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The Oregonian

Molly Harbarger

Melissa Lewis

25 October 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Temporary housing providing drug treatment and other services to people experiencing homelessness appears to cut the chances that people arrested in Portland on minor charges will cycle repeatedly through the criminal...

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Ed Butler

22 October 2020

Switzerland

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Contact tracing apps have received a lot of attention since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but researchers caution they should be used in conjunction with other tactics and not be relied on to help on their ow...

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Cinnamon Janzer

22 October 2020

United States

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The Midwest Culture Lab consists of three organizations working to increase voter turnout among young people, especially young people of color. The partners work with artists, musicians, and other creative people to c...

The Fresno Bee

Ashleigh Panoo

21 October 2020

Fresno, California, United States

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Project Rebound is a program aimed to help formerly incarcerated students navigate and succeed in pursuing their higher education goals. The program works by working with potential candidates, whether they are incarce...

The Bellingham Herald

Craig Sailor

Phillip Reese

21 October 2020

Washington, United States

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Most Washington counties adopted a universal vote by mail system between the 2004 and 2006 federal elections, which led to increased voter turnout. Statewide turnout increased by over six percentage points for subsequ...

Montana Free Press

Amanda Eggert

21 October 2020

Billings, Montana, United States

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Nature-based preschools are gaining traction in Montana and are increasing in demand due to the pandemic. Fledglings, in Billings, and Foxtail Förskola, in Whitefish, are two preschools offering kids the opportunity t...

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Emily Nonko

20 October 2020

United States

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Ameelio is a technology startup launched by Yale students to facilitate free communication between people who are incarcerated and loved ones. In their first six months, the group went from sending 300 to over 4,000 l...

Wicked Local Cambridge

Maya Jones

20 October 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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East Coast universities, MIT and Harvard mitigated the spread of COVID-19 on its campuses during the onset of the fall semester and have been able to maintain low transmission numbers. "Harvard, which invited just 40%...

The Fulcrum

Bill Theobald

20 October 2020

Colorado, United States

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Colorado is a successful model for voting by mail. Anti-hacking security measures, results audits, and frequent updating of the voter database using multiple sources increases confidence in the system. Voting by mail...

The Verge

Nicole Wetsman

19 October 2020

United States

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The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the health impacts it may have for different people prompted doctors from across the U.S. to create a national patient database to better study and understand how the virus int...

The New York Times

J. David Goodman

Dana Rubinstein

19 October 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Schools in New York City have, so far, been able to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic with suprisngly few cases reported and no sign yet of an outbreak. The model, which some are saying could be used at other sch...

BBC

Rebecca Kesby

19 October 2020

Portugal

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When Portugal became the first country to decriminalize personal possession and use of small amounts of drugs, choosing to shift to treating drug abuse as a health rather than a criminal matter, the feared downside of...

Nigerian Tribune

Justice Nwafor

19 October 2020

Nigeria

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By using an agricultural technique that doesn’t use soil to grow crops, a farmer is upending the traditional farming practices in Nigeria and offering job opportunities to those who might otherwise be unemployed. Hydr...

IndyStar (The Indianapolis Star)

Jordan Erb

19 October 2020

Pendleton, Indiana, United States

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In Indiana's maximum-security Pendleton Correctional Facility, the FORWARD program (Felines and Offenders Rehabilitation with Affection) puts incarcerated men in charge of caring for cats rescued from abuse or the str...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ryan Faircloth

18 October 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Students in fraternities and sororities at the University of Minnesota have moved many of their social activities to a virtual space and are taking precautions for those living in Greek housing to protect members and ...

China Dialogue

Katherine Cheng

16 October 2020

Hong Kong

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The Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong shows how the protection of mangrove forests is possible. These ecosystems are seen as a way to combat the effects of climate change since the forests can help prevent flood dama...

The GroundTruth Project

La Risa Lynch

13 October 2020

Cook County, Illinois, United States

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Many people who are currently incarcerated still retain the right to vote, and as the 2020 election approaches advocates in Illinois are making sure that those who are in Chicago’s Cook County Jail have access to ball...

Al Jazeera

Kalpana Sunder

12 October 2020

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Back in 1988, Bina Sheth Lashkar, started noticing that students who lived in Slums were dropping out at high rates because they had to work to support their families. So, Bina and her colleague created Door Step Scho...

Queens Daily Eagle

Ilyssa Daly

12 October 2020

New York, New York, United States

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When jails and prisons released people early as a pandemic precaution, New York City responded to the threat of increased homelessness by temporarily housing more than 400 people in hotels while providing them with re...

70 Million

Lisa Bartfai

12 October 2020

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation, Maine, United States

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The Penobscot Nation's Healing to Wellness Court is a drug court, diverting people charged with drug offenses from possible fines and jail into therapy. But it has an added cultural element, providing traditional heal...

The Fresno Bee

Nadia Lopez

9 October 2020

Fresno, California, United States

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Latinx politicians hold 48% of all elected positions in Fresno County, gains made possible by the California Voting Rights Act. The law calls for local governments to use district elections instead of citywide races i...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

8 October 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's CRED program (Create Real Economic Destiny) blends effective violence-intervention strategies with economic empowerment, life coaching, therapy, and education to provide the kind of opportunity so often lack...

U.S. News & World Report

Deidre McPhillips

7 October 2020

Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, tribal leaders from the Band of Chippewa Indians worked closely with state officials at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to implement measures that would reduce the impact of the pandemic in their c...

U.S. News & World Report

Devon Haynie

7 October 2020

Fond du Lac Reservation, Minnesota, United States

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Leaders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota acted early and aggressively when the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping the nation, and so far, it has appeared to have helped the region to kee...

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Marissa Plescia

7 October 2020

Minnesota, United States

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The Rural Mental Health Outreach program in Minnesota is helping farmers in the region to tackle mental health challenges that are related to the stresses involved in their profession. Other states have taken notice o...

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