Cities Enlist ‘Doulas’ to Reduce Infant Mortality

Research suggests that doula-assisted mothers are less likely to deliver babies with low birth weights or birth complications, and more likely to breast-feed their infants.

Baltimore Mayor’s Advice for Removing Confederate Monuments: ‘Do It Quietly and Quickly’

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Health disparities in Houston; Michigan state worker retirees worry about public records request; and Milwaukee builds notable water tech sector.

What 3 U.S. Mayors Think Cities Will Be Like in 2030

The mayors of Baltimore, Boston and Denver weighed in on major issues their cities are facing at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 85th annual meeting.

Visualizing Baltimore’s Food Deserts

By identifying where food access is poor, government agencies and nonprofits can better allocate resources.

Feds Tell Judge They Have ‘Grave Concerns’ With Baltimore Police Consent Decree

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Rural Texas lawmakers target bullet train; agency criticized for not spending money quickly enough; Newark mayor calls ICE deputization efforts “unconstitutional and un-American.”

Trump Administration Reviewing Federal Police Reform Agreements With Cities

The U.S. attorney general appears to be testing the waters on a rollback of Obama-era consent decrees and law enforcement civil rights accountability and training.

Trump Budget Would ‘Erode’ State and Local Emergency Preparedness and Response

Baltimore’s mayor, along with state and local emergency managers and first responders, didn’t hesitate to speak out against trading disaster mitigation funding for a border wall.

How Cash Bail Keeps the Poor in Jail

Inability to pay bail is often the only reason a pretrial defendant stays behind bars.

Baltimore Police Agree to Stop Abusing Their Power

Under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, the troubled force will employ a variety of measures to protect constitutional rights and correct racial disparities.

Millennials Bring New Life to Some Rust Belt Cities

Young college graduates are stemming population losses and transforming old neighborhoods in some Rust Belt cities.

Baltimore’s ‘Strong Mayor’ Survives Tight Votes; Seattle Adopts Adaptable Traffic System

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Philly’s parks make Google Street View first; Louisiana parishes fear they’ll lose millions of dollars; and Massachusetts needs new emissions limits.

This City's Opioid Treatment Model Spawned Imitators

Responding to the opioid epidemic, a Baltimore addiction treatment center offers all medications and all levels of care.

End of the 'Strong Mayor' in Baltimore?; Illinois Officials' Pay Withheld

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Holdout Montana mulls digital billboards; Miami Beach vs. rafters; and cicadas prepare to invade Pittsburgh

States Looking to Curb Opioid Abuse Should Start by Strengthening PDMPs

Prescription drug monitoring programs are underused and face legislative hurdles in states like Maryland, according to advocates.

Did Your City’s Mayor Make These ‘Tweet Elite’ Rankings?

Baltimore’s mayor at No. 1 makes sense, but the top tweeters based on audience, frequency, responsiveness, engagement and influence might surprise you.

Building a Ground Army to Fight Heroin Deaths

More than 28,000 people are dying from heroin and opioid overdoses each year. Cities and states, along with the federal government, are trying to get rescue kits into the hands of more people.

Another Blow to the Overarching ‘Ferguson Effect’ Theory

A new University of Colorado-Boulder study found urban crime remains low.

Can Baltimore County Compete With Silicon Valley at Cybersecurity?

The county’s government is selling local information and cybersecurity companies as the solution to the nation’s $100 billion cybercrime problem.

A Medium-Size City’s Approach to Data

The stats program in Somerville, Massachusetts, is modeled after one of the earliest—Baltimore’s—with the knowledge that, sometimes, less is more.

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