Taking Stock of Hurricane Michael’s Widespread Devastation

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mass. mayor arrested … testing out a mass vaccination plan in Minnesota … and N.Y. comptroller’s dismal report on MTA finances.

Staggering Damage as Michael Plows Through Florida Communities

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mass. governor: State Police shouldn’t destroy payroll documents … an ‘antsy-pantsy’ mayor in Vermont; and a Utah transit budget boost.

Hurricane Michael Could Turn Florida’s 'Red Tide.' But How?

If the storm lowers water temperatures, it might temper the growth of algae blooms.

3 GIS Policy Trends to Consider

Steering committees, distributed models and named user licensing are catching on.

Insurance Companies Balk at Florida’s Health Care Cost Transparency Website

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Feds sue California over net neutrality protections ... Nevada sex offender registry changes … and cat stuck on pole prompts interagency frustration.

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.

Court Rules First Amendment Could Protect Food Sharing

An appellate court last week found that the First Amendment covers a weekly shared meal at a Fort Lauderdale park where homeless people are known to congregate.

City in Florida Makes Scooter Intruders Think Twice

Barging into town unannounced can have competitive consequences.

Mueller Indictment Lays Out Russia’s Hacking of State, Local Election Infrastructure

The charges bring into question previous statements from vendors and state officials.

As State ‘Water Wars’ Get Salty, Oysters Get a Say

The Supreme Court last week seemed to suggest that in water disputes between states, the health of an aquatic ecosystem can be considered alongside drinking-water and farming concerns.

Thousands of Coastal Properties at Risk for Chronic Flooding

By the end of the century, the number increases to 2.5 million at-risk properties.

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.

A Dismal Compliance Rate for Florida Nursing Homes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Capping city manager pay in California … N.Y.C. halts expansion of composting program … and resettling Hawaii residents displaced by lava.

Which Major City Has the Best Parks?

For the third year in a row, Minneapolis claimed the top spot in the Trust for Public Land's ParkScore index.

Warm Weather Prompts Snake Warnings Throughout the U.S.

The uptick in visible slithering reptiles has prompted cities and counties to warn residents that warmer weather and increased rainfall can force snakes out of their holes and into backyards, pools and homes.

Florida Snakes Remain Hungry as Hunters Capture 1,000th Python

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Wisconsin localities turn to “wheel taxes” ... Sacramento plans massive tents for the homeless ... N.Y.C. rent-controlled housing at risk … and Toledo’s lead-safe property deadline.

This Florida County Will Use Drones for Mosquito Control

Lee County is one of 10 government entities participating in a federal drone pilot program, but will be the only one to deploy the technology for pest control.

Why This State Thinks Engineers Can Save Pedestrians' Lives

The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roadways is up—by a lot.