Is there a way to tell local to create a site with the most current stable version? Or any particular WP version?
Local is set to download directly from https://wordpress.org/latest.zip. Before doing this though, Local sends out a ping to api.wordpress.org to check if you have a connection and if their site isn’t down. If the ping fails then it uses the included version of WordPress (currently 4.6.x).
We’ll likely be changing how this works down the road and making it save whatever the latest version is to your computer after downloading it.