Rhode Island Plans Autonomous Shuttle Pilot for Winter

The service will initially be free for commuters, while bus drivers have raised concerns about their futures.

The Students Suing for a Constitutional Right to Education

A new federal complaint with a unique argument accuses the state of Rhode Island of failing to provide students with the skills they need to participate effectively in a democracy.

R.I. Gov. Pledges Help for PawSox-less Pawtucket After Minor League Team Bolts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane will test Honolulu shelters … Las Vegas pipeline might not be dead … and school districts scramble for bus drivers.

R.I. Gov. Toughens Rules for State Lawyers After Costly Mistakes

The new policies also effect state employees who need certifications and licensures.

There Might Be a Cheaper Drug, But Pharmacists Can’t Tell You That

State legislatures consider proposals to eliminate the so-called gag rules that pharmacists say can prevent them from telling customers about cheaper drugs.

Providence’s New Loan Partnership to Replace Lead Water Pipes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Seattle City Council OKs employee head tax … prosecutor drops charges against Mo. governor … and Detroit sues downtown’s largest landowner.

Rhode Island Seeks Private Partner on Autonomous Transit Project

The state DOT is eyeing a targeted pilot in an underserved part of its capital that’s ripe for AVs.

Rhode Island Runs Out of Money for Electric Car Incentives

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Aerial drones for San Francisco firefighters; Miami raw sewage problems; and a price-tag for Lansing’s city hall.

The States That Tax Cigarettes at the Highest and Lowest Rates

The Tax Foundation has new rankings and an interactive tool that look at the taxes states levy on a pack of smokes and changes in state cigarette tax revenue over the years.

R.I. Gov.’s Tuition-Free College Plan; Nebraska’s Lagging State Revenue

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Missouri's governor plans big higher ed cuts; Wisconsin city struggles with state limits on revenue; and more state legislative updates.

Taking a ‘Pie-in-the-Sky Idea’ and Moving It to Real Municipal Practice

The challenge model from the Bloomberg Philanthropies aims to improve citizen quality of life, as is the focus of work being done in Providence.

Training Program Gives Cash-Strapped R.I. Municipalities Some Hope

‘Leadership Matters’ focuses on improving culture and performance in local public institutions in the Ocean State dealing with challenging fiscal conditions.

Rats Invade Providence Ward; Columbia Fire Captain Fired Over Black Live Matter Comments

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: N.J. hunters up in arms over trophy ban; an Arizona county doesn’t owe $16 million; and San Bernardino County’s internet woes.

R.I. May Soon Own Captain Cook’s Ship; Chicago Mayor vs. Ill. Governor

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: New Jersey counties overpaid $37.3 million to Medicaid; Orlando’s craft beer zoning move; and Orange County, Calif., gets a homelessness czar.

Rhode Island Scrambles to Fix Error-Riddled Tourism Promo; Critical Flaw for Driverless Cars

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Montana’s feisty AG; Alabama governor’s scandal again makes headlines; and Minnesota professors want more privacy.

Revised Version of Controversial R.I. Truck Tolling Legislation Fails to Sway Critics

The governor and top Democratic lawmakers are looking to the tolling plan to help fund the repair of deficient bridges.

States at a Crossroads on Criminal Justice Reform

Many states are reconsidering mandatory minimum sentences and substance abuse strategies that emphasize punishment rather than treatment.