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.

Should There Be Mandatory Training Standards for School Resource Officers?

There are no national training standards for school-based officers, and in many cases no state standards, meaning crisis response can vary widely from place to place.

Warm Weather Prompts Snake Warnings Throughout the U.S.

The uptick in visible slithering reptiles has prompted cities and counties to warn residents that warmer weather and increased rainfall can force snakes out of their holes and into backyards, pools and homes.

Apple Is Reportedly Opening Its Second Campus in North Carolina

Unlike Amazon's public HQ2 search, Apple's selection process is taking place entirely behind closed doors.

Charlotte’s Scooter Share Halted After One Day

City officials said Lime didn’t have permission to implement its e-scooter program on local streets.

Electric Scooters Come to Charlotte

Charlotte is the third city on the East Coast to get electric scooters, following Washington, D.C. in March and Miami in April.

‘Ghost Cars’ Coming to Haunt North Carolina’s Impaired Drivers

State Highway Patrol officers have a new low-key weapon for drunk-driving enforcement.

Why North Carolina’s Approach to Data Analytics Is ‘People Focused’

Business partners should be the ones identifying the problems IT professionals solve, according to state CIO Eric Boyette.

North Carolina’s Cities Want Their Broadband Authority Clarified by State Government

Doing so could open the door for more local governments to fund and install infrastructure for private retail networks that reach underserved neighborhoods.

Raleigh’s Long-Awaited New 'Front Door' Is Nearly Complete

A new multi-modal transportation hub has sparked mixed-use development and fueled neighborhood revitalization in North Carolina's capital city.

These Local Public Sector Workers Are Scarce and in High Demand

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Denver mayor’s video apology; Utah lawmaker proposes ‘safe on red’ bill; New Mexico’s rape-kit backlog; and turning biogas into energy in Kansas.

Contempt for Court

Republican lawmakers are increasingly showing disdain for decisions made by the judicial branch—and by extension the rule of law.

Some Hospitals in Appalachia See Surges of Opioid Babies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maine Gov. LePage plans major shift in oversight for county jails; Philly will soon say goodbye to a transit relic; New Mexico’s challenging job-skills gap; and a Silicon Valley mayor is criticized for his housing comments.

Has the Tide Turned Against Partisan Gerrymandering?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday struck down the state’s maps as too heavily biased toward Republicans, the latest ruling in a new and contentious battle over legislative districts.

North Carolina's Landmark Ruling Against Partisan Gerrymanders

Judges said redistricting designed to elect Republicans violated the Constitution, the first time a federal court has come to that conclusion.

Trump Administration Eyes as ‘Much as Possible’ for Expanded Offshore Drilling

A number of state and local officials are opposing the leasing of previously protected waters.

How One North Carolina County Is Keeping Down Its Jail Population

Mecklenburg County judges are preparing to hold pretrial hearings to determine defendants’ economic statuses before handing down financial punishments.

Midsize Cities Get a New, Free Data Portal Option

Open Data America wants to do for other municipalities what it did in Cary, North Carolina.

What's the Right Punishment for Tearing Down a Confederate Monument?

In Durham, the sheriff and district attorney appear divided over whether civil disobedience deserves greater leniency from the judicial system.