State Legislators Look to Change a Law That Makes Sexual Assault Convictions Difficult

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Feds announce $900M in infrastructure grants … New Jersey retirement-plan marketplace fails to materialize … Phoenix City Council to wrestle with rising pedestrian fatalities.

Southern States Slowly Embracing Harm Reduction to Curb Opioid Epidemic

Activists are convincing conservative Southerners to buy in to needle exchanges.

Moving a State Agency Out of the Capital City

North Carolina plans to relocate its Division of Motor Vehicles from booming Raleigh to lagging Rocky Mount. Can this be a national model for decentralizing power?

Powerful Tornado Kills at Least 22 in Alabama

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Openly gay mayor brutally attacked … Sunday liquor sales OK’d by W.Va. governor … and vote nears on Tucson’s e-scooter pilot.

A Light-Rail Project Hits a Higher-Ed Roadblock

Duke University declined to sign a collaborative agreement necessary to secure federal funding for the North Carolina project.

Health Department’s Dog Crackdown Brings No Joy to Brewery Taproom

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Austin’s measles risk … former Little Rock mayor’s unused paid time off … and a Florida county’s understaffed 911 dispatch center.

Urban Sheriffs Flee ICE Program as Small Counties Join Trump’s Deportation Push

An earlier increase in arrests related to the 287(g) program has slowed as more big-city sheriffs back out.

When A State Needs an Election Do-Over

Some North Carolina voters could be headed back to the polls.

Floodwaters May Have Inundated Private Wells, But Few Were Tested For Contamination

The four states hit by hurricanes earlier this year offer free well testing, but not many homeowners have used the programs.

Considering Diversity in Snow-Day Decisionmaking

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A giant middle finger sculpture rises in Vermont … Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee’s “clean energy smart deal” … and speeding up N.Y.’s sluggish subways.

Checking Out a New Train Station That Would Make Many Cities Drool

Next up is Raleigh Union Station’s second phase, which just secured $20 million in new funding from the Trump administration.

Wisconsin Democrats Mull Litigation After GOP Lame-Duck Session

As Republicans move to preserve their political power in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina despite election losses, many anticipate legal challenges.

FEMA Aid Misses Both the Big and Small Picture

COMMENTARY | Houston's experience shows it's time to rethink how we assess damage from natural disasters.

How North Carolina Kept 911 Up During Hurricane Florence

The Federal Communications Commission has since documented the effort’s success.

A New Approach for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

A coastal county in North Carolina created an entirely new office to coordinate recovery efforts among federal and state partners.

Airbnb Operator Seeks to Appeal More Than $1 Million in City Fines

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | 6 cases of rare illness in Minnesota … broken Texas voter registration link … and the steel cage protecting Jersey City’s water supply.

After the Storm Come the Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are all over North Carolina after Hurricane Florence. Counties will get $4 million in emergency funds to battle the pests.

Rising Sea Levels Put Additional Homes at Risk During Hurricane Florence

An analysis by a national nonprofit found that 11,000 homes in the Carolinas were flooded due to rising sea levels.