Local Courts Scramble to Deal With Juror No-Shows

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio governor vs. agribusiness … London Breed’s first day as San Francisco mayor … good news for parched Arizona … and Idaho’s 8,000-pound exemption.

Driving Without a Smartphone

A new law in Georgia discourages drivers from even touching a screen. Whether or not it improves safety, it could help break people’s phone habits.

DOJ Forges Ahead With Immigration Enforcement Grant Requirements

Despite ongoing court battles, the department last week announced new conditions for state and local grant applicants.

Pennsylvania Law Will Automatically Seal Some Criminal Records

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the "clean slate" legislation on Thursday. Other states are eying similar bills.

Facial Recognition Company CEO: The Tech Is Too Volatile to Give to Law Enforcement

"Software is only as smart as the information it’s fed," according to Brian Brackeen, CEO of Kairos.

The Normalization of Gun Violence in Poor Communities

A company that uses sensors to recognize the sound of gunshots could help solve the epidemic.

Even If the Robocalls Keep Coming, You Should Still 'File Complaints Everywhere'

Here’s a daunting number for regulators and law enforcement: There were 4.1 billion of the unwanted phone calls nationwide just last month alone.

State AGs Try to Tackle a Difficult Subject: Elder Abuse

Beyond physical abuse and neglect, vulnerable senior citizens also face financial exploitation from their caregivers.

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.

Supreme Court to Consider Case on State Seizure of Property

Constitutional limits on local and state criminal fines, as well as "civil asset forfeiture" policies, are the focus of Timbs v. Indiana.

Law Enforcement Grants Would Get Funding Bump Under Senate Bill

The draft measure also includes additional money for programs meant to help quell opioid and heroin abuse.

Missouri Audit Flags Suspicious SNAP Benefit Use by Deceased, Out-of-State Recipients

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco’s unresolved mayoral race … N.C. governor vetoes budget plan … and a mysterious Indiana jailhouse substance.

West Virginia to Start Statewide Distribution of Naloxone to First Responders

“This is not the end all answer to the opioid crisis, but it is certainly a significant step forward in the right direction,” according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, the state’s health officer.

Scammers Threaten North Dakota Governor With ‘Immediate Arrest’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colorado pension reform bill approved … Louisiana special legislative session … and Michigan’s suburban growth.

Black Drivers in Missouri Are 85% More Likely to Be Stopped Than Whites

New statistics on the inconsistent treatment of blacks and whites by police in the state show how little has changed after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

How Gun Violence Decreased in Chicago

May was the city's 15th month of declining gun violence, which police attribute to increased hiring, strengthened community policing efforts and investments in technology.

Missouri's Scandal-Tarnished Governor Resigns

Rather than face impeachment over allegations of sexual misconduct and violations of campaign-finance law, Eric Greitens is leaving Jefferson City.

Police Records Case Puts City Hall on the Hook for Major Penalties and Fees

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco’s scooter ultimatum … La. safety-net hospitals may close … and no more $49 burgers for Conn. town budget meetings.