Texas Town Uses 'Public-Pizza Partnership' to Fix an All Too Common Problem

“In my six years of local government, ‘Paving for Pizza’ is the coolest project I have worked on,” according to a town administrator.

Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles

The L.A. County Sheriff has deployed a quadcopter drone for rescue and reconnaissance. But will the public accept that these aerial officers come in peace?

Scammers Threaten North Dakota Governor With ‘Immediate Arrest’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colorado pension reform bill approved … Louisiana special legislative session … and Michigan’s suburban growth.

How Gun Violence Decreased in Chicago

May was the city's 15th month of declining gun violence, which police attribute to increased hiring, strengthened community policing efforts and investments in technology.

In New Orleans, Using Administrative Data to Save Lives

Local governments collect reams of data, but much of it goes unused. New Orleans shows how cities can tap into this data to reduce EMS response times.

Drugged Driving Deaths Spike With Spread of Legal Marijuana, Opioid Abuse

Forty-four percent of fatally injured drivers tested for drugs had positive results in 2016, the Governors Highway Safety Association found, up more than 50 percent compared with a decade ago.

Study: Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico May be 70 Times Official Count

The official fatality figure after Hurricane Maria was 64. New research indicates it could exceed 5,000.

Should There Be Mandatory Training Standards for School Resource Officers?

There are no national training standards for school-based officers, and in many cases no state standards, meaning crisis response can vary widely from place to place.

Flood Clean-up Begins in a Historic Maryland Mill Town. Again.

Unlucky topography and an intense rainstorm creates a major disaster in Ellicott City for the second times in nearly two years.

When Rivers Come to 'Greet' a City

An Iowa mayor and a D.C. city official reflect on flooding and other "resiliency" issues affecting their towns.

Nebraska DOT Seeks Witty Traffic Messages

The winning entries will be displayed on electronic message boards on the state’s highways and interstates on Fridays through September.

Warm Weather Prompts Snake Warnings Throughout the U.S.

The uptick in visible slithering reptiles has prompted cities and counties to warn residents that warmer weather and increased rainfall can force snakes out of their holes and into backyards, pools and homes.

Uber Irks Pittsburgh’s Mayor With Its Autonomous Vehicle Testing Announcement

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Milwaukee mayor, police chief apologize after Bucks incident … Delaware lawmakers OK state worker bonuses … and N.Y.C. mayor thinks plastic straws suck.

A World Where School Shootings Feel Inevitable

“It’s been happening everywhere. I've always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here, too.”

So States Ban Bump Stocks. Now How Do They Enforce the Law?

New Jersey is not the only state having trouble enforcing its ban. In Massachusetts, where residents had until February to surrender their bump stocks, State Police received just three devices.

Why This State Thinks Engineers Can Save Pedestrians' Lives

The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roadways is up—by a lot.

With Kilauea Off Limits, New Mexico Has Its Own Kilauea-Like Spot to Check Out

Officials in Hawaii, for good reason, want you to steer clear of the danger zone on the Big Island. But a location on the mainland shows what can happen when lava oozes across the landscape.

Hawaii Volcanic Eruption Sends Lava Into Subdivision

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ariz. teacher walkout ends … Mich. State University bond rating downgraded … Mo. special session to look at Greitens allegations … and relief in Albuquerque.

How One Quake-Prone State Organizes Volunteers to Inspect Damaged Buildings

“There are a lot of engineers and architects … who are willing to come out and volunteer,” according to Jonathan C. Siu, Seattle’s principal building official.