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Policy, State & Local

Dakota Access Pipeline to Shut Down Pending Review, Federal Judge Rules

July 6, 2020

Via: The New York Times

The Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil route from North Dakota to Illinois that has inspired intense protests and legal battles, must shut down pending an environmental review and be emptied of oil by Aug. 5, a district court ruled on […]


Federal, Policy, State & Local

California set to ban all heavy diesel trucks and vans by 2045

June 26, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

The days of diesel delivery trucks and vans in California are numbered. On Thursday, the state’s Air Resources Board adopted a new rule that will phase out these most polluting of vehicles from the state over the next quarter-century. Beginning […]


Federal, Policy, State & Local

When cities go bankrupt, it’s Black lives at risk

June 23, 2020

Via: Fortune

Each week as the unemployment numbers roll and the economic slide deepens, it becomes clearer that without significant funds from the federal government, cities and states are likely to face massive shortfalls, some even failing to make payroll and pay […]


Policy, State & Local

The unemployment rate has fallen in these 35 states

June 22, 2020

Via: Fortune

After states issuing stay-at-home orders in March, mass layoffs ensued at a pace never seen in this nation. Since that time, 44 states have set record-high unemployment rates dating back to 1976 when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) […]


Federal, Policy, State & Local

45.7 million have filed unemployment during the pandemic—greater than the combined population of 23 states

June 18, 2020

Via: Fortune

More than 1.5 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims in the week ending June 13. That’s an improvement of 58,000 on the prior week, but the latest figure comes in above economists’ estimates. More worryingly, it marks 13 straight weeks […]


Policy, State & Local

Budget cuts ahead, D.C. to merge connectivity, ‘smart city’ programs

June 15, 2020

Via: StateScoop

Confronted with a shrinking budget, Washington D.C. Chief Technology Officer Lindsey Parker on Friday proposed merging the city’s digital connectivity and “smart city” programs into a single, community-based project. Parker said her proposed #TechTogether Partnership would intertwine the city’s “SmarterDC” […]


Policy, State & Local

Coronavirus cases are rising significantly in nine reopened states

June 10, 2020

Via: Fortune

With businesses and services continuing to open up across the country, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease, issued a reality check about the current state of the coronavirus pandemic: “In a period of four […]


Federal, Policy, State & Local

Local governments find remote work to be ‘starting over’ point

June 8, 2020

Via: StateScoop

The coronavirus pandemic forced municipal governments around the country to expand their remote workforce rapidly, but county officials said last week that the learning curve will help them make smarter technology decisions in the future. Mike Lynch, Boston’s broadband director, […]


Policy, State & Local

Facial recognition bill falls flat in California legislature

June 4, 2020

Via: StateScoop

A controversial California bill aimed at allowing businesses and government agencies to use facial recognition on customers stalled in the state legislature Wednesday, relieving privacy activists who argued the bill’s passage would’ve given too much leeway on how the controversial […]


Policy, State & Local

Minnesota IT officials respond to weekend DDoS attacks against state systems

June 1, 2020

Via: StateScoop

Minnesota technology officials said Sunday that the state’s networks were inundated over the weekend by malicious attempts to knock government agencies offline, though those efforts were successfully repelled. In a statement Sunday, Tarek Tomes, Minnesota’s chief information officer and the […]