A Message to FEMA: Respond to Disasters Differently

Providing money to states faster after disasters, and offering funds before they strike, would make communities safer, governors said.

Renewable Energy is Within Reach–Just Ask Holyoke, Mass.

COMMENTARY | Here's what a city that embraced green energy gained.

General Electric to Pay Back State Incentives After Backtracking on New Headquarters

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ann Arbor dioxane plume … Norfolk’s recycling quandary … and the Bay Area’s new managed toll lane agreement.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges Over State Farm Animal Laws

California and Massachusetts standards for the confinement of livestock have drawn opposition from other states.

Arsonist Attempts to Set Mayor’s SUV on Fire

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | State capitals in transition … Denver’s proposed e-scooter rule changes … and W.Va. first responder vaccinations.

Local Energy Storage Is a Clever Infrastructure Innovation

Projects are already appearing in Massachusetts independent of the state’s grant program.

A 'Difficult and Grueling Weekend' Following Mass. Gas Explosions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Cryptocurrency mining policy in Missoula … ongoing health worries in Minneapolis homeless camp … and too-tall trucks vs. Michigan’s low-clearance bridges.

Chaos in 3 Massachusetts Cities After Dozens of Gas Explosions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Chicago’s consent decree with Illinois AG … Arkansas governor defends Medicaid work rules … and a Portland flash-bang grenade burn tort claim.

‘Troubling’ Findings on Who Speaks Up About Housing Development

New research highlights concerns that local officials are hearing a narrow subset of views at public meetings.

For Addicted Women, the Year After Childbirth Is the Deadliest

In a study published this month, researchers tracked 4,000 Massachusetts women with opioid addictions for a year before and a year after delivery.

Breaking Down Opioid Deaths by Occupation

New research from the state of Massachusetts could help guide response efforts to the drug abuse epidemic.

These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say

Some states are restricting prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications known as benzodiazepines.

In and Around Boston, the Green Line Gets Many Green Lights

The MBTA’s new GLX project will connect to America’s oldest subway line and surface corridors seeing major investments in transit-priority signals. Here’s what’s underway.

Boston Tightens Regulatory Screws on Airbnb

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco mayor’s election is resolved … St. Louis airport privatization … Alaska governor uses line-item veto … and a “funny looking” but dangerous foam in Michigan.

Federal Immigration Reform Could Boost Boston’s Economy

The city faces a potential labor shortage in key industries it’s typically filled with immigrants.

Study Casts Doubt on Feasibility of Boston’s Proposed Flood Barrier

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Virginia on path to expand Medicaid ... another jail torture lawsuit in Utah … Georgia governor talks up Atlanta’s Amazon HQ2 bid.

Trump Wants Medicaid to Push for Lower Drug Prices—But Will Patients Be Hurt?

Five states will be able to experiment with negotiating directly with drugmakers to lower prices. They can also close their formularies, so they don't need to cover all prescription drugs.