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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Allison Salerno

21 March 2021

Georgia, United States

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Georgia's Covid-19 vaccine rollout has been slow and confusing, but Wisconsin's offers lessons for how to improve the system. Unlike Georgia, Wisconsin has created a pre-registration list to eliminate confusion regard...

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Tennessee Watson

Eda Uzunlar

20 March 2021

Mitchell, South Dakota, United States

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Five years after South Dakota replaced a failing, punitive juvenile justice system that emphasized incarceration and probation with approaches focused on rehabilitation and local services for youth, the state's invest...

Wall Street Journal

Te-Ping Chen

20 March 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Companies are making the move to Atlanta in their efforts to diversify their workforces. Corporate diversity is hard to achieve in places like Silicon Valley. Instead, companies like Pandora have drastically increased...

The Trace

Champe Barton

19 March 2021

United States

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The National Institute of Justice created CrimeSolutions in 2011 to rate crime-reduction programs as effective or not, based on a review of research literature. The service aims to inform crime policymaking with the b...

The Walrus

Moira Donovan

16 March 2021

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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An insect that makes its home on eastern hemlocks in Nova Scotia has the power to wipe out the tree species if left unchecked. Scientists are looking to a strategy called biological control — a historically controvers...

New York Magazine

David Wallace-Wells

15 March 2021

United States

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Although no universal set of policies were likely to have prevented the spread of Covid-19, the general inaction and lax interventions by countries in the western hemisphere prevented Europe, North America, and South ...

The Guardian

Aaron Miguel Cantú

12 March 2021

Chico, California, United States

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A series of killings by the police sparked a community-led movement urging greater accountability and better training. The campaign bore fruit when the Chico mayor formed a committee to examine use of force policies. ...

The New York Times

Apoorva Mandavilli

5 March 2021

Rhode Island, United States

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At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Rhode Island was commended by many for keeping the case rate relatively low, but a combination of factors quickly reversed that trend. Although some reasons for the state's fa...

WFTS-TV

Kylie McGivern

4 March 2021

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Law enforcement and a private organization, Rahab's Daughters, attacked human sex trafficking at the 2021 Super Bowl in Tampa by tracing leads from tens of thousands of advertisements for sexual services. While the pr...

Santa Fe Reporter

Leah Cantor

3 March 2021

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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A shortage of available affordable housing in Santa Fe, New Mexico was exacerbated by inclusionary zoning laws that discouraged real estate development. Restrictions on new rental properties drastically increased rent...

The Washington Post

Ashley Nguyen

1 March 2021

Minnesota, United States

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In 2013, Minnesota’s Medical Assistance Medicaid program expanded to include access for those who were providing support as doulas, but many barriers faced those who tried to get on the registry. From a registration f...

The New York Times

Jonah Engel Bromwich

Sarah Maslin Nir

Benjamin Weiser

26 February 2021

New York, United States

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In the more than five years since New York's governor ordered the attorney general to take charge of investigations and prosecutions when police kill unarmed people, only three police officers have been charged with c...

Grist

Shannon Osaka

26 February 2021

United States

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A tax credit was supposed to incentive Americans to buy electric vehicles, but testimony from car buyers and research has shown that only people who can afford the full purchase are getting access to the benefit. The ...

Chalkbeat

Alex Zimmerman

25 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic shut down school buildings and led to many people working from home in New York City, a city child care program was launched to give children a place to go while they were learning from h...

Science News

Betsy Ladyzhets

23 February 2021

United States

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Universities are breeding grounds for COVID-19. In August and September they had to figure out the best way to test, control, and contain a virus on campus. Across the country universities launched a plethora of metho...

The Frontier

Brianna Bailey

22 February 2021

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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The U.S. Department of Justice documented dangerous conditions in the Oklahoma County Detention Center that led to a 2009 court settlement requiring the county to staff and fund its jail adequately. But the Justice De...

Texas Tribune

Vianna Davila

Jeremy Schwartz

Kiah Collier

22 February 2021

Texas, United States

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After winter storms and freezing temperatures in 2011 and 2014 caused power plants in Texas to shut down, the state’s energy regulators failed to adapt the state’s electric grid for future extreme weather events. Expe...

Wall Street Journal

Katherine Blunt

Russell Gold

19 February 2021

Texas, United States

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By relying on the market to give energy suppliers' incentives to keep the power going during extreme weather events, a historic cold snap in Texas revealed cracks in the state’s free-market energy system, which left m...

The New York Times

Erica Green

18 February 2021

United States

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About “1,500 (High School) students from 75 of the nation’s poorest schools in 35 cities,” are enrolling in college courses in elite universities like Harvard and Columbia through an initiative started by a nonprofit—...

The Appeal

Deborah N. Archer

17 February 2021

United States

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Starting in the early 1990s, thousands of American towns and cities passed "crime-free housing" ordinances that purport to reduce crime in rental housing. The laws encourage or require landlords to evict tenants based...

Wired

Emily Ding

Corinne Redfern

16 February 2021

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Since its April 2018 founding in Malaysia, the Be My Protector app has enabled interventions in 120 cases of suspected human trafficking, sparked by anonymous reports that its app enables. In about a third of those ca...

Spotlight PA

Charlotte Keith

15 February 2021

Pennsylvania, United States

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When Pennsylvania's coronavirus rent relief program rolled out during the first few months of the pandemic, it failed to help many due to strict deadlines, poor information management, a payment cap, and overall proce...

The Seattle Times

Evan Bush

Mike Reicher

14 February 2021

Washington, United States

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Because Washington state health officials failed to prioritize the planning of basic logistics for disseminating the COVID vaccine, the state quickly fell behind others in vaccinating the most vulnerable and at risk. ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

11 February 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) proved itself in Seattle as effective at addressing the underlying problems of people experiencing homelessness, by waiving their criminal charges if they accepted needed serv...

The Atlantic

Vann R. Newkirk II

11 February 2021

Mississippi, United States

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The federal Voting Rights Act required states to ensure access to the polls for Black voters and created federal enforcement mechanisms. The law worked well in the Jim Crow South, but it wasn't built to deal with raci...

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