Florida Sheriff: 'We Need to Defeat Every Threat on Campus'

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Santa Monica's 'whack-a-mole' game with Airbnb violators; South Carolina attorney general asked to investigate 'out of state imposters'; a new regional crisis stabilization unit in Arkansas; and Detroit's awful potholes.

‘We’re Not Disbanding the Police Department’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A penny-per-pill opioid fee proposal; more waste-storage eyed for Detroit; a new plan to close Rikers Island in N.Y.C.; and Utah shows off its new connected vehicle corridor.

The Rush to Replenish Blood Supplies After Mass-Casualty Events

An estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. Less than 10 percent of that population actually do.

Nearly a Quarter of Confined Juveniles Nationwide Held for Noncriminal Infractions

Percentage of youth in residential facilities for truancy, running away, or supervision violations increases

Americans Want Jails That Treat First, Punish Second

Poll: “It demonstrates that the American public is ahead of public officials in thinking about what is fair and equitable treatment under the law.”

Chicago Mayor Wants to Close a ‘Giant Loophole’ for Carjacking Offenders

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Delaware governor’s open data executive order; an uptick in STDs in Oregon; and a massive California guinea pig rescue.

Motorcycle Lane-Splitting: Safe or Scary?

Opponents and supporters of the practice say their approach is safest—for drivers and motorcyclists alike.

Rule Change Would Help Low-Level Offenders in Atlanta

Critics, including the city’s mayor, have pointed to the role cash-bail plays in sustaining a two-tiered system of justice.

Traffic Deaths Have Gone Up. What Can Governors Do About it?

"If we had 100 people lost to natural disasters or terrorist attacks every day, we would mobilize immediately," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

Lessons From a Small-Town Bulldozer Rampage in Colorado

Marvin Heemeyer told four people that he was “just going to bulldoze the town.” They dismissed his threats as pure bluster.

Philadelphia Tries to Thwart Exuberant Eagles Fans With New Substance

The city hasn't been able to control sports fans with Crisco previously, so crowd-control planners tried this instead.

State and Local Officials Press for More Resources to Reduce Risks From Natural Hazards

“Over the last half-dozen years every one of our federal and state funding lines has been cut back,” according to Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Mike West.

The Baltimore Police Department Is Badly Broken

This week a detective gave stunning testimony about abuses by the city’s gun-trace task force and an officer was charged with fabricating evidence.

Philadelphia’s Mayor Touts a Holistic Strategy to Ending Gun Violence

But Jim Kenney also warns his fellow mayors that “without the help of federal and state governments in education and job training and addiction services, we’re never going to turn the corner.”

2 Maps That Better Explain the Landslide Risk From This Giant Crack Above an Interstate

The waiting game continues at the Rattlesnake Hills where the ground recently “changed its behavior.”

DOJ Sideswipes Mayors Gathering With Immigration Subpoena Threat

"As we stand here, we have 23 of our mayors that are now under threat of prosecution, because of something that the president has called 'sanctuary cities,'" said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

What We Can Learn From Tuesday’s Orderly Tsunami Evacuations

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska didn’t cause major damage but the local response underscores some important lessons in emergency preparedness.

What a Nuclear Missile Attack On Hawaii Would Look Like

A blast over Honolulu would be catastrophic. That doesn’t mean the government shouldn’t help the public prepare for one.