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High fees, long waits cast shadow over new criminal expungement laws

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City leaders fund child care center with tax district typically used for roads, sewer

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Help for rural governments tackling the opioid crisis

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Former coal towns get money for clean energy projects

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Funding for local cybersecurity efforts is insufficient, survey says

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White House finalizes rule requiring states to target vehicle pollution

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New health care grants look to reform how hospitals are paid

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