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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

This State Could Require Public Employees to Live Where They Work

Lawmakers in Illinois are debating a residency requirement for all new state employees.

Management

Abandoning a Dog During a Hurricane Would Become Illegal Under State Proposal

A Florida bill proposes possible jail time or fines for leaving a dog tethered outside in a storm.

Health & Human Services

Measles Outbreak on Pace to Be Largest in Decades

Ninety new cases were confirmed last week, bringing the nationwide total to 555, according to federal health officials.

Public Safety

'Phone Addicts' Are the New Drunk Drivers, Report Says

An analysis of driver behavior data found that drivers are growing more distracted by their devices.

Smart Cities

Mapping the Digital Curb

A data mobility company released an open-data initiative that maps the physical features of curbs in six cities, with the goal of reducing congestion and improving accessibility.

Infrastructure

City Launches Annual 'Potholepalooza' to Repair Streets

Since 2009, the District of Columbia prioritizes and expedites pothole repairs for six weeks each year.

Management

These Cities Rank Among the Country's Best Places to Live

Austin tops the U.S. News & World Report rankings for the third year in a row.

Tech & Data

Colorado Poised to Pass Net-Neutrality Law

The bill, awaiting the governor's signature, would prevent non-neutral service providers from using taxpayer money.

Infrastructure

Thousands of Bridges In 'Urgent Need of Repairs'

Twenty-three percent of Rhode Island's bridges are structurally deficient, while Iowa has 4,675 bridges in the state that should be rehabilitated, according to a new report.

Management

States Move to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

Massachusetts lawmakers approved a bill to outlaw the therapy, which aims to change their sexual orientation, for young people.

Management

Navigating the Justice System, Victims Find Comfort with Courthouse Dogs

Courthouse companion dogs offer emotional support for victims and witnesses in 39 states.

Management

The National Teacher Shortage is Worse Than Previously Thought, Researchers Say

The deficit is particularly bad in high-poverty districts, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Finance

Poor Taxpayers in Rural Counties Most Likely to be Audited

New research finds that low-income taxpayers who receive the earned-income tax credit are more likely to be audited than wealthier Americans.

Management

Most States Not Spending Enough on Neediest School Districts

New research found that most states do not allocate resources according to which school districts need it most.

Public Safety

Expunging Criminal Records Offers Clear Benefits—But Few People Take Advantage

New research finds that automatic expungement of nonviolent criminal records could be a boon for eligible offenders, but few apply when the process is complicated.

Public Safety

Want to Regulate Guns? Target Gun Buyers, Not Specific Weapons, Research Suggests

New research from the Rockefeller Institute suggests that banning specific types of weapons is a less effective means of gun control than restricting access for at-risk buyers.

Smart Cities

Want to Address Food Insecurity in Your Community? There's an App For That.

How a county housing authority partnered with a tech nonprofit to deliver food to vulnerable residents.

Management

Shelter Animals Become Official State Pets

To highlight the availability of adoptable animals at shelters, lawmakers in several states are giving them a special status.

Management

State Lawmakers Urge Feds to Deny Grazing Permit for Bison

Some Montana lawmakers oppose "free-roaming" bison, fearing disease and destruction. Proponents say that fear is misguided.

Health & Human Services

Infant Drug Withdrawal Rates Linked to High Unemployment, Study Finds

Shortages of mental-health clinicians also affected the rates of infant withdrawal cases, researchers from Vanderbilt University found.