A Federal Court Will Deal With the Latest Flashpoint in the E-Scooter Wars

As Bird and other companies feel local regulatory heat across the nation, a recent legal action in Milwaukee is worth watching.

Measuring Diversity in Local Government Leadership

A new project from Engaging Local Government Leaders compiles self-reported diversity data from 2,000 local governments.

‘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.

Local Courts Scramble to Deal With Juror No-Shows

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio governor vs. agribusiness … London Breed’s first day as San Francisco mayor … good news for parched Arizona … and Idaho’s 8,000-pound exemption.

Income Is More Than Just a Product of Location

A new tool shows state to state, county to county, and city to city differences but offers an even more comprehensive picture.

New Battleground Emerges Over State, Local Government Union Fees

Workers are seeking refunds after a recent Supreme Court ruling. The legal wrangling threatens to ensnare states and localities.

Mayor at Citizenship Ceremony: ‘This Is the Greatness of Our Country’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kobach brings gun float to another Kansas parade … torrential rains swamp Houston … and a tornado touches down in a Minnesota city.

July Brings New Minimum Wage Hikes for Some U.S. Cities and States

The highest minimum wage currently listed is in Emeryville, Calif., where businesses with more than 55 employees must pay at least $15.69 an hour.

Portland, Maine Ready to Flip Switch on Smart Traffic Signals

The city hopes a new tech upgrade will cut wait times at one difficult commuter bottleneck by 20 to 30 percent.

What a ‘State of Fiscal Crisis’ Will Bring in Harrisburg

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Spokane eliminates parking minimums in some areas … Florida audit looks at state procurement cards … and Columbus passes new anti-panhandling law.

How One Montana City Is Weathering Talk of a ‘Trade War’

“If the farmers and ranchers aren’t making money, we feel it immediately in Great Falls.”

'Dumping the Pump' to Promote Public Transit

Across the country, more than 150 transit systems are promoting ridership and thanking customers as part of the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day, an initiative by the American Public Transportation Association.

What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America

The hyperlocal social-media platform highlights small grievances—and proves that neighbors have more in common than they think.

Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.

Cities Form New Racial Equity Network With Private Sector

The commitment has its origins in a 2016 research initiative addressing structural racism in five jurisdictions.

Thinking About How to Manage L.A.’s Future Drone-Filled Skies

“When that airspace becomes more complicated, ‘just don’t hit anything’ isn’t going to be enough,” according to Seleta Reynolds, the general manager of the L.A. Department of Transportation.

Boston Tightens Regulatory Screws on Airbnb

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco mayor’s election is resolved … St. Louis airport privatization … Alaska governor uses line-item veto … and a “funny looking” but dangerous foam in Michigan.

Seattle Leaders Set to Retreat After ‘Head Tax’ Furor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colo. wildfires … San Francisco mayoral race still in limbo … Lyme disease on Staten Island … and Va. Beach council members want city manager fired.