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Many Rural Californians Find Free COVID Tests Are Too Costly

For many rural workers in Fresno, taking unpaid time off of work to travel great distances for a COVID test isn’t feasible. And many don’t get tested because even if they have it, they can’t afford to miss work.

By Manuela Tobias, The Fresno Bee  |  November 25, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Florida’s COVID Response Includes Missing Deadlines and Data

Many are worried that the unclear and poorly executed pandemic response from the state will be only further exacerbated if Thanksgiving does, in fact, become a superspreader event.

By Chris Persaud, Palm Beach Post  |  November 25, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Unemployment Fraud from Prisons Has Cost State Millions

California’s employment agency faces hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefit claims fraud as scammers and inmates have filed for and collected jobless pay.

By Chase DiFeliciantonio and Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle  |  November 25, 2020
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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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