More than 5,000 invasive species—from plants like cheatgrass to rodents like nutria—inhabit the U.S. causing about $120 billion in economic damage annually.
From wildfire prevention efforts to farm loans to mass transit, here are the latest potential casualties of a long-term funding hiatus.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oklahoma’s unaccredited teachers … Connecticut’s new budget chief … and New Mexico’s backlog in unpaid film incentives.
Despite the clear and present dangers of the wildland-urban interface, many vow to rebuild in risky spots.
The analysis looks at both fire hazards and "adaptive capacity" in communities around the U.S.
Give thanks to those fighting major wildfires, but also to those who will respond to your deep-fried turkey disaster or when you simply forget about the yams in the oven.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | States report continued low unemployment … Massachusetts marijuana sales … and San Diego’s costly broken sidewalks.
Only small towns and school districts facing significant damage and weak liquidity will likely feel pressure, according to Moody’s.
The Camp Fire’s conflagration prompts important what-if questions for many communities that have limited evacuation routes.
Fire investigators continue to look at the possible role power equipment may have played in starting the state’s deadliest wildfire on record.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Short-term rental crackdown in N.Y.C. … ‘Michigan left’ turns to expand in Tucson … and a small town’s big sewage leak.
A good reminder for state and local governments: Is your employee contact information up to date?
A Supreme Court case looks at whether the law prohibiting employers from discriminating on the basis of age applies to a small fire district in Arizona.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mich. governor hopes to end labor dispute … “green slime” surrounds ritzy Fla. community … and a new site for massive Minn. homeless camp.
With conditions worsen in the Carolinas, rescue personnel and power crews are ready to respond when it's safe to do so.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Chicago’s consent decree with Illinois AG … Arkansas governor defends Medicaid work rules … and a Portland flash-bang grenade burn tort claim.
The district started using drones for more than situational awareness and eventually ended up expanding the fleet.
Some have been wearing devices to measure alertness and impairment.
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