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Aaron Scott

9 July 2018

Touchet, Washington, United States

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Approximately twenty-five percent of the United State's alfalfa seed is produced in Walla Walla County, Washington, thanks in part to farmers successfully cultivating a unique working relationship with the region's na...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Eric Dietrich

Katheryn Houghton

8 July 2018

Livingston, Montana, United States

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This threatened mental health care in a tangible way, but the state has found ways to provide services differently. Despite limited funding, state health officials still choose to direct funds toward prevention, rathe...

The St. Lucia Star

David Venn

7 July 2018

Saint Lucia

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Algas Organics, a biotech company in St. Lucia, is collecting sargassum seaweed and is turning it into fertilizer that is used in other parts of the Caribbean and North America. While sargassum can be beneficial to an...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

3 July 2018

Wasilla, Alaska, United States

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Prisons can reduce recidivism if they provide people who are incarcerated with drug and alcohol treatment, as it helps inmates address underlying issues. People who have been in and out of prison tell their stories ab...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

2 July 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Two federally-funded Seattle tech training programs tasked with increasing diversity in the industry returned dramatically different results over the course of one year. Experts credit Apprenti's employer-driven natur...

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Judith Lewis Mernit

2 July 2018

Davis, California, United States

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In California, cows emit as much methane per year as the equivalent of 2.5 million cars. To reduce this impact, researchers are testing a change in diet for dairy cows that implements seaweed into their daily feed. So...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

1 July 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In 2017, researchers found that Chicago elementary and middle school students were improving their test scores at a faster pace than almost all of their peers nationwide. Reflecting on this surprising statistic and le...

Kerning Cultures

Nadine Ekdawi Tadros

Hebah Fisher

Dana Ballout

30 June 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Because Middle Easterners are classified as “white” in the U.S. Census, their specific needs and identities are not disaggregated. This lack of visibility may prevent discriminatory treatment, but it also impacts the ...

NPR

Hannah Thomasy

29 June 2018

United States

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"What if we could help plants make their own nitrogen so they wouldn't need manmade chemical fertilizers?" That was the question that drove a plant microbiologist at the University of Washington to begin testing ways ...

High Country News

Maya L. Kapoor

29 June 2018

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Ecological restoration has primarily been defined as redirecting the land back to what it used to be in terms of wildlife and plant life. However, with climate change altering the earth's landscape, many scientists an...

Daily Nation

Kitavi Mutua

24 June 2018

Kenya

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An initiative in Kenya showed major promise in pulling farmers out of poverty by supplying them with subsidized seeds to grow green grams, ndengu, for overseas markets. The success of the idea relied heavily on a prom...

Toronto Star

Moira Welsh

20 June 2018

Peel, Ontario, Canada

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Dementia units and long-term care homes for the elderly are often desolate and lonely places, with harried workers attempting to meet the needs of their patients while also meeting government-set metrics of success. F...

ProPublica

Tik Root

18 June 2018

United States

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Thanks to an agreement between the U.S. government and a consortium of companies including Intuit and H&R Block, 70 percent of taxpayers are supposed to have access to free online tax preparation services. But Free Fi...

The Christian Science Monitor

Dean Paton

18 June 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After realizing that their system of fines for lost and late books was actually preventing kids and young people from reading more, L.A. libraries instituted a new program that's already showing results. The program, ...

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Edward Siddons

15 June 2018

United States

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Researchers found that more greenery in urban spaces reduces crime and this idea of combatting crime with good design is part of a discipline called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, or CPTED. It spread a...

Detroit Free Press

Katrease Stafford

15 June 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit had an opportunity to use its huge budget for demolitions to help minority-owned and Detroit-owned businesses, specifically by using Hardest Hit Fund federal dollars. However, the winning contractors largely w...

Slate

Sara Hudson

13 June 2018

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Starting small has had a big impact in Anchorage, Alaska as the city looks at low-tech composting solutions that could alleviate their growing landfill problem. By revisiting a once-failed attempt to encourage compost...

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Fergus Peace

11 June 2018

Australia

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The Seasonal Workers Program in Australia was implemented when there was a need to be met for more farming laborers. Although not without issue, the program is drawing many Pacific Islanders as a means for them to boo...

Burlington Free Press

Jess Aloe

Elizabeth Murray

6 June 2018

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Extreme risk protection orders can be effective in removing guns from dangerous people, but even though Vermont has such a law on the books, making it work effectively is difficult because it places most of the burden...

Burlington Free Press

Jess Aloe

Elizabeth Murray

6 June 2018

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Lethality assessments have proven effective at avoiding domestic violence homicides and such a tool might have saved a Vermont woman who was murdered. The 11 questions help victims understand the danger they are in an...

Burlington Free Press

Jess Aloe

Elizabeth Murray

6 June 2018

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Vermont lawmakers tried to make it easier for domestic violence victims to seek a special type of restraining order even if law enforcement does not have enough evidence to make an arrest. If it's granted the accused ...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

5 June 2018

Denmark

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Denmark’s MindLab pushed experimentation and innovation in government for more than 16 years, inspiring imitators around the world. Now shut down, the innovation lab fell victim to a swift shift in political prioritie...

NPR

Martin Kaste

4 June 2018

Indiana, United States

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New research on “red flag laws,” which allow the removal of guns police or courts deem someone is a danger to themselves or others, shows they have been effective at reducing firearms-related suicides when there is ef...

Down To Earth

Leopold Obi

1 June 2018

Nakuru, Kenya

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Motivated by crop devastation from a severe drought, farmers in parts of Kenya took action to prevent a similar event from impacting them in the future. Working together, these small-scale farmers implemented conserva...

Mountain Outlaw

Emily Stifler Wolfe

28 May 2018

Boise, Idaho, United States

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A diversity and inclusion task force in the Bureau of Land Management is working to change a culture that makes it hard for women to stay in fire-fighting professions. Through creating room for conversation, hosting f...

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