Whoopi Goldberg Tells N.Y. Mayor Her Big Complaint With the City

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rapid DNA testing … D.C. mayor vetoes bill to decriminalize fare evasion … and rural Minnesota broadband.

‘Consultants Often Manage Consultants, Who Manage Other Consultants’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Historic city hall burns to the ground … ‘Rays of hope’ in Pennsylvania … and Virginia state senators approve Equal Rights Amendment.

Will the FCC’s Small Cell Order Hinder 5G Deployment?

If cities are to be 5G hubs and close their digital divides, they should be freed up to build out networks, policy experts argued Tuesday.

State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America

Several states inhibit the ability of electric cooperatives to roll out broadband service.

County Leader Seeks to Stop Sewage Spills Along Border Amid Shutdown Fight

With tensions high over a wall, a San Diego County supervisor is focused on funding for waterworks.

In States Embracing More Toll Roads, Freeways May No Longer Be Free

Some transportation officials are considering road-funding plans that were once unthinkable.

Boston Looks to Shore Up Its Harbor Against Flooding in 2019

The city wants a $10 million federal grant to make its coastline more resilient ahead of disasters.

The Transportation Quandary for Older and Disabled People Is Two-Fold

A recent survey shows the “great need” to serve those who can’t drive or will no longer be able to.

Another Locality Cuts Back on Recycling Amid Industry-Wide Disruption

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Powerful Chicago alderman indicted … Maine governor signs Medicaid executive order … and Texas county’s new district attorney fires 15 people.

High-Tech Band-Aids for New York’s Deteriorating Subway

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” says Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who plans to “break the box” on a long-planned tunnel rehabilitation project three months before its scheduled start.

Plan to Dumb-Down the Power Grid In Name of Cybersecurity Passes Senate

The bill would establish and fund a public-private partnership to look at retro, analog options for securing the nation’s electric grid from digital threats.

Uber Is Resuming Self-Driving Car Tests

Pittsburgh will see autonomous Ubers again.

Governor-Elect’s Advisory Board Endorses More Expansive Tolling Plan

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas driver’s license problems … unused computer equipment in Kansas … and Los Angeles teachers are set to strike in January.

How Artists Can Help Solve Transportation Problems

A growing number of cities are hiring visual artists, musicians and performers to work on small- and large-scale projects that deal with transportation.

Farm Bill Expands Rural Broadband Funding

But some remain concerned that the money will not get to many places that need it to expand access.

Checking Out a New Train Station That Would Make Many Cities Drool

Next up is Raleigh Union Station’s second phase, which just secured $20 million in new funding from the Trump administration.

FCC’s Mobile Coverage Maps Leave Industry, Lawmakers Worried for Rural America

$4.53 billion in federal funds are in limbo, while some are wondering if another $10 billion is needed to get Next Generation 9-1-1 off the ground in outlying areas.

Copper Thieves Strike America's Roadways

In just one example, Washington state has spent nearly $250,000 in repair and replacement costs since July 2017.