There Are No Zombie Deer in Nevada. State Officials Want to Keep It That Way

Wildlife officials in Nevada are committed to preventing chronic wasting disease from infecting state populations of deer.

In Fire-Prone California, Many Residents Can’t Afford Wildfire Insurance

In the past four years, insurers have dropped more than 340,000 policyholders in fire-prone areas.

One City Council Considers Mandating a $30 Minimum Wage for Rideshare Drivers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Chicago city council approves marijuana dispensary rules … Oregon Republican lawmakers say Democrats are creating a hostile work environment … Police chief in Georgia ordered officers to spy on city council.

What Would Federal Preclearance Mean for State Abortion Laws?

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris proposes requiring states that have a history of restricting abortion to submit new laws for federal approval before they can go into effect.

Help Wanted: Too Many Jobs and Not Enough Workers in Most States

In 39 states, there are more jobs than people looking for them.

Are Floating Buildings the Solution to Sea Level Rise?

A prototype in the San Francisco Bay is testing a vision for floating buildings built to withstand sea-level rise.

Rising Number of Older Americans Burdened by Housing Costs

New research finds this trend is happening as gaps in wealth are becoming more stark between high and low income baby boomers and others approaching retirement age.

The Legislative Push to Bring Back Cursive

Lawmakers in Wisconsin are seeking to mandate cursive handwriting education in schools—part of a growing state trend.

‘It’s Time to Overhaul the System’: Why Socialists Are Taking Aim at City Councils

Across the country, members of the Democratic Socialists of America have been elected to city councils running on platforms that reject capitalism and promote working class interests.

Sanctuary Cities Protecting Gun Rights and the Unborn Challenge the Legitimacy of Federal Law

COMMENTARY | Sanctuaries rest on a controversial understanding of what the Constitution means, as well as who has the responsibility for determining its meaning.

Effort to Recall Oregon Governor Fails to Gain Enough Signatures

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan considers new rules for counselors … California governor said PG&E should pay for power shutoffs … Rhode Island to take over Providence school system.

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Midwest Cities Among the Worst Places to Live for African Americans

A new report finds that the Midwest has some of the highest racial disparities in the country across factors like education, employment, income, homeownership, and access to healthcare.

Your Neighbor’s Christian Education, Courtesy of Your Tax Dollars

The Supreme Court is set to hear one of the most notable “Church and state” cases in years.

Texas Chief Information Officer Shares Lessons Learned from Ransomware Attack

The 23 municipalities hit in a July ransomware attack put themselves at risk by failing “to follow good cyber hygiene,” the state’s CIO said.

Legislators Aim to Curb Anti-Semitism by Requiring Classes on the Holocaust

A proposed bill would make Massachusetts the 13th state to mandate students learn about the Holocaust as part of public school curriculum.

More States and Cities Getting Interested in Ranked Choice Voting

Proponents say ranked choice voting could lessen polarization and make third party options more viable.

More States Say Goodbye to Columbus Day

The debate over the holiday has split more statehouses this year, growing heated as it touches on immigration, race and equality at a time when those issues increasingly divide the country.

New York City Considers Forcing Landlords to Provide Physical Keys to Curb Facial Recognition Tech

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rule change in Alaska would allow the attorney general to defend governor … California passes sweeping rent control laws … Illinois gas tax brings in millions in revenue.

A City Moves Toward Letting Non-Citizen Residents Vote in Local Elections

In Burlington, Vermont, the city council passed a resolution in favor of allowing legal permanent residents and refugees to vote in local elections.

How and Why Parks Spur Gentrification in Cities

While green spaces are often linked to gentrification, new research shows certain types and characteristics of urban parks play a much greater role than others.