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Can New Research Help Reduce the Impact of Wildfires?

In the last 15 years, scientific studies have overturned common knowledge about the behavior and consequences of wildfires. A leading researcher discusses how it can help guide future efforts to protect both people and forests.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 30, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Court Packing? It’s Already Happening at the State Level

In recent years, Republican-led legislatures have been adding state supreme court seats and working to change nominating rules, aiming to bolster conservative majorities.

By Billy Corriher, Judicial Issues Writer  |  September 30, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Washington State Has Years of Experience with Mail-in Ballots

President Trump continues to attack the vote-by-mail system, claiming it will increase fraud, but Washington state’s mail-in program that has worked well for years might be a perfect counterexample.

By Joseph O'Sullivan, The Seattle Times  |  September 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Without Federal Aid, Recession Will Set Back Maine for Years

Budget analysts fear the state will continue to lose approximately $450 million a year until 2025. More federal stimulus aid is needed if the state is to avoid devastating cuts to public services.

By Peter McGuire, Portland Press Herald  |  September 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

California: Well Done on COVID, But Homelessness Needs Work

Nearly half of California voters are very pleased with Gov. Newsom’s management of the coronavirus pandemic. However, 55 percent of those same voters think he has done a poor job handling homelessness across the state.

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times  |  September 29, 2020
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More Voters Are Independent, But Minor Parties Still Struggle

Lots of people no longer feel at home with either the Democratic or Republican parties. They usually hate one of the major parties too much, however, to chance their vote on a third party.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 29, 2020
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In the Arena

Finding Common Ground in an America That Will Not Agree

In a time of an extremely divided America, Bruce Bond works with his team to develop common ground and inspire others to create positive change.

By Cathilea Robinett  |  September 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Colorado Police Have Quietly Expanded Facial Recognition Use

The DMV and at least 80 other agencies across the state use facial recognition technology and investigators say it's an invaluable crime fighting tool. But civil rights advocates say the tech does more harm than good.

By Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post  |  September 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

New York Second Slowest State to Recover COVID-Lost Jobs

The state is still down 39 percent in employment since February, the slowest recovery of all the 48 contiguous states since August 2019. Only Hawaii has a worse job decline than New York.

By Jeff Platsky, Observer-Dispatch  |  September 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Washington State Senators Press Employment Agency for Answers

Last week, the Employment Security Department answered questions about the department’s security glitches, increasing employer taxes and repaying the $576 million lost in the spring’s unemployment fraud.

By Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times  |  September 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Minnesota Must Be Cautious About Election Disinformation

Lawmakers and experts warn that the combination of a pandemic, increased numbers of mail-in ballots and a heightened racial tension across the state have created the perfect place for election disinformation to grow.

By Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune  |  September 28, 2020
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