STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP: Louisiana governor’s “ugly” budget; explore Florida's unsolved homicide cases; and why Lincoln, Nebraska will see big benefits from New York's future subway cars.
Western states rich in coal, oil and natural gas—among them Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana—already rely heavily on those industries and have had their budgets hit hard in recent years by falling energy prices.
The federal government spent more than $2 billion on fires from Florida to Washington this year. States spend untold millions more.
A Montana county board chairman says it's time for Congress to institute “mandatory, long-term funding” for counties with federal lands within their borders.
Three Republicans and two Democrats teamed up to urge the Senate to act quickly.
So far this year, fires have burned 5.2 million acres of land. And it’s only going to get worse.
The Democratic governors of Louisiana and Montana express their distaste for the Senate bill to overhaul Obamacare.
A willingness to defend controversial issues in Republican towns earned Democrat Steve Bullock the support he needed, at a time when Trump was surging.
It’s an enemy that many water infrastructure managers are familiar with.
And there’s not much that can be done to contain its spread.
U.S. Department of Agriculture loans and grants have helped fund water infrastructure in rural localities like Hysham, Montana. The Trump administration’s proposed budget would nix funding for the program that provided this assistance.
The High Price of a Montana Liquor License; S.C. Gov. Hits Trump up for $5 Billion for Infrastructure
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Utah’s public lands agenda upsets outdoorsmen; Baltimore City Council reverses course on minimum wage; a two-year review of Ohio’s transparency efforts
In some states, justices of the peace don’t need a law degree to put defendants behind bars.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Some drought relief in California; Harrisburg’s ex-mayor wants his curios and collectibles back; and Toledo vs. suburbs water struggle.
More than 15 years after 9/11 brought changes to border security at the first International Peace Park, this part of Montana and beyond is dealing with another challenge: seasonal labor shortages.
Craft brewing is big business in Big Sky Country. Will hops production take root and flourish, too?
Non-motorized activities like backpacking, research of 11 western states in 2014 shows, generated around $1.8 billion in spending in communities within 50 miles of "quiet recreation" sites.
For the first time since the Great Recession, tax receipts have recovered in a majority of states.
Dependence on severance taxes is causing coal-producing states to fret over how to make up for lost revenue if new federal emission regulations put power plants out of business.
Sign up for our daily newsletter: