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November 9, 2013

Cities as big as Los Angeles and as small as Norfolk, Va., are turning to streetcars.

The overall unemployment rate for veterans is steadily declining, but veterans are having better luck landing work in Virginia and Texas than they are in California and New Jersey. The jobless rate for the youngest veterans remains stubbornly high.

The four-day program started Wednesday morning and runs through Saturday at Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church in Jersey City.

New York City is getting tough on animal abuse, and investigators use cutting-edge technology to put them behind bars.

November 6, 2013

In the 'school-to-prison pipeline,' Florida students accused of minor offenses such as disrupting class are arrested and charged with crimes. Nationwide, over 70 percent of school-related arrests are black or Hispanic students, according to US Department of Education data.

November 5, 2013

Several federal environmental agencies have developed an online calculator for fleet managers that helps estimate gasoline usage, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutant emissions, and the cost of ownership of vehicles.

November 3, 2013

Cities and businesses are looking to reduce waste from demolition sites and increase the amount of recycled material used in new developments.

October 31, 2013

Homeless in 10th grade. Born on crack. Forced to panhandle. And now college students. Extra support can make all the difference for their future.

October 30, 2013

US police are using a James Bond-like tool to make car chases safer and the firm behind the gadget wants to bring them to the UK.

New ways to monitor students around the clock raise questions about whether educators can or should legally discipline children for online outbursts.

Stopping crime before it happens may sound like the plot of a fictitious drama TV series, but the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Police Department has deployed a new analytics tool to make the concept a reality.
Earlier this month, the Police Department began piloting a data analysis tool, developed by IBM, that can harness information beyond what’s typically within reach for local law enforcement. Traditionally public safety agencies focus on gathering data from criminal justice databases to help with operations like solving crimes, said Jim Lingerfelt, a senior ...

The State of New Jersey presented The Salvation Army with three feeding trucks that collectively can prepare and serve 30,000 hot meals a day during an emergency. They were purchased using $870,000 in federal grant funding.

Military medics unable to transition their life-saving skills into the civilian world are the focus of a new University of South Florida nursing program.

October 21, 2013

Smart buildings, smarter schools, and a parking system that works

October 19, 2013

San Antonio's newest library doesn't look very bookish. In fact, the BiblioTech is completely digital. Host Scott Simon speaks with Judge Nelson Wolff of Bexar County, who spearheaded the initiative, about the modern take on the traditional library.

Across the country, teachers have turned the education process upside-down, in a new teaching trend where lessons are taught at home and students complete their homework at school.

October 17, 2013

Urban streets are getting a makeover. In many cities worldwide, bike share stations have usurped parking for private vehicles. Protected bike lanes are replacing traffic lanes, while the unwieldy, barren intersections of yesteryear are being reinvigorated as vibrant plazas for ...

To celebrate its first anniversary, Future Cities has assembled a list of the top 100 city innovators making the biggest difference across a range of industries and specialties.

On July 31, the state of Massachusetts signed into law a new tax on software services that was to raise revenue for transportation projects and education programs. Less than two months later, after intense criticism from technology firms that said the law would stifle innovation and cost jobs, lawmakers repealed the tax.
Estimating the financial impact of a new public policy is an uncertain science at best, even for the most experienced government official. But is it possible Massachusetts legislators could have avoided the software tax fiasco? What if they ...

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