Uber Drivers Are Getting Minimum-Wage Protection for the First Time

New York City's taxi commission voted for a pay floor for ride-hail drivers.

Firing Leads to Confusing ‘Three-Day Misadventure’ at New York City Hall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Michael total estimated insured losses … Alaska’s new governor sworn in … and Berkeley’s old city hall will be used as homeless shelter.

What’s Really Happening to Retail?

Manhattan’s shuttered storefronts tell a larger American story: Only Amazon-proof businesses can now survive in brick and mortar.

Lyft’s New Investment Will Expand NYC’s Citi Bike Service Area in a Big Way

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | PG&E to face major safety scrutiny from state regulators … Kansas gas tax hike … Ore. may legalize psychedelic mushrooms.

Making the Case to Curb Outside Pay for Lawmakers in Albany

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Farm bankruptcies increase in Upper Midwest … Bend, Ore.’s high wildfire risk … and Cincinnati City Council subpoenas in texting lawsuit.

Amazon Is Ready to Make Its HQ2 Picks Official

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California’s deadliest wildfire on record … recession worries as Nevada’s economy hums along … why Santa Fe really needs a city engineer … and more confirmed measles cases in Mich.

A Neighborhood-Driven Approach to ‘Smart City’ Technology

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: José Serrano-McClain, former Project Manager, NYCx, Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, City of New York.

New Reports Suggest Amazon Plans to Split Its HQ2 Between 2 Cities

The strategy would allow the company to access even more top tech talent.

New Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims—and Their Pets

Brooklyn's newest domestic violence shelter allows abuse victims to move in with their pets, eliminating a key hurdle to seeking help.

The Best Metro Areas for Commuting by Car

New research from the University of Minnesota ranks major metro areas on job accessibility by car and the effects of congestion.

Cities Address Hurdles to Sharing Data

An increasing number of operating systems are available to municipalities looking to streamline data sharing, but a global network wants them thinking about urban resilience as they do.

Two GOP Governors, 15 AGs Urge Supreme Court to Hear Gun Case

A New York City law that restricts the transport of licensed handguns is at issue.

New York Corrects Decades-Old Misspelling

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Md. county will pay to remove 19 flood-vulnerable homes … Boston is ready for winter … small S.D. towns struggle to pay for road repairs.

‘Public Charge’ Rule Would Present Challenges for Cities

Municipal governments’ top priorities are providing for the health and welfare of their residents, and penalizing immigrants seeking public services threatens that, said New York City’s Immigrant Affairs commissioner.

Cats Are No Match for New York City’s Rats

Despite popular wisdom, rats are too big and too fierce for cats.

Airbnb: N.Y.C.’s New Short-Term Rental Crackdown Is Unconstitutional

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kansas City considers workaround for anti-panhandling ordinance … N.J. beach community wants governor to give up official summer house … and N.D.’s IT consolidation.

Baaaad Commute: Goats Are the New York City Subway’s Latest Struggle

Some crazy kids blocking the N train is the latest in a string of brash, goat-related incidents across the New York City region.

N.Y. State Wants to Help Its Municipalities With Recycling Strategy

Amid China’s new restrictions on recycling imports, Gov. Cuomo wants a better game plan for waste management in the Empire State.