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States Are Filling the Federal Drone Rules Void

But their laws may conflict with pending federal regulations on commercial drone use.

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A Pacific Northwest Megaquake Will Test Government Response in Ways Katrina Never Did

When weighing the risks the entire region faces from next Cascadia megathrust earthquake, this future disaster is likely to rival anything the United States has ever faced.

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Route Fifty An architectural detail from the Wayne County Courthouse in Wooster, Ohio.

Route Fifty City-County Roadtrip Recap: Four County Courthouses in Ohio

When relying on mnemonic navigation, using county courthouses as points of reference can be quite useful.

Route Fifty Clerk Kim Davis explains to protesters her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses Tuesday at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. Her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court denied, Davis still refuses to issue licenses.

Kentucky Clerk Still Says ‘No’ to Gay Marriage Licenses; Flint’s ‘Geography of Poverty’

Also: Bankruptcy and the future of energy in Texas and Common Core gets a rare break in Florida.

Route Fifty Mount Denali in Alaska.

Ohio Isn't Happy Obama Renamed Mount McKinley

Native Koyukon Athabaskans have called the peak Denali, meaning "high," for centuries, but critics of the president's decision worry he might change the name of the Ohio River by executive order next.

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Uber’s New Headache in Seattle

Councilmember’s plan could give for-hire drivers a path toward collective-bargaining power.

Route Fifty Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington Phases In a Green Vehicle Fleet

Fewer but more fuel efficient, the 38 low-maintenance vehicles should save the Housing Authority in Delaware’s largest city $25,000 a year on average.

Route Fifty Juneau, Alaska

Oil-Rich Alaska's Rude Awakening

Why can't the Last Frontier—with more than $50 billion in oil money banked—pay its bills?

Route Fifty New Mexico state flag

Top New Mexico Official Faces 64-Count Indictment; Philly’s Pothole Predicament

Also: Stripping a South Carolina name in Minnesota and North Carolina’s ongoing budget ‘purgatory.’

Route Fifty Drivers travel across the Golden Gate Bridge between San Francisco and Marin County. California requires auto insurers to charge motorists mostly based on driving record, rather than on occupation, address or education level.

'Discriminatory' Auto Insurance Pricing Targeted by States

Some are listening to consumer advocates saying insurance companies discriminate against low-income drivers by using credit scores, occupations and education levels — not just their driving records — to set rates.

Route Fifty A resident talks on his cell as he walks through a flooded street in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 13, 2009, as the area was hit by remnants of Tropical Storm Ida.

Harsher Storms and Rising Waters Are Forcing Norfolk to Sink or Adapt

Accommodating the future in Tidewater Virginia and beyond: “As waters rise, all coastal communities are going to face what we’re facing right now.”

Route Fifty The floor of Houston's Astrodome is covered with cots and evacuees from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans Friday, Sept. 2, 2005.

Katrina, 10 Years Later: Facing Our Future Intertwined Natural and Manmade Disasters

What have states and localities learned about mass disruption emergencies and adapting to risk in the decade since the crisis in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast?