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Kate Elizabeth Queram

Kate Elizabeth Queram is a staff correspondent for Government Executive’s Route Fifty. She most recently covered state and local government for the News & Record, a daily newspaper in Greensboro, N.C. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Management

California Town Launches 'Goat Fund Me' for Fire Prevention

Officials from Nevada City are crowdfunding the rental of a grazing goat herd to eat flammable plants on city-owned land.

Management

Economic Boom Hasn't Led to Economic Prosperity For All

New research suggests that about a third of Americans struggle with financial security, including many who would be considered middle class.

Health & Human Services

How a Health Department Is Working to Contain a Measles Outbreak

When a case is suspected, public health employees launch an exhaustive investigative process that one official called "real gumshoe work."

Management

Riders Aren't Quitting Transit—Just Using It Less Often

New research from a transit-reform nonprofit found that riders are likely to return to public transit if service improves.

Management

Costly Natural Disasters Becoming More Frequent

In the past two years, damage caused by wildfires cost about $40 billion, roughly the same as the costs of the past 37 years combined, an analysis finds.

Health & Human Services

Thousands of Pennsylvania Hospitalizations Related to Opioid Use

Opioids are frequently a contributing factor to hospitalizations in Pennsylvania, and not just with overdoses, according to new data.

Health & Human Services

New Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims—and Their Pets

Brooklyn's newest domestic violence shelter allows abuse victims to move in with their pets, eliminating a key hurdle to seeking help.

Management

Poorer High Schools Offer Less College Prep, Report Finds

Analysis from the federal government found that high-poverty schools were less likely to offer classes that adequately prepare students for college.

Health & Human Services

Surging Economy Contributes to Decrease in Medicaid Enrollment

A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation outlined a .6 percent drop in Medicaid enrollment in 2018, the first since 2007.

Management

The Best Metro Areas for Commuting by Car

New research from the University of Minnesota ranks major metro areas on job accessibility by car and the effects of congestion.

Management

A New Approach for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

A coastal county in North Carolina created an entirely new office to coordinate recovery efforts among federal and state partners.

Management

From Fear to Fun, Detroit Shifts Halloween Focus

The city is discontinuing its anti-arson patrols in favor of community- and kid-friendly Halloween events.

Health & Human Services

Youth Homelessness Similar in Rural and Urban Communities, Research Suggests

Rural youth are as likely to experience homelessness as kids living in urban areas, but may have less access to support services.

Health & Human Services

Kids Aren't Getting Much Exercise

Children in some states scored better than others in engaging in physical activities, a report finds. National guidelines recommend kids engage in active play or exercise at least an hour a day.

Management

West Virginia Tourism Goes Nuclear

The state's tourism office is partnering with a video-game company to promote Fallout 76, a role-playing game set in post-apocalyptic West Virginia.

Management

News Deserts Widen as Newspapers Shut Down

Researchers identified nearly 200 counties without any paper, weekly or daily, “creating a news vacuum for about 3.2 million residents and public officials.”

Public Safety

Ohio Town Debuts Smart Intersection Technology

The technology, a pilot project, debuted in Marysville, Ohio earlier this month.

Management

Where Job Prospects Improve for Those With a College Degree

There are more college-educated Americans than jobs requiring that level of education, according to the Urban Institute.

Management

Poll: Rural Americans Optimistic About the Future

The rosy outlook comes despite concerns over local economies and health-care costs.

Health & Human Services

Flu Season May Last Longer in Large Urban Areas, Study Says

But smaller cities can have more intense outbreaks of the flu, researchers found.