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.

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.

Waiting for What Florence’s Floodwaters Will Bring Next in the Carolinas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio’s background check difficulties … New York City’s open data updates … and Florida’s new fight against algae blooms.

For Millions, Florence 'Has Never Been More Dangerous'

North Carolina's governor warned that inland residents now face life-threatening hazards.

Despite Warnings, States in Florence’s Path Continued Coastal Development

Despite their vulnerability to both climate change and hurricanes, North and South Carolina have put in place a series of policies and laws that favor coastal developers and property owners.

Mutual Aid Agreements Bring First Responders, Utility Crews to Hurricane Zone

With conditions worsen in the Carolinas, rescue personnel and power crews are ready to respond when it's safe to do so.

Prepping for a Hurricane That Could Stay for Days

Hurricane Florence, a category 4 storm, is the strongest to threaten parts of the East Coast in more than 20 years.

As Hurricane Florence Takes Aim, N.C. Governor Says ‘Gather Your Supplies Now’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas anti-tax activist wants higher taxes … Casper, Wyo.’s massive sale tax error … and a frozen “blob” prompts an Alaska highway relocation.

Children With Autism Left Behind by Low Medicaid Rates

Lawsuits in South Carolina and California accuse the states of failing to provide "medically necessary" services for children with autism because Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low that no providers will accept them.

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.

Warm Weather Prompts Snake Warnings Throughout the U.S.

The uptick in visible slithering reptiles has prompted cities and counties to warn residents that warmer weather and increased rainfall can force snakes out of their holes and into backyards, pools and homes.

South Carolina Officials Predict Litigation Over Big Lottery Error

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Nashville mayor’s affair leads to new scrutiny; federal judge’s Yellowstone bison decision; N.Y. state’s 11th-most-polluted waterway; and Colorado’s increase in traffic deaths.

Trump Administration Eyes as ‘Much as Possible’ for Expanded Offshore Drilling

A number of state and local officials are opposing the leasing of previously protected waters.

Rural Access to Obstetric Services Continues to Decline

MAP: As many as 2.4 million women of reproductive age live in counties that completely lack these services.

Charleston County Unexpectedly Sues South Carolina’s Infrastructure Bank

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Tropical storm makes landfall in Florida; paid leave for top Boston City Hall official; and planners envision “something pretty spectacular” in Chico, Calif.

Does Columbia, S.C.’s Rebrand Go Far Enough?

Becoming an inclusive, international city requires more than a title change.

Governors, CEOs and Trump Are All Showing an Interest in Workforce Development

“I don’t care what country you represent, or what industry you represent, workforce is a challenge,” said Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

Should Social Media Be Banned in Prison?

Prison officials fear inmates can use social media to commit crimes. But prisoner advocates say banning its use hampers a successful return to society.

S.C. Struggles With Pension Funding; New Governors Sworn Into Office in Ind., Mo.

Also in our State and Local Digest: A push to raise Mont.’s gas tax; municipal panic buttons expand in Mass.; and a W.Va. city hall is a ‘total loss’ after a fire.