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The Daily Yonder

Kristi Eaton

13 May 2021

Stilwell, Oklahoma, United States

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The Cherokee Nation had a hard time sourcing personal protective equipment for health workers, citizens, and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal leaders decided to use a portion of the CARES Act funding to cre...

The Local

Furqan Mohamed

13 May 2021

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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The Neighbourhood Organization has helped organized pop-up clinics to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, including a culturally inclusive pop-up clinic in Thorncliffe Park, which has a large Muslim population. The vacci...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

13 May 2021

United States

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Worker-run co-ops in the food industry and in the care sector, industries hard hit by COVID-19, have proved resilient in weathering the pandemic. Some, like Cooperative Home Care Associates, partnered with other co-op...

Discover Magazine

Mark Hill

12 May 2021

United States

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The Internet Archive is a digital library of around 544 billion archived web pages, most of which are found using a bot that crawls the web and saves snapshots. However, a self-described loose collective of volunteer ...

CalMatters

Laurel Rosenhall

Byrhonda Lyons

11 May 2021

California, United States

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More than a year after taking effect, California's law restricting when police can use deadly force has had some effects on police accountability and training, but a number of flaws illustrate how long and difficult t...

BBC

Celestina Olulode

11 May 2021

Louisiana, United States

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After oil and gas platforms reach the end of their working lives, some are being turned into artificial reefs that can create new ecosystems in the ocean. Since the 1980s, 550 platforms have been reefed in the Gulf of...

The City

Greg B. Smith

Reuven Blau

9 May 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Despite committing hundreds of millions of dollars to programs that make New York City's emergency response to mental health crises less punitive, a pattern of over-promising and under-delivering, plus pandemic snarls...

The Buffalo News

Sandra Tan

8 May 2021

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In Erie County, New York, residents are receiving a free drink along with their Covid vaccine as part of a program that aims to encourage those who have been on the fence about getting vaccinated. Although it is not b...

High Plains Public Radio

David Condos

5 May 2021

Hays, Kansas, United States

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Once Kansas formed its first local enhanced management area — or LEMA — where a certain land area had strict irrigation limits, many farmers weren’t happy about it. But a research study found that instead of cutting t...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Miller Llana

5 May 2021

Canada

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The Canadian reality show, “Political Blind Date,” pairs two politicians from opposing sides to spend two days together visiting each other’s constituents and wrestling with difficult issues. Fifty politicians have pa...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Alberto Mariani

4 May 2021

Whiteriver, Arizona, United States

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The White Mountain Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona was able to slow the spread of Covid in the community by implementing a daily routine of "contact tracing, surveillance of high-risk individuals, and vaccinations." S...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

Allison Frost

4 May 2021

United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Bupreneophine (also known as Suboxone) is a highly effective medication to treat opioid use disorder and addiction. It is life-saving, both in reducing the risk of fatal overdoses and helping people function better as...

Missouri Independent

Rebecca Rivas

3 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Decades of advocacy for more effective civilian oversight of police-misconduct investigations in St. Louis finally resulted in a new oversight board created in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson...

The Guardian

Leyland Cecco

3 May 2021

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Tech entrepreneur Andrew Wilkinson started Capital Daily, a daily newsletter emailed to subscribers with news highlights from around Victoria. The local journalism model keeps residents informed on local issues and in...

Hardware Things

Chuma Asuzu

3 May 2021

Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Jirogasy developed solar-powered computers and, maximizing a partnership with an education NGO, has helped expand computer access among rural schools without access to a grid. Using internationally-funded grants, they...

Nigeria Health Watch

Farai Shawn Matiashe

3 May 2021

Wedza, Nigeria

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Mobility for Africa provides electric tricycles, called Hambas, to take pregnant women to and from health appointments. Mobility is critical to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and the three-wheel tricycles are ...

Michigan Radio

Tracy Samilton

30 April 2021

Oregon, United States

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Michigan is struggling to retain direct care workers due to poor pay, lack of benefits, and challenging work environments and responsibilities. In Oregon, however, an organizing campaign that allowed voters to have a ...

MIT Technology Review

Lisa Song

James Temple

29 April 2021

California, United States

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A decade after California established its forest offset program as a way to incentivize saving trees to store carbon, a new analysis shows that it might not be working. Loopholes in the program allow for people to cla...

MIT Technology Review

Julia Hotz

28 April 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Democracy Vouchers, a tax-payer-funded program that sends four $25 certificates to residents to donate to local candidates, made Seattle the national leader by increasing the percent of the electorate donating to loca...

Next City

Arielle Milkman

28 April 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Participatory planning, or meetings conducted to gather input from communities, have proven to be ineffective. It turns out community engagement doesn’t always result in highlighting issues and improving the quality o...

The Bitter Southerner

Jessica Bradley Wells

27 April 2021

Dillsboro, North Carolina, United States

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Jackson County Green Energy Park uses methane leaking from a closed landfill to power blacksmithing and glassblowing studios. The county cleared 550 tons of loose debris and drilled thirteen 70-80-foot wells to captur...

The Washington Post

Nicole Dungca

Jenn Abelson

27 April 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A favorite remedy for systemic police misconduct is a civilian oversight agency. More than 160 cities and counties have such agencies, some at the insistence of the U.S. Justice Department. But, as Albuquerque and mul...

Grady Newsource

Tylar Norman

27 April 2021

Athens, Georgia, United States

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To maintain community connections, University of Georgia’s Multicultural Services and Programs hosted socially-distanced drive-in events on UGA fields. The Vietnamese Student Association hosted its annual Night In Sai...

Global Press Journal

Odonchimeg Batsukh

27 April 2021

Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai Province, Mongolia

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A new wastewater treatment plant in Mongolia is cleaning up its water so it doesn’t cause environmental problems or poison livestock and herders. This is one of the first treatment plants built under the country’s nat...

WTVS-PBS

Christy McDonald

27 April 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Daybreak is a respite care program that offers daytime services for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The affordable alternative to long-term care facilities provides seniors a place to go during the day where the...

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