Poor and Black ‘Invisible Cyclists’ Need to Be Part of Post-Pandemic Transportation Planning

COMMENTARY | City planners need to think specifically about the needs of bicyclists of color, something that will become particularly important as more people shift to alternatives to public transit in the coronavirus era.

Public Safety

Minneapolis Leaders Urge Calm As Governor Calls Up National Guard

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Positive Covid-19 case in Pennsylvania legislature causes stir … New York City mayor eases retailers ability to walk away from leases … Oklahoma governor vetoes medical marijuana delivery bill.

Tech & Data

As Virus Keeps Kids From Schools, New Figures Show Millions Lack Home Internet

Meanwhile, a California education official this week said it would take at least $500 million to get students there the computers and internet access they need, and asked the private sector to help.

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Vigilance and Visibility: The Case for Stronger IT Hygiene in Local Governments

Even as local governments have amassed a greater arsenal of devices and endpoints to connect their departments, enterprise security and visibility have struggled to keep pace.


Women Disproportionately Losing Their Jobs During Coronavirus Downturn

Women of color, single mothers, and women over the age of 55 have been particularly hard hit.


Antibody Tests Were Hailed As Way To End Lockdowns. Instead, They Cause Confusion.

Some communities considered community antibody testing as a way out of lockdown. But they've pulled back as they realized antibody testing is the Wild West in an oversight vacuum.


Americans Aren’t Getting the Advice They Need

COMMENTARY | As people start reopening their lives, they’re hearing little practical guidance about the dilemmas they encounter.


Smaller Cities Left Waiting on Coronavirus Aid Money

“The challenge for 97% of America's cities is that we haven't received any funding yet,” says one mayor.

Health & Human Services

Colorado Officials Ask Older Residents to Keep Staying Home

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Feds tell states to share education funding with private schools .... Pennsylvania environmental enforcement down … Weekend fire at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco will devastate the seafood industry.


Proposal Would Require Full Refunds for Student Travel Trips Canceled Due to Covid-19

Legislation in Massachusetts would expand consumer protection laws to require full refunds for student trips that are canceled due to "a declaration of emergency."


Trump’s Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding to the Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest

New York and New England have the most COVID-19 cases but received the second-lowest funding of any region. Maine can’t get any shipments because none of the selected contractors serve the state.


Despite Reopening Efforts, Many Americans Are Fearful to Resume Normal Life

Recent polling on people’s willingness to do activities from flying to shopping shows that just because businesses are reopened doesn’t mean people are ready to venture out to them.

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We’ll Be Wearing Things on Our Faces for a Long Time

You can choose between a mask and a face shield, but you can’t choose nothing.


COVID-19 Is Crushing Black Communities. Some States Are Paying Attention.

Black Americans are much more likely than whites to die of COVID-19.

Health & Human Services

A City Looks to Expand Its Virus Tracing Workforce in Distressed Neighborhoods

Chicago is one of the latest jurisdictions around the U.S. seeking to beef up its contact tracing program. Experts say it’s a key step towards reopening the economy.

Public Safety

Minneapolis Officers Fired After Man Dies in Police Custody

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No raises for city workers in D.C. … Shutdown Colorado restaurant sues governor … Illinois moves toward allowing Chicago casino.

Health & Human Services

Home Baker Challenges City Food Ordinance Requiring Inspections

A new lawsuit challenges health ordinances the city of Lincoln enacted after Nebraska lawmakers loosened state restrictions on the sale of home-baked goods and other cottage foods.


A Significant Share of Teachers Say They Won’t Return to In-Person Classes if Schools Reopen This Fall

New polling shows both parents and teachers are wary of returning to normal in fall, with almost one in five teachers saying they would leave their job if asked to return to the classroom with students.

Health & Human Services

Governors Ask Residents to Stop Mask-Shaming

Two Republican governors asked residents to stop harassing people who choose to wear face coverings in public, saying the decision to do so should be separate from politics.


How Redlining Decades Ago Set Communities Up for Greater Coronavirus Risk

COMMENTARY | The Valverde neighborhood in Denver—which was once redlined—had the city's highest Covid-19 hospitalization rate.