School Board's Prayer Policy Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled that the Chino Valley Unified School District's prayer policy violated the First Amendment.

Caught in a Disaster? Your Rescuer Might Be an Amateur

CERT volunteers have played a prominent role in responding to California wildfires in recent years.

Figuring Out If 'Opportunity Zones' Can Revitalize Struggling Neighborhoods

In two Alabama cities, those laying groundwork for the new tax incentive program see both promise and risks in the investments it could spur.

Some States Step In to Fill Federal Void on Police Consent Decrees

In Chicago, officials take a different path to implement law enforcement reforms.

Houston Promises Verizon’s Biggest 5G Rollout Yet

The city wanted a deal that improves service in overlooked areas.

Mayor in Busy Texas Border Town Warns of Fallout From Trade Dispute

Pete Saenz, mayor of Laredo, called on federal officials to tamp down uncertainty over tariffs and trade pacts.

Federal Drone Committee Faces ‘Kitty Hawk Moment’

The body’s lone local government representative discusses filling the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s shoes and keeping pace with technology.

Returning Federal Funds Could Leave a Bitter Aftertaste

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Madison mayor says county is blackmailing his city … Pa. school security secrecy law … and some good news for Colo. firefighters amid bad news elsewhere.

Plenty for Local Leaders to Consider as Opportunity Zones Ramp Up

National Association of Counties members are told now is the time to get involved in attracting investment.

5G Compromise Bill Still a Hit to Local Government

Wireless industry groups support the new Senate bill, but the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues it sacrifices too much local government authority.

Watchdog Projects Ongoing Drop in Share of Federal Spending on Kids

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released its estimates as the nation's debt and deficits are on the rise.

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.

These Jobs Are Most Susceptible to Automation

A new report from the National League of Cities ranks 60 occupations in terms of whether they are vulnerable to being automated, suggesting ways city leaders can work with their residents to prepare.

Opportunity Zone Communities May Require Additional Investments

Experts said the program could benefit from more structured oversight.

FAA Awards $677 Million in Airport Improvement Grants

The 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals.

NYC DOT Chief: Feds Are Forgoing City Input on Self-Driving Vehicles

“I urge you to enlist cities as partners,” transportation commissioner Polly Trottenberg told Senate lawmakers.

In No State Can Minimum-Wage Workers Afford a Two-Bedroom Rental

“This will be a problem for the foreseeable future,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which released a new study Wednesday.

Funding Steady for Environment, Interior Programs in Senate Bill

The draft legislation covers programs that help fund water infrastructure, and that provide payments to rural counties.

Federal Immigration Reform Could Boost Boston’s Economy

The city faces a potential labor shortage in key industries it’s typically filled with immigrants.