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Ensia

Rachel Cernansky

1 September 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The U.S. federal government rarely requires manufacturers to list the chemicals in consumer goods outside of food. Various states are starting to enact legislation requiring greater transparency.

Honolulu Civil Beat

Chad Blair

19 August 2015

Hawaii, United States

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Hawaii is one of the states with strongest gun laws and lowest gun death rates. A study found that states with stricter gun control laws, ammo regulation, background checks, and reporting of lost firearms had the lowe...

The Atlantic

Emily Richmond

17 August 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Research shows that adolescents' grades are suffering due to lack of sleep and early start times of schools. As a result, the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention is asking schools to reconsider their sch...

Wall Street Journal

Keith Humphreys

14 August 2015

South Dakota, United States

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South Dakota’s “24/7 Sobriety” initiative breathalyzers tens of thousands of people every day in an effort to curb drunk driving. Rather than legislation that takes penalizes offenders by taking away their license, th...

Ensia

Elizabeth Grossman

11 August 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Prescription drugs are greatly polluting the national water supply, causing researchers to begin looking for a method to better filter water and dispose of unused medicine.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Emma Eisenberg

5 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Philadelphia's criminal justice system is overwhelmed. New York is allowing judges to release low-risk defendants accused of non-violent crimes with the goal of saving money, reducing prison overcrowding, and cutting...

Foreign Affairs

Christina Asquith

27 July 2015

Iraq

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After pressure from activists, a slew of countries have passed laws that ban female genital mutilation, the practice of cutting of a girl’s external genitalia. However, in some places like the Iraqi Kurdistan region,...

The Press Democrat

Angela Hart

25 June 2015

Sonoma, California, United States

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In a county in California, federal agencies are implementing a model known as Housing First which gets homeless people safe, secure housing before tackling root causes of homelessness.

Truthout

Jean Trounstine

15 May 2015

Massachusetts, United States

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From state to state, officials are grappling with how to improve how children experience the criminal justice system. The process is highly variable – each state varies on the age that children can go to court, and a ...

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

23 April 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Two years after the fall of the Rana Plaza killed more than 1,000 garment workers, “More than 200 clothing brands have pledged to make their source factories safer under two international agreements called the Bangl...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

27 March 2015

Norwalk, Ohio, United States

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Rampant misconduct by judicial systems across the country brought to light a crippling practice of debtors' prisons—where disadvantaged individuals unable to pay fines and fees were continually and wrongfully imprison...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

9 March 2015

Manila, Philippines

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Fabella Hospital in Manila is overrun with women in labor or recovering, it exemplifies the overpopulation of the area due to a lack of contraception and family planning access. The Philippines’ Reproductive Health Bi...

Foreign Policy

Seth Kaplan

2 March 2015

Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

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Although Nigeria "is arguably the worst-run of the world’s major countries," it's biggest city is providing a model for how to turn poor governance around. Lagos, a historically fragile city like the rest of Nigeria, ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 February 2015

Belgrade, Serbia

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The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies provides a "blueprint" for peaceful and democratic revolution, busting myths about the process of nonviolent revolt and helping dissidents in countries around th...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

22 January 2015

Philippines

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In the Philipines, contraception has been hard to find resulting in many parents without money to feed their children, unsafe abortions, and poor maternal health. A new reproductive law aims to change this by allowing...

The New York Times

Ron Haskins

31 December 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Some social welfare programs may receive funding but have no evidence of success. By insisting that funds go primarily to programs with rigorous evidence of success, the federal government can make non-partisan decisi...

Yahoo! News

Andrew Romano

21 December 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles used to be a hotbed of racial profiling and unrest. Now, in the wake of Ferguson and the police killings in Brooklyn, Chief Charlie Beck thinks his force could be a model for the rest of the nation. The de...

San Francisco Chronicle

Heather Knight

27 June 2014

San Francisco, California, United States

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Between 2004 and 2014, San Francisco’s mayor attempted to rid the city of chronic homelessness with a ten-year plan. Despite dramatic successes in moving thousands of homeless from the streets, the homeless population...

Forbes

Emonn Fingleton

2 February 2014

Berlin, Germany

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More than many countries in the world, the German government steps in to regulate housing in order to ensure housing remains affordable while the economy booms. Local officials monitor housing scams and unfair selling...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

26 January 2014

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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In Memphis, “school officials, politicians, business leaders, preachers, nonprofit organizations and everyday residents” came together to fight crime in a strategy known as Collective Impact. Could this approach help ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Goodyear

13 June 2013

Bogotá, Colombia

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Bogotá has become a danger for pedestrians. Cars have the right of the way and it is up to pedestrians to stay alert and safe. Now, citizens are using paint on sidewalks and roads to draw attention to dangers such as ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 April 2013

Aceh, Indonesia

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In a lot of places, food is available and the market is working but people are too poor to buy it, so cash donations are more effective than food. Previously U.S. aid laws did not allow cash donations but a new propos...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

23 January 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Social programs are seen as a fiscal burden on the U.S. However, investment in effective social programs saves taxpayer dollars so evaluating the performance of federal programs could help Congress act more responsibly.

The New York Times

Maia Szalavitz

27 September 2011

Washington, United States

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While critics argue that Naloxone isn't safe for over-the-counter use, some cities have found success distributing Naloxone to community members to help save lives of addicts who overdose. Naloxone can be administered...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 June 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Many offenders get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees but face barriers to financing and job acquisition, sticking them in a punitive, vicious cycle of debt and arrest. A progr...

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