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Jenni Bergal


Small Cities Worry Cybersecurity Money Won't Reach Them

Ransomware attacks have wreaked havoc on state and local governments. There are new federal cybersecurity grants to help but small places may lack the staff resources to get them.


No More Stairs: Cash Influx to Make Transit More Accessible

More than 25 million Americans have self-reported travel-limiting disabilities.

Public Safety

Surging Catalytic Converter Thefts Spur State Crackdowns

The pollution control devices contain precious metals worth thousands of dollars per ounce.

Tech & Data

Natural Disasters Can Set the Stage for Cyberattacks

Indiana and some other state and local governments are trying to prepare by holding drills or creating preparedness plans.

Health & Human Services

Cities See Trash Cleanup Programs as a Way to Combat Homelessness

“At first, I said, ‘Picking up trash?’ I had to let my pride go—and I did.”

Tech & Data

Biden Signs School Cybersecurity Bill

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will study the cyber risks facing elementary and secondary schools and develop recommendations to assist schools in facing those challenges.


Transit Agencies Lease Real Estate to Generate Much-Needed Cash

They must replace revenue from riders, who have been slow to return.

Tech & Data

Expired Driver’s Licenses Open Lane for Cybercriminals

Fraudsters send out texts or emails falsely warning that the target’s license needs to be updated, is missing information or is expiring.

Tech & Data

Cybercriminals Strike Another Hospital System

Hackers struck Memorial Health System, which operates facilities in Ohio and West Virginia.

Public Safety

Deadly Crashes on Rural Roads Prompt New Safety Efforts

The fatality rate on rural roads is twice as high as on urban ones.

Tech & Data

States Weigh Bans on Ransomware Payoffs

The idea is that this would deter attacks because cybercriminals would know they couldn’t get paid.

Public Safety

Cops Scramble to Deal With Deadly Road Rage During Pandemic

Police in some areas say they’ve seen road rage incidents spike during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health & Human Services

Yes, Some People Really Are Faking Their Covid Vaccine Cards

A thriving black market for the cards has alarmed law enforcement officials—and prompted some state legislators to act.


Tackling Social Inequity, Some Cities May Ditch Bus, Subway Fares

Fare revenue covers on average 30% of transit agencies’ operating costs.

Tech & Data

Hackers Threaten to Release Police Records, Knock 911 Offline

Prosecutors have dropped criminal cases because hackers cut off access to evidence.

Health & Human Services

Need a COVID-19 Vaccine? Visit Your Local Transit Center

Transit agencies across the country are giving free rides to vaccine sites and some are hosting clinics in their facilities.


States' Covid-era Budget Surpluses Could Pay For Infrastructure

Some states want to put unanticipated surplus dollars into transportation infrastructure projects.