November 13, 2011 Billings, Mont., has its share of natural resources. But residents attribute their ability to weather the economic storm to a diversification of services beyond oil — like agriculture, financial services and health care. "It's just a great day here in Billings," says a leader of a new library project.
November 1, 2011 Solano County, Calif., between San Francisco and Sacramento, has a great climate, diversity and until recently, stable neighborhoods. But now it has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the country. Residents here long for different economic times, like when they were growing up.
September 29, 2011 Starting in October, nonviolent offenders will go to county facilities instead of state prisons, partly in response to a court order to reduce the state's prison population. The program is currently funded for nine months; despite the governor's assurances, some local public safety officials worry about what will happen after that.
September 22, 2011 In announcing that Meg Whitman would become the new CEO, the HP board called her a "technology visionary with a proven track record of execution." She takes the reins as the company's market value falters and it weighs whether to shed its PC business.
September 16, 2011 American workers will assemble the more than $7 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but its massive cable, key sections of the iconic tower and deck are all made in China. Lower costs and Chinese expertise are the main reasons, but critics say the decision hurts the state, which is struggling with high unemployment.
August 25, 2011 The government says it will now prioritize deportations, giving lower priority to those with families in the U.S. The Obama administration has included same-sex couples in its definition of family. But immigration control groups are blasting the new policy.
August 3, 2011 The stalemate in Congress over FAA funding has stalled more than 200 airport expansion and renovation projects across the country. And it's putting tens of thousands of contractors out of work.