Virginia Prepares for the Arrival of Amazon’s HQ2

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Not many people want to run for elected positions in this county … Texas deals with voting maps and databases … Tulsa improves on equality markers.

Finding History Along the Highway

State archeologists in Maryland are digging up the history of slavery in the state, connecting the DNA of an enslaved woman who lived on a plantation 200 years ago to modern-day descendants in Sierra Leone.

How Historic Ellicott City Plans to Survive the Next Flood

After catastrophic storms in 2016 and 2018, the Maryland mill town has five flood control plans. But it faces hard choices on how to avoid future disasters.

Baltimore Mayor Takes Health-Related Leave as Book Scandal Grows

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | The 100 Resilient Cities program will close up shop this summer ... Supreme Court allows Missouri execution to move forward ... Eagles causing problems at Washington state landfill.

Shedding More Light on Fees a State Pension Fund Pays Wall Street

A bill in Maryland aims to do so. But provisions to restrict the investment fees have been stripped from the measure.

Maryland Races to Be First State to Ban Foam Containers and Cups

The clock is ticking on a compromise bill that either Gov. Larry Hogan will sign or both chambers might pass with veto-proof majorities.

Where Unpaid Water Bills Can Mean Losing a Home

Some cities slap liens on homes for unpaid bills, then sell those liens to the highest bidder.

‘Peace Cross’ Case Could Affect Hundreds of Monuments, States Say

States and localities argue the U.S. Supreme Court should use the case of the 40-foot cross to provide “clear guidance” on war memorials that use religious motifs.

Young Farmers Can't Farm Without Land

Just 4 percent of America’s family farms have principal operators younger than 35, while nearly a third are led by someone age 65 or older.

Measuring Results of Early Childhood Spending

Finding more resources to help struggling populations “needs to be reframed as an economic imperative, even a national security issue.”

Throwing Shade: Reducing Urban Temperatures by Planting Trees

A Maryland county is planting free trees in urban areas to increase shaded areas and lower temperatures.

Engaging Teens With More Than Just a Summer Job

The Summer Youth Enrichment Program in Prince George's County, Maryland, aims to help teenagers long-term.

Local Furor After Mayor’s Colin Kaepernick Social Media Classroom ‘Experiment’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska meth seizures increase … Portland mayor sets “cleanest” city goal … and L.A.’s new emergency shelter.

Maryland County Makes Condoms Available at Certain High Schools

The decision was sparked by rising rates of sexually transmitted infections in the county.

Russia Doesn’t Need to Change Votes—Just Sow Confusion

The confusion in June primary elections in Maryland and California—caused by computer glitches and human error—show what could happen if foreign adversaries successfully hack voter registration information, experts say.

Md. Investigating Contract of Software Vendor Bought by Russian Oligarch

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska plastic bag bans … concerns over city’s disclosure of overdose address information … and an Ill. county’s mumps outbreak is over.