Bad Data Is Partly to Blame in Texas’ Maternal Mortality Spike

Maternal health data in the U.S. is so imprecise the federal government hasn’t released an official annual count of pregnancy-linked fatalities since 2007.

The Vital Role of Social Media in the Eye of the Storm

Five communications lessons one hospital learned during Hurricane Harvey.

Legislator Who Stood Up to Sexism in '73 Sees Some Progress

The nation’s longest-serving female legislator says when it comes to winning and wielding political power, women remain at a distinct disadvantage.

U.S. Senate Passes $36.5 Billion Disaster Aid Bill

The legislation will next go to the White House for President Trump's signature.

State CIOs Set to Take Center Stage in Austin

A look at the association representing state government IT executives ahead of their meeting in Texas’ capital city next week.

While Harvey’s Floodwaters Have Receded, the Health Risks Linger

From overwhelmed sewage infrastructure to inundated industrial sites, the disaster’s impacts loom weeks after the record-setting storm left Texas.

Growth of Private Tree Regulation Spurs Fear of Backlash

Will the recent tangle over the regulation of trees on private land in Texas spread to other cities and states?

Post-Harvey Mosquitos Have Texas Calling in the U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force C-130s will be spraying 6 million acres of the Lone Star State with insecticide.

Houston Mayor Seeks to Hike Taxes to Pay for Flood Recovery

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Maine’s governor vs. Native American tribes; “bikini barista” lawsuit filed in Washington state; and multi-state diarrhea outbreak linked to puppy sales.

In Natural Disasters, States Lend Each Other a Hand

Nationwide mutual assistance compact promises aid from neighbors.

Local Officials in Houston Area Fear Higher Numbers From Texas Flood Impacts

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | L.A. can breathe a sigh of relief, for now; S.C. governor releases “top secret” report on failed nuclear project; and Alaska’s largest needle-exchange sees growing demand.

Vulnerable Communities Lose Critical Documentation in Natural Disasters' Wake

Texas’s S.B. 5 voting ID law, struck down last week, could have had serious consequences for minority voters impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Harvey's Floodwaters Cut Off City’s Water Supply

The storm has turned most of Beaumont, Texas into “an island,” isolating a city of 120,000 residents, many who now find themselves scrambling for water.

Harvey Recovery Efforts Will Take Years. Fixing Flood Insurance Shouldn’t.

When Congress returns to work next week, the task of debating and reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, which expires at the end of September.

The Invisible Toll of Trauma and Stress From Storms Like Harvey

Research on Hurricane Katrina survivors shows that the mental health impact of a catastrophe of this scale will likely linger for years to come.

Harvey's Costs 'May Blow Katrina Out of the Water'

The government is aiming to publish its initial damage estimate on Oct. 6. In the meantime, the ballpark figure is staggering.

The Looming Consequences of Breathing Mold

Flooding means health issues that unfold for years.

Harvey Shows Why Turning Medicaid Into a Block Grant Carries Huge Risks

Governors like block grants “when everything is going well … but that doesn’t provide a budget that says ‘oh, but the fourth-largest city in America is underwater and I need a lot more help.’”

Coast to Coast, State and Local Teams Swarm to Texas Storm Zone

State-based FEMA task forces and local volunteers bring experience, expertise, equipment to help victims of historic Harvey catastrophe.