When Does a Winter Storm Become a Bomb Cyclone?

What raises a common winter storm to the level of 'bomb cyclone'? It's all about rapid, sharp changes in atmospheric pressure— and the scientists who coined the term meant to highlight their power.

For A Remote Workforce, Technology Builds Agency Culture

COMMENTARY | In a rural state where agency employees are isolated in far flung locales, a digital transformation meant not just efficiency, but "a cultural revolution."

Invasive Species Have Some States Seeking Increased Federal Partnership

More than 5,000 invasive species—from plants like cheatgrass to rodents like nutria—inhabit the U.S. causing about $120 billion in economic damage annually.

Can Congress Void a Tribal Treaty Without Telling Anyone?

ANALYSIS | What’s at issue in Herrera v. Wyoming.

Setting the Tone for Their Tenures as Governors

A sampling of 5 inauguration speeches from the newly sworn-in governors of California, Minnesota, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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.

Wyoming Preps to Take Over Nuclear Permitting From Feds

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mississippi state lottery … S.F. mayor presses for housing approvals … and Seattle city attorney’s warning to protesters.

More Counties Join PILT Class-Action Lawsuit Against the Feds

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Fact-checking Trump’s claims on Calif. wildfires … a big N.M. groundwater ruling … and Detroit’s dismal rental inspection compliance.

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.

Dozens More Counties Join Opioid Lawsuits

The new lawsuits aim to “recover millions of dollars lost due to opiate addiction and drug overdoses that have taken so many lives in this country and greatly affected the lives of many.”

In Omnibus Bill, Congress Delivers $600M for Rural Broadband

The news may come late to dial-up country, but it will be something to celebrate.

Why ‘Cloud Seeding’ Is Increasingly Attractive to the Thirsty West

A National Science Foundation-funded study, conducted in Idaho, was the first to show real-world observations of silver iodide forming ice crystals inside clouds and falling out as precipitation.

Tax Bill Would Scrap a Billion From Western States

Western states rich in coal, oil and natural gas—among them Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana—already rely heavily on those industries and have had their budgets hit hard in recent years by falling energy prices.

Using GIS Mapping for On-the-Ground Situational Awareness During the Eclipse

A massive influx of visitors to places along the “path of totality” is a public safety challenge and operational challenge.

Trump’s Federal Land-Use Regulatory Battle Targets Obama’s Sage Grouse Rules

“They might as well form a shotgun posse to kill off the species directly,” according to a Center for Biological Diversity activist.

50% of U.S. Coal Jobs Are in These 25 Counties

On average, coal miners represent 52 of every 1,000 people in the counties where 50 percent of the workforce is found

Why Oil and Coal States Are Slashing Their Education Budgets

Wyoming is the latest state to cut spending for K-12 schools.

‘Smallest Town in America’ Has an Enormous Budget Problem

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Minnesota’s numerous state secrecy provisions; Texas legislature vs. local governments; and some Maine schools may see big budget cuts.

Can Private Investment Work for Rural Infrastructure?

During a U.S. Senate committee hearing, doubts emerge whether public-private partnerships can meet the needs of non-urban areas.