N.Y. Attorney General Sues ExxonMobil

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maui may boost Airbnb fines in a big way … feds audit Ohio Medicaid program … and Boston sees an increase in shootings.

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.

Nuclear Plant Closures Bring Economic Pain to Cities and Towns

Four states have passed financial packages to help bolster nuclear plants.

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.

Lawmakers in Blue States Try to Protect Organized Labor

Even before the Supreme Court ruled against public sector unions in June, eight of the 22 states that allowed unions to charge non-member fees took steps to cushion the blow.

Judge to Allow Census Citizenship Question Lawsuit to Continue

A coalition of states, cities and advocacy groups argue that adding the question will drive down response rates ahead of the 2020 decennial count.

Marijuana Bills Increasingly Focus on Social Justice

When advocates now seek marijuana legalization, they also are focusing on investment in poor communities and fixing longstanding criminal justice problems.

N.Y. Subway Chief’s Lack of a Mayoral Meeting Raises Eyebrows

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Utah sexual assault evidence tracking … Pennsylvania weatherization funding … and a Guam official’s teachable moment.

Rising Inequity and Local Solutions

COMMENTARY | With programs to provide free college tuition for middle-class students to training workers for climate change-related jobs, state and local governments are looking to reduce inequality.

Giving Group Homes a 21st Century Makeover

A new law caps the amount of time the federal government will pay to house children in group homes. New York state officials are concerned it will end up costing counties. Colorado, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming have the greatest percentage of foster children living in group homes.

Drugged Driving Deaths Spike With Spread of Legal Marijuana, Opioid Abuse

Forty-four percent of fatally injured drivers tested for drugs had positive results in 2016, the Governors Highway Safety Association found, up more than 50 percent compared with a decade ago.

Everyone's Welcome: Saving Families With Movie Nights and Meetups

Can family enrichment centers help keep kids out of foster care?

How Exposed Is Your State to Trade Tensions?

More than a dozen states have above-average international trade exposure, per a new Moody’s report.

IRS, Treasury Take Icy View of State Workarounds to Capped Deduction

A notice issued on Wednesday could have implications for some recently passed state laws.

How N.Y.C. Is Forging Strategic Partnerships to Address Its Affordability Crisis

The city is already expanding access to computer science education and mental health treatment.

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.

New Research Shows 9/11 First Responders Are Twice as Likely to Develop Blood Cancer

In the chaos of that day, they were exposed to unprecedented levels of aerosolized dust from the collapsed World Trade Center skyscrapers.

Kraken Crypto Exchange Responds to New York Attorney General in Snarky Way

There's a historical grudge that the crypto industry holds with regulators in the Empire State.