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Has one of the Valley's poorest districts figured out how to keep kids in school?

Fresno Bee

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A school attendance campaign in a rural California district relies on buy-in from a variety of community partners. For instance, administrators supported the construction of a new health clinic next to the school, concentrating multiple key resources on one block and making it easier for parents ...

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Finding patients where they live: Street medicine grows, along with homeless population

Los Angeles Times

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Doctors from USC have formed a small street team that travels to homeless communities to treat medical concerns and help provide assistance. Part of a growing trend around the United States, these teams are playing a vital role for the homeless by eliminating barriers such as the need to "schedul...

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Solving crimes, acing tests, building bridges. What this Fresno school program does right

Fresno Bee

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A career technical education program in California exposes children to work in fields including biotechnology, business, marketing, and psychology, and has been shown to improve test scores. The twist? The program is run and funded jointly by two districts with widely varying socioeconomic demogr...

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The fight to save CHamoru, a language the US military tried to destroy

The Guardian

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CHamoru, the indigenous language of the Mariana Islands, is endangered. In an urgent move to save the language, Chief Hurao Academy was founded, a nonprofit that offers a CHamoru summer immersion program, an after-school immersion program, and a CHamoru-language preschool. There are barriers to i...

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Beer Waste Helps Montana Town Save Money On Water Treatment

NPR

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Finding ways to reuse brewery waste can save water treatment plants money. In Havre, Montana, Triple Dog Brewing has entered into a partnership with the town’s wastewater treatment plant, supplying discarded barley to feed the plant’s microbes. The barley replaces commercial bacteria feed, which ...

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Preventable Cancer Death Rate Falls In Litchfield And Windham Counties; Comprehensive, Accessible Care Cited

Connecticut Health Investigative Team

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Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute in Connecticut has expanded its reach to specifically target rural communities, which has played a role in the declining rates of “potentially preventable” cancer deaths. Both employing foreign-born doctors who have specific specialities and who better align w...

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Newsrooms Rethink a Crime Reporting Staple: The Mugshot

The Marshall Project

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Around the United States, news organizations are taking a new approach to the use of mugshots in their crime reporting. While still the norm in many places, newsrooms like the Houston Chronicle have stopped publishing the common “mugshot slideshow,” and some, including Connecticut’s New Haven Ind...

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Gotta catch 'em all: Pokemon-style app aims to save Indonesia's forests

The Jakarta Post

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Inspired by Pokemon Go, a new app is encouraging residents to get out into Indonesia's vast forests and help map land uses, a process that can take researchers much longer when done alone. The gameified approach is helping authorities better understand the landscape and fight deforestation.

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Return of indigenous crops helps reduce farm distress and restore ecosystems

Mongabay

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By returning to indigenous varieties of crops, farmers can increase ecological diversity and reliance to climate change. In India, hundreds of farmers in the state of Odisha have been returning to indigenous crops, like millet, vegetables, and tubers. In contrast to the high yield varieties of se...

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Meet the Latinos Trying to Get Latinos to the Polls

The New York Times

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The Democratic Party consistently struggles to turn out the Latinx vote, which is projected to be 32 million people. Instead of trying to find a cohesive message for this incredibly diverse group of people like in the past, Democratic candidates this year are letting Latinx people lead engagement...

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Havre's Wastewater Woes Solved By Beer

Yellowstone Public Radio

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

Upcycling spent barley helps to ease wastewater treatment. In Havre, Montana, the town’s wastewater treatment plant uses barley from a local brewery, Triple Dog Brewing, to feed bacteria. The nutrients from the barley give the bacteria a boost, helping to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous levels in...

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Juvenile justice advocates: Let's ‘Raise the Age' again

The Connecticut Mirror

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Since 2007, Connecticut has taken major steps in juvenile justice reform – namely, the ages that youth are arrested or charged as adults. By moving 16 and 17 year olds out of the adult system and into the juvenile justice system, the state has seen a 40% decrease in new juvenile court cases, lead...

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