In Charleston, the Real Flooding Crisis Is Only Beginning

The historic South Carolina city escaped the worst of the latest storm, but rising seas and an aging drainage system may soon bring chronic inundation.

Smithsonian to Rural Regions: Your Wealth Is in Your Culture

A traveling exhibit will visit up to 165 rural cities across 28 states.

Where Is the Best City to Live, Based on Salaries and Cost of Living?

Paychecks stretch the furthest in smaller cities for most workers, but techies continue to do best in larger, more expensive cities.

How Many Americans Believe in Climate Change? Probably More Than You Think

COMMENTARY | In a recent statewide survey of Indiana residents, most supported taking action on climate change. But most Hoosiers underestimate just how widespread this view is in their state.

New Jersey Reconsiders Corporate Tax Incentives

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Massachusetts sees support for ranked choice voting … Half of Wisconsin residents haven’t heard of state legislative leaders … California repeals law that requires residents to help police officers.

State Legislation Setting Strict ‘Gig’ Worker Rules Nears Passage

The requirements in the California bill are drawing the ire of tech companies like Uber and Lyft.

A Statewide Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan becomes the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an emergency rule, saying the products are marketed toward children.

Does Gentrification Give Children Anxiety?

Neighborhood change brings both positive and negative effects on existing residents. Among the latter: a newfound link to anxiety and depression in kids.

Fur Clothing Bans Advance in More Cities and States

While animal welfare activists say fur is cruel, U.S. sales have grown.

D.C. Mayor Argues for Statehood Ahead of Congressional Hearing

“This is taxation without representation, in practice, in the capital of the free world,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

North Carolina Court Rules Electoral Maps Must Be Redrawn

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas leaders discuss background checks for guns … License plate changes in New York spark debate and conspiracies … Nashville mayor asks for repeal of legislation penalizing sanctuary cities.

The Slow Process of Post-Hurricane Housing Recovery

In communities hit by recent storms, government leaders have undertaken initiatives to try to speed up federal temporary housing help for residents.

Hurricane Dorian Is Not a Freak Storm

Its record-breaking power is in line with recent, worrisome trends.

Paper Receipts to Survive in California

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Proposal in Alaska would limit events in breweries .. Austin City Council tries to move homeless encampments off sidewalks … Chicago Mayor spars over gun violence during Labor Day weekend.

The Changing Face of First-Time Homebuyers

There are fewer people buying a first-home these days, but of those entering the real estate market, more are unmarried, Asian, or Hispanic.

Alabama Governor Criticized for Wearing Blackface in College

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York judge rejects ban on outside income for state legislators … North Dakota lawmaker to livestream committee meetings … Washington legislature plans to sue governor over vetoes.

A City-Run Database to Boost Local Arts and Culture

Lafayette, Louisiana is creating a cultural asset database as a way to make it easier to find and connect with local artists, musicians, venues, and others in creative industries.

Some States Move to Curtail Suspension and Expulsion of Students

California and Texas have both made strides to keep young students—and particularly students of color—in the classroom.

Teaching Consent as Part of Sex Ed

Sex ed classes in Illinois schools must include a lesson on consent under a state law that goes into effect in January.