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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Officials Struggle With Conflicting Vaccine Priorities

It was clear health-care workers and nursing home residents would receive the COVID-19 vaccine first. Then priorities became muddled. California has 61 vaccine priority lists and local officials are allowed to deviate.

By Soumya Karlamangla and Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times  |  February 26, 2021
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Minnesota Bill Attacks Apple and Google’s App Fees

The bill would force Apple and Google to keep products from Minnesota developers in their app stores even if the developers use their own payment systems. The tech companies take a 30 percent commission on app purchases.

By Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune  |  February 26, 2021
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Across the Nation, Changing of the Guard at City Halls

New mayors will be elected this year in New York, Seattle, Boston and other cities. Given problems with budgets and crime, why would anyone want the job?

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  February 26, 2021
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Donald Trump Has Earned Membership in the President’s Club, the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. What Does It Mean?

When a president leaves the White House, he enters one of the most elite clubs. A book by two of America’s leading journalists looks at what binds these individuals together, given their personalities and politics.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  February 26, 2021
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Will Connecticut’s New Vaccine Plan Achieve Its Goals?

Gov. Ned Lamont says the state’s new distribution plan will focus on speed and equity. But skeptics are concerned that the plan’s eligibility guidelines, which are almost entirely by age, will keep vulnerable groups waiting.

By Emily Brindley, Hartford Courant  |  February 25, 2021
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Health-Care Exchange Special Enrollment Window Varies

With the feds leading the way, states are reopening their health-care exchanges to uninsured and eligible residents as part of the latest COVID relief plan. But not all enrollment windows are the same.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  February 25, 2021
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Texas Electric Utility Members Resign After Winter Storm

Five members of ERCOT, all of whom live out of state, will resign after the historic winter storm caused mass blackouts. ERCOT covers 75 percent of the state and manages 90 percent of the state’s electrical power load.

By Marcy de Luna and Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle  |  February 24, 2021
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Misinformed Texts, Emails Trigger Misuse of Vaccine Codes

Access codes that were intended to provide California’s vulnerable neighborhoods with a COVID vaccine priority have been used by non-eligible residents in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, exacerbating the existing inequity.

By Julia Wick, Laura J. Nelson and Maya Lau, Los Angeles Times  |  February 24, 2021
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Washington’s Fifth Largest County Receives Fewer Vaccines

Data shows that the low administration rate in Clark County has been caused by a shorting of vaccines from the state. The county has received 3 percent fewer doses than similarly sized Spokane County.

By Wyatt Stayner, The Columbian  |  February 24, 2021
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Virginia’s Giant Wind Farm Will Need Lots of Technicians

With an offshore wind turbine complex under construction, the state has set up a unique training school for future technicians, who are learning their trade in an old mill town in need of revitalization.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  February 24, 2021
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Frustrated Vaccine Seekers Turn to Social Media for Help

With COVID-19 vaccine in short supply, more people are turning to social media for useful information as they scour the Internet for available immunizations. And they are getting it.

By Angie Leventis Lourgos, Chicago Tribune  |  February 23, 2021
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