How Fit Is Your City?

The American College of Sports Medicine fitness index ranks the country’s 100 largest cities based on a mix of factors, including health behaviors and local policies.

The Obscure Tax Rule That’s Stopping U.S. States From Paying Teachers More

Supermajority tax measures have been pushed since the 1990s by deep-pocketed lobbying groups.

Oklahoma Aims to Boost Its Economy by Solving Government Problems

The state’s tech team has an ambitious plan to fuel the state’s technology sector; it’s early, but they may be on to something.

Why More School Districts Are Holding Class Just Four Days a Week

Today school districts in parts of 22 states use a four-day week, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Texas School Districts Eye Oklahoma's Striking Teachers

The era of gouged school finances and interstate “teacher poaching” continues.

Why America's Teachers Haven't Been Getting Raises

It's not just educators in West Virginia and Oklahoma who have watched their wages and benefits erode since the Great Recession.

Some of America’s Worst-Paid Teachers Give Their State a New Ultimatum

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New Mexico’s ‘no trespassing’ order for U.S. Border Patrol; opening the door to S.C. reparations; Nashville mayor resigns; and Lake Superior's high water level may hit all-time record.

The Republican Tax Bill Might Need an Escape Hatch to Pass

Ahead of a key vote this week, senators from states where tax cuts busted the budget want the plan to include a “backstop” in case the party’s rosy revenue predictions don’t come true.

The Red-State Revolt Spreads to Oklahoma

Republican voters soured on tax cuts in Kansas. Now a similar budget crisis is playing out in Oklahoma, and in a string of special-election wins, Democrats are taking advantage.

Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration by Keeping Mothers and Children Together

Hoping to combat the high cost of incarceration and break the cycle of children following their parents to prison, some cities have created programs to keep women out of jail and with their children.

Police Chief Tied to Neo-Nazi Sites Blames ‘White Power Skinheads’ From Heavy Metal Shows

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Colorado seeks federal compliance with standardized testing; community policing push in Oakland, Calif.; and the last two Obamacare insurers in Utah seek exclusions.

Voters in Louisiana and Oklahoma Strongly Favor Alternatives to Incarceration

Both states considered, one enacted, sentencing and corrections reforms in 2017

Despite Secession Talk, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Recent secession efforts range from large, ongoing campaigns in Texas and California to smaller pushes in Oklahoma, Maine, Utah, West Virginia and New York.

What CIOs Can Learn About Hacktivists From Oklahoma’s ‘Hoodie Incident’

“They’re trying to get their message out,” Oklahoma’s CIO said during the NASCIO mid-year conference being held this week near the nation’s capital.

Okla. Senate OKs Bill to Strip Local Non-Discrimination Ordinances

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Proposal to block new wind development in N.D.; N.C. governor’s plan to raise teacher salaries; and a Mich. freeway’s bumpy deterioration.

WATCH: Oklahoma Bridge Span Knocked Down

Part of a highway crossing over the Verdigris River near Tulsa was removed as part of a rehabilitation project.

In a Decade, Oklahoma's Earthquakes Will Be Normal Again

Next year, though, the state faces a 40-percent risk of a major tremor.

Okla. Shutters Disposal Wells Following Big Quake; Ill. Gov. Fires 29 State Transportation Employees

Also in our State and Local Labor Day Weekend Digest: Judges rule Mo. must reveal source of lethal injection drugs; Justice Department to decide whether to retry McDonnell; Scottsdale firefighters wrangle exotic snakes.

A Big Burden for Oklahoma’s Poorly Paid Teachers; Wildfire Burns Through California Community

Dallas struggles with its recycling goal; closing arguments in Pa. attorney general’s trial; and Lake Michigan life rings.