Interior Department’s new, interactive drought tool.
Also: Arizona sheriffs unimpressed with new ‘border-security strike force’ and Florida lawmakers battle to raise lagging wages for state workers.
And more state and local governments should consider return on investment when deciding when to publish datasets.
Local official: “We’re thinking big here; we’re not thinking small, because this is a problem that America has, period.”
Also: Stripping a South Carolina name in Minnesota and North Carolina’s ongoing budget ‘purgatory.’
Also: New free feature at the Minnesota State Fair and taxi medallion compensation?
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