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.

2018 Hurricane Season Awaits Communities Still Recovering From 2017

Local officials have pushed for hazard mitigation funds as well as outstanding FEMA reimbursements.

The First Step to Safer Schools Is Funding Them

“There’s going to need to be more resources down the road,” according to West Palm Beach, Florida Police Chief Sarah Mooney.

‘Considerable Dysfunction’ Roils Disney World’s Local Government

There’s been massive turnover in the tech department that serves a heavily-visited Florida locality few tourists have ever heard of.

Justice Dept. Reaches Deal With West Palm Beach on Its ‘Welcoming City’ Resolution

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Emergency quarantine on Louisiana’s fragile coast ... Nashville to scale-back free school lunches ... N.Y.C. launches new bicycle-safety pilot project ... and recent storms won’t help Turlock, Calif.’s water supply woes.

Treating Disaster Response Like a Trauma Patient

“We begin recovery the minute we start response,” according to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency's executive director.

In White House Meeting With Governors, Trump Emphasizes Preference for Arming School Staff

The president at one point had a tense exchange with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee over the issue. Mental health and background checks also came up during the discussion.

Stalled Effort to Ban ‘Bump Stocks’ Illustrates Challenge of Changing State Gun Laws

The debate over the past few months illustrates how difficult it will be for gun-control advocates to enact other changes state by state.

Florida Sheriff: 'We Need to Defeat Every Threat on Campus'

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Santa Monica's 'whack-a-mole' game with Airbnb violators; South Carolina attorney general asked to investigate 'out of state imposters'; a new regional crisis stabilization unit in Arkansas; and Detroit's awful potholes.

The Rush to Replenish Blood Supplies After Mass-Casualty Events

An estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. Less than 10 percent of that population actually do.

Governors Press for Exemptions From Expanded Offshore Drilling

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has gone silent after excluding Florida from a draft lease sales plan, but letters criticizing that decision’s “arbitrary” nature keep coming in.