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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

California Plan to Reduce Homelessness Forces Cities, Counties to Step Up

A proposal by the governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors would mandate that cities, counties and the state reduce homelessness or be vulnerable to court action.

Management

From School Outreach to Hip Hop: How Mayors Plan to Boost Census Participation

The 2020 Census count will begin nationally in March and mayors are working to get the message out that every resident needs to be counted.

Infrastructure

Mayors Seek Solutions to Recycling Crisis

Industry representatives said companies are hungry for recyclables, despite China’s loss of appetite. But they said cities need to help residents decrease contamination and can do so through education campaigns and better infrastructure.

Health & Human Services

Feds Reject Wyoming’s Plan to Regulate Air Ambulance Transport

The state had requested a Medicaid waiver as part of a plan to reduce air ambulance costs and to improve service availability.

Health & Human Services

State Can’t Ban Ads for Discount Booze, Appeals Court Rules

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Missouri restrictions on alcohol advertising violated the First Amendment.

Infrastructure

FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks

The FBI changed its policy to allow agents to inform both state and local election officials when election systems are breached.

Health & Human Services

Federal Judge Blocks State, Local Veto Power Over Refugee Resettlement

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order that would allow state and local governments to block the resettlement of refugees within their borders.

Health & Human Services

State Health Officials Say Medicaid Expansion Helped Combat Opioid Epidemic

Health officials from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania testified before a congressional committee about how states have used federal opioid funding.

Public Safety

Five States Diverted 911 Fees For Other Purposes, FCC Says

Montana was removed from the list of states shamed by the federal agency after the state banned the practice of diverting these funds.

Finance

Tax Incentives Fail to Spur Broad Economic Growth, Study Finds

Researchers analyzed state and local governments tax incentive spending, finding little evidence that the deals spurred job growth outside the specific industry implicated.

Tech & Data

States, Election Officials On Guard Over Iranian Cybersecurity Threat

Amid tension between the United States and Iran, state and local government officials are taking precautions to protect themselves from cyber warfare.

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Health & Human Services

For Appalachian Counties, Jobs are Key for Opioid Recovery

Leaders from Appalachian counties shared their experiences battling the opioid epidemic, and pointed to economic opportunities for residents as an important part of the recovery effort.

Infrastructure

States Seek to Keep Climate Change Lawsuit Out of Federal Court

Thirteen states filed a brief this month hoping to keep a Rhode Island lawsuit against oil and gas companies in state rather than federal court.

Finance

Remote Workers Moving to Tulsa? Foundation Doubles Down on Recruitment Efforts

The Remote Tulsa program is now offering $10,000 to 250 people to move to the Oklahoma city for a year, citing success in its first year.

Health & Human Services

U.S. Population Growing Very Slowly, Census Bureau Says

Ten states lost residents in 2019. But despite the country’s population gains slowing to a crawl, some states are attracting more residents, with Idaho and Nevada growing fastest.

Public Safety

How One Election May Have Shifted the Bar for Gun Control

After winning control of the Virginia statehouse, Democrats in 2020 are poised to pass gun control measures. It’s already set up a battle with local leaders in conservative parts of the state.

Management

Lessons on Rebuilding Low-Cost Rental Units After A Disaster

The National Low Income Housing Coalition examined the loss of low-cost rental housing in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, recommending steps that can be taken by other communities to preserve or rebuild.

Health & Human Services

Teen Marijuana Vaping on the Rise While Other Drug, Alcohol Use Declines

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s annual teenage drug use survey found marijuana vaping has doubled among high schools seniors, while alcohol, tobacco, and opioid use are all on the decline.

Tech & Data

How California’s Consumer Privacy Act Will Become the Digital Law of the Land

Under the law, the onus is on consumers to request that companies disclose or delete their personal data. But more states and the federal government could still jump into the privacy debate.

Public Safety

Death Penalty Used by an Increasingly Small Number of States

Seven states executed 22 inmates this year, the second lowest number of executions since 1991.