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Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Jenifer Frank

23 November 2020

Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

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Cities throughout Connecticut have long struggled to enact a successful response to the statewide lead-poisoning problem, but the town of Bridgeport stands out as a model for how to get results by taking proactive act...

Nieman Lab

Hanaa' Tameez

20 November 2020

Brazil

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A news initiative in Brazil is tapping into the demographic of 15 to 24-year-olds by partnering with social media influencers. Ten news outlets produce journalism which is then converted into content by a diverse grou...

KXAN-TV

Tahera Rahman

9 November 2020

Moulton, Texas, United States

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Around 20% of high school students in rural Moulton Independent School District in Texas don't have the vital internet connection they need to complete their assignments. Students at Shiner Independent School District...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

5 November 2020

Shaver Lake, California, United States

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A collaboration between former adversaries over forest management and preservation in the Sierra National Forest led to a $9 million investment into making 154,000 acres healthier, and able to withstand destruction in...

Urbanet

Laura von Puttkamer

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Urban planning using gamification is a viable way of engaging diverse parts of the population and placing people and communities at the center of the process. “Block by Block” is a collaboration between UN Habitat and...

FiveThirtyEight

Nathaniel Rakich

3 November 2020

United States

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The coronavirus made cramped or high-risk polling locations untenable so at least 39 sports arenas have opened up their facilities for voting. Their expansive size allows them to welcome large numbers of voters while ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Avendaño

1 November 2020

Hawaii, United States

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A group of health care workers and social workers formed to help connect hard-to-reach communities in Hawaii to COVID-19 testing and information about the pandemic. So far, they have been able to test more than 200 pe...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

28 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A new learning pod in Philly at a church is serving at least 30 students. The idea for the pod was the result of a listening tour with the community. “We heard directly from parents and caregivers about their needs.” ...

Transitions Online

Dorota Salus

26 October 2020

Gdansk, Poland

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A program at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theater in Poland is creating job opportunities for people with Down syndrome after partnering with the city and a local foundation that supports job training and coaching for speci...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

23 October 2020

Colville, Washington, United States

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A collective of timber companies, conservationists, and forestry professionals has made the adjacent national forest more resilient to wildfires by focusing on small-diameter trees while preserving old growth. In 2019...

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...

Education Next

Marty West

21 October 2020

United States

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Nationally, civic courses lack rigor, partly because few states require coursework in civics. A new video game called “Portrait of a Tyrant,” based on the Declaration of Independence, could change that. “Let’s gamify ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

21 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Promptworks is a tech company seeking to create a nurturing environment for its own employees as well as help the local community. When the pandemic shut down the city, Promptworks created a mutual-aid platform connec...

Next City

Sarah Kwon

14 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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A doula program in San Francisco is helping to create jobs and build equity in maternal health, especially for Black mothers. Training is free for the client as well as for the doulas, with trainees also receiving men...

EdSource

Larry Gordon

12 October 2020

California, United States

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High schools and colleges across California are turning to virtual campus tours and remote recruiting in order to appeal to college-bound students. College representatives are hosting Zoom sessions to connect with stu...

KXAN-TV

Alyssa Goard

12 October 2020

Texas, United States

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, small business in Texas are struggling to stay afloat. A university sponsored crash course might help struggling businesses find solutions catered to their community. 58 communities partic...

Knox Pages

Grant Pepper

8 October 2020

Wooster, Ohio, United States

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A collaboration between Ohio's Wooster City Schools and the College of Wooster has allowed for an enhanced educational experience for many students during the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership not only provides tu...

Boise State Public Radio (KBSX)

Heath Druzin

29 September 2020

Utah, United States

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Concerned about the high numbers of suicides in the state, Utah's local government introduced a three-pronged approach to preventing further suicides that hinged on targeting gun owners and Second Amendment activists....

Generocity

Erin Flynn Jay

25 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) were critical in distributing funds to workers in Philadelphia who were unable to tap into other government relief payments in the wake of the pandemic. The trusted organizations h...

NYC Reopens

Eli Rallo

25 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In New York, restaurateurs who have struggled to stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic are partnering with drag performers who have lost work due to the pandemic to offer patrons a new dining experience while also t...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Miller Llana

24 September 2020

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

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After being known as a polluted mining town, politicians, scientists, industry officials, and residents of Sudbury, Ontario, were able to come together to restore its land. After 40 years and $33.5 million, they are a...

The Tyee

Andrew MacLeod

24 September 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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Finding common ground between environmentalists, logging companies, and indigenous communities to protect the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada took years of discussion and even a dance at an Elton John concert. But the...

Stateline

Erika Bolstad

23 September 2020

Watford City, North Dakota, United States

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North Dakota is using some of its COVID-19 pandemic relief funds to plug 239 abandoned oil wells and reclaim 2,000 acres of lands. Abandoned wells can contaminate groundwater and leak methane that is hazardous to huma...

The Guardian

Josh Wood

19 September 2020

Alexandria, Kentucky, United States

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When Alexandria, Kentucky's police chief realized how many of his officers' calls were for mental health crises or minor interpersonal disputes, and then how many of these unresolved problems resulted in repeat 911 ca...

Next City

Jared Brey

15 September 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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A real estate developer has teamed up with homelessness service organizations to house working families. The Lotus Campaign gives landlords $1,000 a year to rent a unit to a family that is at risk of homelessness or i...

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