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WRAL-TV

Laura Leslie

18 November 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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As North Carolina wrapped up its second-longest legislative session in its history, the government looked to other states for a possible solution. In states like George and Tennessee, which have sessions 40 and 30 day...

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Cinnamon Janzer

14 November 2019

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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A failed bikeshare program left St. Louis prepared for the onlsaught of e-scooters that has been sweeping the nation and left the city ahead of the curve with scooter regulation. The city installed a permit system tha...

WXIA-TV

Rebecca Lindstrom

Lindsey Basye

10 November 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Pennsylvania has made significant strides in decreasing animal cruelty in the commercial breeding sector. It has overhauled its kennel regulations, making sure dogs have access to outdoor space and exercise space, are...

Freethink

B. David Zarley

8 November 2019

Nigeria

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In 2019, a Pandemic Response Board made up of international leaders was created to determine a course of action should a contagious outbreak such as SARS occur. Although the director general of the Nigeria Center for ...

CALmatters

Laurel Rosenhall

Brian Howey

7 November 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In the past decade, Seattle has reduced their use of force by 60 percent. Spurred by a court order, the reduction comes from greater de-escalation training, stricter, more nuanced policies, and more collaboration betw...

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Oscar Perry Abello

7 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Giving domestic workers a seat at the table elevates their voices and provides them with access to protections enshrined in labor laws. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the passage of the Philadelphia Domestic Workers' ...

CALmatters

Scott Rodd

5 November 2019

Riverside, California, United States

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California is one of the first states to legalize the sale of meals from the home, opening up new avenues for amateur chefs - namely immigrants, women, and people of color - who are not formally in the restaurant indu...

The Trace

Champe Barton

9 October 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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With gun reform being a key legislative topic, the majority of time, energy, and resources have focused on preventing mass shootings, which amount to just 2-3% of gun-related homicides. The rest affect majority commun...

Connecticut Public Radio

Ryan Lindsay

8 October 2019

Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut has had Extreme Risk Protection Orders, or “red flag” laws, in effect since 1999. These laws allow citizens to provide tips to law enforcement if they suspect danger or violence, in which case law enforcem...

Yes! Magazine

Ananya Garg

4 October 2019

California, United States

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In California, Governor Newsom recently signed into law a regulatory framework for public banking in the state. Public banking, a concept not without its detractors, has been established successfully in North Dakota a...

The Marshall Project

Anna Flagg

23 September 2019

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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A federal deportation program called Secure Communities has been around off and on since 2008, and is a collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration like Immigration and Customs Enforce...

WRAL-TV

Richard Adkins

17 September 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Eastern North Carolina -- an area increasingly affected by flooding from hurricanes -- looks to Tulsa for long-term, financially sustainable solutions to routine flooding. Tulsa's comprehensive approach includes regul...

Vox

Madeline Marshall

11 September 2019

Massachusetts, United States

Multi-Media

5-15 Minutes

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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...

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Eleanor Klibanoff

3 September 2019

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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In Kentucky, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) are often the frontline responders for survivors of a sexual assault, but have yet to be available in every hospital. Too often, women are turned away because of an a...

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...

Are We Europe

Rhiannon J. Davies

28 August 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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After the Gezi Park protests in 2013, eight young Turks launched an app called Oy ve Ötesi, or "Vote and Beyond," to protect democratic values. The non-profit aims to improve voter turnout, increase transparency aroun...

Vox

Matthew Zeitlin

27 August 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Across the world, countries are reckoning with its astounding single-use plastic bag waste by instituting legislation that taxes or all-out bans them. Research has shown that taxing the bags has been a more effective ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Nate Berg

24 August 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco is using technology to calculate the cost of parking throughout the city, depending on the demand in specific neighborhoods at any given time. While critics were wary of the effect flexible pricing would...

The Trace

Alain Stephens

21 August 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In San Diego, California, more than three Gun Violence Restraining Orders, or “red flag laws,” have been used to prevent gun violence. These laws have gained in popularity across the country, and allow courts to tempo...

The City

Reuven Blau

Rosa Goldensohn

19 August 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Solitary confinement was once thought of as one of the only effective punishments for violent prison inmates. As more research surfaces showing the severe damage it does to mental health, the racial bias of those plac...

Christian Science Monitor

David Karas

15 August 2019

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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After decades of conservation and cleanup, the 42% of the entire Chesapeake Bay meets water quality standards. The Chesapeake Bay Program organized a regional collaboration between nonprofits, the government, and educ...

CNN

Julia Hollingsworth

12 August 2019

Wellington, New Zealand

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Since July 2019, New Zealand has held gun buybacks across the country and collected over 10,000 firearms. After a mass shooting at Christchurch mosque, the government rushed through legislation to ban semi-automatic a...

The Guardian

Eleanor Ainge Roy

11 August 2019

New Zealand

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A month after a mass shooting at New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque, New Zealand’s government has bought back over 10,000 firearms. The country passed legislation banning automatic and semi-automatic weapons a month af...

BBC

Maddy Savage

7 August 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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In Sweden, employees are allotted up to 6 months in an unpaid leave of absence for the purpose of entrepreneurship. Because of the reported decrease in fear of job loss or financial insecurity, this law has said to in...

KSHB-TV

Cat Reid

5 August 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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As Kansas City tries to decrease violent crime in the area, it looks to a decades-old initiative that may have worked in the past: gun buybacks. Such a response was first tried in 1994, and saw a decline in homicides ...

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