Protecting Waikiki From Future Flash-Flood Destruction

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Diego’s new Airbnb rules … a bizarre resignation in Oklahoma … and Denver’s big renewable energy pledge.

Louisiana No Longer Leads Nation in Imprisonment Rate

COMMENTARY | New data show impact of 2017 criminal justice reforms.

Police Are Changing Lineups to Avoid False IDs

Several state legislatures are moving toward mandated changes in how police conduct photo line-ups.

‘The Truth Will Come Out’ in Fisticuffs Incident at City Hall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Surge in Ohio, Ky. HIV cases … Colo.’s pollination corridor … and Maine Gov. LePage digs in his heels.

Drone-Sparked Fire Prompts Important Safety Questions

A recent incident in Oregon offers "a cautionary tale about dog ownership and fire danger this time of year."

Driving Without a Smartphone

A new law in Georgia discourages drivers from even touching a screen. Whether or not it improves safety, it could help break people’s phone habits.

Orlando Does an About-Face on Facial Recognition Technology

The city’s police department is moving forward with the second phase of testing weeks after the initial pilot program ended amid concerns raised by civil liberties groups.

With #LindasStory, Police Share a New Lead From a 45-Year-Old Cold Case

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rahm vs. Rauner … a plumbing problem in West Virginia … and business groups target a N.Y.C. Sanitation Dept. proposal.

Another Drone Intrusion Grounds Aircraft Fighting Western Wildfires

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trillions of quagga mussels carpet Lake Michigan ... pulling back on San Francisco's citywide broadband ambitions … and New Mexico’s brain drain.

DOJ Forges Ahead With Immigration Enforcement Grant Requirements

Despite ongoing court battles, the department last week announced new conditions for state and local grant applicants.

Crews Battling Wildfires Won’t Be Pausing for July 4

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ky. Gov. Bevin cuts vision and dental benefits … Wash. lt. gov. skewers Seattle Times edit board … Hawaii’s sunscreen ban … and a Dallas jail escapee’s easy escape.

Pennsylvania Law Will Automatically Seal Some Criminal Records

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the "clean slate" legislation on Thursday. Other states are eying similar bills.

Florida Investigators Pinpoint Cause of Destructive Wildfire

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif. online privacy legislation … N.Y.C. rent hike vote … Cincinnati police cuts restored … and St. Louis targets illegal trash.

The Normalization of Gun Violence in Poor Communities

A company that uses sensors to recognize the sound of gunshots could help solve the epidemic.

Report Highlights Areas for Improvement in Lead-Mitigation Programs

A recent report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office outlined a list of strategies for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to strengthen oversight and inspections.

Complete Figures for State Disaster Spending Are Hard to Come By

A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights some of the reasons policy makers may want to tackle the issue.

Supreme Court to Consider Case on State Seizure of Property

Constitutional limits on local and state criminal fines, as well as "civil asset forfeiture" policies, are the focus of Timbs v. Indiana.

Chicago City Hall Pushes State to OK Use of Public Safety Drones

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Philly’s sloppy accounting … high eviction rates in rural Minnesota … New Orleans short-term rental freeze … and Jersey City clears newspaper box “clutter.”