Iowa’s Costly Tunnels Cause Ongoing Headache for State

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Some want Detroit to exclude a recalcitrant suburban neighbor; Bay Area cities gearing up for autonomous vehicles; New Jersey praised for bail system overhaul; souring tribal relations in an Oklahoma county.

A Tough Recovery Question After California’s Deadly Mud Disaster

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Madison eyes a connected vehicle project; keeping a winter-weather homeless shelter open in Sacramento; a city in Alaska considers plastic bag ban; and coal ash dumping sites to close in Missouri.

‘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.

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.

Nashville’s Embattled Mayor: ‘Failure May Be Instructive’ But It’s Also ‘Humbling and Humiliating’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Creator of Showtime TV series responds to Boston city councilor’s criticism; 4-day school weeks in Oklahoma; Georgia planning truck-only highway; and Canada’s prime minister goes hiking with L.A.’s mayor.

Male Mayor Bucks 'Overwhelming Male Power Structure' in City Hall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Special emergency room designed for opioid overdoses; Mass.’s one-time federal tax reform windfall; hepatitis A scare in Buffalo area; and mayor of Portland, Maine plans to make good on Super Bowl bet.

Some Hospitals in Appalachia See Surges of Opioid Babies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maine Gov. LePage plans major shift in oversight for county jails; Philly will soon say goodbye to a transit relic; New Mexico’s challenging job-skills gap; and a Silicon Valley mayor is criticized for his housing comments.

Kansas Firefighters Accused of Harassing Former Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Proposal would cut size of Pennsylvania legislature; 75% spike in Los Angeles homelessness; a ‘permanent pollutant’ in Minnesota’s lakes; and an Oregon mayor’s gig-economy sidegig.

South Carolina Officials Predict Litigation Over Big Lottery Error

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Nashville mayor’s affair leads to new scrutiny; federal judge’s Yellowstone bison decision; N.Y. state’s 11th-most-polluted waterway; and Colorado’s increase in traffic deaths.

Urbanists Push ‘Non-Aggression Pact’ for Amazon HQ2 Finalist Cities

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calatrava-designed bridge causes headache in Dallas; a sarcastic standing ovation for Illinois’ governor; and Missouri’s lieutenant governor wants a personal driver.

Appalachia, Civil War Scholars Alarmed by Kentucky Governor's Budget Ax

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan governor says pipeline isn’t at risk for imminent failure; fake flu information in Oklahoma; and a step closer to paying every city employee at least $15 an hour in Cleveland.

N.Y. Governor Follows Montana’s Lead on State-Level Net Neutrality Protections

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP | Open records decision made on Pittsburgh’s HQ2 proposal; San Francisco’s new interim mayor; ‘Feed Your Soul’ in Louisiana; and a Daylight Saving Time proposal in Florida.

N.Y.C. Mayor: Big Pharma Is ‘Hooking Millions of Americans in Exchange for Profit’

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP: U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting starting in D.C.; Minnesota county bars federal immigration detainees over high costs; and new concerns over contaminated water in a Michigan city.

Utah Mayor Accused of Using Physical Intimidation in Workplace

WEEKEND NEWS ROUNDUP: Baltimore mayor fires police chief; student loan forgiveness for volunteer firefighters; regional flu variations; and mixed reviews for Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.

Bill Preventing States From Banning Self-Driving Cars Moves Forward

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Removal of Dallas Confederate monument halted last minute; 15 states and D.C. sue to save DACA; energy company wants to drill under Denver school

Trump Warns He’ll Protect Alaska’s Environment, if Murkowski Doesn’t Back Obamacare Repeal

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Missouri still refers to Asian Americans as 'Oriental'; Election Integrity vice chair's credibility questioned; no more parties in Miami Beach . . . after 2 a.m.?

Texas Gov.’s ‘War on Cities’ Heats Up With Snub of the Big 5

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Seattle police want to bargain for body cams; Allentown, Pa. mayor shrugs off corruption charges; Baltimore gun bill gets a rewrite

Iowa Treasurer Wants Senate ‘Scoundrels’ to Pay $2.2M Sexual Harassment Settlement

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: N.J. township nixes Jewish religious boundary; ACLU balks at Maine governor's Facebook use; remembering Talkeetna, Alaska's cat 'mayor'

Racist ‘Chicago Safari’ Emails Spawn Illinois Government Investigation

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Boulder’s bear problem; a Charlotte sit-in; San Diego’s losing Styrofoam venture