Pennsylvania to Separately Count Late Mail-in Ballots

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Water pollution linked to increased health costs in Wisconsin… Remote learning may have inflated Nashville school test results… Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had trouble voting this week.

The Pandemic Could End Waiting in Line

Theme-park designers, architects, and engineers have been fighting against queues for decades. Covid-19 could finally kill them for good.

Climate Change Amplifies Colorado’s Water Diversion Debate

Booming communities on the state's "Front Range" want to move forward with a plan to pump water over the Rocky Mountains for use in their cities. But conservationists say climate change should instead be prompting new thinking about how water is used in the state.

One-Year Federal Transportation Funding Measure Approved

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Utah audit questions coronavirus spending … Colorado officials worried about declining school enrollment … Iowa expects a $306 million budget surplus.

Homes Are Flooding Outside FEMA’s 100-Year Flood Zones and Racial Inequality Is Showing Through

COMMENTARY | New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government's flood maps indicate.

In Slumping Energy States, Plugging Abandoned Wells Could Provide an Economic Boost

North Dakota may be the only state using CARES Act money to plug abandoned oil wells.

Oregon Expects Reopening and Repairing Roads Damaged by Wildfires Will Take Months

Over 200 miles of Oregon roads were closed as of last week due to the catastrophic blazes. The state’s transportation department is dealing with problems like hazardous trees and rockslide risks.

From Sewage Sludge, a New Perspective on the Flint Water Crisis

COMMENTARY | The 2014 lead crisis was troubling. But the science now suggests that other cities — and even Flint — have seen worse.

Two Months Out from Election Day, Ohio Nailing Down Vote-By-Mail Procedures

Officials decided Monday the state will not pay for postage on absentee ballots, and a pending appeal will determine whether voters can request absentee ballots by email.

Strained Rural Water Utilities Buckle Under Pandemic Pressure

Rural water service has missed out on federal and state pandemic relief.

In a Cross-State Aquifer Spat, a View of a Water-Stressed Future

Mississippi sued Memphis over its use of a deep aquifer. A possibly paradigm-shifting Supreme Court decision looms.

Transit Authority Looks to Bus Lanes to Reduce Crowding, Encourage Social Distancing

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will add up to 14 miles of dedicated bus lanes in Boston and its suburbs to improve bus service, aiming to provide customers with room to spread out and spend less time onboard.

Electric Grid Investment on Track to Fall $208 Billion Short Over Next Decade, Civil Engineers Say

The new estimate comes as California, Iowa and Louisiana have all seen significant power outages in recent weeks.

How to Design a Street for Hands-Off Play

In New York City, there are far fewer play streets than two decades ago. But at the ones that do exist, temporary structures like an obstacle course can allow for social play along with social distancing.

Signs of Big Growth in Shared Bike and Scooter Trips Before Virus Hit

A new report shows that the number of trips on these “micro-mobility” vehicles was up 60% last year over 2018.

Capital Budgets and Maintenance in Line to Take Hits, Local Government Survey Finds

The new poll indicates that public works is an area that will see less funding as the coronavirus pandemic weighs on state and local government budgets.

Struggling Small Businesses Are Also at Risk from Postal Service Delays

COMMENTARY | A reliable U.S. Postal Service is critical for small- and medium-sized businesses, which depend on both its wide reach and affordable rates.

What Happens Next With Affordable Housing?

COMMENTARY | States and local governments already haven’t been investing enough to help build housing that poor families, and sometimes even middle-class people, can afford. And now funding could be yet another victim of the coronavirus.

California Braces for More Rolling Blackouts Amid Heat Wave

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Arrest controversy in Pittsburgh ... Boston signs local contract for protective gear ... Cuomo green-lights bowling alley re-openings ... Nonprofit seeks to improve drinking water access in West Virginia.

The Plan That Could Give Us Our Lives Back

The U.S. has never had enough coronavirus tests. Now a group of epidemiologists, economists, and dreamers is plotting a new strategy to defeat the virus, even before a vaccine is found.