Andy Kim  |  Former Staff Writer

Andy Kim is a former GOVERNING staff writer. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin's School of Journalism, he has also worked in advertising as a copywriter.

Andy Kim
February 28, 2011

Time to Ban BPA?

While the feds struggle with their own assessment of the chemical, several states enact bans.
February 1, 2011

Packing Pistols and Pulling Pints

More states are allowing patrons to bring guns into bars, but what effect will the laws actually have?
January 13, 2011

Free Trolley Rides Shuttle Scottsdale Tourists from Hotels and Back

To increase visitor traffic to downtown Scottsdale, Ariz., the city is adding a route to the city's trolley system to shuttle hotel and resort-dwelling tourists downtown.
January 10, 2011

Food Security for Low-Income Students During Summer Break

Some students from low-income families in Missouri will continue to receive meal-assistance during summer vacation this year thanks to a statewide food-security program.
January 6, 2011

State CIOs, AGs and Facebook Create Model Agreement for Use

A model agreement between state chief information officers, attorneys general and Facebook addresses legal concerns state and local governments may have regarding social media use.
December 23, 2010

NYC Cab Drivers Get Bulletproof Vests

A dozen cab drivers in the Big Apple are getting bulletproof vests in an experiment to keep them safe during late-night shifts.
December 21, 2010

Gauging the Effectiveness of Government Programs

Now more than ever, state and local governments' programs only stay alive if they've proven themselves to be effective. But how do you really know a program is effective?
December 20, 2010

Designing Natural Overpasses to Lessen Collisions Between Cars and Critters

An international design contest is calling teams of architects, engineers and ecologists to develop highway overpasses to increase the safety of wildlife and motorists.
December 16, 2010

Teaching the Fiscal and Legal Realities of Teen Parenting

In an effort to combat rising teen birthrates, Texas implemented two programs to show and teach students the real-life responsibilities that come with teen pregnancy.
December 13, 2010

Pay-for-Performance Snow Removal in Massachusetts

Quincy, Mass., is expanding a pilot program this winter that pays snow-removal companies for the amount of snow they remove, not the hours they work.
December 9, 2010

Deterring DUI Offenders From Drinking With Daily Breathalyzer Tests

One Montana county has been implementing a pilot program that enforces two breathalyzer tests a day for repeat DUI offenders to keep them sober.
December 6, 2010

States to Offer Student Teachers More Classroom Experience

A nationwide pilot program is set to increase the amount of classroom experience student teachers receive in education programs.
December 2, 2010

New York City's Organ-Preserving Pilot Program

Manhattan is implementing a pilot program that will allow for the recovery of organs from individuals who die outside of hospital settings.
December 1, 2010

The School Bus Seat Belt Debate

Legislators face opposition in passing school bus seat belt laws, but support is growing.
November 29, 2010

Solar Panels Keep Cars Cool, Power Schools

School districts in California are building solar-panel roofs in their parking lots to provide shade for cars and generate low-cost electricity.
November 22, 2010

Public-Private Partnerships in Arizona Lessen the Severity of Forest Fires

The White Mountain Stewardship Project creates an unlikely partnership between conservationists and loggers in Arizona to dampen the dangers of wildfires while stimulating the local economy.
November 18, 2010

Using Wireless Devices to Keep Students Engaged

Schools and municipalities across the country are implementing wireless devices that keep students and participants engaged and facilitate feedback.
November 17, 2010

Keeping Our Food Safe

What changes do we have to make to our food regulation methods to prevent future large-scale food contamination outbreaks?
November 15, 2010

Local Restaurants in Upstate N.Y. to Post Nutritional Info

A community wellness grant is helping Erie County, N.Y., launch a program that will help locally owned restaurants research and post detailed nutrition information.
November 11, 2010

Helping Homeless Veterans Build Equity and a Community

The Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community in Pittsfield, Mass., is giving homeless veterans something that, to many, seemed almost impossible: owning a home.
November 8, 2010

Measuring Dairy Farms' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A USDA grant is funding a study that will measure and compare the levels of greenhouse gas emissions from conventional and organic dairy farms.
November 4, 2010

Making the Hometown Pharmacy a Telepharmacy

The rural town of Adrian, Minn., opened a telepharmacy to continue conveniently serving the needs of its community after its local pharmacy closed down.
November 2, 2010

GOVERNING's 2010 Midterm Election Coverage

Here's a quick overview of GOVERNING's coverage of the 2010 Midterm Elections. Pre-election ratings, real-time results and analysis, post-election live chats, and more.
November 1, 2010

Keeping Suspended Students in School

Missouri’s Riverview Gardens School District is testing a program that suspends misbehaving students, but keeps them in school.
October 25, 2010

Online Instruction Saves Ohio School District’s Snow Days

Ohio's Mississinawa Valley School District is implementing a pilot program that will allow students to continue their educational instruction from home, even when schools are closed due to inclement weather.
October 19, 2010

The Economic Recovery: Is There An End in Sight?

The recession has been officially over for a year now, so when will we be back to normal? One way to look at it is to compare it to catching and recovering from a cold.
October 18, 2010

Turning Invasive Plant Species Into Biofuel

A federal grant is helping fund a project that will look for ways to turn unwanted, invasive plant species along the Missouri River Basin into biofuel.
October 14, 2010

NYC Tests Car-Sharing to Lower Fleet Management Costs

NYC's Department of Transportation is test-running a car-sharing program that's estimated to save the city over half a million dollars in fleet maintenance costs over four years.
October 12, 2010

Money Made and Lost Because of Bedbugs

To the extermination industry, bedbugs are as good as gold. But what effects could these little blood-suckers have on retail centers?
October 11, 2010

Scores to Fight Childhood Obesity in Georgia

Five Georgia school districts are trying out a score-based physical fitness program for students that's scheduled to go statewide in the 2011-2012 school year.
October 7, 2010

Diagnosing and Treating Children’s Disorders Early

Connecticut's Help Me Grow program helps diagnose children's disorders early and offers families quick access to community-based programs for treatment.
October 5, 2010

Gun Control: Keeping Us Safe From What?

With all the talk about gun control and keeping people safe from the modern-day dangers, we often forget about the biggest danger: ourselves.
October 4, 2010

Using a Smart-Phone App to Report Crime Tips

The Dallas Police Department is using smart-phone technology to take the classic neighborhood crime-watch idea to the 21st century.
September 29, 2010

Will Merit-Pay Systems for Teachers Improve Students' Education?

A recently released study by Vanderbilt University on performance-based pay for teachers showed bonus pay alone was not enough to affect student test scores. So what now?
September 27, 2010

16 Cities to Create Electric Car Charging Stations

As a part of a nationwide electric vehicle infrastructure project, Knoxville, Tenn., will soon host about 350 public charging stations for electric vehicles.
September 23, 2010

Recycling Excess Paint Lowers Costs in Northern California

Counties in California are setting up drop-off locations for excess paint; saving communities thousands in hazardous waste disposal costs.
September 21, 2010

Still Scratching the NYC Bedbug Itch?

The NYC bedbug epidemic is still going strong. What can be done to help people avoid the sleep-stealing parasites in New York and in other cities?
September 20, 2010

Oklahoma to Help Run Louisiana Shelters in Emergencies

Oklahoma has a program ready to send emergency responders to Louisiana to help operate and maintain shelters, if disaster were to strike and cause mass evacuations.
September 16, 2010

Stopping Youth Loitering, Violence with a Beeping Sound

Washington, D.C., is implementing a sound device in a popular shopping district to prevent loitering and violence among youth.
September 13, 2010

South Carolina High Schools Train Firefighters

A pilot program in South Carolina prepares high school students to take a certification test and become active firefighters as soon as they turn 18.
September 10, 2010

Social Media and Emergency Response

Emergency response teams need to upgrade the ways they communicate with each other and the public. But what's the best way to do so?
September 9, 2010

Resident-Supplied Biodiesel Fuels City’s Trash Trucks

Columbia, S.C., is converting residents' used cooking oil, grease and fat into biodiesel to fuel city trash trucks.
September 2, 2010

Cleveland Boards Abandoned Houses With Fake Doors, Windows

A program in Cleveland, Ohio, uses plywood – painted to resemble doors and windows – to keep abandoned houses free of vandals and drifters.
August 30, 2010

Houston Schools to Pay Parents, Students to Help Improve Math Test Scores

The Houston Independent School District will soon hand out cash incentives to parents for being more involved in their child's education.
August 26, 2010

Waste Carts Know If You're Not Recycling

Trash and recycling carts, embedded with radio frequency ID chips, will keep track of how often residents put their recycling cart out for collection.
August 23, 2010

Shrink Stomachs to Shrink Budgets?

In hopes of achieving long-term savings on obesity-related health-care costs, South Carolina is going to spend $2.4 million on bariatric surgeries for state workers.
August 16, 2010

Test-Driving Jobs

A program in New Hampshire allows employers and unemployed workers to test their compatibility with each other before committing to an official job.
August 9, 2010

School’s Back for Summer

A number of Chicago public schools are adopting an alternative school-year calendar that shortens students' summer breaks.
August 2, 2010

Keeping Roads Clear of Deer

Utah's Department of Transportation is implementing a program that uses dual-sensory deterrents to keep deer from wandering onto roads while cars are driving by.
July 26, 2010

Planting Noise-Dampening Walls

As a possible alternative to traditional concrete sound barriers on highways, Ohio will test out the effectiveness of 12-foot-high "green" walls.
July 19, 2010

Dumpster Diving

This summer, people in the Big Apple will be diving into Dumpsters – not to rummage through trash, but to escape the summer heat.
July 13, 2010

Immigration and the 2011 MLB All-Star Game

Some MLB players and fans opposed to Arizona’s immigration law are protesting against having the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix. Come next year, how much will all of this matter?
July 12, 2010

Late-Night Deliveries Bring Savings

To save money and time, the Big Apple is encouraging delivery companies and businesses to shift their freight deliveries to off-peak hours.
July 8, 2010

Using Cash to Not Use Cash

In hopes of eliminating cash payments at toll stations, Florida is letting drivers add funds to prepaid electronic toll-collection accounts with cash. That way, everyone can cruise on through.
July 7, 2010

The King Might Leave the Building

If LeBron James decides to suit up for another NBA team, will Cleveland's businesses and economy still "rock"?
July 1, 2010

Read a Book, Make Five Bucks

Some elementary school students in Maryland are making money this summer by reading books.
June 28, 2010

Protecting Officials from Distracted Driving

Louisiana state officials are participating in a pilot study that uses devices to render cell phones virtually useless in moving vehicle.
June 24, 2010

Reforming Teacher Evaluations in Chicago

Findings on Chicago's first year with a pilot teacher evaluation system include more consistent evaluations and more low-performing teachers.
June 21, 2010

Making Money When It’s Sunny

The Oregon Public Utility Commission is providing residents and businesses with a long-term solution for offsetting the installation costs of solar panels: payment for the power they generate.
June 17, 2010

The Homeless Get Homes

Tempe, Ariz., and Maricopa County are test-running a long-term solution to helping homeless people get back on track.
June 17, 2010

The Not-So-"Big 12"

The Buffaloes and Cornhuskers flew the Big 12 coop. Texas legislators got involved in keeping that coop together. Here's why.
June 14, 2010

A Cooler Way to Pave Streets

New York City is test-driving a new, cooler way to pave roads that's energy- and time-efficient.
June 10, 2010

Swabbing Stolen Cars

Two cities are gauging the effectiveness of using DNA evidence to identify and apprehend car thieves.
June 7, 2010

How to Train Your Bouncer

Bouncers in Polk County, Iowa, bars are being trained to maintain the safety of patrons and workers. Some lawmakers want to take it statewide.
June 3, 2010

Drive Less, Win Prizes

Arvada, Colo., residents now have an online resource to help them find alternative methods of transportation – and win prizes.
May 24, 2010

Keeping Track of Rental Cars’ Tickets

Hawaii's Vehicle Monitoring Service saves car rental companies' time and money in keeping tabs on tickets.
May 17, 2010

Prisons Sustain Themselves

Prisons across the country are implementing self-sufficient food programs to save money.
May 13, 2010

Using Voices to Fight Medicaid Fraud

Find out how Florida plans on using voice-recognition technology to fight health-care fraud.
May 3, 2010

Cloud-Computing Goes to School

Oregon's K-12 classrooms now have access to Google's cloud-computing system.
April 26, 2010

Help From Above

The days of 911 operators only knowing callers' street location are over. They now visually inspect the area of an inbound caller's location through 3-D-like images.
April 19, 2010

Converting Pig Poo to Crude Oil

What can pig poo do? Apparently, it can be turned into one of the nation's biggest imports: crude oil. At the University of Illinois in...
April 12, 2010

Using GPS to Fight Domestic Violence

Earlier this month, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that the state will launch a pilot program, using GPS monitors to track the movement of...
April 9, 2010

Cigarette Bans: Lost Tax Revenue?

More and more states across the country are adopting tobacco bans in their prisons. In fact, half of the states in the U.S. have ...
April 5, 2010

Green Energy Illuminates Streets

A hybrid-powered streetlight system, the first of its kind in a residential community, was recently installed in a Downers Grove, Illinois neighborhood. The 25 streetlights are...
March 29, 2010

Ads on School Buses?

In this current state of the economy, school districts across the country are trying to offset budget cuts by generating new streams of revenue. A...
March 25, 2010

Streets Become Seats

Akin to many other large U.S. cities, streets and public rights-of-way take up about one-fourth of San Francisco's land area. As part of a...
January 3, 2010

Prisons and Animal Shelters Team Up to Train Shelter Dogs

One correctional facility in Michigan is partnering with a local animal shelter to have inmates help develop shelter dogs into adoption-ready companions.