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.

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.

The Looming Consequences of Breathing Mold

Flooding means health issues that unfold for years.

Coast to Coast, State and Local Teams Swarm to Texas Storm Zone

State-based FEMA task forces and local volunteers bring experience, expertise, equipment to help victims of historic Harvey catastrophe.

FirstNet ‘Early Builders’ Face Big Test During Texas Flood Disaster

Harris County and the Texas state government are testing out the nationwide public safety communications network.

Houston Metro Adapts Winter-Weather Tactic to Save Its Buses From Harvey’s Flooding

A smart action by a transit agency is hailed as “a good move” during tropical storm.

National Weather Service: Texas Flooding Is ‘Beyond Anything Experienced’

Emergency managers and officials are keeping a watchful eye on flood crests along rivers and high water levels in bayous and creeks.

Using Twitter to Save a Newborn From a Flood

Search and rescue is evolving fast in the social-media age.

With Harvey Parked Over Texas, Life-Threatening Flooding Will Continue in Houston

Prolonged rainfall will continue through Thursday, stranding residents in the nation’s fourth most-populous city, turning some freeways into rivers and flooding some areas that have never seen high water.

What 35 Inches of Rain Can Dredge Up

Hurricane Harvey’s unusual path could hit Houston with rain and storm surges at the same time—surfacing gators, snakes, sewage, and coffins.

Texas Awaits ‘Devastating and Life Threatening’ Flooding

With Hurricane Harvey forecasted to stall inland, some isolated areas could see as much as 30 inches of rain in the coming days.

Airbnb Activates Disaster Program in Advance of Hurricane Harvey’s Landfall

Prepping free housing for evacuees and relief workers, the company’s network in the “cone of impact” includes more than 30,000 members and hosts.

Tropical System Headed to Gulf Coast Prompts Hurricane Watch and Flooding Concerns

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Will Trump Help Houston Prepare for Hurricane Disaster?

Also in our State and Local Digest: Louisiana tax plan halted; class-action lawsuit over N.Y. subway accessibility; and dry conditions prompt venomous snake warning in Florida.

‘Zika Isn’t Gone, It’s Sleeping’

State and local governments will continue to confront a difficult and potentially costly public health challenge this year.

The Great Texas Pension Fix

Houston owes its police, fire, and city workers about $7.8 billion, and it doesn’t exactly have the cash on hand. Their hard-fought solution could serve as a model for the rest of Texas, and the nation.

Why Does it Take So Long to Hire a Nurse?

To fix nurse shortages, graduating more nurses is just the start.

Houston to Lose 40,000 Jobs?; Rochester Police Surveilling Phones With 'Military-Grade' Device

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Philadelphia police drop education requirement; ‘union-related extortion’ suspected in Boston; and Oklahoma Republicans target abortion doctors.

Many Houston-Area Residents Want Walkable Neighborhoods

But as a recent Rice University survey shows, those dreams are stifled by reality.

How a 'Monster' Hurricane Could Swamp Houston and Sink America

The nation's fourth-largest city does not drain well. And that will someday have catastrophic impacts for the rest of the nation.