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Maine’s 3D-printed Wood-fiber Home

The recyclable, 3D-printed homes could help fill the housing gap while advancing sustainable manufacturing.

A Pivotal Moment Has Arrived for Transforming Coal Country

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Rat Czar Isn’t the Only Weird Government Job in New York City

The city drew attention for its job-posting with a salary up to $170,000 a year, seeking someone to take the lead combatting rats. But the rodent chief wouldn't be the only intriguing or bizarre position on the Big Apple's public sector payroll.

The Fight to Expand the Low-income Housing Tax Credit

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Number of Women Elected to State Legislature Seats Hits New Record

But nationwide they are still short of equal representation in statehouses compared to men.

D.C. Would be Biggest City Yet to Make Bus Rides Free

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Inflation Is Cutting Into States’ Big Infrastructure Windfall

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Nonprofit Cites ‘Inaccuracies’ in New Broadband Maps

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Wildfires are Burning an Ever-larger Hole in State Budgets

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A Governor Imposes a TikTok Ban for State Government

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New York City Agencies to Involuntarily Admit More Severely Mentally Ill People for Evaluations

Mayor Eric Adams clarified that people do not have to be a danger to themselves or others to receive help.

A City Seeks Digital Maps of Its Public Building Interiors

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Not Super Creative? Try This Approach

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The Move to Digital Government Requires More Than Just Tech

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Biden’s Pick to Oversee Highways Moves Toward Confirmation

Shailen Bhatt previously led state transportation departments in Colorado and Delaware. He’d take the helm of an agency that has drawn flak from Republicans over infrastructure law guidance.

America’s Massive Gap Providing Mental Health Services

Counties are pushing Congress to help fix the problem, which is especially bad in rural communities. But whether lawmakers will do so as part of upcoming budget legislation is unclear.

Many Applications for $1B Economic Development Program Had a Missing Element

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