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Subject: How Much Can (and Should) Government Protect People from Natural Disaster?
Date: Tue May 27 12:26:59 MDT 2014

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South Korea’s Street-Level Transparency

The country removes the anonymousness of government by publicly identifying the people responsible for particular projects on street signs. It’s an anti-corruption approach that has lots of possibilities for U.S. governments.

Cities Stop Covering Retired Workers' Health Care

After much pushback from unions, big cities like Detroit and Chicago are now making their retired employees get health care on the exchanges or through spouses.

America’s Biggest Drug Problem Isn’t Heroin, It’s Doctors

Painkillers prescribed by both well-intentioned doctors and so-called "criminals in white coats" are driving the overdose epidemic. States and cities are pioneering ways to control it.


News in Numbers

20 million

Estimated number of bees released on Interstate 95 in Delaware, after a tractor trailer carrying 460 hives crashed last week. The bee swarms prompted police to activate the state's "honeybee swarm removal plan," which was established in 1995 and had never been used before.

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Public Officials of the Year 2014

It's that time of year again. Take a moment to tell us about an outstanding state, city or county leader who has shown true courage, innovation and excellence in his or her job. Submit your nominations here.

May 27, 2014

How Much Can (and Should) Government Protect People from Natural Disaster?

By letting citizens live in vulnerable places even after disaster strikes, governments plant the seeds for future disasters. Plus: Read the rest of the June issue, which is now online.


Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

Tea Party Poised for Big Wins in Texas GOP Runoffs
Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Some Donations
Appeals Court Deals Reformers Big Blow in Florida Redistricting Case
Michigan Faces a Property Tax Decision on Statewide Ballot
Health & Human Services
Arizona Special Session on New Child-Safety Agency Kicks Off
Infrastructure & Environment
Feds Give New Jersey, New York More Sandy Aid
The Lucky 4,000 in California's Drought
Management & Labor
IRS Announces Tax Penalties for Employers Sending Workers to Health Exchanges
Public Safety & Justice
Indiana Cracking Down on Synthetic Drugs
Illinois Law Would Allow Chicago to Make Its Own Marijuana Rules
Georgia's Latest Teacher Problem: A Lawsuit Over Health Insurance
IBM's Next-Generation Smart City Solutions

With the launch of its next-generation smart city solutions, IBM has directed its thinking toward three main themes, which are tailored for cities, holistic in their execution, and interconnected. These are: Planning and Management, Infrastructure Planning, and Human Services.
Read the paper here.

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The Tools We Need to Measure Quality in Government

Auditable standards for public-sector quality improvement efforts are the key to their sustained and effective implementation.


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