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Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
Think Tanks
Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
2021-02-11 19:49:08
by Victoria Turner

State and local government revenues were not hit as hard as expected by the pandemic, but the looming uncertainty of its long-term impact points to the need for more federal aid, leading economists say..  At the start of the pandemic,... Read More

Hack Exposes Vulnerability of Cash-Strapped US Water Plants
Cybercrime
Hack Exposes Vulnerability of Cash-Strapped US Water Plants

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A hacker's botched attempt to poison the water supply of a small Florida city is raising alarms about just how vulnerable the nation's water systems may be to attacks by more sophisticated intruders. Treatment plants... Read More

DC Mayor Unveils New Program to Help Local Businesses Reduce Energy Costs
Cities
DC Mayor Unveils New Program to Help Local Businesses Reduce Energy Costs
2021-02-09 20:02:06
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – A new city program will all allow local businesses to aggregate into larger buying groups, enabling them to lower their energy costs by taking advantage of bulk purchase prices, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday. The new program, "District... Read More

NYSE Withdraws Plans to Delist 3 Chinese Phone Carriers
Business
NYSE Withdraws Plans to Delist 3 Chinese Phone Carriers

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange says it is withdrawing plans to remove shares of three Chinese state-owned phone carriers under an order by President Donald Trump. The exchange cited “further consultation” with U.S. regulators but gave... Read More

Statehouses Could Prove to be Hothouses for Virus Infection
State News
Statehouses Could Prove to be Hothouses for Virus Infection

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the crisis created by the pandemic, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection. Many legislatures will start the year meeting remotely, but some... Read More

Innovation, New Technology Needed for Post-COVID Economy
County News
Innovation, New Technology Needed for Post-COVID Economy
2020-12-14 19:32:06
by Dan McCue

If anything positive can be said to have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's that the months-long viral siege has shed new light on the need for innovation and creativity when it comes to business and workforce development. At... Read More

Counties Reminded of Their Vital Role as COVID Vaccine Deliveries Begin
County News
Counties Reminded of Their Vital Role as COVID Vaccine Deliveries Begin
2020-12-14 16:07:51
by Dan McCue

As America prepared for the first coronavirus vaccines to be given Monday morning, county officials were reminded of their vital role in ensuring the vaccine roll out is a success. “One thing you need to be doing now is engaging... Read More

NewDEAL Task Force Releases Strategy for Maximizing COVID Relief to Small Businesses
Economy
NewDEAL Task Force Releases Strategy for Maximizing COVID Relief to Small Businesses
2020-12-11 16:51:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The NewDEAL Forum's Renewing America Task Force on Friday released a list of recommendations intended to help state and local governments maximize COVID-relief aid for small businesses. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in February, more than... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
Education
NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
2020-12-04 14:47:03
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, released a new education report detailing policy solutions for providing high quality college and career pathways for students... Read More

Presidents’ Feuds With Press, From America’s Earliest Days
Media
Presidents’ Feuds With Press, From America’s Earliest Days
2020-12-02 19:30:23
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While it may seem that the White House’s relationship with the media is in an appalling state, Historian Harold Holzer claims that the president vs. press feud is actually nothing new. In fact, President Trump’s antagonism barely measures... Read More

Trump Says It Will be 'Hard to Get' His Election Claims to Supreme Court
2020 Elections
Trump Says It Will be 'Hard to Get' His Election Claims to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, even while repeating his groundless claim that "we won the race," appeared Sunday to acknowledge dwindling chances of success in his legal battle to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election won by President-elect Joe Biden. "It's hard to... Read More

Judge: DHS Head Didn't Have Authority to Suspend DACA
Immigration
Judge: DHS Head Didn't Have Authority to Suspend DACA

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf's suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which... Read More

Election Was Most Secure in American History, US Officials Say
Cybersecurity
Election Was Most Secure in American History, US Officials Say

WASHINGTON — State and federal election officials, along with experts in the private sector, said they had "utmost confidence in the security and integrity" of the Nov. 3 vote, as President Donald Trump continues to make unfounded claims of fraud and key security officials involved... Read More

Postal Service Ordered to Speed Swing-State Ballots to Make Election Day
Postal Service
Postal Service Ordered to Speed Swing-State Ballots to Make Election Day

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to make every effort to deliver mail-in ballots in three crucial swing states by Election Day due to uncertainty over whether votes that arrive after that will be counted. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington on Sunday ordered... Read More

'Ripe for Error': Ballot Signature Verification a Big Factor in the Election
2020 Elections
'Ripe for Error': Ballot Signature Verification a Big Factor in the Election

LOS ANGELES — Mail-in ballots are pouring in by the millions to election offices across the country, getting stacked and prepared for processing. But before the count comes the signature test. Election workers eyeball voter signatures on ballots one by one,... Read More

Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
County News
Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
2020-10-27 16:06:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Americans rely on public infrastructure like buildings, roads, bridges, and power supply lines every day. Some of the groundworks needed to operate society are handled by the federal government, some maintained by states, and a large portion owned... Read More

City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
Cities
City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
2020-08-07 19:32:19
by Sara Wilkerson

ALBANY, N.Y. – The city of Albany has initiated a traveling street fair for residents to socialize at a distance and to learn about local resources. The street fair, called Playstreets, was started last month and its next fair will... Read More

Schools Try to Plan Reopening Amid Conflicting Coronavirus Guidelines
Education
Schools Try to Plan Reopening Amid Conflicting Coronavirus Guidelines

PHILADELPHIA — A month into planning what fall might look like for the 2,700 students in his Gloucester County school district, Jim Lavender tore through 104 pages of guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education. By Wednesday, Lavender had... Read More

The RNC Is Gone, Leaving Charlotte to Sort Out Millions in Contract Liabilities
Political News
The RNC Is Gone, Leaving Charlotte to Sort Out Millions in Contract Liabilities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The decision to move the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville, Fla., has left Charlotte’s host committee with “tens of millions” in contractual liabilities, the committee’s CEO said Monday. Republican officials announced last week that they’re moving most... Read More

Trump Golf Club Asks Palm Beach County for Rent Relief
Taxes
Trump Golf Club Asks Palm Beach County for Rent Relief

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump’s golf club in West Palm Beach has asked Palm Beach County to defer some of the $88,338 monthly rent it pays to lease public land for the president’s the private golf club, citing... Read More

'All Eyes' on New York: Reopening Tests City Torn by Crises
Cities
'All Eyes' on New York: Reopening Tests City Torn by Crises

NEW YORK (AP) — The city that never sleeps had a curfew for much of last week. Famous stores were boarded up after days of unrest. The lights are out on Broadway theaters, and the subway no longer runs overnight.... Read More

Pulling Dollar Bills Off the Wall to Keep Going in Rural California
Economy
Pulling Dollar Bills Off the Wall to Keep Going in Rural California

BISHOP, Calif. — This is a time of year that many rural towns in the Owens Valley usually celebrate — rodeo and fishing season. Normally, tourists from Southern California would be swarming into the eastern Sierra Nevada range, streaming into... Read More

Former Elections Judge Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Fix Primary Results
Criminal Justice
Former Elections Judge Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Fix Primary Results
2020-05-22 19:45:13
by Dan McCue

A former elections judge in Philadelphia pleaded guilty to accepting cash and "other things of value" in return for tampering with the results of city primary elections over several years, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Domenick J. Demuro pleaded guilty... Read More

National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
Economy
National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
2020-05-13 13:24:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities is calling on the Senate and White House to embrace a new coronavirus relief bill introduced in the House on Tuesday that allocates $375 billion for the nation's smaller cities, towns, counties and... Read More

Fauci Warns Senate Panel of
Health
Fauci Warns Senate Panel of "Really Serious" Consequences to Fast Reopening
2020-05-12 19:11:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday there could be "really serious" consequences to states and cities across the United States reopening their economies too quickly. He told the Senate... Read More

NewDEAL Welcomes Spring 2020 Leader Class of State and Local Officials
In The News
NewDEAL Welcomes Spring 2020 Leader Class of State and Local Officials
2020-05-08 13:35:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a group dedicated to developing exceptional American leaders, has selected a new class of 15 elected officials to join its select membership. Leaders in the 185-person network cover 48 states and are working to enact pro-growth progressive... Read More

Congressman Wants to Restore Nixon-Era State and Local Aid Program
Congress
Congressman Wants to Restore Nixon-Era State and Local Aid Program

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal said he wants to go back to the future in the next round of coronavirus relief aid. The Massachusetts Democrat told the nation’s mayors Wednesday that he would try to... Read More

Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down
Health
Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated a single coronavirus patient. Convention centers that were turned into temporary hospitals in other cities went mostly unused. And a... Read More

Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns
Transportation
Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transportation systems are key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies. Yet methods of getting around, ranging from trains and buses to ferries and bicycles,... Read More

The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off
Economy
The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off

Everyone wants to know: When, oh when, will it go back to normal? As some governors across the United States begin to ease restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, hopes are soaring that life as Americans knew... Read More

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