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Laura Maggi

Laura Maggi
Laura Maggi is the managing editor at Route Fifty. Before joining Route Fifty, Laura was the metro editor at The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the deputy editor at The New Orleans Advocate. Laura also worked as a reporter at The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans for 13 years, covering state government, criminal justice and health care. She got her start at the now-defunct States News Service in Washington, D.C. and spent a year as a writing fellow at The American Prospect magazine.
Management

Trump Administration Rescinds Rule Banning International Students from Country if Only Taking Online Classes

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Hawaii extends travel quarantine mandate, but relaxes it for college students ... Massachusetts sues ride-hailing companies ... New York governor releases memorable Covid poster.

Management

Millions Could Be Evicted As Moratoriums End, Experts Say

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Portland, Oregon officials decry federal law enforcement response to protest … Connecticut mayor sues airline over bite by purported emotional support dog … Hawaii could delay tourism opening.

Health & Human Services

Ohio County Sets Up Mask Violation Hotline

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Florida coronavirus cases top one-day high for a single state … Seattle City Council majority pledges to support 50% cut to police department … South Carolina county could report 4,000 missing school Chromebooks to police.

Management

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.

Management

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Management

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.

Management

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.

Management

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.

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.

Public Safety

Seattle Mayor Says Police Will Return to 'CHOP' Protest Zone

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Correctional officers complain about discrimination in guarding of Derek Chauvin ... A city council member is arrested in Los Angeles corruption case ... San Francisco's mayor wants to move ahead with reopening.

Health & Human Services

With Coronavirus Cases Climbing, Texas Governor Warns of Possible Restrictions—But Says They Will Be ‘The Last Option’

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Sexual abuse survivors urge change to Utah's constitution ... Philadelphia city council members push for a stimulus package for Black neighborhoods ... Tennessee passes strict abortion law.

Health & Human Services

Contact Tracers Struggle to Get People to Answer Phones and Questions

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Shooting in Seattle's CHOP area … Chicago police records won’t be destroyed … Columbus ditches Columbus statue.

Finance

Unemployment Claims Again Top 1 Million

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Atlanta police call out sick in “a higher than usual number” … Alabama to appeal judge’s ruling on curbside and absentee voting … Washington state employee furloughs start this summer.

Public Safety

Former City Council Candidate Arrested in Shooting at Albuquerque Statue Protest

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Iowa governor to sign order to allow people with felonies to vote … New Jersey police must report misconduct findings … Lawsuits filed against state-run nursing homes in New Jersey.

Management

Gay and Transgender Workers Protected By Federal Employment Law, Supreme Court Rules

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Louisiana governor vetoes “critical infrastructure” trespassing bill … Cuomo warns maskless New Yorkers that more lockdown could be coming … Rhode Island AG wants to handle more police misconduct cases.

Public Safety

DA Questions Atlanta Police Shooting, Says Charging Decision Could Be Ready Soon

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | The Tulsa health director expressed reservations about President Trump’s planned rally in the city this week … Minneapolis begins slow process of considering police dismantling … California police unions release their reform plan.