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Bloomberg CityLab

Alec Appelbaum

9 February 2016

Pleasantville, New York, United States

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To break through gridlock on fair housing, city planners, citizens, and government officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic: Using a simulation game to try out different development scenario...

Hakai Magazine

John H. Tibbetts

9 February 2016

Mexico

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Sourcing food locally is an increasingly popular trend. New tracing technologies will make it easier to see where fish are coming from. 

The New York Times

David Bornstein

2 February 2016

Orlando, Florida, United States

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Hospitals across the United States are trying, in systematic ways, to reduce the risk of infection and other preventable dangers that can leave patients in worse shape after their stay. Some of the approaches include ...

STAT

Melissa Bailey

1 February 2016

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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A team is trying to improve communication through I-PASS, a methodical way to relay information during patient “handoffs” when doctors and nurses change shifts.

Sustainability Pioneers

Kirsi Jansa

1 February 2016

New York, United States

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While many countries are committed to working towards goal set forth by the Paris Climate Agreement, not many individual states in the United States have taken noticeable action. New York is an outlier in this scenari...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

28 January 2016

Butembo, Nord-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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All over the world, new fair trade projects or approaches are sprouting up to foster trading relationships that pay off for farmers, giving them more adequate wages and rights.

NPR

Harlan Krumholz

26 January 2016

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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The editors of the leading medical journals around have said that researchers would have to publicly share the data gathered in their clinical studies as a condition of publishing the results in the journals. Doing so...

Christian Science Monitor

Michael Holtz

25 January 2016

United States

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Promising and innovative solutions to modern-day slavery range from labeling U.S. food products to forming joint police-NGO task forces. Each addresses a different aspect of slavery in the modern world, a pernicious p...

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

25 January 2016

Albany, California, United States

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A new law seeks to protect vulnerable guest workers and unwary businesses from unscrupulous recruiters by requiring them to register with the state and meet certain requirements.

The Boston Globe

Jeremy C. Fox

25 January 2016

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The one-stop shopping for public, magnet, charter and innovations schools has proved popular in Coloroda but generated controversy in Massachusetts.

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

18 January 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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California class-action lawsuits against corporations are pushing the envelope on accountability for human trafficking and slavery in supply chains. The keyword is transparency: If companies are forced to disclose on ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

16 January 2016

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Josh Shapiro has reimagined how suburban public dollars are spent and reinvented government in the process: Beginning at zero. In doing so, he has stripped the budget of non-core line items.

Newsweek

Patrick Adams

4 January 2016

Norman, Oklahoma, United States

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Though it claims as many as 300,000 lives every year, meningitis is not widely regarded as a major health problem by many health organizations in comparison to more familiar diseases like tuberculosis. One family-run ...

The New York Times

Ken Belson

13 December 2015

Rosewell, United Kingdom

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After a young rugby player died in Northern Ireland, his family and a brain expert set about to establish concussion guidelines, looking in part to the United States.

The Washington Post

Kimberly Kindy

10 December 2015

Burien, Washington, United States

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In an effort to reduce the incidence of police brutality, a new style of training recruits emphasizes techniques to better de-escalate conflict situations.

WEWS-TV

Joe Paganakis

9 December 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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As it enters into a consent decree with the Department of Justice, Cleveland looks to Detroit to learn what may lie ahead because that city recently emerged from a consent decree after 12 years following revelations o...

The New York Times

Henry Fountain

8 December 2015

San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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With projections that global shipping could account for 16 percent of carbon emissions by 2050, experts are looking to natural gas and so-called "slow steaming" to limit energy consumption.

The Shreveport Times

Lex Talamo

29 November 2015

Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

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Shreveport, Louisiana, faces blight. New Orleans decreased blight by 30 percent by creating an authority for the task, using technology to collect data, and providing residents with information and help.

Christian Science Monitor

Michael Holtz

23 November 2015

Colorado, United States

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Modern slavery is still a problem in much of the world. From satellite surveillance of illegal fishing boats to online sleuthing into recruitment practices, technology is helping to solve the issue.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ellen Gabler

16 November 2015

Iowa, United States

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State-run newborn screening programs can vary widely by hospital, creating an inconsistent process and a dangerous environment for babies born with disorders. These six points address how screening should be done.

WBUR

Bob Oakes

Shannon Dooling

11 November 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston-based Veterans Legal Services (VLS) is the only organization of its kind in the state. The nonprofit helps veterans access benefits and navigate civil court proceedings. Its clients are specifically low-income ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

10 November 2015

Sierra Leone

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Voters tend to know a lot about presidential and local candidates but little about those in between. In Sierra Leon, an organization hosted, filmed, and then projected the debates in villages, increasing voters’ knowl...

Next City

Bill Bradley

9 November 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Loveland Technologies is finding creative uses for data that will help protect people’s properties and disseminate better information about local tax and foreclosure policies. Funded by angel investors as well as nonp...

The Guardian

Mark Anderson

4 November 2015

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Information is essential to build trust between the government and the governed, create accountability, and oppose systemic corruption. In Tanzania, a series of initiatives are working to collect, disseminate, and cre...

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Jeff Richardson

1 November 2015

Fairbanks, Alaska, United States

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The University of Alaska is curbing underage drinking by offering a host of alternative activities on campuses, including one event cheekily called “Lotta-no-booza.” Information about drinking responsibly is also prov...

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