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Envisioning What’s Next for a Dead Stretch of Downtown Freeway

Akron’s planning director says there’s a chance that what’s now a “concrete trench” could one day become a park.

Ohio Governor Urges State to Seize 'Window of Opportunity' on Gun Laws

Two days after a mass shooting in Dayton, Gov. Mike DeWine called for the state legislature to pass a “red flag” law, toughen background checks, and improve access to the state’s mental health system.

'Do Something!': Republican-led States Grapple with Responses to Mass Shootings

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he’d be open to discussing gun control proposals, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott emphasized the need to address mental health issues.

Two Mayors on the Mass Shootings in Dayton and El Paso

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No more disposable water bottles in San Francisco airport … Challenging new voting law in Florida … A hold on Puerto Rico’s disaster money.

State Lawmakers Seek to Close Marital Rape Prosecution Loopholes

Marital rape is technically illegal in all 50 states, but some have legal exemptions that make it difficult to prosecute offenders.

Requiring High Schools to Name Valedictorians

After three Ohio schools did away with selecting valedictorians and salutatorians, a state legislator introduced a bill to mandate high schools continue the tradition.

Denver Voters Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Police find over 1,000 guns in a home in Los Angeles … Ohio considers nixing film tax credits … New Orleans seeks infrastructure funding.

A State Considers How to Help Local Governments Pay for Expensive Murder Trials

A bill in the Ohio legislature would allow counties to ask for state financial support for large capital murder cases.

Shelter Animals Become Official State Pets

To highlight the availability of adoptable animals at shelters, lawmakers in several states are giving them a special status.

A Mayor’s Perspective: Women and Automation on the Rise

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley reflects on the changing conversation around technology and why executive roles in politics have been particularly difficult for women to obtain.

Ohio Governor Says Raising State’s Gas Tax Is Unavoidable

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | What-if megastorm scenarios for L.A. area ... New Jersey “dirt broker” loopholes … and Orlando autonomous bus shuttles.

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What the Mayor of Youngstown Wants From Trump

“Cities like ours in northeast Ohio are in desperate need of federal funds,” Mayor Jamael Tito Brown wrote in a letter to the White House.

City Leader Wants Residents to Try Balancing the Parks and Rec Budget

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Federal shutdown delays hurricane recovery funds … another Flint water crisis plea deal …. and confusion comes with Conn. town’s pay-per-bag trash collection proposal.

How States Can Balance Saving for a Rainy Day and Other Priorities

The case for rules tied to revenue volatility.

The People of Ohio Can Now Pay Their Taxes in Bitcoin

The program, the first in the country, starts this week.

Mayor Discusses Local Impacts of GM’s Newly Announced Plant Closures

“This isn’t just a GM issue. People aren’t buying cars” like they once did, according to Lordstown, Ohio Mayor Arno Hill. “We’ve prepared for this.”

Pressuring Gun and Ammo Manufacturers Through Police Procurement

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A grim search in Calif. for the missing in Paradise … Mich. PFAS blood tests … the best big U.S. airport … and ‘pot for potholes.’

From Pensions to Pot, Lawmakers Outline Post-Election Priorities

“I think this is where the action is going to be,” says one expert, referring to state legislatures in the coming months.

Ohio Town Debuts Smart Intersection Technology

The technology, a pilot project, debuted in Marysville, Ohio earlier this month.

Owning Real Estate Has Not Panned Out for Many African-Americans

In nearly a fifth of the ZIP codes where most homeowners are black, home values have decreased since 2000, compared with only 2 percent of ZIP codes where black homeowners are not the majority.