Piloting Internet Paid for in Cryptocurrency

Proponents say incentivized mesh networks offer cheaper, faster service stood up by local entrepreneurs, civic hackers or homeowners associations.

Washington Voters Approve Ban on Local Soda and Grocery Taxes

The initiative drew over $20 million of support from soft drink companies and others. A similar proposal in Oregon failed.

Soda Makers, Grocers Dump Millions Into Anti-Tax Ballot Initiatives

Washington and Oregon voters will decide on measures that would prohibit certain taxes on sugary drinks and grocery businesses.

How a Midsize U.S. City Is Preparing to Host One of the World’s Largest Sporting Events

The IAAF track-and-field world championships are still three years away. Local officials in Eugene, Oregon may be “slightly nervous” but are embracing an “opportunity to really shine.”

Would the U.S. Tsunami Warning System Have Averted Indonesia’s Disaster?

Even the world’s best system “is really not a technological solution to the problem of a near-field tsunami.”

The Interstate Corridors Most Primed for Autonomous Trucks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Massachusetts State Police indictments … Boise’s renewable energy goal … and Vermont EMT apprenticeships.

When Wildfires Strike Rural Places Wary of Tax-Funded Firefighting Operations

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif.’s secret DMV location for lawmakers … a plan to consolidate N.J. school districts … and a lawsuit over a “secret deal” in Miami Beach.

This 106-Year-Old Risk Makes the Case for a Subway in Portland

What will come first? A new river crossing Oregon's largest city needs or a massive earthquake?

Legal Marijuana in Oregon Hasn't Curbed Illegal Trafficking, Report Says

The new report found that pot grown in Oregon is flooding illegal markets in at least 37 other states.

Drone-Sparked Fire Prompts Important Safety Questions

A recent incident in Oregon offers "a cautionary tale about dog ownership and fire danger this time of year."

If Forced to Provide Job Training to Food Stamp Recipients, Many States Couldn't

One idea on the table as House and Senate negotiators wrangle over the farm bill is work requirements for SNAP recipients. But that would also require states to run job training programs.

Palliative Sedation, an End-of-Life Practice That Is Legal Everywhere

Many dying patients turn not to medically assisted suicide, legal in just seven states and Washington, D.C., but to palliative sedation.

Worries Over Cyanotoxins in Tap Water of Oregon's Capital City

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dallas looks to reform “generous” bulk trash rules … Tenn. vice mayor charged in food stamp conspiracy … and a Maine town warns of caterpillar hazard.

Pension Crisis Forces Some Oregon Localities to ‘Do Less With Less’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kentucky governor apologizes … Idaho vs. feds … Philly tax fatigue ... San Diego’s sidewalk lawsuits … and Minnesota’s long winter continues.

Oregon State Employee Moves Tens of Thousands of Taxpayer Records to Personal Cloud

The February incident shows why routine log reviews by IT security personnel are important.

States Want More Money and Less Punishment Over Opioids

“To fully address the crisis we have to treat it as a health care issue, as a child welfare issue and as a drain on our local economies,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state.

What We Can Learn From Tuesday’s Orderly Tsunami Evacuations

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska didn’t cause major damage but the local response underscores some important lessons in emergency preparedness.