A Lot of People Want to Move to Vermont

Vermont officials report sustained interest in the state’s new program to pay remote workers to make a move.

For Voters, Does Climate…Actually Even Matter?

Bernie Sanders released a massive plan for a Green New Deal this week. What’s the point of all these climate plans?

Soil Health Can Combat Climate Change From the Ground Up

Financially strapped farmers strive for soil health to sustain their land.

Wisconsin Legislators Reignite Campus Free Speech Debate

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Los Angeles considers hiring homeless people for cleanup projects … Cars found blocking underground drains in New Orleans … West Virginia governor fights to live outside the state capital.

The Toxic Algae That's Taking Over The Country's Waters

Blue-green algae blooms have been reported in dozens of states and municipalities, shutting beaches and putting people and animals at risk.

The Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Aren’t What You Think

Looking at the population and job growth of large cities proper, rather than their metro areas, uncovers some surprises.

Don’t Ban New Technologies—Experiment With Them Carefully

COMMENTARY | Electric scooters, ridesharing services, autonomous cars, artificial intelligence systems and Amazon’s cashless stores have also all been targets of bans (or proposed bans) in different states and municipalities.

This State's Bald Eagle Population Soared After International Help

Pennsylvania's bald eagle population rebounded from near extinction thanks to federal protections, a ban on DDT and 88 eaglets from Saskatchewan, Canada.

The First Drag Queen Elected to Local Office Is Making a Run for Congress

Maebe A. Girl, the self-described “larger-than-life” candidate, is challenging one of the current stars of the Democratic party.

The Case Against Paper Straws

COMMENTARY | They’re a single-use, disposable consumer item—a greener option, but not a green one.

Your Brain Doesn't Recharge If You Use Your Phone on Break

Participants in a study who used their phone during breaks experienced the highest levels of mental depletion.

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Cherokee Nation Wants to Be the First Tribe With a Representative in Congress

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Cleveland considers gunfire detection system … Chicago mayor proposes taxing “high-end” services to close budget gap … Police officer involved in Eric Garner’s death fired.

Traveling to This Airport? Bring Your Own Water Bottle.

San Francisco International Airport banned the sale of single-use plastic water bottles as part of a larger goal to become zero-waste by 2021.

Affordable Housing Push Challenges Single-Family Zoning

Other states also might end zoning that favors one home on one lot.

What U.S. Cities Facing Climate Disaster Risks Are Least Prepared?

New studies find cities most vulnerable to climate change disasters—heat waves, flooding, rising seas, drought—are the least prepared.

How Residents Help Replenish One State's Seed Stores

Minnesota recruits "private pickers" to harvest cones and seeds for reforestation projects by paying by the bushel.

Governors Are Losing the Space to Govern

COMMENTARY | As the bulk of state spending shifts toward mandatory programs, experimentation is grinding to a halt in the laboratories of democracy.

Iowa Governor Blocks State From Joining Clean Energy Lawsuit Against Trump

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas governor forms domestic terrorism task force … Nevada creates Patient Protection Commission … Los Angeles city employees exposed to “trash and bodily fluids.”

State Rules 'Polygamy Porter' Unsuitable for Sale

North Carolina's alcohol board refused to allow the beer to be sold in the state because its label depicts polygamy, an illegal act.

Alaska Still Hasn’t Saved Its Universities

The governor agreed to halve his proposed budget cuts. But the school system still stands to lose $70 million.