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Reopening the Economy Under COVID-19: Tracking Containment

All states have begun phased reopening. An updated version of an earlier Governing resource page provides new maps that offer instant insight into progress toward COVID-19 containment in each state.

By Carl Smith and Ben Miller  |  July 6, 2020
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Are Police Protests Leading to an Increase in Crime?

Homicides are up in major cities. The combination of pandemic, recession and the two-way street of distrust between police and the communities they serve has created a "toxic mix of despair."

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 14, 2020
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How California Fell So Far Behind in Coronavirus Testing

The state is currently one of the world’s hot spots for COVID-19. Lack of testing, knowledge and preparedness have all contributed to the growing case numbers and inability to keep up with testing.

By Emily Baumaertner, Los Angeles Times  |  July 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

W.Va. Officials Question $50M Relief Fund Reallocation

Gov. Jim Justice reallocated half of the funds that were going to the Division of Highways to broadband expansion. But health officials and lawmakers are concerned that none of the money is going to health departments.

By David Beard, The Dominion Post  |  July 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

The Digital Divide Leaves Much of Maine Disconnected

For some towns in Maine, the only sources of Wi-Fi are the library and school. But once businesses and schools shut down to stop the spread of COVID-19, many residents were without any Internet connection.

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal  |  July 13, 2020
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For Many Police Departments, Body Cams Are Too Expensive

Many Massachusetts police departments would use body cameras for transparency, but the technology is too expensive. Even when they can afford the tech, there are additional costs, like storage and privacy, that add up.

By Brad Petrishen, Telegram & Gazette  |  July 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

The Misguided Search for Cybersecurity’s Purple Unicorn

In looking for a new chief information security officer, it's tempting to generate a long list of professional qualifications. But these days, technical expertise isn't what the job is really about.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  July 14, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

The Route to Infrastructure that Benefits Communities

States and localities will need the full range of tools to recover economically. That calls for federal policies that tap infrastructure-building's power to boost local jobs and small-business growth.

By Christy Veeder, Jobs to Move America  |  July 13, 2020
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Madison City Council Considers Tear Gas, Mace Ban for Police

In response to protests following the death of George Floyd, Wisconsin’s state capital has proposed that police be banned from using tear gas, mace and projectile devices for crowd control. But not everyone agrees.

By Dean Mosiman, The Wisconsin State Journal  |  July 10, 2020
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Full Steam Ahead for Commuter Train Despite Lack of Funds

California has rolled out its high-speed commuter train plan that will connect San Jose and San Francisco in less than 45 minutes. Work on the project will begin even though the rail authority only has a quarter of the funds.

By Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle  |  July 10, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Jobless Claims Decrease but Weekly Benefits Will End Soon

Washington state saw an 11 percent decline in unemployment applications in the week ending on July 4. But 736,000 are still jobless and the additional weekly $600 federal benefit payments are set to expire by July 25.

By Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times  |  July 10, 2020
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