Major Evacuations Ordered as ‘Strongest Storm of the Season’ Approaches California

Heavy rain is expected to fall on areas burned by recent wildfires, increasing the risk for deadly mudslides and destructive debris flows.

‘I’ve Personally Sacrificed My Entire Career for This’

The debate around sexual-harassment legislation is playing out in the Maryland General Assembly, where reform advocates say leadership is loath to embrace changes.

Austin Police Chief Has Message for Bomber

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Finger-pointing after FIU bridge collapse; Utah governor OK’s “free-range parenting” bill; and Missouri rural broadband legislation.

To Prevent Suicides and School Shootings, More States Embrace Anonymous Tip Lines

States across the country are responding to high-profile school shootings and rising teen suicide rates by creating tip lines modeled on Colorado’s.

A New Way Drone Hobbyists Are Endangering First Responders

Amateurs flying unmanned aerial vehicles have previously grounded firefighting aircraft. Now, their devices are actually sparking wildfires.

FEMA Wants Counties to Take Charge of Pre-Disaster Logistics

The agency has its hands full with 21 disasters in 14 states, which means federal assistance may arrive slowly in the event of yet another national emergency.

Jails Play Key Role in Advancing County Health and Safety Goals

But with short stays and high turnover, continuity of care after release is crucial.

Nobody Knows How Many Kids Get Caught With Guns in School. Here’s Why.

Much of the information on the Education Department’s website is either outdated or inconsistent with state data.

There Are Hundreds of New State Gun Laws And Most Expand Access

So-called permitless carry laws now are in effect in more than 10 states.

Limits on Federal Gun Research Spur States to Step In

The lack of federal funding for gun-related research leaves policymakers without basic information that would help inform policy decisions. Some states are filling the gap.

Sessions Vows to Defend Presidential Powers Against State Legal Actions

The U.S. attorney general also addressed forthcoming bump stock regulations, immigration, opioids, and ‘prioritizing crime and criminal justice enforcement.’

In White House Meeting With Governors, Trump Emphasizes Preference for Arming School Staff

The president at one point had a tense exchange with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee over the issue. Mental health and background checks also came up during the discussion.

Fire Escapes Are Evocative, But Mostly Useless

In the 19th century, fire escapes saved tenement dwellers from peril. Today they are more likely to cause harm than to prevent it.

Stalled Effort to Ban ‘Bump Stocks’ Illustrates Challenge of Changing State Gun Laws

The debate over the past few months illustrates how difficult it will be for gun-control advocates to enact other changes state by state.

Gun Safety Looms Over Governors' Trump Meeting

While GOP governors plan to discuss solutions, despite disagreeing on which ones, some Democratic governors suspect the issue will become another ‘bargaining chip’ for the White House.

Here’s How to Counter Fake News During a Disaster

A Homeland Security Department advisory group wants to help emergency responders control the social media conversation.

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.