Whoopi Goldberg Tells N.Y. Mayor Her Big Complaint With the City

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rapid DNA testing … D.C. mayor vetoes bill to decriminalize fare evasion … and rural Minnesota broadband.

‘Consultants Often Manage Consultants, Who Manage Other Consultants’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Historic city hall burns to the ground … ‘Rays of hope’ in Pennsylvania … and Virginia state senators approve Equal Rights Amendment.

Tens of Thousands of Teachers Strike in L.A. as Negotiations Stall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A handful of new governors are sworn in … N.Y.C. pursues illegal hotels in new lawsuit … and FBI raids Scranton City Hall, mayor’s house.

Florida’s New Governor Wants to Oust Another Local Official

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Albuquerque crime decrease … Baltimore’s new online nudge … and “thorny” questions about marijuana legalization in New York.

Paying the Homeless to Clean Up City Parks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Civil asset forfeiture reform bills … New Orleans short-term rental restrictions … and Oregon roadkill consumption rules.

Mayor Wants City to Be First in Nation to Mandate Paid Personal Time Off

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Tsunami of sewage led to Michigan landslide … Florida governor using seized drug plane … and pastor sues St. Louis after bologna sandwich ticket.

City Leader Wants Residents to Try Balancing the Parks and Rec Budget

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Federal shutdown delays hurricane recovery funds … another Flint water crisis plea deal …. and confusion comes with Conn. town’s pay-per-bag trash collection proposal.

New Governor Has 1st State Budget Due This Week

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minn. is falling behind on goals to reduce emissions … Airbnb sees big growth in rural areas … and a lawsuit could drain Pa. transit funding.

Another Locality Cuts Back on Recycling Amid Industry-Wide Disruption

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Powerful Chicago alderman indicted … Maine governor signs Medicaid executive order … and Texas county’s new district attorney fires 15 people.

Michigan’s New Governor Sends Strong Message to State Employees

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania pension changes … N.Y. gov.’s about-face on marijuana ... San Diego scooter safety ... and Kentucky open-records lawsuits.

N.Y. Mayor Sees Major Opportunities for Marijuana Legalization

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska mayor killed in D.C. … New Orleans delays short-term rental vote … and Colorado city’s grocery tax refund plan.

Governor-Elect’s Advisory Board Endorses More Expansive Tolling Plan

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas driver’s license problems … unused computer equipment in Kansas … and Los Angeles teachers are set to strike in January.

Police Layoffs Likely in Houston After Judge’s Pay-Parity Ruling

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oklahoma’s unaccredited teachers … Connecticut’s new budget chief … and New Mexico’s backlog in unpaid film incentives.

States, Counties and Cities Report Surges in Hepatitis A Cases

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Communication black hole during Camp Fire … N.Y. seafood fraud investigation … and mental health needs swell after Anchorage quake.

Gov. Cuomo Asks: ‘What Would FDR Do Today?’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A cautionary note on Virginia’s economy … eliminating Indiana’s townships … and Oklahoma City’s new streetcar.

Why One Governor-Elect Skipped a White House Meeting With Trump

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania’s naloxone distribution … PG&E scrutiny in California … and mapping climate change attitudes on the Jersey Shore.

Chicago’s Pension Fix Might Involve Marijuana

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California proposal calls for text messaging fees … Philly mayor’s office to pay interns … and Anchorage quake damage data.

N.Y. Committee's Plan Restricts Outside Income of State Lawmakers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rural hospitals in Texas face strong-arm tactics … Oregon quake response playbook … and a new fire-risk estimation tool.

Reply-All Nightmare in Utah Offers Important Lessons for Any Large Organization

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas civil asset forfeitures … New Mexico anti-crime omnibus bill … and Philadelphia “good cause” eviction rules.