Chaos in 3 Massachusetts Cities After Dozens of Gas Explosions

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.

This Florida Fire and Rescue District Changed Its Outlook on Drones

The district started using drones for more than situational awareness and eventually ended up expanding the fleet.

DHS Gives 'Power Suit' a Whole New Meaning

The agency wants first responders’ clothing to be able to generate and store electricity.

Verizon Faces Heat Following Fire Department’s Data ‘Throttling’ During Blazes

Emails describe wireless speeds so slow there was “no meaningful functionality,” raising questions as the company attempts to compete for first responders’ business.

When Wildfires Strike Rural Places Wary of Tax-Funded Firefighting Operations

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif.’s secret DMV location for lawmakers … a plan to consolidate N.J. school districts … and a lawsuit over a “secret deal” in Miami Beach.

Cloud-Based Mapping Could Play a Bigger Role in Disaster Response This Hurricane Season

Localities are using maps to visualize hazards, process damage imagery and crowdsource flood information.

Breathing In Wildfire Smoke Prompts Concerns Across the West

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mich. gov. dismissed in Flint water crisis lawsuit … Austin's land-use code reset … and Louisiana’s LG has an idea for the French Quarter.

Drone-Sparked Fire Prompts Important Safety Questions

A recent incident in Oregon offers "a cautionary tale about dog ownership and fire danger this time of year."

Another Drone Intrusion Grounds Aircraft Fighting Western Wildfires

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trillions of quagga mussels carpet Lake Michigan ... pulling back on San Francisco's citywide broadband ambitions … and New Mexico’s brain drain.

Crews Battling Wildfires Won’t Be Pausing for July 4

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ky. Gov. Bevin cuts vision and dental benefits … Wash. lt. gov. skewers Seattle Times edit board … Hawaii’s sunscreen ban … and a Dallas jail escapee’s easy escape.

Florida Investigators Pinpoint Cause of Destructive Wildfire

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif. online privacy legislation … N.Y.C. rent hike vote … Cincinnati police cuts restored … and St. Louis targets illegal trash.

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.

West Virginia to Start Statewide Distribution of Naloxone to First Responders

“This is not the end all answer to the opioid crisis, but it is certainly a significant step forward in the right direction,” according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, the state’s health officer.

Monitoring Fire Truck Health in Real Time

For fire departments, nothing is more problematic than an out-of-service rig.

New Research Shows 9/11 First Responders Are Twice as Likely to Develop Blood Cancer

In the chaos of that day, they were exposed to unprecedented levels of aerosolized dust from the collapsed World Trade Center skyscrapers.