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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.
Tech & Data

Coordinated Ransomware Attack in Texas Seen as Escalation From Prior Hacks

Twenty-three local governments were attacked over the weekend. The willingness of city governments to pay ransoms may be emboldening opportunistic hackers, security experts warn.

Infrastructure

Congestion Pricing Not Just for Big Cities, Report Says

A new report by the National League of Cities recommends small cities could use congestion pricing plans to prevent being overwhelmed by traffic as they grow.

Infrastructure

Turnpike Fees are Constitutional, Appeals Court Rules

A federal appeals court found the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was within its rights to use toll fees for purposes other than upkeep of the highway.

Infrastructure

Election Officials Spar Over Speed, Scope of Voter Registration Upgrades

A long-planned overhaul of Iowa’s voter registration database will not be completed before the 2020 elections.

Infrastructure

Fewer Than Half of States Take These Two Election Security Precautions

The Brennan Center for Justice found only 24 states will both have voting systems that create a paper trail and require audits of the 2020 election results.

Health & Human Services

Green Card Denials Possible for Immigrants Who Use Food Stamps, Housing Vouchers

Under a rule published Monday by the Trump administration, immigrants could be denied green cards based on their use or potential use of federal public assistance programs.

Health & Human Services

The Drop in Drug Overdose Deaths Missed Some States

The number of fatal drug overdoses dipped by 5% in the United States last year, but in Missouri deaths increased 16 percent. Experts blame the uptick in deaths on the influx of fentanyl sold in the state.

Management

Appeals Court Sides with Texas in Criminal Background Check Case

Texas, which does not allow felons to be hired for certain state jobs, had sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over guidance that advised employers to curtail use of criminal background checks.

Public Safety

Ohio Governor Urges State to Seize 'Window of Opportunity' on Gun Laws

Two days after a mass shooting in Dayton, Gov. Mike DeWine called for the state legislature to pass a “red flag” law, toughen background checks, and improve access to the state’s mental health system.

Public Safety

'Do Something!': Republican-led States Grapple with Responses to Mass Shootings

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he’d be open to discussing gun control proposals, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott emphasized the need to address mental health issues.

Management

The States Where the Most New Homes Are at Risk of Flooding

A new report warns 17,800 coastal homes built after 2009 will be within the 10-year floodplain by 2050 without any reduction in greenhouse gas pollution.

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Public Safety

Almost Half of State Supreme Courts Have Only White Judges, Report Finds

In many states, the highest court lacks diversity. Thirteen supreme courts have never had a person of color serve on the bench, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

Infrastructure

For Pedestrian and Biking Projects, Some Progress in Latest Highway Bill

But despite a hike in funding, advocates say the numbers are still paltry compared to the amount allocated for roads, bridges and highways.

Finance

What Business Leaders Want Changed in the New NAFTA

The Senate Finance Committee heard from business people across the country Tuesday who support passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but would like stronger enforcement mechanisms.

Tech & Data

Three Steps Governments Can Take to Guard Against Ransomware Attacks

A federal cybersecurity agency and state government associations issued guidance Monday on protecting city, county and state governments from the growing threat of a ransomware attack.

Infrastructure

Senators Push Boost to Federal Highway Spending

The proposal from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee would pay for highway and bridge projects through 2025, but lawmakers have yet to determine a source of funding.

Public Safety

The Hidden Challenges in Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The Orlando Police Department ended its pilot program involving facial recognition technology this month, saying the agency was unable to devote the necessary resources to the program.

Management

Bypassing Trump on Fuel Standards, California Reaches Its Own Auto Deal

California and four major automakers announced a deal Thursday on fuel efficiency standards. But the plan was met with resistance by the Trump administration, which has vowed to enforce its proposed lower fuel standard.

Tech & Data

Watchdog Warns Census 'Short on Time' While Using Untested New Methods

The 2020 Census will for the first time allow respondents to answer surveys online, but the Census Bureau hasn’t been able to test to ensure all new innovative methods will function correctly when deployed, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Health & Human Services

Sixteen States Support Indiana's Push to License Abortion Clinics

Advocates for the clinic said the licensing mandate was not about safety, but to prevent clinics from opening. The states argue that regulating medical facilities is commonplace and necessary to protect women’s health.