At Work, Expertise Is Falling Out of Favor

These days, it seems, just about all organizations are asking their employees to do more with less. Is that actually a good idea?

The Lingering, Unresolved Battle Over Short-Term Rentals in One California City

Almost a year after San Diego first passed restrictions on rentals marketed on Airbnb and other platforms, only to rescind them months later, the issue is still unsettled. Now, it has moved to the state Legislature.

City in Florida Will Pay Hackers For Return of System Held Hostage For Three Weeks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York expands charitable bail funds … Former FBI agent indicted for investigation of former Missouri governor … Coalition forms to recall of Los Angeles mayor.

America is Aging and Growing More Diverse, Census Data Shows

“More than four out of every five counties were older in 2018 than in 2010," said one Census Bureau official about new population estimates.

EPA, California Clash Over Breakdown in Fuel Efficiency Standard Talks

Trump administration officials told members of Congress they couldn’t pledge to resume talks with California leaders in an effort to reach a compromise on a national fuel efficiency standard.

‘Peace Cross’ Ruling is Likely to Insulate Older Religious Displays From Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court decision will allow a cross-shaped war memorial on public land in Maryland to stay put. But it has broader implications as well.

Is Burning Trash a Good Way to Handle It? Waste Incineration in Five Charts

COMMENTARY | Emissions from burning waste worsen environmental inequalities, create financial risks for host communities and reduce incentives to adopt more sustainable waste practices.

Honolulu CIty Council Approves Restrictions on Short-Term Rentals

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida invests in computer science education … Personnel changes with Iowa Human Services agency … California mayors respond to potential ICE raids.

‘Job Density’ Uptick in U.S. Metro Areas is Mainly Driven by Four Cities

Changes in the number of jobs per square mile in nearly 100 large metro areas are presented in new research, which noted that density can help support economic growth.

Criminal Charges Have Been Dropped Against Officials in Flint. What Comes Next?

Those who want to hold public officials accountable for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan are upset about the latest developments—but the case isn’t over.

Los Angeles Is in Crisis. So Why Isn’t It Building More Housing?

COMMENTARY | Rising rents are feeding a surge in homelessness.

Data Highlight State-by-State Benefits of Federal Natural Disaster Mitigation Grants

Returns on investment vary across jurisdictions and hazard type.

Requiring High Schools to Name Valedictorians

After three Ohio schools did away with selecting valedictorians and salutatorians, a state legislator introduced a bill to mandate high schools continue the tradition.

Detaining Refugee Children at Military Bases May Sound Un-America, But It's Been Done Before

COMMENTARY | Although the country hasn’t often had to cope with so many unaccompanied child migrants, the U.S. government has repeatedly turned to military bases to shelter unexpected migrant populations.

New Laws Help Rural Black Families Fight for Their Land

Partition sales erode generational wealth and create housing and financial instability.

A Political Action Committee in Utah Under Scrutiny

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York considers ending its surrogacy ban … Supreme Court allows Virginia electoral map to remain … Texas Gov. vetoes car seat legislation.

State's Ban on Uranium Mining Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

The Virginia case involved questions about legislative intent and the power states have under an atomic energy law.

A State Proposal to Cremate Bodies the Jedi Way

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill that would legalize open-air human cremation, similar to Darth Vader's funeral.

No African American Has Won Statewide Office in Mississippi in 129 Years—Here's Why

COMMENTARY | The structure of Mississippi elections may prevent minorities from winning offices.