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.

Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.

Texas Town Uses 'Public-Pizza Partnership' to Fix an All Too Common Problem

“In my six years of local government, ‘Paving for Pizza’ is the coolest project I have worked on,” according to a town administrator.

Fort Worth, Texas Cracks Top Cities List

Fort Worth added 18,664 people in 2017, an average of 51 per day—enough to push the city into 15th place on the list of the country’s largest, according to recent census data.

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.

Quest for Affordable Housing Drives People Away From the Coasts

San Antonio and Phoenix lead population gains between 2016 and 2017, the first time in more than a decade that New York City did not see biggest growth.

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.

A World Where School Shootings Feel Inevitable

“It’s been happening everywhere. I've always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here, too.”

Houston Region Tests Driverless Shuttles on College Kids

The small shuttles, called “university circulators,” will be limited to a mile-long campus pathway at Texas Southern University and will run at average speeds ranging from 8 to 12 miles per hour.

Texas Is Building a Killer App for Killing Bureaucracy

Chief Information Officer Todd Kimbriel wants a digital assistant to navigate the state’s bureaucracy for citizens.

Women in Prison Take Home Economics, While Men Take Carpentry

Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation's criminal-justice system, little has changed.

Why a Dallas Ordinance Has Bike-Share Companies Worried

The draft, up for discussion May 16, doesn’t mandate dockless bike sharing and includes a per-bike fee on companies to limit oversaturation.

Nearly a Third of the Contiguous U.S. Faces Drought Conditions

The specter of a drought-ridden summer has focused renewed urgency on state and local conservation efforts, some of which would fundamentally alter Americans’ behavior in how they use water.

2018 Hurricane Season Awaits Communities Still Recovering From 2017

Local officials have pushed for hazard mitigation funds as well as outstanding FEMA reimbursements.

Legal Shootout at the Broadband Corral

City officials in Texas confront the state on its industry-backed preemption law.

Governors Remain Hot and Cold on Trump’s National Guard Border Plan

While many Republican governors have offered enthusiastic support, one has offered a low-key dismissal of the plan.

Preemption Battles Continue as Cities Look to Improve Internet Connectivity

From Georgia to Texas and Colorado, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way.

Texas School Districts Eye Oklahoma's Striking Teachers

The era of gouged school finances and interstate “teacher poaching” continues.