A Collaborative Effort to Eliminate Return Visits to the Hospital

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Fire Chief Don Crowson and Team, Arlington, Texas

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.

Florida Cities Lead List of Fastest-Growing Metros

Only Texas also had multiple locations on the list of fastest growing metropolitan areas.

Somewhat Good News Amid Austin’s Drinking Water Crisis

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Indiana’s balanced-budget proposal … newly discovered quake faults in Oregon … and “demographic time bomb” in a Colorado ski town.

Drop in Mexican-Born Immigrants Attributed to Hostility Here, Opportunity There

The number of U.S. residents—legal and undocumented—born in Mexico has dropped slowly since a peak of 11.7 million before the Great Recession, to 11.3 million in 2017, but the decline of 300,000 between 2016 and 2017 is rare.

Lessons from Floods Past Show Challenges With Hurricane Florence

Louisiana and Texas are no stranger to deluges caused by prolonged rain.

GOP, Democratic State AG Groups Face Off in Fort Worth Over Obamacare

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania prison mystery illnesses … Arizona teacher vacancies … and San Francisco’s fake safe-injection site.

Most Texas Localities Are Still Growing a Year After Hurricane Harvey

A new Moody’s report shows that a combination of reconstruction, continued population growth and federal assistance have helped.

Austin Just Became the U.S. Army’s Silicon Valley

The service is making a big bet that getting closer to tech startups will help deter future adversaries.

Skepticism After Texas Governor’s Surprising Six-Figure Salary Remarks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco mayor’s surprise inspections … Oklahoma’s emergency certifications … and St. Paul vs. emerald ash borers.

In Texas, Armed ‘Marshals’ and ‘Guardians’ Stand Ready to Protect Students

More than 20 percent of Texas school districts have authorized "guardian" programs to arm teachers and other school officials, while other schools have employees who are "marshals."

Federal Disaster Recovery Efforts Are 'Not Sustainable,' Report Says

A report released last month says federal disaster funding does not encourage risk mitigation at the local level.

U.S. Cities in 'Waiting Game' as Recycling Industry Faces Major Correction

China has effectively stopped accepting raw material from U.S. recycling businesses, leaving stunned cities and towns with outdated contracts and red-ink projections.

Surge In Older Homeless Residents Confounds Los Angeles Officials

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Mold spores invade Texas health department offices… Court strikes down Pennsylvania welfare law … A drinking-water scare in Mississippi.

Mayor in Busy Texas Border Town Warns of Fallout From Trade Dispute

Pete Saenz, mayor of Laredo, called on federal officials to tamp down uncertainty over tariffs and trade pacts.

Why 'Orphan' Oil and Gas Wells Are a Growing Problem for States

Nobody knows how many orphan and abandoned drilling sites exist, but the federal government estimates there could be more than a million.

Feds Give Texas an OK to Spend $5 Billion on Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Housing programs are still being developed, so money won't begin flowing to struggling families immediately.

Local Plastic Bag Restrictions Get Trashed by Texas Supreme Court

The legal fight involved the city of Laredo and marks one of the latest battles over local government power in the Lone Star State.