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When Young Turks Take Over a Government

Charlotte's majority-millennial city council has accomplished a few things, but mostly what its members have done is squabble with each other. Succeeding as a 'change agent' is harder than it might seem.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  November 25, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How Government Officials Delivered a Disaster-Free Election

Despite fears that COVID, cyberattacks and misinformation might jeopardize results, voting was smooth and secure. What contributed to this outcome, and how might lessons learned affect future elections?

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 25, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Not All Neighborhoods Want Slow Streets. Here’s Why

Well-intentioned transportation projects during the COVID-19 pandemic to slow or remove traffic from city streets tended to serve mostly wealthy, white neighborhoods, said equity activists at the CoMotion LA conference.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  November 25, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Can North Carolina Spend $30M on Broadband Before Year End?

Officials say the federal relief funds would help reduce the lack of adequate Internet connections in the far reaches of the state, but Republican lawmakers disagree with the governor that the funds can be used in time.

By Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The News & Observer  |  November 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Swamp Illinois

There have been more than 212,000 fraudulent jobless benefits claims in the state since March 1, raising concerns about how scammers are getting personal information from so many residents.

By Abdel Jimenez, Chicago Tribune  |  November 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Pandemic May Cause Backwards Progress for Gender Pay Gap

Women continue to leave the workforce to meet childcare needs at a disproportionate rate compared to men. Experts are worried this could create greater challenges in finding work and increasing wages in the future.

By Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press  |  November 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Delaware’s Rest Stop Mystery: Questions About a Roadside Oasis

There’s a highway rest stop at Smyrna, Del., that’s so big and luxurious people get married there. How did that happen and what does it say about America’s tax-supported transportation priorities?

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  November 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Communities of Color Still Concerned About COVID-19 Vaccine

Due to healthcare’s racist history, many people of color are nervous that the COVID vaccine is being politically manipulated to seem safe. There will need to be a systemic shift for people of color to build medical trust.

By Jonathan Wosen and Andrea Lopez-Villafana, The San Diego Union-Tribune  |  November 23, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Florida Lawmakers Not Likely to Increase Jobless Benefits

When federal unemployment aid ends on Dec. 31, the state’s benefits will return to a maximum of $275 a week. Republican lawmakers aren’t interested in increased benefits, while Democrats have proposed a substantial boost.

By Gray Rohrer, Orlando Sentinel  |  November 23, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Inland Tribes Want Extension for CARES Act Spending

Several Inland Northwest tribes are calling upon Congress to extend the spending deadline for coronavirus relief funds until Sept. 2021, because of costs and hardships that extend beyond Dec. 30.

By Orion Donovan-Smith, The Spokesman-Review  |  November 23, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Driverless Trucks Continue Their Momentum in Texas

Self-driving vehicle company TuSimple plans on establishing its autonomous truck hub in Fort Worth and may even send out driverless trucks without human safety operators onto routes as soon as next year.

By Gordon Dickson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram  |  November 23, 2020
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