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Feds Exempt Volunteer Firefighters from Obamacare Mandate

The Treasury Department and the IRS said they plan to issue a final rule that spares fire departments from having to add their volunteers to their insurance plans. Some say the mandate could have threatened public safety.

Corporate Entrepreneurs Are at the Heart of Downtown Revitalizations

Private-sector actors are reshaping the center of some cities in ways local governments no longer have the ability to do themselves.

Dried Up and Maxed Out, California Tries to Make It Snow

After its driest year on record, the state is trying one of the cheaper ways of staving off drought: cloud seeding. But is it safe and does it work?

 

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Number of scheduled weekly and monthly meetings that the city of Dubuque, Iowa, has with city agencies, utility companies, community colleges and other players in a year.
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In Abandoned Detroit, Group Tries to Lure Writers with Free Rent

A grassroots organization plans to give away abandoned houses to writers who agree to move to the bankrupt city and boost its arts community and economy. So far, it's not costing the city a dime.

 

Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

 
Politics
Christie Facing Dual Investigations on Bridge Scandal and Sandy Aid Ads
Virginia's New Governor Seeks to Set a Bipartisan Tone on First Day
Health & Human Services
Arizona Gov. Brewer Abolishes Child Welfare Agency in State of the State
U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Arizona's Abortion Ban Case
Infrastructure & Environment
What's the Biggest Problem with Electric Cars? The Power Cord
The High Price of Keeping the Great Lakes Carp Free
Management & Labor
Ending 8 Months of Strikes and Negotiations, BART Union Approves New Contract
Public Safety & Justice
Colorado's New DWI Problem: Pot
Education
Court Discontinues Desegregation Payments to Arkansas Schools
All-Day Kindergarten for All?
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How Government Leaders Can Stay Out of Social Media Hell

It's all too easy for a public official to make the kind of online mistake that results in ridicule and embarrassment. But it's not that hard to avoid a catastrophe.

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A Not-So-Public Pension's Disappearing Money

A $25 million investment loss by the Boston-area transportation authority's retirement fund demonstrates the need for the same transparency and oversight that other public pensions are subject to.

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2014 State of the State Speeches

Watch and read the transcript and highlights of every governor's annual address.

 

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