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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Louisiana Quickly Shifts Thousands to Working Remotely

After issuing a stay-at-home order, Louisiana workers have transitioned to working remotely during April. But many companies had to scramble to ensure their workers had the capability to work from home.

By Timothy Boone, The Advocate  |  April 7, 2020
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Coronavirus Prompts California Courts to Go Virtual

The legal system has had to adapt to a virtual system as the coronavirus threat continues. While some believe this can help the courts break down barriers and silos, many are concerned about the efficacy of virtual court.

By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle  |  April 7, 2020
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What Effective Public Leaders Do to Get Ahead of a Crisis

In confronting a deadly challenge like the coronavirus pandemic, they create a unified command and a compelling scoreboard, while maintaining a cadence of action, accountability and communication.

By Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Andrew Feldman of Grant Thornton  |  April 6, 2020
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Virginia Craft Whiskey Maker Distills Hand Sanitizer for Cops

Shortages of badly needed hand sanitizer for public safety workers led the owners of the Catoctin Creek Distillery to retool their whiskey manufacturing into a hand sanitizer production line.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  April 6, 2020
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Normally a Contact Sport, Lobbying Goes Virtual

Lobbyists can't grab lawmakers outside of chambers and committee rooms anymore. They're doing their best to stay in the loop through calls and texts but complain the legislative process has become a lot less transparent.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 3, 2020
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Will State Preemption Leave Cities More Vulnerable?

Local governments wish state officials would do more to combat coronavirus. In a few states, they’re angry that governors have issued orders that preempt cities and counties from setting their own course.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 3, 2020
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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and His Legacy for Public Officials

Saturday marks the 52nd anniversary of King’s assassination. In looking back at the campaign to end legalized segregation, the participants in the civil rights movement were willing to risk their lives to ensure that everyone could vote and that anyone could aspire to public office.

By Jabari Simama, Education and Government Columnist  |  April 3, 2020
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Past Pandemics: Stopping the Flu Epidemic in Seattle, 1918

More than 100 years ago, the world struggled with another epidemic, known as the Spanish Flu. In many cities at the time, streetcars were the main form of transportation, so cities set strict rules on social distancing.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  April 3, 2020
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Illinois Officials Concerned Coronavirus Will Impact Census

The state could lose $195 million annually for every 1 percent of the population that is undercounted. Officials hope that the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t dissuade residents from participating in the Census.

By Shaquil Manigault, Rockford Register Star  |  April 3, 2020
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Governments Ramp Up Communications as COVID-19 Accelerates

Communicating during a crisis calls for government to deliver a balance of credible, correct and timely information. It’s not easy, but tested strategies and tools are available.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  April 1, 2020
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The Role of Maps in Crafting a Shared Narrative in a Crisis

In an emergency like the coronavirus pandemic, local leaders can use powerful tools for visualizing data to highlight our residents' interconnectivity and the need for collective action.

By Stephen Goldsmith and Matt Leger, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School  |  April 1, 2020
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