Sacramento Sees ‘Impressive’ Results With Its Homeless Triage Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New concerns over the Bourbon virus in Missouri; S.D. hospital stops sending unregulated medical waste to city landfill … and a progress report for Baltimore’s big bus realignment.

Children With Autism Left Behind by Low Medicaid Rates

Lawsuits in South Carolina and California accuse the states of failing to provide "medically necessary" services for children with autism because Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low that no providers will accept them.

Giving Group Homes a 21st Century Makeover

A new law caps the amount of time the federal government will pay to house children in group homes. New York state officials are concerned it will end up costing counties. Colorado, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming have the greatest percentage of foster children living in group homes.

The Very Good Math of Electric Buses

They’re cheaper to run compared to ones with internal combustion engines thanks to the economics of fuel and maintenance.

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?

It’s Wildfire Season in California, and Utilities Want to Tamp Down Their Liability

Power lines coming into contact with trees causes many wildfires in California. Should utilities be held responsible or be allowed to pass on liability to ratepayers?

Yes, You Can Become Addicted to Marijuana. And the Problem is Growing.

Public health and medical officials are grappling with a surge in demand for marijuana addiction treatment.

Housing Affordability Rises on the National Agenda

Corporations are teaming with mayors to boost the issue’s visibility.

5G Aesthetics Prove a Balancing Act for Cities Like Palo Alto

Small cell deployments by wireless infrastructure providers are often less of a partnership with municipalities than they appear.

Flood Resilience Challenge Yields the South Bay ‘Sponge’

“One thing that was really evident: Even people who are following closely are not totally aware of the flood risks that we have in the [San Francisco] Bay Area.”

Federal Lawsuit Targets Facebook-Blocking Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Okla.’s rape-kit deadline; La.’s 10 most distressed water systems … Mich. village may convert paved roads to gravel ones … and more Harvey-like hurricanes await us.

How Exposed Is Your State to Trade Tensions?

More than a dozen states have above-average international trade exposure, per a new Moody’s report.

Why States Worry That 'Association Health Plans' Will Be Magnets for Scam Artists

Some insurance regulators agitate for power to regulate plans to ensure consumers are protected.

Some California Cities Are Siding With Trump on Immigration

While the number of jurisdictions rejecting California’s sanctuary rules has been growing, they remain in the minority.

Dozens More Counties Join Opioid Lawsuits

The new lawsuits aim to “recover millions of dollars lost due to opiate addiction and drug overdoses that have taken so many lives in this country and greatly affected the lives of many.”

California AG Blasts Closure of CFPB’s Students and Young Consumers Office

Consumer advocates see it as a sign that the Trump administration has deprioritized scrutiny of predatory college lending.

Wall Street Has Only a Few More Months to Enjoy California’s Frugality

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Atlanta mayor introduces new city hall transparency ordinance … Minnesota’s graying farming community … and an Indiana city's train museum eviction dispute.