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Michael Grass

Michael Grass
Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.
Public Safety

Waiting for What Florence’s Floodwaters Will Bring Next in the Carolinas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio’s background check difficulties … New York City’s open data updates … and Florida’s new fight against algae blooms.

Infrastructure

Looking at Bus Stop Improvements and Transit Ridership Impacts

While research is limited, one study found that “improved bus stops are associated with a statistically significant increase in overall ridership and a decrease in paratransit demand.”

Public Safety

Why Back-Up Battery Power for Garage Doors Can Be a Matter of Life and Death

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mich. governor hopes to end labor dispute … “green slime” surrounds ritzy Fla. community … and a new site for massive Minn. homeless camp.

Smart Cities

The Interstate Corridors Most Primed for Autonomous Trucks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Massachusetts State Police indictments … Boise’s renewable energy goal … and Vermont EMT apprenticeships.

Infrastructure

A N.C. City’s Last-Ditch Effort to Fill 5,000 Sand Bags in 5 Hours

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan mayor wants state of emergency for traffic … Bay Area workers living in RVs get designated parking … and a Texas mayor kills alligator with one shot.

Tech & Data

North Carolina Warns of Post-Storm Waze Errors

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Flea infestation in a Maryland state office building … New Orleans surveillance camera expansion … and a mayor’s unlawful city stationery use.

Public Safety

North Carolina’s Florence Evacuees Urged to Hold Off on Returning

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Sidewalk vending decriminalization in California … the most cost-effective bus lane enforcement … and Miami’s mystery fountain.

Management

As Drivers Face Stronger ID Rules, States DMVs See Customer Onslaught

A common message in many states: ‘Save a trip, skip the line and renew online.’

Infrastructure

A 'Difficult and Grueling Weekend' Following Mass. Gas Explosions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Cryptocurrency mining policy in Missoula … ongoing health worries in Minneapolis homeless camp … and too-tall trucks vs. Michigan’s low-clearance bridges.

Public Safety

Mutual Aid Agreements Bring First Responders, Utility Crews to Hurricane Zone

With conditions worsen in the Carolinas, rescue personnel and power crews are ready to respond when it's safe to do so.

Public Safety

Chaos in 3 Massachusetts Cities After Dozens of Gas Explosions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Chicago’s consent decree with Illinois AG … Arkansas governor defends Medicaid work rules … and a Portland flash-bang grenade burn tort claim.

Public Safety

California Legislation Would Mandate List of Quake-Vulnerable Buildings

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | School districts still scrambling for bus drivers … Mich. county removes massive “fatberg” from sewer … and a Fla. city OKs a ban on lawn fertilizer.

Public Safety

N.J. Lawmakers Want to Exempt Garden State Drivers From Out-of-State Tickets

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Delaware’s opioid legislative package … a flotilla of boats vs. Fla.’s red tide … and a Wyo. county commissioner rescued from mountain.

Public Safety

Virginia Announces Partnership for In-Vehicle Alcohol Detection Sensors

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco’s modular apartment plan … La. court blocks New Orleans art law … and “you can't use taxpayers' money to pay your tithe to your church.”

Public Safety

As Hurricane Florence Takes Aim, N.C. Governor Says ‘Gather Your Supplies Now’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas anti-tax activist wants higher taxes … Casper, Wyo.’s massive sale tax error … and a frozen “blob” prompts an Alaska highway relocation.

Management

Local Furor After Mayor’s Colin Kaepernick Social Media Classroom ‘Experiment’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska meth seizures increase … Portland mayor sets “cleanest” city goal … and L.A.’s new emergency shelter.

Health & Human Services

GOP, Democratic State AG Groups Face Off in Fort Worth Over Obamacare

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania prison mystery illnesses … Arizona teacher vacancies … and San Francisco’s fake safe-injection site.

Health & Human Services

Testing Out Faster and Flexible Ways to Deploy Homeless Shelters and Services

Modular housing pilot projects in King County, Washington aim to create flexible and replicable prototypes of how to expand the number of beds and provide 24/7 case management.