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.”

Federal Funds Set to Flow to New Light-Rail Line in Seattle Area

The full funding grant agreement will “get this critical project underway soon,” according to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

Washington Voters Approve Ban on Local Soda and Grocery Taxes

The initiative drew over $20 million of support from soft drink companies and others. A similar proposal in Oregon failed.

No Breathalyzer for the Stoned? Maybe That’s OK.

With recreational marijuana now permitted in nine states, questions remain over the best way to detect high drivers.

State Attorney General Releases Report on Surge in Data Breaches

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Charleston, S.C. earthquake risk … Texas air pollutants … and Pennsylvania prison mail lawsuits.

Soda Makers, Grocers Dump Millions Into Anti-Tax Ballot Initiatives

Washington and Oregon voters will decide on measures that would prohibit certain taxes on sugary drinks and grocery businesses.

Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty

The justices found racial bias in the imposition of capital punishment by juries.

Wash. Gov. Inslee: ‘We Will Be Ready’ If Feds Come After State’s Net Neutrality Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ky. governor warns of pension failures … N.Y.C. law on gender preferences for birth certificates … and El Paso feels disrespected.

Would the U.S. Tsunami Warning System Have Averted Indonesia’s Disaster?

Even the world’s best system “is really not a technological solution to the problem of a near-field tsunami.”

The Interstate Corridors Most Primed for Autonomous Trucks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Massachusetts State Police indictments … Boise’s renewable energy goal … and Vermont EMT apprenticeships.

Predicting Obesity From a City's Infrastructure

An artificial intelligence algorithm found a correlation between green space and obesity in several cities.

As Drivers Face Stronger ID Rules, States DMVs See Customer Onslaught

A common message in many states: ‘Save a trip, skip the line and renew online.’

Testing Out Faster and Flexible Ways to Deploy Homeless Shelters and Services

Modular housing pilot projects in King County, Washington aim to create flexible and replicable prototypes of how to expand the number of beds and provide 24/7 case management.