FEMA Aid Misses Both the Big and Small Picture

COMMENTARY | Houston's experience shows it's time to rethink how we assess damage from natural disasters.

Making Rescue Volunteers Part of the Official Response

A rescue website developed during Hurricane Harvey—and in use again during Hurricane Florence—wants to work more directly with local governments.

Houston Promises Verizon’s Biggest 5G Rollout Yet

The city wanted a deal that improves service in overlooked areas.

Feds Give Texas an OK to Spend $5 Billion on Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Housing programs are still being developed, so money won't begin flowing to struggling families immediately.

Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.

Cities Need Equitable Workforce Pipelines

The National League of Cities has been working with six in particular to improve access to skills training and postsecondary education like their economies depend on it—because they do.

Houston Region Tests Driverless Shuttles on College Kids

The small shuttles, called “university circulators,” will be limited to a mile-long campus pathway at Texas Southern University and will run at average speeds ranging from 8 to 12 miles per hour.

Houston's Former Mayor Still Waiting for an 'Adequate' Federal Response to Hurricane Harvey

Plus her thoughts on how the city balances industry with environmental sustainability.

The Vital Role of Social Media in the Eye of the Storm

Five communications lessons one hospital learned during Hurricane Harvey.

While Harvey’s Floodwaters Have Receded, the Health Risks Linger

From overwhelmed sewage infrastructure to inundated industrial sites, the disaster’s impacts loom weeks after the record-setting storm left Texas.

Houston Mayor Seeks to Hike Taxes to Pay for Flood Recovery

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Maine’s governor vs. Native American tribes; “bikini barista” lawsuit filed in Washington state; and multi-state diarrhea outbreak linked to puppy sales.

Disaster Risk and Economic Growth Create Uncomfortable Questions for Civic Boosters

ANALYSIS: Suitors seeking Amazon’s 2nd headquarters should ask themselves: How resilient is their city or region?

In Natural Disasters, States Lend Each Other a Hand

Nationwide mutual assistance compact promises aid from neighbors.

How Transit Can Speed Houston's Recovery

Yes, the city does have a mass transit system. And it will need it.

Local Officials in Houston Area Fear Higher Numbers From Texas Flood Impacts

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | L.A. can breathe a sigh of relief, for now; S.C. governor releases “top secret” report on failed nuclear project; and Alaska’s largest needle-exchange sees growing demand.

Harvey Recovery Efforts Will Take Years. Fixing Flood Insurance Shouldn’t.

When Congress returns to work next week, the task of debating and reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, which expires at the end of September.

The Invisible Toll of Trauma and Stress From Storms Like Harvey

Research on Hurricane Katrina survivors shows that the mental health impact of a catastrophe of this scale will likely linger for years to come.

Harvey's Costs 'May Blow Katrina Out of the Water'

The government is aiming to publish its initial damage estimate on Oct. 6. In the meantime, the ballpark figure is staggering.