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Emma Coleman

Emma Coleman
Emma Coleman is the assistant editor at Route Fifty. Prior to joining Route Fifty, Emma was the senior communications manager and a policy fellow for New America’s Public Interest Technology initiative, where her research focused on data improvements to the reentry process for people returning to D.C. after incarceration. She holds a BA from Stanford University in international relations and comparative studies in race and ethnicity, and is originally from Chicago.
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Supreme Court Rules Nearly Half of Oklahoma is Native American Land

The full implications of the ruling on criminal justice—and maybe other areas of the law—are not yet known as Oklahoma negotiates with tribes in wake of the verdict.

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One in Six Mississippi Lawmakers Tests Positive for Coronavirus

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Supreme Court rules that much of eastern Oklahoma is an Indian reservation ... Houston GOP convention canceled by mayor … Maryland to hold “normal” election in November.

Health & Human Services

Medical Sector Grapples With Troubling Protective Gear Shortages

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Utah governor considers statewide mask mandate ... Virginia governor asks schools to change Confederate names ... Atlanta mayor rebukes National Guard deployment.

Public Safety

San Francisco Lawmaker Introduces ‘CAREN Act’ to Stop Racially-Biased 911 Calls

The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act would create penalties for those who make false emergency reports.

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Florida Orders Schools to Make In-Classroom School Available in Fall

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Phoenix mayor wants FEMA to set up testing center … Houston mayor asks state Republican party to cancel convention … Georgia governor sends National Guard to Atlanta.

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A New Look at Where Gentrification Is Happening

Cities in California dominated a gentrification ranking, but several smaller metropolitan areas also appeared.

Health & Human Services

Ohio Suicide Study Finds Alarming Rise Over Past Decade

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Atlanta mayor tests positive for Covid-19 … Governors’ businesses got PPP loans ... Black Lives Matter mural defaced.

Public Safety

Families of Prisoners Sue Over High Cost of Phone Calls

The lawsuit alleges three private companies that provide telecom services in prisons lied to state and local governments about the cost of doing business.

Health & Human Services

Florida Tops 200,000 Coronavirus Cases as ICU Beds Fill Up in Some Tampa Bay-Area Hospitals

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Principals told to quarantine after coronavirus exposure at meeting … Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules for governor on emergency powers … Portland, Oregon extends police union contract.

Public Safety

When Cities Replace Police with Social Workers

City leaders across the country are considering how to rethink police departments. They have many examples to look to—from brand new pilots to programs decades in the making.

Health & Human Services

Oklahoma Voters Narrowly Approve Medicaid Expansion that Republican Lawmakers Rejected

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Oregon voters might decide on psychedelic mushrooms … Kansas City mayor says he received a death threat over mask requirements … Florida’s governor says state is not “going back, closing things.”

Finance

Court Strikes Down Restrictions on Pandemic Aid for Small Business Owners with Criminal Records

The Small Business Administration has changed the rules following a lawsuit from small business owners with criminal records.

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Group of Mayors Pledge to Push for Universal Basic Income Programs

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Virginia governor extends emergency declaration in Richmond ... Arizona town continues on with the Fourth of July ... Texas bar owners file lawsuit.

Public Safety

Golden State Killer Pleads Guilty to 'Simply Staggering' Crimes that Terrified California Communities

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Houston prosecutor resigns over Facebook post … Protesters call for St. Louis mayor to resign … Bars to close in some California jurisdictions.

Health & Human Services

Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictive Abortion Law

It was the first major abortion case heard by Supreme Court since the addition of two new conservative justices.

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Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | House approves Democrat-backed police overhaul bill ... Nevada eviction moratorium to lift in September ... Boston mayor creates "equity and inclusion" cabinet.

Health & Human Services

Prisons and Jails Remain Outbreak Vectors for Coronavirus

A new report from the ACLU and Prison Policy Initiative found that state responses to outbreaks in correctional facilities have been largely inadequate.

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Florida to Spend $240 Million on Rent and Mortgage Help

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Police officers fired in Wilmington after racist conversation caught on recording … Minnesota city could remove word “chief” from position titles … More than 20,000 workers in New York City could face furloughs or layoffs.

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Rhode Island Moves to Remove ‘Plantations’ From Official State Name

The full name of the country’s smallest state, “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” will be changed on official documents to remove the words that have an association with slavery.

Health & Human Services

Texas Lawmakers Urge Trump Administration to Keep Testing Sites Open

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Civil rights experts say they’ve uncovered the first case of a person wrongly arrested after incorrect facial recognition software identification … New York proposal would ban Tik Tok from government devices … A proposal for a tourism tax credit.