Heaps of Cash, Strong Odors and Other Challenges With Local Pot Regulation

“We’ve been basically building this airplane as we fly it,” said one local official as he discussed his county’s efforts to implement recreational marijuana legalization.

How a State Police Agency Goes Viral (and Maybe Teaches People How to Drive)

The Colorado State Patrol develops relationships with the community and grows its online presence by posting humorous topical videos, a project spearheaded by one of its public information officers.

Why State and Local Governments Are Suing Over Climate Change

Following in the path of lawsuits brought against tobacco companies in the 1990s, cities and states are seeking to use the courts to hold fossil fuel companies liable for damages caused by climate change.

How a Tiny Mountain Town Quadrupled Parking Fees

Nevada City, California, used to advertise its “bargain” parking meters. Now they’re getting more expensive to protect the town against an existential threat.

When Millions Can’t Afford to Retire, the U.S. Needs a Better Option

COMMENTARY | When tens of millions of people all have the same problem, it’s not a failure of individual initiative.

Cities, States Brace for Immigration Raids

Deportations will start with migrants who are under removal orders signed by an immigration judge.

A City Government Tries to Figure Out Social Media Rules After Legal Challenge

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California fails to pass bill for clergy reporting sexual abuse … Potential hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast this week … Maine considers forming a public utility monopoly.

Trump Opts for Federal Records Analysis Over Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

The decision ends weeks of turmoil over the census matter, with the president ordering government agencies to turn over records to the Department of Commerce that will enable the agency to count the number of non-citizens in the United States.

What Will Local Government Look Like in Space?

Lessons from early American colonies might provide best practices and cautionary lessons for future settlements on other planets.

Many College Students Are Too Poor to Eat

But no one can agree on just how many. Now lawmakers are introducing a bill to change that.

Oregon Marijuana Surplus a Cautionary Tale for Other States

The state has enough marijuana to satisfy buyers for more than six years.

Wisconsin Republicans Propose Limiting Gubernatorial Veto Power

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Court rules former Missouri governor did not violate transparency laws … San Jose mayor calls for oversight of PG&E … Officials in Seattle’s King County violated state sanctuary law by sharing information with ICE.

Two Questions Every Leader Should Ask Repeatedly

We're mostly oblivious to how our actions are received, and that's a problem.

Last Year Was a Record-Breaking Year for High-Tide Flooding. 2019 Probably Will Be, Too.

The East Coast suffered most from high-tide flooding, which can occur even on calm, sunny days, according to new data from the federal government.

Western States Buy Time With a Drought Plan, But Face a Drier Future

COMMENTARY | The plan acknowledges that southwestern states need to make deep water use reductions to prevent Colorado River reservoirs from declining to critically low levels.

Feds Don't Regulate Election Equipment, So States Are On Their Own

Election technology companies design voting machines. But are they secure?

Planning Transportation Projects Using 'Ultrasound for Roads'

A research partnership between the University of Arkansas and the state's Department of Transportation uses seismic imaging to help officials visualize the earth beneath the ground.

The Rise and Fall of Thinking Big About Cities

A new exhibition looks back at the period of grand urban design and social reform in New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

How Disaster Warnings Can Get Your Attention

Federal authorities want more effective warnings about life-threatening disasters.

A Governor Cracks Down On State Agencies Hiring Outside Lobbyists

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Asking for federal help after California earthquakes … Oregon legislature funds SNAP benefits for farmers’ markets … Connecticut considers construction funding.