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Communities face drone questionsnew

The Honeoye Falls Fire Department's annual Christmas parade was in full swing when a camera-wielding drone descended on it. The parade is a popular community event, and in this past year's, more than 15 area fire departments queued up in the village; that's a whole lot of trucks covered in wreaths, lights, and holiday lawn ornaments...
City Newspaper  |  Jeremy Moule  |  02-24-2016  |  Policy Issues

Frenemy alert: Svalbard still a hot target for foreign spiesnew

Russian troops all around us, Chinese hackers trolling our climate-monitoring satellite equipment, foreigners from dozens of other countries living here under lax residency laws. The frigid Svalbard archipelago is once again a hot spots for spies and other troublemakers in Norway's annual threat assessment report.
Icepeople  |  Mark Sabbatini  |  02-18-2016  |  Policy Issues

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver shows up to back a bold taxpayer ask: $18 million for 18th &

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II stands in an elevator on the first floor of Kansas City, Missouri's City Hall on a dreary Wednesday afternoon. Cleaver, flanked by a security guard, is heading to the 26th floor, where the City Council is about to meet and discuss the prospect of an $18 million infusion to the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District...
The Pitch  |  Steve Vockrodt  |  01-14-2016  |  Policy Issues

Attacks on Planned Parenthood are attacks on public healthnew

Address the root problem and not a bogeyman
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Editorial Board  |  08-20-2015  |  Policy Issues

Will Prison Reform Make Bail Bond Agents Obsolete?new

Vermont's bail bond agents are eager to talk about their trade — and the threats it faces. Their challenges signal major changes brewing in the correctional system.
Seven Days  |  Alicia Freese  |  07-23-2015  |  Policy Issues

North Carolina sues FCC over municipal broadbandnew

Lawsuit says federal government overstepped its authority
INDY Week  |  Jeffrey Billman  |  05-21-2015  |  Policy Issues

Oakland Has a Transparency Problemnew

Numerous boards and commissions in Oakland — and elsewhere in the East Bay — routinely violate local and state open meeting laws.
East Bay Express  |  Darwin BondGraham  |  05-06-2015  |  Policy Issues

Atlanta Public Schools’ Vacant Buildings Trapped in Timenew

The uncertain future and untapped potential of Atlanta Public Schools’ empty buildings.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Wheatley and Joeff Davis  |  03-06-2015  |  Policy Issues

The Politics of Park Benchesnew

The Beltline design process offers a chance to rethink Atlanta's approach to homelessness.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Robert Rosenberger  |  01-17-2015  |  Policy Issues

Is Sacramento’s Costly Water-Meter Install Wasting Millions?new

Sacramento says it's doing what’s necessary to update its water infrastructure. Experts question the reasoning behind the expensive and invasive plan.
Sacramento News & Review  |  Joe Rubin  |  11-14-2014  |  Policy Issues

Oakland's Threat to Sex Workersnew

A new eviction policy broadly targets prostitutes, and while the city argues that the law will help fight child trafficking, there's no data or evidence to back those claims.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  11-13-2014  |  Policy Issues

Some Progress on Indigent Defensenew

New York State has settled a lawsuit that accused it of systematically depriving poor criminal defendants of their right to counsel. And in doing so it has recognized, for the first time, that it is responsible for providing legal representation for those defendants.
City Newspaper  |  Jeremy Moule  |  10-29-2014  |  Policy Issues

Drunken Mumbo Jumbonew

Tennessee's liquor laws are weird, confusing, and frustrating. Is it time for a rewrite?
Metro Pulse  |  Cari Wade Gervin  |  09-17-2014  |  Policy Issues

Georgia's execution secrecy law protects private interests over the public goodnew

Recent ruling to uphold Owens vs. Hill is revenge, not justice
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Editorial Board  |  05-29-2014  |  Policy Issues

License Commission defies ABCC in denying Price Chopper licensenew

The denial of a liquor license transfer to Price Chopper earlier this month could land the city in court, but at the very least it has one local liquor store owner crying foul. The License Commission, meanwhile, is defending its decision, which echoed the one it made last year, even though the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) at that time had told the licensing board it did not agree with the outcome.
Worcester Magazine  |  Walter Bird Jr.  |  03-27-2014  |  Policy Issues

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