Pennsylvania’s Broadband Challenges Are Worse Than Thought

Researchers at Penn State University find stark differences between advertised speeds and actual connectivity.

To Buyout or Not: What We Learned From Floods In Pennsylvania

COMMENTARY | Only 186 of 2,571 communities in Pennsylvania are considered “safe from high water." How officials reacted to severe flooding in 2011 has lessons for state and local officials across the nation.

Campaign to Automatically Expunge Criminal Convictions Targets States

“This is the epitome of the failed big government system, the criminal justice system,” said the senior vice president of Koch Industries, an advocate in the fight to expunge and seal criminal records.

In Cities Rejected by Amazon, Some See Upsides to ‘HQ2’ Process

“It wasn't just a sense of winners and losers in this,” says Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, of Gary, Indiana.

Thousands of Pennsylvania Hospitalizations Related to Opioid Use

Opioids are frequently a contributing factor to hospitalizations in Pennsylvania, and not just with overdoses, according to new data.

Cemetery Case Could Change Path for Property Rights Claims Against Local Governments

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in Knick v. Township of Scott, which has implications for how challenges over governmental "taking" make it to federal court.

Spending Millions to Stop the Spread of a Destructive Insect Invader

Southeastern Pennsylvania is ground zero for an invasive species outbreak that’s threatening trees and crops. Can it be contained?

Pennsylvania Governor's Views on Recreational Marijuana Diverge From His Allies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dallas City Council member indicted … pipe dream for new Ala. interstate … and a frustrated city manager leaves job due to armchair quarterbacks.

Voter Registration Increases Among Young People

A state-by-state analysis of voter registration data found a nationwide 2.16 percent increase among people ages 18-29.

Pennsylvania Law Will Automatically Seal Some Criminal Records

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the "clean slate" legislation on Thursday. Other states are eying similar bills.

What a ‘State of Fiscal Crisis’ Will Bring in Harrisburg

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Spokane eliminates parking minimums in some areas … Florida audit looks at state procurement cards … and Columbus passes new anti-panhandling law.

Data, Police and Mental Health: How a Pennsylvania County Helps People in Distress

Mental health co-responder programs are increasingly common in law-enforcement agencies across the country, due largely to declines in the resources available to mental health providers that have forced police officers and sheriff’s deputies to take on additional responsibilities when answering calls.

Pennsylvania’s ‘Johnstown Flood Tax’ May End Up Helping Johnstown Again

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Judge orders LePage to act on Maine Medicaid expansion … no big shakeup expected under Missouri’s new governor … and Baltimore’s unofficial sewage overflow.

Exploring Pittsburgh’s War Monuments and Memorials Inventory

The city's guide currently includes 120 locations and is still a work in progress.

Uber Irks Pittsburgh’s Mayor With Its Autonomous Vehicle Testing Announcement

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Milwaukee mayor, police chief apologize after Bucks incident … Delaware lawmakers OK state worker bonuses … and N.Y.C. mayor thinks plastic straws suck.

‘No Silver Bullet’ for Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia, Other Urban Areas

A mix of education, treatment, and other measures shows promise, experts say.

Pittsburgh Airport Partnership Will Create Testing Ground for New Technology

Artificial intelligence could soon make its way into the aviation space through a collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University.