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Sacramento Bee

Kim Bojórquez

5 October 2020

California, United States

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In California, two laws have helped to open opportunities for less experienced candidates to win state and local offices, which has increased representation among people of color. A 1990 law set term limits for the st...

Las Cruces Sun-News

Miranda Cyr

2 October 2020

Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States

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The Carlsbad Literacy Program provides free tutoring to adults who want help with their literacy skills. The program's students in the program include English language learners, and also helps with citizenship skills,...

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Nina Feldman

1 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Comprised of doctors, nurses, and medical students, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is helping to bring free coronavirus testing to Black Philadelphians who are "contracting the coronavirus and dying from COVID-...

Christian Science Monitor

Peggy Barmore

1 October 2020

United States

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Apps that track students’ online activity, door-to-door visits, and receiving input from families on how to reopen schools, are all ways school districts across the country are responding to absenteeism during the pan...

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Paul Adepoju

29 September 2020

Ibadan, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, a methodology known as task-sharing is helping to lessen the burden on the country's mental health care system. The premise of this model is to train "other health personnel, such as community health worke...

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Leigh Paterson

29 September 2020

Craig, Colorado, United States

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"Voluntary storage" of guns is a growing movement that seeks to reduce gun suicides while avoiding political clashes with gun-rights advocates by instead promoting safety without government coercion. The Means Matter ...

KDNK Community Radio

Nick Isenberg

29 September 2020

Colorado, United States

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A Colorado system allows voters with disabilities to request an accessible ballot, which enables them to fill out their ballot online using a personal computer or a smart phone. This allows voters to maintain confiden...

The 74

Bekah McNeel

28 September 2020

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In San Antonio, the Guadalupe Community Center is providing a free “day school” for children of working-class families in the city’s poorest zip code. The center serves around 30 K-12 students where they can safely ...

New Mexico In Depth

Elizabeth M. Miller

28 September 2020

United States

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Administrators at Mora Independent School District have discovered that the best way to help keep their students fed during the coronavirus pandemic is to offer as many flexible options as possible. The schools have m...

Kaiser Health News

Markian Hawryluk

28 September 2020

Sterling, Colorado, United States

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Because access to addiction treatment is difficult in rural communities, a state program in Colorado has allowed for RV's to be turned into mobile clinics, which has proved especially useful during the coronavirus pan...

KXAN-TV

Arezow Doost

Josh Hinkle

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John Thomas

27 September 2020

Texas, United States

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In Texas, 2 million households in the state don’t have high speed internet, affecting students of color at a greater rate. Some districts have also had problems with chronic absenteeism. This segment explores creativ...

The 19th

Barbara Rodriguez

25 September 2020

Washington, United States

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A newly established PAC in Washington state aims to increase the likelihood of Black women being elected to Washington State Legislature by eliminating the financial barrier that often impedes candidates from running ...

The Hechinger Report

Javeria Salman

24 September 2020

Nevada, United States

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When Clark County School District moved to an all-remote plan for school, it distributed 10,000 devices, close to 20,000 students had no way to connect their online classes. A parent, with the help of a SCSD teacher a...

Mission Local

Hayden Manseau

22 September 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Shared Spaces program is a pandemic-driven initiative that increases outdoor dining space in commercial areas. The initiative made the permit process more user friendly and less expensive. Over 1,200 outdoor dinin...

Next City

Jared Brey

22 September 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

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Affordable housing requirements for developers were eased in Austin through legislation known as Affordability Unlocked. As a result of less stringent parking, set-back and height codes, developers are able to maximiz...

70 Million

Pamela Kirkland

21 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's Cook County Jail became the first jail in the nation in March to open a polling place behind bars, resulting in about 1,800 voters casting ballots, a sharp increase in voting by eligible voters in the jail. ...

KOIN-TV

Dan Tilkin

18 September 2020

Beaverton, Oregon, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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A school district in Oregon took a multi-pronged approach to serving students their school lunches during the pandemic. Some of those things include curbside pickup, using buses to deliver food, and packing more than...

KXAN-TV

Tahera Rahman

18 September 2020

Lockhart, Texas, United States

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At least 40 percent, or 2,000, students from Lockhart ISD didn’t have access to reliable internet. To address the issue, the school district built seven towers. They also installed antennas on individual homes so they...

Scientific American

Julia Hotz

18 September 2020

United Kingdom

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Citizen assemblies bring together residents for in-depth discussions about solutions to social issues. This alternative form of democracy led to policy changes in many countries, including legalizing abortion in Irela...

Missoula Current

Mike Dennison

17 September 2020

Montana, United States

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The majority of Montana voters have voted by mail for the past several elections without issues. Officials use several precautions that have successfully prevented fraud in the state. Each voter receives a postage-pai...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

16 September 2020

United States

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Voting by mail will increase dramatically due to Covid-19 and drop boxes are one way to collect these ballots. Although fears of fraud have been unfounded, the GOP initiated lawsuits to block or limit drop boxes if th...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Rikha Sharma Rani

15 September 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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An organization founded in Oakland, CA is bringing non-partisan abortion counseling to those who feel isolated by platforms that are designated as either pro-life or pro-choice. The goal of the organization, which is ...

Vice

Mattha Busby

14 September 2020

Glasgow, Scotland

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In Glasglow, a former outreach workers has launched a mobile harm reduction facility to help those who are living with addiction have a safe space to use drugs. Although the idea is controversial and "political," user...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Eric Krebs

11 September 2020

Illinois, United States

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Striking a balance between interdependence and independence is crucial for those living with disabilities. Finding affordable housing that is accessible and accommodates a disability is difficult to secure and often t...

The GroundTruth Project

Sam Ogozalek

10 September 2020

Bluffton, South Carolina, United States

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A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping connect farmers with those who are facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, known as Farmers to Families, allocates monet...

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