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CNN

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

4 December 2017

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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We rarely think of Female Genital Mutilation, which is the total or partial removal of the external female genitalia, as an economic practice. It’s often thought of in cultural terms. However, that’s exactly what Sele...

CityLab

Teresa Mathew

1 December 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Bail reform is a difficult process largely out of the hands of municipalities. Charitable bail funds allow individuals who can't afford bail to be free until their trial, in the hopes of changing the bail system from ...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

29 November 2017

Cremona, Italy

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Cremona is dedicated to decreasing the amount of waste it produces and educating its residents in the process. It intends on creating a 'circular economy' where products are recycled, waste is costly, training program...

NMPolitics.net

Diana Alba Soular

28 November 2017

Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States

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The only psychiatric hospital in New Mexico is in the north, which means frequent trips must be made from the south to bring new patients which is expensive and makes it difficult for southern families to visit. There...

News Deeply

Helisane Mahlke

28 November 2017

Peru

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An increasing number of Venezuelans are fleeing to other Latin American countries, such as Brazil and Peru, leading to the need for changes in these receiving countries. Peru has created a temporary permit, while Braz...

The Marshall Project

Lee Gaines

27 November 2017

California, United States

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In light of recently passed laws to legalize the use of recreational marijuana, California legal clinics have set out to inform those with pot-related convictions that their convictions may be able to be reduced or ex...

CityLab

Erica Sweeney

14 November 2017

Arkansas, United States

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Truck stops are a hotspot for human trafficking. In Arkansas, where trucking is one of the state’s largest industries, truck drivers are being trained to spot human trafficking. If they see anything suspicious, they c...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

8 November 2017

Australia

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Currently poverty is assessed on a household basis, however individuals within the same house can experience poverty differently. The Individual Deprivation Measure will be the first gender-sensitive tool that will be...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

7 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia is one of the poorest cities. Its poverty is a huge concern and feeds into many of the negative aspects of the city. The city is now looking to Smart Cities technology such as smart streetlights, to provi...

NationSwell

Neil Parmar

30 October 2017

California, United States

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Non-profits in California worked together to set up a national network for undocumented immigrants to fight isolation and support legal aid. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) offers ...

National Geographic

Krista Langlois

26 October 2017

British Columbia, Canada

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In British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nations have been striving for decades to save the spirit bear, also known as Kemode bears, from trophy hunters. Since 1999, the indigenous commu...

Governing

John Buntin

25 October 2017

United States

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Jails are overcrowded with inmates awaiting their trial and who didn't have the money to make bail. Across the country states are trying to implement new policies to deny high-risk felons bail, while conducting risk a...

Broadly

Steven Blum

25 October 2017

California, United States

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California does well when it comes to healthy teen sex behaviours, but the Healthy Youth Act has pushed this even further. This act provides a more comprehensive education including LGBTQ relationships, medical accur...

Pacific Standard

Rick Paulas

18 October 2017

Kansas City, Kansas, United States

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Flirting with a corporation can end badly. In exchange for city-wide wireless broadband, Kansas City gave Google near-free rein including fast permitting, free office space, low fees, and taxpayer funds. A few years l...

WEWS-TV

Lauren Wilson

17 October 2017

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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Houses, schools, and childcare centers built before 1978 may pose a lead poisoning health risk. Cities, such as Toledo, are requiring the completion of lead inspections to combat the problem and encourage better home...

Ensia

Bianca Nogrady

13 October 2017

Australia

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There is a push towards clean energy that battles with Australia's federal love for coal, but South Australia has made great strides to renewable energy. Thermal energy and the lithium ion battery are just two recent ...

Route 40

Elinor Comlay

27 September 2017

Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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A needle exchange in Atlantic city has resulted in used needles visibly strewn around the surrounding area, which is also a popular area with tourists. The government as well as locals aren't happy with the the needle...

Reveal

Ziva Branstetter

20 September 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Oklahoma currently locks up more women than any other state in the country, incarcerating females at more than double the national rate, and harshly deals out ever-longer sentences to prisoners, disproportionately tar...

NationSwell

Joseph Darius Jaafari

20 September 2017

Colorado, United States

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Colorado views the cycle of poverty as being propelled by unplanned pregnancy. This led to their bipartisan supported funding program for birth control, that is especially useful in rural areas.

Reuters

Gregory Scruggs

7 September 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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A look at how improved policies and procedures can help prevent the catastrophic amounts of property damage caused by the increasingly frequent "super storms" like hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Cities like New York and ...

CityLab

Simone D'Antonio

23 August 2017

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana was once a highly crowded city but since the election of its mayor, the city has become far more green due to a clear strategic plan and efficient mayoral office. The largest impact change was making the dow...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

22 August 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston needs more parking spaces, especially in a neighborhood surrounded by water. It is looking to build an underwater parking garage, like the ones being built in Amsterdam, in order to free up street level space a...

The New York Times

Andrew Higgins

1 August 2017

Ghana

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In places such as Ghana, people live far from proper healthcare, which is why Community Health Workers in the region, and in other regions lacking access to healthcare, are being trained. CHW's can help educate indivi...

Kaiser Health News

Susan Jaffe

31 July 2017

United States

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Congressional Republicans' push to reduce Medicaid funds is a threatening proposition to the people who use its services. Medicaid funds services at home which allows people to live at home instead of in a nursing hom...

News Deeply

Sophie Cousins

26 July 2017

Paris, France

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Injections and implants preventing HIV could be an important breakthrough especially for individuals who can not travel regularly to a health clinic, have trouble remembering to take a pill, or who want to secretly pr...

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