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Alex Brown

Alex Brown
Alex Brown is a Technology reporter for National Journal.
Management

Many States Resist Adapting Worker Safety Rules to Pandemic

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued no new rules during the pandemic. And states with their own workplace safety agencies lack a strong benchmark to follow.

Public Safety

Many State Capitols Have Security Holes

“We're deeply concerned for what's likely to come in the coming months in state capitols."

Management

Landmark Climate Policy Faces Growing Claims of Environmental Racism

Concerns about California’s cap-and-trade program derailed a likely EPA chief.

Management

The Pandemic Created New Hunters. States Need to Keep Them.

“If we let them go next year, they're not going to be coming back.”

Management

State Climate Action Unlikely After Democrats Fail to Flip Statehouses

After Democratic gains failed to materialize, the prospects of sweeping climate action—at least at the state level—have dimmed.

Management

Rising Waters Threaten Great Lakes Communities

“You have built in a place that’s naturally giving into the lake.”

Management

California May Need More Fire to Fix its Wildfire Problem

The longstanding default position of suppressing every fire has created problems throughout the West.

Management

Search and Rescue Teams, Already Stretched Thin, See Surge in Calls

The pandemic is exposing the vulnerabilities of America’s search and rescue model.

Infrastructure

Clean Energy Has Taken a Hit. Will It Rebound?

Leaders are steadfast about clean energy goals amid the downturn.

Health & Human Services

Washington State to Buy 1 Million Chinese Test Swabs in Bid to Reopen

Before finalizing the order, the state is working to “triple check” the quality of swabs.

Health & Human Services

Tribes Expect Little Help in Fight to Protect Elders From Coronavirus

The Navajo Nation is translating information to make sure elderly citizens are informed. The Navajo word for coronavirus is “Diko Ntsaaígíí-Náhást’éíts’áadah.”

Management

In Coronavirus Epicenter, a Statehouse Scrambles to Govern

The Washington legislature could vote remotely. Others may do the same. But what about smaller governments without the necessary technology to hold virtual meetings?

Management

Deer, Bear and Everywhere: Animals Move Into the City

Many wildlife agencies are shifting to a more hands-off approach to animals in urban areas instead of treating every sighting as a problem to be solved.

Infrastructure

As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp

It's complicated for rural areas to recover from a coal plant closure — even with help.