When Does a Winter Storm Become a Bomb Cyclone?

What raises a common winter storm to the level of 'bomb cyclone'? It's all about rapid, sharp changes in atmospheric pressure— and the scientists who coined the term meant to highlight their power.

Paying the Homeless to Clean Up City Parks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Civil asset forfeiture reform bills … New Orleans short-term rental restrictions … and Oregon roadkill consumption rules.

Places Where Flu Activity Has Been the Highest

Many localities haven’t yet felt the full brunt of influenza season.

Medicaid Expansion Won Big on Election Day

Three out of four conservative states approved measures, while the election of a Democratic governor in Maine seemingly ends the Republican effort to block last year’s successful referendum.

How One State Decided to Scrap Licenses For Horse Massage Therapists

More and more states are loosening up job licensing requirements, as both free-market advocates and liberal groups argue to legislators that they are barriers to work.

Moody’s: Trump’s $12B Farmer Bailout Won’t Have the Desired Effect

Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and North Dakota have the most to lose in a “trade war” with China.

Nebraska DOT Seeks Witty Traffic Messages

The winning entries will be displayed on electronic message boards on the state’s highways and interstates on Fridays through September.

This Small Nebraska City Uses Cash Incentives to Attract Skilled Workers

To be eligible for the matching grant program, employers must be recruiting for “quality jobs,” paying at or above the state’s median wage.

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.

Some Mayors Have the Power to Pardon. This Mayor Wants to Expand Those Powers.

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco mayor’s new needle-cleanup plan … Oklahoma wildfire … Wisconsin renewable energy investments … and “a collection of disparate ideas” in Florida.

Spurring Entrepreneurship Starts By Talking With Talent

“If you start with institutions, you get an institutional response…”

Statehouses Are the New Arena in the Battle for Net Neutrality

“We simply cannot have 50 different state regulations governing our internet–consumers expect and demand a single, consistent, common-sense approach,” wrote US Telecom president and CEO Jonathan Spalter in an email.

Days After a Pipeline Spill, Nebraska Gives Keystone XL Final Approval to Build

The last permitting hurdle for the $8 billion project has been cleared, after nine years of controversy and delay.

Nebraska Gears Up for ‘Last Stand’ Protests Opposing Keystone XL Pipeline

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Illinois treasurer sends governor a budget to-do list; Colorado lawmakers make mad dash to fix budget error; and Orlando seeks a poet laureate.

Filibuster Used in the Latest State Gun Control Preemption Fight

Fueled by national gun rights groups, state lawmakers across the country have steadily stripped away the power of local officials to make gun laws. Is Nebraska next?

In 2016 Elections, Americans Voted to Execute More People

Nebraskans voted to reinstate the death penalty, and Californians voted to speed up their executions.

Why Two States Are at Odds Over the Future of the Death Penalty

Public support for capital punishment has declined in recent years, but the issue continues to be a point of contention, as some advocate for its repeal and others push for its reinstatement.

Nebraska’s Rules That Limit Movie Megaplexes; Tucson’s Gun Buyback Program Under Fire

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: Opioid epidemic’s newest killer drug; Minnesota municipalities facing shortage of candidates for public office; and King tides swamp low-lying areas of South Florida.