Flooding Worsens Louisiana’s Housing Crisis; R.I. Gov.’s Alternative Way to Staff Her Office

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: More bad news for public education in Oklahoma; traffic tickets decline in N.J. county in a big way; and where is the exact center of Pennsylvania?

An Important Emergency Response Scenario for Every State and Local Government

Can your agency effectively respond to a disaster amid a widespread telecommunications outage?

Louisiana Reeling From Unprecedented Flash Flooding; Pipeline Concerns Continue in Michigan

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Tree removal standoff in San Diego; auditing disputes for Minnesota counties; and N.Y. vs. N.J. acrimony continues over Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Police Demand Access to Military-Grade Equipment After Shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge

Police organizations want a ban on such equipment repealed for officer safety, but killings of police are actually at an all-time low.

The Unsolved Violence of Baton Rouge

After years of racial and economic tension, the Louisiana city must wrestle with the shootings of Alton Sterling and six police officers.

3 Police Officers Fatally Shot in Baton Rouge; Chicago’s $140 Million Olympic Village Burden

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: South Dakota at bottom of same-sex marriage list; Portland’s tree-cutting mystery; and N.Y.C.’s response to synthetic marijuana overdoses.

Baton Rouge D.A. Recuses Himself From Alton Sterling Investigation

Moore cited a “personal relationship” with the parents of Blane Salamoni, one of the officers involved in the shooting.

A Video Captures a Police Shooting in Louisiana

The footage appears to show two Baton Rouge officers wrestling 37-year-old Alton Sterling to the ground, then sticking a gun in his chest, and shooting him dead.

Mississippi River Winter Floods to Test Government Response, Army Corps Defenses

Levees are being checked for sand boils as water levels rise. And in Louisiana, there’s no word yet whether the Bonnet Carré and Morganza spillways will be opened.

Why Baton Rouge Is on the Verge of a Digital Renaissance

In a guest article, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden discusses what it takes for small- and medium-sized cities to become digital leaders.