Amid Closures, Libraries Find New Ways to Provide Services

As their branches close to protect public health, librarians turn to virtual programming and relief efforts to continue serving their communities.

A State Seeks to Boost Air Travel Within its Borders

There are no direct flights between cities in Idaho, so travelers must take connecting flights out of state to travel between them. One lawmaker hopes to establish a committee to tackle the problem.

Supreme Court Declines to Consider Homeless Camping Ban Case

The high court is leaving in place an appellate court ruling that found it was unconstitutional to prosecute homeless people for sleeping in public outdoors when no shelter was available.

Cities, States Urge Supreme Court to Hear Homeless Camping Ban Case

After a Boise, Idaho law that prohibits sleeping in public spaces was ruled unconstitutional by an appellate court, some local governments are raising concerns about how they can now legally address problems stemming from homeless people living on the streets.

Smithsonian to Rural Regions: Your Wealth Is in Your Culture

A traveling exhibit will visit up to 165 rural cities across 28 states.

Tracking State Spending in Real Time with Budget Transparency Websites

Oklahoma and Idaho are the latest states to launch budget transparency websites as a way to give residents access to real-time agency spending data.

Six States to Craft Election Security Plans Through National Academy

The National Governors Association-sponsored policy academy will help officials from Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia devise communications and response plans to deploy if their election systems come under attack.

Why Eating Roadkill Makes Roads Safer for People and Animals

States are legalizing roadkill salvaging to feed communities and track animal migration.

Medicaid Expansion Won Big on Election Day

Three out of four conservative states approved measures, while the election of a Democratic governor in Maine seemingly ends the Republican effort to block last year’s successful referendum.

Appeals Court Finds That Anti-Camping Ordinance Violates Eighth Amendment Protections

The Martin v. City of Boise ruling offers caution for local governments looking to prosecute homeless people for sleeping on the streets without having adequate shelter resources.

Another Example of a Simple Idea That’s Spread From One City to Another

In Boise, traffic box art has become an important visual element of the downtown streetscape.

How Some State Capitals—And State Capitols—Honor County Governments

In some seats of government, pay attention for special seals, street names and even dioramas that honor counties.

All 50 States Now Protect Public Breastfeeding

The Trump administration got headlines for trying to remove pro-breastfeeding language from a World Health Organization resolution, but in the U.S. the last two states this spring passed laws allowing public breastfeeding.

As Trump Threatens NAFTA (Again), States With the Most on the Line Ahead of Trade Talks

A reminder of some of the places that could see an economic backlash if the president ends up blowing up the North American trade deal.

Why It's Illegal to Roll Through Stop Signs on Your Bike—For Now

Many bicycle advocates see the "Idaho stop" as codifying what they already do at stop signs.

Western Governors to Congress: More Power Please

"We find ourselves continually having to ask the federal government: ‘Mother may I?’” Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said.

The Gem State Is Now the Nation’s Fastest Growing

Newly released U.S. Census Bureau figures show growth—and population loss—in the 50 states.

State and Local Leaders in Idaho Are Eager to Attract Foreign Investment

“It’s increasingly more important,” state Sen. Kelly Anthon told Route Fifty.

Trump’s Federal Land-Use Regulatory Battle Targets Obama’s Sage Grouse Rules

“They might as well form a shotgun posse to kill off the species directly,” according to a Center for Biological Diversity activist.

Federal Dam Managers Choose Not to Flood Boise

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Connecticut state government readies for layoffs; N.Y.C. eyes nation’s highest cigarette taxes; and lack of transparency in Jefferson City.

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