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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Washington State Uncertain if New COVID Strain Has Arrived

Public officials are nervous about the presence of new strains of the coronavirus and the potential to have yet another spike in case contractions and deaths. But without the proper detection tools, the state can’t do much.

By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

SolarWinds Says It’s Closer to Finding Source of Cyberattack

The Austin-based software company at the center of the data breach that impacted hundreds of companies, including several government agencies, continues to find pieces of malware that may have led to the hack.

By Kara Carlson, Austin American-Statesman  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Kansas Researchers to Help Rural Communities Thrive

Four researchers will focus on the future of food, energy and water in a new project that could help rural communities capitalize on wind energy opportunities.

By Sarah Spicer, The Wichita Eagle  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Charlotte Approves Transit Expansion Without Much Support

Council members authorized the city manager to move ahead with a “transformational” transit and mobility plan. But concerns have been raised that the project will strain a community that’s already been ravaged by COVID-19.

By Allison Kuznitz, The Charlotte Observer  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Biden’s $1.9T Plan Includes Billions in State and Local Aid

The stimulus package would include funding for production and distribution of COVID vaccines, $1,400 checks for Americans and expanded unemployment benefits. Many are eager for the relief, despite the large price tag.

By Janet Hook and David Lauter, Los Angeles Times  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Blacks in State Legislatures: A State-by-State Map

Just under 10 percent of the nearly 7,500 legislators serving in America’s state houses are Black, and only 13 are Republicans.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 15, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

What We Need to Do for Young Victims of Sex Trafficking

Children and teenagers need particularly specialized treatment, but what residential programs that exist help only a tiny fraction of victims. Interstate cooperation could make a difference.

By Timothy Head, Faith and Freedom Coalition  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Work

California Continues Battle Against COVID Benefits Fraud

Due to its size and generosity, the state’s unemployment agency has been inundated with fraudulent COVID-19 benefits claims, which amount to $750 million in false filings each week. Some have come from as far as Russia.

By Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee  |  January 14, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Stimulus Checks Will Pay Bills Instead of Boosting Economy

While the first round of stimulus checks encouraged spending as workers were adjusting to life at home, many expect the second round of payments will mostly go towards bill payments and savings.

By Lori Valigra, Bangor Daily News  |  January 14, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Florida’s Space Programs Uncertain About Biden’s Plans

Enthusiasm for the space industry has grown during the Trump Administration, but it is uncertain if that momentum will continue into the Biden Administration.

By Steve Contorno, Tampa Bay Times  |  January 14, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Vaccine Delays Reveal Unexpected Weak Link in Supply Chains: A Shortage of Workers

The shipment of goods to suppliers has become technologically sophisticated. Delays in getting out the COVID-19 vaccine to people show that the breakdowns come down to something more basic.

By Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts Amherst  |  January 14, 2021
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