Uneven State Juvenile Record Laws Cause Uneven Youth Outcomes

A marijuana possession conviction as a juvenile goes away in Rhode Island but not without a fight in Idaho.

Death Penalty Opponents Gain Unlikely Allies: Republicans

GOP lawmakers in at least eight states join fight against capital punishment.

After a Voter Mandated Pay Increase, the Threat of Firefighter Layoffs

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Looking at a Florida tolls contract ... Luxury tax on non-resident apartments in New York ... A tree falls in Los Angeles.

Virtual Reality Could Make Disaster Response Training More Effective

In early tests of its augmented reality training software, a Texas-based company made first responders perform faster and more accurately.

This Winter Really Was Exceptionally Rainy and Snowy

In the wettest winter on record, 19 states experienced some of their highest levels of precipitation for the month of February, NOAA reported this week.

Helping Police Divert Mental Health Patients From ERs

A start-up wants to use a mobile app to allow clinicians and case workers to do remote patient evaluations when law enforcement officers respond to mental health calls.

Pedestrian Deaths in 2018 Increase to Highest Levels Since 1990

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ore. governor signs statewide rent control bill … Ariz. governor is “pro-vaccination and anti-measles” … and Fla. toll road expansion

Is It Cruel and Unusual to Execute a Man With Dementia?

ANALYSIS | Vernon Madison has no memory of murdering a police officer.

NAACP to Call For Congressional Hearings on Domestic Terrorism

The letters come as hate groups are on the rise across the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

‘There’s No One to Help You Right Now’: 911 Calls Released From Deadly Firestorm

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska localities decry governor’s budget cuts … a Texas city with 400,000 people and no transit system … and Ohio River flooding.

The Gun Violence That’s a Bigger Threat to Kids Than School Shootings

Mass killings on school grounds account for a very small percent of victims, but they capture far more public attention than other shootings.

California Town Launches 'Goat Fund Me' for Fire Prevention

Officials from Nevada City are crowdfunding the rental of a grazing goat herd to eat flammable plants on city-owned land.

Making the Case Against Bigger and Longer Trucks on Capitol Hill

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska budget pain … Utah hepatitis A outbreak is over … and Kentucky’s governor sends Louisville mayor critical letter.

Costly Natural Disasters Becoming More Frequent

In the past two years, damage caused by wildfires cost about $40 billion, roughly the same as the costs of the past 37 years combined, an analysis finds.

Active-Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided

There’s scant evidence that they’re effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood.

Police Departments Waive Tattoo Bans, Enlist Wookiees to Fill Ranks

There's currently an officer shortage at many police departments across the country.

Portlanders Don’t Hesitate to Call 911 About ‘Unwanted’ Persons

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.M. governor pulls National Guard troops from border … legal challenge to Idaho Medicaid expansion fails … and shortest commutes.

When Regulating New Tech Harms Public Safety

COMMENTARY | Facial recognition technology is new and nascent, but not a departure from the innate abilities humans are born with. Efforts by states to limit its use harms public safety and deters innovation.

What Public Safety Agencies Can Do While Waiting for Next Generation 911

The old system has been the victim of its own success, a software executive argues.