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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a Staff Correspondent at Route Fifty. She most recently worked as an investigator for the House Energy and Commerce Committee through a fellowship with the Project on Government Oversight. Previously, she covered law enforcement and the Justice Department for The Washington Times and local government in Maryland for The Gazette.
Health & Human Services

Lack of Medication-Assisted Treatment Impeding Opioid Response in West Virginia, Nurse Tells Congress

Medical experts offered their assessment of the federal government’s approach to combating the opioid crisis before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Finance

Tracking State Spending in Real Time with Budget Transparency Websites

Oklahoma and Idaho are the latest states to launch budget transparency websites as a way to give residents access to real-time agency spending data.

Tech & Data

FCC to Vote on Auction of Unused Spectrum Reserved for Educational Institutions and Nonprofits

The FCC will vote on whether to do away with educational use requirements for spectrum and give Native American tribes priority bidding to put up 5G wireless networks.

Public Safety

Supreme Court Upholds Right of States and Federal Government to Prosecute for Same Crime

The 7-2 ruling affirms an exception to “double jeopardy” protections, finding that states and the federal government are “separate sovereigns” with the ability to prosecute an individual for the same offense.

Management

Kansas City Region Selected as New Home for USDA Research Agencies

The move is expected to bring 550 jobs to the Kansas City region. Officials have not decided whether the USDA facility will be located in Missouri or Kansas.

Management

Cities Outline Their Challenges to the FCC's 5G Rule in Court Filings

Local governments filed briefs this week in a lawsuit that asserts the FCC overstepped its authority in crafting broad restrictions on municipalities' ability to regulate and charge for deployment of 5G technology.

Finance

Report: State Expenditures Now Growing at Greatest Clip Since Before the Recession

A new report estimates state expenditures will grow to $883 billion and rainy day funds will reach $68.2 billion in fiscal 2019.

Technology

In Kansas, Using an App to Streamline DMV Registrations

The state launched the iKan app as a way to make it easier for residents to renew driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations. A state official said it also ended up generating new revenue.

Management

Offshore Oil Workers Won't be Paid for Time Spent Sleeping, Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court found a California law that would have offered more generous compensation to oil drilling workers doesn't override federal law that governs waters off the coast.

Infrastructure

Six States to Craft Election Security Plans Through National Academy

The National Governors Association-sponsored policy academy will help officials from Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia devise communications and response plans to deploy if their election systems come under attack.

Tech & Data

FCC Votes to Stop More Suspected Robocalls

Complaints about robocalls have been a major issue for state attorneys general, who advocated for more federal action.

Management

No More Cauliflower Rice? Louisiana Could Outlaw Certain Food Labels

State lawmakers are joining a trend in agricultural states of trying to define what foods can be marketed as milk or meat, while also banning terms like cauliflower or broccoli rice.

Public Safety

Virginia Governor to Call a Special Session to Address Gun Violence

Following the death of 12 people in a Virginia Beach mass shooting, the Virginia governor will reintroduce a package of gun control bills rejected by lawmakers this year.

Public Safety

As Virginia Beach Deals with a Mass Shooting, San Bernardino Offers Lessons

The California county lost 13 employees in a terrorist attack in 2015. Earlier this year, officials released reports about how they responded to the challenges they faced.

Finance

Trade Groups, Lawmakers Deride Trump’s Mexico Tariff Plan

The escalation of tariffs would add $17 billion in new taxes at the 5 percent rate and $86 billion at the 25 percent rate.

Management

Lawmakers Approve Two-Week Flood Insurance Extension

Congress is under pressure to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program amid cost and coverage concerns, but has been unable to secure permanent reauthorization of the program.

Public Safety

Texans Won’t Need Permits to Carry Handguns After Disasters Under Newly Passed Bill

Lawmakers say they backed the measure to prevent residents from choosing between violating gun laws or falling victim to looting, but some officials question whether it's necessary.

Finance

$19 Billion Disaster Relief Bill Blocked for Second Time

The House was unable to approve a package of disaster relief funds destined for states hit by hurricanes, wildfires and flooding after a Republican lawmaker lodged an objection Tuesday.

Public Safety

Lawmakers Take a Hard Look at Facial Recognition Technology

One expert estimates a quarter of American law enforcement agencies have facial recognition capabilities, but the technology remains largely unregulated.