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The Deep-Red City that Elected a Trans Woman

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“When folks say, ‘I cannot believe a trans person could win in a place like West Virginia,’ I think, ‘This is the very place I believe a trans person could win elected office.”

Kentucky’s Abandoned Coal Mines Are Elk Heaven

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The remnants of a destructive form of mining have inadvertently helped the elk return to coal country for the first time since the Civil War.

Protesters Are Showing What Policing Could Look Like

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At a police-free zone in Seattle, “sentinels” are keeping the peace in peaceful fashion.

Seattle’s Tiny Houses Keep the Virus Out

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Shelters and hotel rooms are expensive and temporary. Are tiny houses a homelessness solution that can outlast the crisis?

What Police Budgets Are Being Spent on Now

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Minneapolis isn’t the only city starting to redirect the funding it spends on law enforcement.

An Antidote to Violence

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Some advocates, seeing violence as an epidemic, are starting to treat it like one.

Muslims and Christians Are Sharing Space

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So that everyone can worship safely, the walls that separate churches and mosques are coming down.

France to Airlines: Go Green If You Want a Bailout

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How one country is using its economic rescue to clean up a polluting industry.

The Kaleidoscopic Community of a Coronavirus Hotel

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Masked chambermaids, sanitized keycards and nurses who pop in to see how you’re feeling.

Seeing the Forest for the Bees

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In this week’s briefing: Reviving a woodland refuge for honeybees and partnering with poachers to bring back buffalo to a national park.

Infrastructure that Helps Wildlife Migrate

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In this week’s briefing: building bridges to assist wildlife on their journeys, Italy gets homeschooled and a debate over the merits of poop-powered energy.

China’s Green Decade Impacts the Whole World

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In this week’s news briefing: renewable energy has an undisputed leader, and anti-violence outreach workers help their at-risk clients shelter in place.

New Zealand May Completely Eliminate the Coronavirus

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In this week’s briefing: Kiwis crush the curve, a Brazilian school exceeds all expectations and transit projects leverage car-free streets to hurry forward.

Scuba Tours Are Planting Coral Instead

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In this week’s briefing: Australian tour operators repair the Great Barrier Reef and a city keeps its restaurants afloat by hiring them to cook for the homeless.

France’s High-Speed Hospital

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In this week’s news briefing: Governments help companies pay their workers, France uses its bullet train for high-speed triage and Indigenous graduation rates soar.

Can Facebook Predict Coronavirus Spikes?

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In this week’s news briefing: social media data is tracking COVID-19 and schools begin to open with anti-viral measures in place.

Coronavirus Help Is Everywhere

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American bartenders get a lifeline, French perfumers churn out hand sanitizer, Britain grows a volunteer army and locked-down Chinese students find classmates in Israel.

A Balm to Heal Strip-Mined Mountaintops

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In this week’s news briefing: the strafed summits of Kentucky find a grizzled savior and an underground turbine keeps the lights on in Halifax.

The DIY Wheelchair Ramp

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In this week’s news briefing: a device that turns impassable into accessible, a preschool wrapped in a bus and free legal help for tenants facing eviction.

Growing Pot with Beer Bubbles

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In this week’s news briefing: Brewery emissions find a higher purpose and transit-oriented soccer fields sprout in Atlanta.

This Apple Computer Stops Food from Spoiling

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In this week’s news briefing: a device to prevent rotting produce, gay rights advance in Virginia and Japan makes a science of lost-and-found.

A Proven Way to Change Voters’ Minds

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In this week’s news briefing: empathy-based political canvassing, old seeds grown anew and pavement that lets the water in.

The Pack Is Back

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In this week’s news briefing: The triumphant return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, and a company dispatches teenagers to help seniors with their iPads.

Why Australia Is Lighting New Bush Fires

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In this week’s news briefing: a millennia-old approach to controlling Australia’s wildfires, and a city in Illinois gets to know its homeless.

A More Sensitive Supermarket

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In this week’s news briefing: simulating disability in a retail environment, turning down take-away plastics and tidying up the ocean floor.

Uber’s Ambulance Service

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In this week’s news briefing: Medicaid picks up the tab for ride-hailing to the doctor, and wind farms sprout from Fukushima’s abandoned farmland.