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California COVID-19 Case Count Increases amid Reopening Push

California has surpassed 100,000 confirmed cases as the state’s economy begins to restart. But some believe that the reopening isn’t causing the virus to spread and that it’s simply the state’s increase in testing.

By Phil Willon and Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times  |  May 28, 2020
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DeKalb Admits Error, Says No Interference with Decision

DeKalb, Ga., officials acknowledged an error in the documents that were related to a $61 million sewer contract, but said the mistake had no impact on the final decision. This wasn’t the first mishap with the contract.

By Tyler Estep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  |  May 27, 2020
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Georgia Contact Tracers Must Earn Public’s Trust First

Contact tracers must fight privacy concerns and conspiracy theories before some residents may be willing to speak to them. “For this to be successful, people have to feel comfortable cooperating with us.”

By Tamar Hallerman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  |  May 22, 2020
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A Coordinated Way to Reawaken the North American Economy

The economies of the U.S., Canada and Mexico are interconnected. Their subnational governments and their businesses need synchronized federal guidance about how and when to restart.

By Duncan Wood and Christopher Sands, Woodrow Wilson Center  |  May 22, 2020
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Coronavirus Speeds Up AI’s Involvement in Medicine

Some believe that artificial intelligence can be a great assist to doctors in these times of crisis, but many are concerned that there hasn’t been enough study and testing to validate use of the technology.

By Ashley Gold, Los Angeles Times  |  May 21, 2020
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Initially Lauded as Heroes, Governors Come Under Attack

It's not just angry protesters. Governors are finding their stay-at-home orders challenged in court and their authority increasingly under fire in legislatures and from local officials.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  May 21, 2020
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COVID-19 and the Uncertain Future of Public Higher Ed

The pandemic is challenging colleges' enrollments and finances as never before. Some may not survive, and those that do will have to consider major changes in their structures and the way they teach.

By Jabari Simama, Education and Government Columnist  |  May 21, 2020
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The Hidden Post-Natural-Disaster Threat: the 2020 Census

Communities that have lost population temporarily are at risk of an undercount, costing them state and federal aid for a decade. But with a little help from Congress, there are solutions.

By Mark McQueen, City Manager, Panama City, Fla.  |  May 19, 2020
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Congress Makes History and Approves Proxy and Virtual Voting

In a 217-189 vote, the House of Representatives approved a package that allows Congress to work remotely amid the coronavirus. However, some members are still concerned that remote governing will erode the institution.

By Katherine Tully-McManus, CQ-Roll Call  |  May 18, 2020
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St. Louis Needs More Coronavirus Contact Tracers, Funds

St. Louis, Mo., is beginning to lift its stay-at-home orders, but doesn’t have funding to hire many contact tracers. Some believe county officials should help to ensure the virus doesn’t spread throughout the region.

By Jeremy Kohler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch  |  May 18, 2020
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A Hope for the Post-Pandemic Future: Smarter Cities

The COVID-19 crisis has inspired new thinking about how communities can embrace technology to better serve the people who live in them. We can be intentional about what we create.

By Chelsea Collier, Digi.City  |  May 18, 2020
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