Cracking Cold Cases: Police Turn to Podcasts to Track Down Killers

Law enforcement officials say that department-sponsored podcasts—free, easy to download and available on demand—are perfect for disseminating information. (America’s true-crime obsession doesn’t hurt.)

Why Cars Don’t Deserve the Right of Way

COMMENTARY | The simplest way to make roads safer and reduce police violence at the same time.

The Complicated Art of Getting Community Engagement Right

It's not always easy for cities to collect feedback from residents. Officials are looking at fresh ways to get the job done, while trying to avoid pitfalls like “engagement fatigue.”

Governments Face Soaring Costs Burying Poor and Unclaimed Dead

Individual burials can be $2,000. The costs have increased dramatically during the pandemic, with some communities turning to federal aid to help cover the expense.

67% of Cities Plan to Use ARPA for Lost Revenue

Cities are more likely to use money to replace lost tax revenues than to spend on infrastructure, according to a National League of Cities report.

State and Local Government Beats out Federal in Survey of Citizen Trust

Digital services had a strong impact on whether residents found governments trustworthy, according to the report from Deloitte.

Nearly One-Third of Infrastructure Jobs are Tough to Fill, Research Finds

Job opportunities are likely to boom if Congress approves a pending infrastructure bill, but a National League of Cities report says the current workforce may not be able to meet the demand.

Boston Will Elect Someone Other Than a White Man as Mayor for the First Time

Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, both women of color, will advance to the two-person general mayoral election set for November 2.

He Left a War-Torn Country as a Refugee and Went on to Become a US Mayor

Helena, Montana Mayor Wilmot Collins came to the United States in 1994 from Liberia. His life journey is a true immigrant success story.

Advancing Local Emergency Response 20 Years After 9/11

One of the biggest lessons to come out of the terrorist attacks was the importance of regional cooperation and training in emergency preparedness, experts said.

Removing Urban Highways Can Improve Neighborhoods Blighted by Decades of Racist Policies

COMMENTARY | At least 28 cities have begun or are planning to partly or fully remove highways that have isolated Black neighborhoods.

Counties and States Embrace Fentanyl Test Strips in Battle Against Opioids

Arlington County, Virginia announced that it would begin distributing the strips to addiction-prone people leaving the county jail, the latest in a growing number of government agencies to turn to the tests as a way to prevent overdoses.

One City’s Inventive Plan to Spark Employee Collaboration, Loyalty and Retention

Each of the five analysts hired as a team in San Rafael, California, will be based in a different department, but they’ll train and work together on special projects.

How ARPA Funds Can Help Build an Equitable Recovery

A report released Tuesday provides guidance for state and local spending of the federal recovery funding on programs that focus on equity and provides examples of city and county plans.

Full FDA Approval of Pfizer Vaccine Prompts Swift Mandates for State, Local Government Workers

Following approval for the vaccine, some leaders across the country immediately tell public employees and college students to get vaccinated now.

Now Available at the Local Library: Basketballs, Air Fryers and Taxidermied Animals

Libraries across the country are diversifying their collections with objects, a growing trend known as the “Library of Things” that aims to help residents learn in new and different ways.

How Governments Can Best Manage Federal Relief Funds

COMMENTARY | There are a lot of challenges to spending the $350 million allocated to states and localities, but effective centralization and standardization can better ensure economic recovery.

The Fittest Cities in the U.S.

The American College of Sports Medicine’s fitness index ranks the nation’s largest cities based on how well they can support healthy living for their residents.

The Accounting Burden for Spending Federal Stimulus Funds

Localities and states have a variety of challenges coming out of the pandemic. But one concern is widespread: how to stay on top of the financial reporting requirements of the American Rescue Plan Act.

New York City, California Mandate Vaccines for Public Employees

Public workers must receive the vaccine or submit to weekly testing starting Sept. 13, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom made a similar statement.

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