Dogs Dining on Patios Are Illegal Interlopers No More

Some bar and restaurant owners see people with dogs as important customers on patios and other outside places. In nine states, that's now legal.

China to Governors: A Trade War 'Brings Mutual Destruction'

At the National Governors Association meeting, governors agreed with Japanese and Chinese delegations that trade helps their local economies.

Michigan Local Government Officials More Optimistic About State

The Center for Local State and Urban Policy found more local leaders than last year saying they are optimistic Michigan is heading in the right direction.

New EPA Chief Hands Off Coal Ash Regulation to the States

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States to Feds: Enough With the Red Tape Already

Representatives of states, hospitals and others say too much of their time is occupied with federal regulations.

Mayor in Busy Texas Border Town Warns of Fallout From Trade Dispute

Pete Saenz, mayor of Laredo, called on federal officials to tamp down uncertainty over tariffs and trade pacts.

Census Bureau Fumbles a 'Foundational' Part of the 2020 Trial Run

The Census Bureau is facing more problems in the lead up to the 2020 Census.

Emergency Managers Ask Congress to Invest in Mitigation

Resilience projects could cut the costs of future disasters at a time when FEMA wants state and local governments to pitch in more during response.

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Wisconsin City's Snow Pile Finally Melts

A snow pile in Appleton, Wisconsin lasted until July 9, attracting attention from residents and local media.

New Industry Promises to Bring ‘Made in America’ Label to Fish

Onshore fish farming in Maine moving ahead with support of local and state officials.

California Isn’t Expecting Policy Changes Under the New EPA Head

The court battle over the state’s strong fuel economy standards is still on.

Plenty for Local Leaders to Consider as Opportunity Zones Ramp Up

National Association of Counties members are told now is the time to get involved in attracting investment.

Labor Shortages Necessitate Local Investment in Immigrant Workers

Typically paid less and working worse hours, the foreign born struggle to “upskill” themselves.

Champion of '211' Call Centers Set to Lead National Counties Group

“I’ve become, maybe, a fanatic about 211,” says San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, who's expected to be the next president of the National Association of Counties.

$380 Million of Election Assistance Money Only Goes So Far

An official with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission on Friday acknowledged some of the limits to what the funding can achieve.

Measuring Diversity in Local Government Leadership

A new project from Engaging Local Government Leaders compiles self-reported diversity data from 2,000 local governments.

FEMA Acknowledges Shortcomings In Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

A new report also suggests that states and territories should shoulder more of the burden after disasters.

This City Park Is Using Goats to Remove Invasive Plant Species

It's the goats' second season at Theodore Wirth Regional Park, a project spearheaded by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

All 50 States Now Protect Public Breastfeeding

The Trump administration got headlines for trying to remove pro-breastfeeding language from a World Health Organization resolution, but in the U.S. the last two states this spring passed laws allowing public breastfeeding.