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February 17, 2013

President Obamas plan would involve the federal government working with states to help families get access to preschool.

The federal website received mixed reviews after launching Tuesday.

February 14, 2013

The low-lying city of 50,000 across the Hudson River from Manhattan was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer wants to city to serve as a model for how to develop a uniquely urban approach to extreme storm preparation.

February 11, 2013

Offering a list of policy innovations in several emerging mega-cities, managing editor Josephine dAllant argues for empowerment over charity in the battle to improve conditions for the urban poor.

February 9, 2013

To give domestic-violence victims a chance to escape abusers who ignore restraining orders against them, judges in Orange and Osceola counties will begin mandating the use of GPS-tracking devices in what they deem the highest-risk cases.

February 5, 2013

S.F. library eyes laptop-lending kiosks

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Updated 4:28 pm, Sunday, February 3, 2013

The library wants to earmark $99,500 in its upcoming budget to purchase three laptop lending kiosks that would boost the number of available computers and remove the human element from the current system where librarians check out portable computers to patrons for inside use.

Worthwhile investmentBut the library says ...

February 2, 2013

Could Vienna's century of experience in creating housing that is both affordable and attractive offers lessons for how the U.S. can address its growing affordability crisis? In the Austrian capital, more regulation, not less, leads to cheaper rents.

This Model Bullying Prevention Policy is a comprehensive strategy that was developed for all youth-serving agencies in the District of Columbia. The policy employs a three-level public health model to prevent bullying, which involves shifting agency norms; delivering services to at-risk youth; and responding to bullying incidents in a way that inhibits subsequent acts, with an emphasis on data analysis to measure intervention success. The policy was developed by the Urban Institute in collaboration with the 42-members of the District of Columbia Mayor's Bullying Prevention Task Force and Office ...

February 1, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) The city of Portland will count the number of its homeless residents.

The wristwatch would be equipped with a video camera, GPS and would send texts to authorities and family members in the event of a threat. ->

January 28, 2013

With this new method, students watch lectures at home and spend class time practicing.

January 27, 2013

New Mexico State University will be the first university in the country to offer housing specifically designated for student veterans that isn't dorms or fraternity-style housing, according to school officials.

January 26, 2013

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is using a digital Web-based system to process veterans disability claims, replacing its antiquated paper files in an effort to reduce the backlog of cases.

Some towns are considering offering shop local cards. People can get the card, buy from shops in their hometown, and then they get to accumulate credits against their property tax bill.

January 23, 2013

In his recent State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would be looking at several initiatives to make New York’s finances and public business dealings more transparent. New York has now launched the first step toward that goal with the release of its open budget portal. According to the [...]

In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, the universities hope that those who pass the free courses will pay tuition to complete a degree program.

"My Micro NY" will create a building of 55 micro-units each measuring between 250 and 370 square feet, with 40 percent of the units priced to be affordable, the mayor's office said.

January 21, 2013

Q: At the Pennsylvania Farm Show the other week, while picking up my complimentary state map, I also grabbed a flier about the PA Yellow Dot Program. Seems like a decent idea, but I've never seen a yellow dot on a car. Is this a new program? What's your opinion of it?

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