Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.

This Utah Library System Will Distribute Overdose-Reversing Naloxone to Residents

Distribution of the kits is an extension of a previous push to train library staff to spot the signs of an opioid overdose and administer naloxone directly to library patrons in distress.

With Analytics, New Federal Funding Could Be Turning Point in the Opioid Crisis

COMMENTARY | States like New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts are moving forward with data-driven approaches to treating opioid addictions.

Sacramento Sees ‘Impressive’ Results With Its Homeless Triage Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New concerns over the Bourbon virus in Missouri; S.D. hospital stops sending unregulated medical waste to city landfill … and a progress report for Baltimore’s big bus realignment.

Children With Autism Left Behind by Low Medicaid Rates

Lawsuits in South Carolina and California accuse the states of failing to provide "medically necessary" services for children with autism because Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low that no providers will accept them.

Kentucky Sues Walgreens Over Opioid Abuse Epidemic

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Montana preps for another difficult wildfire season … Charlotte’s uncharted scooter territory … and N.J. governor makes first legalized sports bet.

Giving Group Homes a 21st Century Makeover

A new law caps the amount of time the federal government will pay to house children in group homes. New York state officials are concerned it will end up costing counties. Colorado, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming have the greatest percentage of foster children living in group homes.

In No State Can Minimum-Wage Workers Afford a Two-Bedroom Rental

“This will be a problem for the foreseeable future,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which released a new study Wednesday.

‘You Cannot Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps If You Have No Boots At All’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California announces major illegal fireworks bust; Minneapolis’ public records challenge … Iowa’s honeybees make comeback … and Portland’s recycling struggles.

Detroit Residents Can Receive Free Condoms By Mail

The program, which began in April, has distributed roughly 6,000 condoms.

Making Tulsa More Resilient Means Wrestling With the City’s Racist Past

Disparities persist long after the largest race-based massacre in U.S. history.

Worries Over Cyanotoxins in Tap Water of Oregon's Capital City

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dallas looks to reform “generous” bulk trash rules … Tenn. vice mayor charged in food stamp conspiracy … and a Maine town warns of caterpillar hazard.

Missouri Audit Flags Suspicious SNAP Benefit Use by Deceased, Out-of-State Recipients

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco’s unresolved mayoral race … N.C. governor vetoes budget plan … and a mysterious Indiana jailhouse substance.

West Virginia to Start Statewide Distribution of Naloxone to First Responders

“This is not the end all answer to the opioid crisis, but it is certainly a significant step forward in the right direction,” according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, the state’s health officer.

Yes, You Can Become Addicted to Marijuana. And the Problem is Growing.

Public health and medical officials are grappling with a surge in demand for marijuana addiction treatment.

Will the New Foster Care Law Give Grandparents a Hand?

Some advocates for children being raised by grandparents worry that a new federal law will make it more difficult for caregivers to get help from state agencies and financial assistance.

There Might Be a Cheaper Drug, But Pharmacists Can’t Tell You That

State legislatures consider proposals to eliminate the so-called gag rules that pharmacists say can prevent them from telling customers about cheaper drugs.

Housing Affordability Rises on the National Agenda

Corporations are teaming with mayors to boost the issue’s visibility.

A Dismal Compliance Rate for Florida Nursing Homes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Capping city manager pay in California … N.Y.C. halts expansion of composting program … and resettling Hawaii residents displaced by lava.