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Johnny Magdaleno

2 December 2016

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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A just-announced $6 million federal grant will help end poverty in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Johnny Magdaleno

29 November 2016

United States

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Hospitals in the United States spend over $340 billion on health services, but with those funds, they could also help the numerous neighborhoods struggling with poverty. The Democracy Collaborative is a research ce...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Andrew Wasike

25 November 2016

Kenya

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In order to meet the needs of the country, Kenya is slowly moving away from costly and environmentally damaging energy sources to solar powered energy. Farmers and medical clinics alike are seeing the benefit both fro...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Staci Matlock

24 November 2016

Raton, New Mexico, United States

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Raton, a town once surrounded by eight coal mines, now has a main street of boarded-up buildings. There is reason for optimism as the town diversifies its local economy, betting on "a mix of small manufacturing busine...

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Margaret J. Krauss

23 November 2016

Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Pennsylvania College of Technology is preparing the workforce - and not just undergrad or graduate students - for dynamic and evolving industries through a "stackable credential" model. Built like a Lego pyramid, ...

Scientific American

Alexis Marie Adams

21 November 2016

Patagonia, Arizona, United States

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Threatened wildlife co-exists with poverty stricken communities who inhabit the Arizona-Mexico border region. Borderlands Restoration's conservation scientists are hoping to alleviate poverty while repairing the local...

Detroit Free Press

Gina Damron

19 November 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Across the country, hospitals are embracing intensive intervention programs to help victims of violence — including those who have criminal histories — after they have been brought in for treatment of injuries. Such p...

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Jason Farbman

17 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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In order to secure workplace protections, liability protection for their writing, and channels of communication with management, writers working for digital media companies have begun to unionize. Unions can provide s...

Politico

Colin Woodard

17 November 2016

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Burlington, Vermont counts itself as America's first all-renewable city, satisfying its energy needs through a combination of sustainably harvested pine and timber wood chips, hydroelectricity, four wind turbines, and...

Palm Beach Post

Pat Beall

17 November 2016

West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

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The 'Heroin Epidemic' has taken many lives due to overdosing and HIV. Establishing needle exchange locations, demanding that public officials carry Narcan (a drug that reverses overdoses), treating addicts whether or ...

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Tod Newcombe

15 November 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Already a model for the 'Smart City Trend', Chicago is now continuing its innovative streak by launching an "urban sensing" project, which will gather, analyze and publicize sensory data on the city’s air quality, tra...

High Country News

Leah Todd Lin

15 November 2016

Hobbs, New Mexico, United States

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Lea County, New Mexico felt the downfall of the oil industry deeply; now, towns like Hobbs rebuild their economic infrastructure by investing in alternative energy plants as well as affordable housing for its resident...

Quartz

Cassie Werber

2 November 2016

Oslo, Norway

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In response to the demographic movement to urban environments, Oslo is redesigning its public spaces in a more organic way. Its focus is to think over the long term at a slow pace and help people become part of the en...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Gretchen M. Grosky

29 October 2016

Concord, New Hampshire, United States

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Emergency room visits cost money and are not the most comfortable places to be. The Massachusetts-based Medicare program called Independence at Home gives doctors incentives to visit frail patients at home and receive...

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Sophie Mbugua

28 October 2016

Lamu, Kenya

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The amount of time women spend searching for water in Kenya is debilitating to their life. Shallow water wells closer to living spaces can help them reclaim some time to tend to their own lives.

The New York Times

Benjamin Mueller

26 October 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Victims of crime suffer a myriad of issues and there haven't been systems in place to support them. 'Safe Horizon' has developed a program to put advocates in each precinct in New York to work with the victims and hel...

The New York Times

Caroline Preston

25 October 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, the over-policing of drug users has been extensive and frequently racially biased. Looking for a new solution, the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program, driven by a harm reduction philosophy, ...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Matt Woolbright

24 October 2016

Colorado, United States

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Colorado employs a wide array of methods to increase voter turnout, and it pays off. The state is one of the country's most successful in terms of voter turnout, thanks to Election Day voter registration, mail-in ball...

Al-Fanar Media

Sarah Lynch

20 October 2016

Syria

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“100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives,” is a scholarship program providing opportunities for Syrian women in higher education institutions. As a result of the Syrian war, the rate of women enrolled in universities an...

WTTW-PBS

Brandis Friedman

20 October 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's Cook County Jail seeks to short-circuit the cycle of violence by involving young men from the city's most violent zip codes in a program that includes counseling, conflict resolution and anger management. Th...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

15 October 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Restorative justice, a process that originated in New Zealand, aims to repair damaged relationships rather than merely meting out punishment. It can be far more demanding than a traditional route through court, but fo...

High Country News

Lyndsey Gilpin

9 October 2016

Center, Colorado, United States

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The Migrant Education Program, which offers educational and social services to migrant worker families in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, is growing in popularity among the valley’s migrant worker population, and has rece...

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Johnny Magdaleno

5 October 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the second highest unemployment rate in the country. To solve this problem, the Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque, a city wide initiative was formed. Their strategy is to train, hire and b...

Jackson Free Press

Arielle Dreher

5 October 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Mississippians who receive earned probation for crimes that do not carry a death sentence or involve deadly weapons will now have access to high-school equivalency education, alcohol and drug counseling, re-entry and ...

Governing

J.B. Wogan

1 October 2016

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Different states have demanded welfare recipients to work and report their logged hours to a welfare counselor, but this practice can make welfare recipients feel more like a statistic than real people. Ramsey County,...

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