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Paige Pfleger

25 September 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Treating women who are coerced into human trafficking as victims provides opportunities for recovery. Alongside the passage of legislation against human trafficking in Ohio, Franklin County courts have implemented a r...

Vox

Madeline Marshall

11 September 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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While most Americans and politicians from across the partisan aisle support universal background checks for firearm purchases, that system has shown to not be as effective as many think. Instead, states are implementi...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

10 September 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Brooklyn’s Red Hook Peacemaking Program, part of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, is bringing together individuals in conflict to practice restorative justice. The program accepts cases coming through various co...

The Trace

Kim Bellware

3 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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GoodKids MadCity, an anti-gun violence group that is led by black and brown youth in Chicago is working to create a safer community. Members, most of whom have been directly impacted by gun violence, work together to ...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

28 August 2019

Logan, Utah, United States

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VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are a type of pollutant that can be found even in homes and small businesses, but across Utah, small businesses are finding creative ways to reduce their emissions. A mix of mandat...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

22 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Rewarding patients for sobriety greatly increases the likelihood for recovery. The approach of contingency management creates new behaviors through incentives instead of punishment. Through the Seattle Department of V...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

18 August 2019

Bangladesh

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As countries look to new ways to best conserve rivers, several are testing out a methodology of giving human rights to the bodies of water. Although not without challenges, this solution offers a way for those harming...

KXAN-TV

Chris Nelson

Tom Miller

18 August 2019

Round Rock, Texas, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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In one Texas school district, bus drivers are trained to watch out for signs of distress and depression in students and report any irregular behavior to the school.

NBC News

Linda Givetash

17 August 2019

Sweden

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All over the world, more than 2 million children and teens are participating in classroom walkouts in an effort to bring attention to the severity of climate change. Called, Fridays for the Future, leaders of the move...

WRAL-TV

Amanda Lamb

9 August 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Across the United States, 95 percent of law enforcement agencies have started using body cameras. In North Carolina, the majority of departments have started using such technology in the hopes of increasing transparen...

Los Angeles Times

Susan Spillman

19 July 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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For one family, living plastic-free was a lifestyle decision made after they learned more about the harm that plastic waste causes. The Watt family lives as plastic-free as possible – carrying their own utensils, buyi...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut's PILOT program was created to partially reimburse cities and towns for state-owned, tax-exempt properties and take some financial burden off smaller towns. The PILOT program, however, is voluntary, making...

KSHB-TV

Kevin Holmes

28 June 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Collaborative efforts targeting adult-peer mentoring in Kansas City, Missouri have resulted in less crime and increased trust among participants. Focusing on high-risk teens and young adults, the program known as Teen...

DataJournalism.com

Brent Walth

27 June 2019

United States

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Fact-based, data-driven, and solution-oriented journalism can shift the media paradigm from asking “what” to asking “how.” Solutions journalism, known also as constructive journalism in Europe, focuses on data and evi...

National Geographic

Laura Parker

18 June 2019

Vermont, United States

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Vermont’s governor has signed into law legislation that bans four different kinds of single-use plastics, including straws, bags, drink stirrers, and foam take-out containers. Such legislation is the only kind that co...

Republican American

Michael Puffer

3 June 2019

Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

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After years of developmental stagnancy, the city of Waterbury, Connecticut puts into action a way for developers to renew buildings without having to take financial responsibility for previous owners' environmental wa...

PBS NewsHour

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Sam Weber

Connie Kargbo

2 June 2019

Downers Grove, Illinois, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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A wastewater treatment facility in suburban Chicago has become energy neutral. By accepting waste from oil and other sources not normally treated together, the facility increases biogas that can power the plant. Besid...

Time Magazine

Suyin Hayes

16 May 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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Climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, has sparked global action. The 16-year-old has started marches totalling over 1.5 million people, continuous protests and strikes, and spoken to world leaders at events such as...

National Geographic

Alec Jacobson

3 May 2019

Kasensero, Uganda

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To reduce illegal fishing on Lake Victoria, Uganda overhauled management systems and sent in soldiers, who seized and burned illicit gear. Fish stocks appear to be rebounding, and outside investors are bringing in new...

Yes! Magazine

Janice Cantieri

18 April 2019

British Columbia, Canada

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The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Drone Search Team is a group of volunteers in British Columbia, Canada that use a combination of indigenous knowledge and drones to search for missing women. Indigenous women ...

Ensia

Erica Gies

16 April 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, a city with plenty of open space, there is ample opportunity for green stormwater infrastructure to help the city better manage water. The dual goal of decreasing water pollution and better managing flood ...

Ensia

Lela Nargi

9 April 2019

Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

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Across the United States, schools, government agencies, and individuals are taking steps to reduce food waste in our schools’ cafeterias. There are collaborations that are trying to change the systemic processes by cr...

Al Jazeera

Anna-Catherine Brigida

30 March 2019

San Salvador, El Salvador

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Preventing sexual violence against women begins with men. In a country faced with a high incidence of gender-based violence, Masculinities for Peace, a non-governmental organization, is working to change the norms of ...

Wyoming Public Media

Maggie Mullen

29 March 2019

Laramie, Wyoming, United States

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Changing the status quo surrounding gender-based violence in the United States involves engaging men. The non-profit SAFE Project in Laramie, Wyoming, focuses on creating an informative and educational environment whe...

Columbia Journalism Review

Tony Biasotti

27 March 2019

California, United States

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When a new California law unlocked the disciplinary records on misconduct from 700 police agencies statewide, competing news organizations formed the California Reporting Project to accomplish as a team what would hav...

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