The Best—and Worst—States to Live In

Washington ranks first in U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best States" rankings, while Louisiana took last place for the third consecutive year.

Washington State Tightens Gun Regulations

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | States consider lowering DUI threshold … Alabama advances equal pay legislation … Illinois proposes LGBTQ curriculum.

Many Officers Hired by New Police Departments After Misconduct Probes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Developments in local and federal investigations into officials across the country … A bill banning sanctuary cities passes the Florida House … Federal judge says it is legal to sell fireworks on tribal land.

With 'Human Composting' Legislation, Washington State Could Offer Alternatives to Burials

After passing the legislature last week, a bill that provides alternatives to cremation and traditional burials is headed to the governor.

Washington State Moves to Tighten Vaccine Exemptions

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Surprise Medical Billing: Some States Ahead of Feds

Nine states have laws to stop unexpected, out-of-network medical bills.

Transportation Officials Seek Flexible Federal Infrastructure Funding

Some states and localities have struggled to curb congestion because of the limited funding available for pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure.

A Netflix Model for Hepatitis C: One Price, Unlimited Meds

Louisiana and Washington state are both trying to eliminate the infectious disease in their states.

How a Health Department Is Working to Contain a Measles Outbreak

When a case is suspected, public health employees launch an exhaustive investigative process that one official called "real gumshoe work."

Logging, Money Battles Delay Wildfire Prevention Work

While the U.S. Forest Service is trying to work with states on projects to lower fire damage, more money is needed to comply with President Trump's "active management" mandate for public lands.

Got the Big City Blues? This Mayor Thinks His Town Can Help.

Mayor David Condon describes Spokane as a possible refuge for those who’ve grown weary living in the Seattle’s of the world.

Microsoft’s Big Pledge to Help Build Affordable Housing in the Seattle Area

The move by the company is “potentially groundbreaking” and an acknowledgment that “government alone cannot really solve” the housing crisis.

Metros Should Focus on Attracting and Upskilling Workers in ‘Opportunity Industries’

There’s a difference between a good job, a promising job and other jobs, particularly for people without bachelor’s degrees, according to a recent Brookings report.

How States Responded to the Loss of 911 and Other Services

CenturyLink’s recent outage is being investigated by at least two states, in addition to the FCC.

Tax Cuts, Whale Funding and Pay Bonuses Among the Priorities in Governors' Proposed Budgets

Across the U.S. governors are rolling out their spending plans for the upcoming fiscal cycle.

Crowdsourcing King Tides to Better Understand Rising Sea Levels

In Washington state and Virginia, the public can help planners and researchers monitor the inundation of low-lying coastal areas.

Copper Thieves Strike America's Roadways

In just one example, Washington state has spent nearly $250,000 in repair and replacement costs since July 2017.

How the Humble Home Water Heater Could Play a Big Role in Energy Storage

A pilot study in the Pacific Northwest shows the promise of “the unexpected battery in your basement.”