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To Combat Potholes, Cities Turn to Technology

Governing

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Watch out, pothole. Local government is coming for you. New technology is making it easier than ever to report potholes, track repairs, and anticipate road issues before they even happen.

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NH college class could become national model to attract home care workers

New Hampshire Union Leader

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In states like New Hampshire, the rising senior population is highlighting a different issue - a lack of caregivers and home health aids. The Registered Apprenticeship Program for Home Health Aides at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the S...

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A Dutch brothel where women work for themselves

Public Radio International

Mixed Media / 5-15 Minutes

My Red Light, is a brothel in Amsterdam run by sex workers. While sex work is legal in the country, exploitation and human trafficking is still pervasive. However, My Red Light tries to counter this by only hiring “people who have been thoroughly vetted to ensure they are not being trafficked, pi...

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A look at how Ohio's land banks are battling blight

Richland Source

Ohio has over 50 land banks, which are best known for reducing blight by demolishing old buildings, but several land banks are trying creative ways to enhance their land on a budget. Successful projects include a program for locals to redevelop old lots, a pop-up art gallery in a condemned house,...

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Israeli company invents plastic packaging you can compost

Haaretz

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Plastic is consuming the planet, yet is still found throughout store aisles everywhere. TIPA film, invented by an Israeli company, has surfaced as a solution in realistic plastic composting.

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Beyond Books: How Libraries Are the Latest Front in the Opioid Fight

Governing

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Librarians across the nation are being trained to administer naloxone, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. In Denver’s Central Library, 350 staff members were trained to administer the drug. “Libraries in New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Salt Lake County, Utah, among others, a...

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Singapore helps North Korea break out in business

Public Radio International

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More than 2,000 North Koreans have accessed entrepreneurship training through a Singaporean nonprofit called Choson Exchange, gaining exposure to market concepts such as pricing and branding -- often for the first time. Former students have opened a coffee shop among other businesses.

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Giving Food Waste to the Hungry

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Paris has become a leader in reducing food waste by passing legislation that requires large grocery stores to donate leftover food or compost it. Since 2016, this measure has saved over 10 million meals a year. In Philadelphia, where 326,000 people experience hunger and 300,000 pounds of food is ...

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'Where The Need Is': Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School

NPR

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In some D.C. neighborhoods with high rates of teen pregnancy, schools are stepping in with more than just school nurses; dedicated midwives have conversations with students, educating students, providing birth control, and supporting teens who have had children and continued with high school. The...

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Kenya learns waste management from Tanzania

Daily Nation

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Thanks to a modernized waste-management system introduced by Tanzania in 2014, Kenya is able to see a future for fixing their quickly growing trash pollution problem.

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A Rare Look Inside One of the Only High Schools at an Adult Jail

The Marshall Project

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A new high school inside the New Orleans jail gives juvenile detainees the opportunity to earn credits toward graduation, not just a GED, and possibly find a different future. It's showing promise, with three people earning diplomas so far and more passing state exams in English and math. But the...

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In Search of Solution to Detroit's Water Shutoffs, Could Philly Hold the Answer?

WDET News

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Detroit has a water affordability problem, with 100,000 water shutoffs for non-payment recorded since 2014. When faced with a similar problem, Philadelphia implemented an income tier-based water affordability program. Despite challenges, some think this is a solution to be tested in Detroit.

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