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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Support for Housing the Homeless Continues as COVID Rages

Federal money and innovative housing-first programs have provided much needed support for the nation’s half-million homeless. But with the pandemic continuing, helping this vulnerable population will remain a challenge.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 5, 2020
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The Wildly Improbable Public Life of Jerry Brown

Over a half-century in office — and running for office — this man of paradox broke virtually every rule in the politico's rulebook. Californians loved him for it.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  August 4, 2020
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Navajo Nation: A Trip to the Top of Gray Mountain

Phillip Yellow makes the treacherous drive every day, carrying 500 gallons of water up the mountain to a plot of land that’s been in the family for years. “We’ve been here quite a while.”

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  August 4, 2020
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Maine Police Pull Back Curtain on Secret Intelligence Unit

Following a whistleblower lawsuit alleging illegal spying on citizens and a data breach that exposed thousands of confidential intelligence reports, state police showcased to the media how the center provides assistance.

By Matt Byrne, Portland Press Herald  |  July 31, 2020
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Why the Police Shouldn’t Be Armed Debt Collectors

Reforms that address police violence against communities of color won't be effective unless we reduce governments' over-reliance on revenue from fines and court fees for minor offenses.

By Ariel Nelson, National Consumer Law Center; Wingo Smith, Southern Poverty Law Center; and Leah Nelson, Alabama Appleseed  |  July 31, 2020
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Why Are Insane Asylums the Model for Human Services?

We're stuck in a 19th-century model that costs too much and doesn't serve anybody well. Rather than cut, cut, cut, we need to redefine the way we deliver services to bring them into the 21st century.

By Eric B. Schnurer, Public Works LLC  |  August 3, 2020
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Mr. Speaker: You Have Too Much Power

It shouldn't be surprising to see legislative leaders being accused of corruption. The iron-fisted control many of them have over the legislative process makes for a system ripe for ethical abuse.

By John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute  |  July 31, 2020
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The Adirondacks: Images of America’s Largest Protected Area

Created in 1892 by the state of New York, the park was preserved just when it was on the brink of widespread deforestation. Today, its 6 million acres encompass 105 towns and villages, making it a unique mix of conservation and civilization.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  July 30, 2020
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U.S. Lacks Universal COVID Response, Reliable Virus Data

The U.S. lacks a uniform response to COVID-19, resulting in incomplete and patch-worked data reporting. For many states, deciding what to do next is even harder when they only have bits and pieces of the nation’s data.

By Emma Court, Bloomberg News  |  July 29, 2020
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When It’s One Disaster on Top of Another

While the pandemic continues to rage, hurricane season is looming. Emergency managers need to be ready not only for threats to life and property but also for new and complex financial challenges.

By Joseph Simon and David Barth, Grant Thornton  |  July 29, 2020
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What Does Florida’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Tell Us?

For many health officials, the percentage of positive tests reveals a lot about how the pandemic is being managed. But others prefer to look at all of the available data to determine the efficacy of the response.

By Romy Ellenbogen, Tampa Bay Times  |  July 28, 2020
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