N.J. State Takeover of Atlantic City; Wildfires in Southeast States Cause Hazy Conditions

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: EPA Consent Agreement With City in Texas Florida; Keys Mosquito study divides voters; Baltimore’s progressive city council.

Alabama Chief Justice's 'Suspension From Office'

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary effectively ousted Roy Moore for a second time on Friday.

Alabama’s Top Lawmakers Face Off in Court; Will Kansas Schools Stay Closed?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Philadelphia schools acknowledge two Muslim holidays; a highway Coloradans “can’t afford” to use; and Illinois flirts with second budgetless year.

Alabama’s New Food Stamp Work Rules; Multiple Agencies Blamed for Fatal D.C. Metrorail Smoke Incident

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: North Dakota budget to undergo historic budget downsizing; Tennessee concealed carry on public colleges; and Los Angeles eyes key river real estate.

Lawmakers Move to Initiate Impeachment Process for Alabama’s Governor

Scandal-plagued Gov. Robert Bentley accused state Rep. Ed Henry, and other House lawmakers backing the impeachment resolution of playing politics.

The Money in Recycling Has Vanished; What Do States, Cities Do Now?

A drop in global commodity prices is forcing states and cities to re-examine their recycling programs and goals.

Justice Department Offers Guidance on When Court Fines and Fees Might Violate Constitution

But one reform advocate notes: “Unless the DOJ actually sues some of these places, I don’t think we’re going to see a significant change in the practices on the ground.”

The U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Adopt an Alabama Ruling

In a unanimous decision, the justices struck down a state-level ruling on a same-sex adoption case.

A New Google Fiber Model Will Take Shape in Huntsville

Instead of building a new network from scratch, a different approach will be used in the northern Alabama city.

Data Reveal Progress on Online Voter Registration in These States

Here's how states are trying to maximize efficiency for election officials and facilitate the registration process for voters.

Mayor vs. Councilmember in Ala. City Hall Brawl; D.C. Boosts Some Traffic Fines in Big Ways

Also: Remote Alaskan school doesn’t meet enrollment minimum and Tussock moths ruin Christmas tradition in Colorado.

DOT Investigating Alabama DMV Closings

Did the shutdown of more than 30 DMV offices have a discriminatory effect on African Americans seeking licenses?

Governors Rejecting Syrian Refugees

Republican heads of state are turning away those fleeing the civil war, while Jeb Bush suggests only welcoming Christians.

There’s Another Big Problem With Alabama’s Sweeping DMV Closures

Critics say the move will prevent black residents from getting voting ID documents. But the impacts will have other consequences.

Alabama Looks to Lottery for Budget Fix; Michigan Clears Its Rape-Kit Backlog as Minnesota’s Persists

Also: A raid on Palm Springs City Hall and how should Missouri fund infrastructure upgrades?

Alabama Steel Town’s Bad News; Richmond’s Bad Bet on Washington’s Football Team

Also: An Idaho wildfire’s impacts on sensitive wildlife and more misery for New Jersey commuters.

States Can’t End Medicaid Funding of Planned Parenthood

But Louisiana and Alabama have decided to try anyway, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have stepped in.

Alabama Home to Nation’s Most Sexually Diseased City; The Problem With Plastic Payments for Jurors

Also: Maine’s outspoken governor vs. Southern Maine and Albuquerque employees’ New Orleans spending.

Open Meetings Laws Under Scrutiny in Many States

As Alabama looks to close a quorum loophole, other open meetings changes are considered in states like Michigan and Illinois.