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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

New York and California Governors Order Most People to Stay Home

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York orders all non-essential businesses to close and workers to stay home, the day after California imposed "shelter in place" across the state ... Florida counties closing beaches, while governor resists issuing order ... Wastewater administrators ask people to stop flushing wipes.

Health & Human Services

First Coronavirus ‘Containment Zone’ in U.S. Established in New York State

A suburb of New York City will close all public gathering places within a one-mile radius for two weeks, making it the first location in the U.S. that has taken such strict measures.

Public Safety

Coronavirus Quarantines Pose Tough Issues for State and Local Officials

Thousands of people across the country are being asked to self quarantine after being in close contact with people diagnosed with Covid-19.

Infrastructure

New York City Reckless Drivers Could Face Mandatory Safe Driving Class

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Wisconsin working on tax breaks for struggling dairy farmers … Maryland comptroller bans disposable, flavored e-cigarettes ... Washington county sued over deportation flights.

Management

After Iowa Voting App Struggles, Experts Warn of Dangers with New Election Tech

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Philadelphia ponders council term limits … Utah may make daylight saving time permanent … Florida considers using drones to combat pythons.

Public Safety

Thousands Rally for Gun Rights at Virginia Protest

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida Supreme Court rules on voting fines … Taxpayer bill of rights proposed in New Mexico … South Dakota may criminalize providing transgender healthcare to minors.

Public Safety

Fort Worth Officer Who Shot Woman in Her Home Arrested on Murder Charge

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Massachusetts may expand parole options for people with murder convictions … Chicago mayor proposes consolidating departments to close budget gap … Christmas parade reinstated in West Virginia after backlash.

Management

Rare Fall Snowstorm Blankets Montana

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | One oil company has agreed to settle a coastal restoration lawsuit in Louisiana ... LAPD looks into controversial job ad ... Baltimore delegate temporarily kicked off Twitter for excessive hashtags.

Management

Federal Judge Puts Michigan's New Gay Adoption Rules On Hold

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A bedbug infestation sends state employees home to work ... New strategy with proposed Utah water pipeline ... Vape store owners predict closures with Massachusetts four-month ban.

Management

Virginia AG Says Couples No Longer Need to Disclose Race on Marriage Licenses

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida legal marijuana push raises more than $1.2 million ... Gun rights protests in Columbus, Ohio ... Drugstores and drug distributors ask for a new judge in opioid lawsuit.

Tech & Data

A City Looks at Wastewater for Clues in the Opioid Fight

Tempe, Arizona tests the waters to glean data about the spread of dangerous drugs.

Infrastructure

San Francisco Offers $2.5 Billion to Buy Part of Troubled Utility

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A plan to reduce economic segregation in a Maryland school district … Maine to use ranked-choice voting in 2020… Play revives tale of larger-than-life mayor.

Management

Georgia Can Use Current Voting System for 2019 Elections, Judge Rules

But the state will need to put a backup system in place for the 2020 presidential primaries in case new voting machines are not ready by March.

Public Safety

Two Mayors on the Mass Shootings in Dayton and El Paso

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No more disposable water bottles in San Francisco airport … Challenging new voting law in Florida … A hold on Puerto Rico’s disaster money.

Tech & Data

Future of Televised City Council and School Board Meetings Could Be in Doubt

An FCC order allows cable companies to deduct the value of services they provide to states and localities from the fees they pay, which local government officials say could jeopardize public access channels.

Management

'In God We Trust' Now Mandatory Display in These Public Schools

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas secretary of state job still open ... New voting machines picked in Georgia ... Pushback from Baltimore after the president's tweets.

Management

The Old College Try: Getting Students Into Government

A new initiative will establish regional councils to create talent pipelines from universities to state, local and federal government agencies.

Tech & Data

Protecting Election Systems Will Take Much More Federal Money, Report Says

The threat of foreign interference in U.S. elections remains, so the federal government must help state and local officials shore up defenses, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Management

Oklahoma Flooding Continues As More Severe Weather Expected

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane season predicted to be "near normal" ... Disaster bill put on hold by one House member ... Colorado passes insulin price cap.