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Reopening the Economy Under COVID-19: States Plot a Way Back

(UPDATED DAILY) Governing is building a 50-state map to visualize the changes underway to declare states “Open for Business” even as the coronavirus remains at large across the country.

By Carl Smith, Ben Miller and Paul W. Taylor  |  May 22, 2020
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Governing: State and local government news and analysis

Multiple Events Creating 'The Perfect Path to Divisions in Our Society'

Protests and violence around the country were triggered by a police-involved killing in Minneapolis, but are taking place against a backdrop of pandemic and economic collapse.

By Alan Greenblatt  |  June 1, 2020
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Executive Order on Social Media Met With Legality Concerns

President Trump signed an executive order last week that attempted to curb the legal immunity of social media companies, but many see it as a power grab and infringement upon first amendment rights.

By Dean DeChiaro, CQ-Roll Call  |  May 29, 2020
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Calif. County Will No Longer Enforce Coronavirus Order

Sonoma County police will no longer impose the stay-at-home order, even though it contradicts the statewide mandate. “The sheriff’s department is apparently not concerned about the public health of our community.”

By Julie Johnson, The Press Democrat  |  May 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Alabama Contact Tracing App Developers Assure Privacy

The Birmingham-based company has partnered with Google to develop a contact tracing app that doesn’t collect personal data, track the device location or even share case information with local health agencies.

By Dennis Pillion, Alabama Media Group  |  May 29, 2020
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Why Trump Attacked the Internet's First Amendment

The president wants social media sites to be investigated for political bias. His new executive order is the strongest attack yet on a key free speech protection for online platforms, but it's not the only one.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  May 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Legislative Watch: The Cannabis Industry in the Age of COVID

Whether used for medical reasons or recreation, cannabis is a multibillion-dollar industry that could play a role in a post-pandemic recovery. Legislators have been addressing regulatory details.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  May 29, 2020
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How Much Does Transit Spread COVID-19? The Jury Is Still Out.

We assume that squishing people together on subways and buses, along with urban density in general, accounts for much of the virus's spread. But when you look at the evidence, it's a blurred picture.

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  May 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

California COVID-19 Case Count Increases amid Reopening Push

California has surpassed 100,000 confirmed cases as the state’s economy begins to restart. But some believe that the reopening isn’t causing the virus to spread and that it’s simply the state’s increase in testing.

By Phil Willon and Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times  |  May 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Baltimore Wants Internet Assurance Until Schools Reopen

Baltimore City Council members and advocates are calling on Comcast to expand its Internet availability to low-income residents and to extend the company’s current offer through 60 days after schools return to classrooms.

By Phil Davis, The Baltimore Sun  |  May 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Houston Transit Could Take Years to Recover from COVID-19

Houston transit officials predict that the city could experience a $102 million loss from a drop in sales tax revenue. Even though the state began reopening in early May, bus and train use has remained at less than half.

By Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle  |  May 28, 2020
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