Texas May Owe Feds $223 Million for Shortchanging Special Ed

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Massachusetts city council won’t skimp on laundry units for firefighters… Phoenix police make arrest in fifth road-rage attack in the last three weeks … More hay going to Midwest to help flooded farmers.

Shelter Animals Become Official State Pets

To highlight the availability of adoptable animals at shelters, lawmakers in several states are giving them a special status.

Mental Health Trails Metal Detectors in School Safety Dollars

Gunmen killed 56 people in U.S. school shootings in 2018. While most states have prioritized investment in physical infrastructure, like surveillance cameras, some are starting to look at mental health treatment availability as well.

Fate of Native Children May Hinge on U.S. Adoption Case

The end of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which is being challenged by a few states, could mean more Native kids adopted by non-Natives.

Sharing as a Solution in Cities with Limited Resources

COMMENTARY | Car sharing, the gig economy and vehicle electrification are all colliding in Austin. The result is lower emissions and economic opportunities.

Port San Antonio’s Redevelopment Enters New Territory

The port authority is exploring a new public-private partnership to get the Texas metro area’s unique mix of industries, like cybersecurity and defense, collaborating more.

Talking Border Security with a Border-Town Mayor

Dee Margo is the mayor of El Paso, Texas, who's sparred publicly with President Donald Trump on border security.

How a Library Embraced New Technology and Helped Build a Prosthetic Hand

The public library in a small Texas town used an assessment tool that helped officials eventually upgrade equipment—including buying a 3D printer. One community member used it to make a prosthesis.

How Counties Are Addressing Their Digital Divides

Maricopa County, Arizona is fast-tracking 5G deployment, while Wise County, Texas wants to partner with providers on “middle mile” projects.

Federal Judge Blocks Texas Counties From Purging Voters

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Flooding isolates Northern California cities … snowed-in Oregon town faces lengthy power outages … and boosting Alabama’s gas tax.

Texas Estimates Hurricane Harvey Won’t Be an Overall Economic Hit

The large geography of the affected region and a significant influx of rebuilding funds helped lessen the disaster’s economic damage to the Lone Star State, according to a new analysis.

A Guarantee of Tuition-Free College Can Have Life-Changing Effects

A mailer sent to low-income students with that promise led to a major jump in enrollment at the University of Michigan, according to a new study.

Austin's Paid Sick-Leave Law Scrapped by Court

A three-judge panel found the city ordinance essentially regulated workers’ wages, which Texas law mandates can only be done by the state.

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.