Flood Clean-up Begins in a Historic Maryland Mill Town. Again.

Unlucky topography and an intense rainstorm creates a major disaster in Ellicott City for the second times in nearly two years.

This Jobs Program Just Might Get People Back to Work

But creating evidence-based employment programs can be tricky.

Why Most States Are Struggling to Regulate Airbnb

At least 16 states debated bills to regulate the short-term rental industry this year. Only one, Indiana’s, was signed into law.

Fido Survived the Research Lab. Now What?

Maryland just became the seventh state to enact a “Beagle Freedom” law.

The States Most and Least Prepared for Public Health Disasters

According to this year’s numbers, U.S. public health systems continue to improve overall.

‘I’ve Personally Sacrificed My Entire Career for This’

The debate around sexual-harassment legislation is playing out in the Maryland General Assembly, where reform advocates say leadership is loath to embrace changes.

States Want More Money and Less Punishment Over Opioids

“To fully address the crisis we have to treat it as a health care issue, as a child welfare issue and as a drain on our local economies,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state.

After EPA Flip, a Push in Several States to Block ‘Harmful’ Pesticide

“If it’s not going to be done federally, we should do it at state level,” said Maryland Del. Dana Stein, a Democrat who has introduced a chlorpyrifos ban in her state. “This is the tactic. It’s the only available option.”

Treating Disaster Response Like a Trauma Patient

“We begin recovery the minute we start response,” according to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency's executive director.

‘We’re Not Disbanding the Police Department’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A penny-per-pill opioid fee proposal; more waste-storage eyed for Detroit; a new plan to close Rikers Island in N.Y.C.; and Utah shows off its new connected vehicle corridor.

Here’s Why The House Tax Bill Is ‘Devastating to Economic Development at the State and Local Levels’

Developing Port Covington in Baltimore shows the power of public-private partnerships; there is no reason we should be taking financing options off the table.

More Tidbits Surface on Elon Musk’s Advancing Tunneling Operation

Making his vision for a system of near-frictionless transport tubes a reality still requires things like permitting.

Beyond Rooftops: States Move to Encourage Community Solar

Community solar can drastically expand the base of people and business that can access solar power. But regulating the evolving industry is tricky.

Baltimore Mayor’s Advice for Removing Confederate Monuments: ‘Do It Quietly and Quickly’

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Health disparities in Houston; Michigan state worker retirees worry about public records request; and Milwaukee builds notable water tech sector.

As Cashless Toll Roads Proliferate, So Do Rental Car Fees

Rental car drivers will likely have to navigate more electronic tolls as states convert traditional cash tolls to electronic ones and build new cashless roads.

Annapolis Looks to Keep Its History Above Water

In Maryland’s capital, confronting rising sea levels means considering irreplaceable buildings that are an important part of the city’s heritage and economy.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Swamp Medical Examiners

As opioid overdose deaths skyrocket, state and local medical examiners are working overtime to determine which drugs are killing people.

New Ecological Disaster for Chesapeake Bay Watershed May Be Just 3 Years Away

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Detroit’s pet coke proposal; a new Indiana preemption law; and other stories you may have missed over the past few days.

Thousands of Uber Drivers Fail Maryland’s State Screening Requirements

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Philly parking app shutting down; San Luis Obispo’s controversial spoof video; and New York’s shuttered prisons for sale.