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.
For the third year in a row, Minneapolis claimed the top spot in the Trust for Public Land's ParkScore index.
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.
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.
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.
The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roadways is up—by a lot.
Local officials have pushed for hazard mitigation funds as well as outstanding FEMA reimbursements.
“There’s going to need to be more resources down the road,” according to West Palm Beach, Florida Police Chief Sarah Mooney.
There’s been massive turnover in the tech department that serves a heavily-visited Florida locality few tourists have ever heard of.
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.
“We begin recovery the minute we start response,” according to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency's executive director.
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.
The debate over the past few months illustrates how difficult it will be for gun-control advocates to enact other changes state by state.
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.
An estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. Less than 10 percent of that population actually do.
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.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s new exemption for the Sunshine State will likely lead to lawsuits over its arbitrary nature.
A number of state and local officials are opposing the leasing of previously protected waters.
Pro tip for public officials: Don’t do this.
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