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Denver’s top economic development priority for 2017: Economic mobility 23.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Not all Denver residents have benefitted from the city's economic rise since 2011, so this year's JumpStart plan will focus on economic mobility and opportunity for all.
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This Company Wants You To Buy Its Gross-Looking Water Bottles 23.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How does a nice tall glass of brown murky water sound right about now? Pretty crappy, probably. But for 663 million people around the world, it’s the only choice they have when they’re feeling thirsty and can’t access clean water.  That’s what inspired London-based beverage company One Water to develop a water bottle that appears to be full of muck you’d probably never want to ingest. The water is perfectly safe to drink, but a cleverly designed sleeve that wraps around the outside of the bottle makes it look otherwise.  The product isn’t available in stores yet.  “It seems counter-intuitive to be trying to sell a bottle of water that looks dirty, but we think it’s a useful moment of reflection,” Duncan Goose, founder of One Water, said in a statement. “It makes a very strong impression when it sits alongside other water bottles and we hope it will awaken shoppers’ curiosity.” One Water released the bottle in conjunction with Wednesday’s World Water Day. The awareness event aims to educate advocates ...
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Clean water plant brings hope to village in north India 22.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NAI BASTI VILLAGE, India (AP) — Schoolchildren cheered and village women clapped as a gush of clean water flowed through a set of gleaming steel taps connected to a newly installed water filtration plant in a dusty north Indian village. Nai Basti is a mere 55 kilometers (35 miles) east of the capital, New Delhi, […]
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Hope flows into Indian village in the form of clean water 22.3.2017 Washington Post: World
Schoolchildren cheered and village women clapped as a gush of clean water flowed through a set of gleaming steel taps connected to a newly installed water filtration plant in a dusty north Indian village.
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6 Ways Seniors Lose Out Under Trump's Budget 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Being charged higher premiums for health insurance  or possibly not being able to access affordable health coverage at all if you are in your early 50s to mid 60s is just the tip of the iceberg of what older people can expect from President Donald Trump’s proposed health care agenda.  The Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a sucker punch to the gut for this vulnerable and hard-to-insure age group, especially because it will no longer require big companies to  provide a group plan and will raise the ceiling on how much older workers  can be charged . But Trump’s budget announced Thursday delivered a second blow for older people. While funding for Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs is to increase, multiple programs that directly assist seniors are on the chopping block:  1. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This program provides short-term aid to pay heating and cooling bills for 6.7 million people . Nearly one-third of households receiving this help have a ...
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PHOTOS | World Water Day 2017 21.3.2017 L.A. Times - World News
More than 5 million people in South Sudan do not have access to safe, clean water, compounding the country's problems of famine and civil war, according to UNICEF. Even those South Sudanese who can find water spend much of their day hiking, fetching and carrying the containers of the precious fluid...
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Repeal and Replace: The True Cost of Repealing Obamacare 21.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Hank Adcock's family has farmed the rolling hills of this small town in Northern Alabama for more than a century. Adcock took over the farm from his father, who inherited it from his father. At 62, Adcock was planning to pass the 300 acres -- where his family raises everything from peaches and plums to corn and tomatoes, along with 200 cows -- to his two sons. Then a brutal farming accident threatened to rip the farm from his family. As Adcock worked in the fields below his house on a summer day in 2015, he reached to clear a jam in the hay baler and his hand caught in its blades. Within minutes, the machine took two of his fingers and much of his palm. In shock, bleeding, and alone, Adcock somehow worked the stick shift on his old 4×4 Sierra pickup with his mangled right hand and drove across his fields for help. Eventually, the bills for that help -- the doctors, hospital care and medivac helicopter ride -- exceeded $130,000. This would be enough to consume his family's finances, and with them his ...
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Company: Dakota Access pipeline on track, despite “threats” 21.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company building the Dakota Access pipeline said Monday that the project remains on track to start moving oil this week despite recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the line. The brief court filing late Monday from Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn’t detail the attacks, but said they “pose threats to life, […]
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Along Syria-Jordan Border, Refugees Struggle At A Camp Aid Workers Can't Visit 21.3.2017 NPR News
In the Syrian desert near Jordan's border, some 60,000 refugees live in dire conditions. A trip with the Jordanian military provided a glimpse of the Rukban camp. Few outsiders have seen it.
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Baltimore is using the SDGs to build a more just city 20.3.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
This story originally appeared at Citiscope, a nonprofit news outlet that covers innovations in cities around the world. More at Citiscope.org.In April 2015, this aging industrial city an hour north of Washington, D. C., suddenly rose to the top of national newscasts. A young black man named Freddie Gray had died after suffering injuries to his spine while in police custody for a minor offense, and the city had begun to boil.
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Seattle’s sugary-drink tax: Do it for our kids 20.3.2017 Seattle Times: Opinion

We can all agree that sugary drinks have no nutritional benefits. Let’s get them out of our diets and invest into our community instead.
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Norwegian Pension Fund Divests From Companies Behind DAPL 18.3.2017 NPR News
KLP is pulling millions of dollars it has invested in companies building and owning the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision was reportedly driven by pressure from Norway's indigenous Sami peoples.
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Trump won big in parts of rural America. Now he wants to eliminate 3 agencies dedicated to helping them. 17.3.2017 Washington Post
In the president's budget outline, none of the rural development agencies — the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority, the Northern Border Regional Commission — would receive any money. In effect, it would eliminate these programs, which are completely subsidized by the federal government.
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Nigeria's Water Bill Could Criminalize Drinking Water For Millions 17.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s a bitter irony not lost on its residents: Lagos,  Nigeria , is surrounded by an abundance of water , but millions of inhabitants in Africa’s most populous city can’t drink it. The coastal city that’s bordered by a lagoon is in the throes of a water crisis . Only 1 in 10 people have access to water that the state utility provides. The rest — some 19 million residents — rely on informal water sources, either drilling their own boreholes to drink from or fetching water from lakes or rivers. Those that can afford it pay exorbitant amounts to local “ mai ruwa ,” or water vendors, who peddle their wares in often-unsanitary jerry cans, or bottles and cellophane sachets. Yet, activists say, the Lagos House of Assembly passed legislation last month that could threaten even this last-resort source of drinking water — an imperfect, but critical lifeline for most Lagosians. Opponents of the Lagos Environment Bill say politicians did not follow due legislative process before it was  signed into law on March 1 ― ...
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How Republicans plan to hurt American families 17.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The GOP health-care plan and Trump’s budget would slash funding that helps the poor.
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Inslee: Trump budget blueprint “incredibly harmful” to Washington 17.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget outline would impose deep cuts across federal government. Such a move would be “incredibly harmful,” to Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday.
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"Morally Obscene" Trump Budget Proposal Stands to Make America Cruel Again 16.3.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Meals on Wheels. Amtrak. Teacher training, after-school, and summer educational programs. The National Endowment for the Arts. The Appalachian Regional Commission. The National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

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The Native Nations Rise March: Kandi Mossett on How Standing Rock Lives On 16.3.2017 Truthout.com
The mobilization in DC helped people connect with each other beyond Standing Rock and organize to lobby Congress, says Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network. People came away from the march with a renewed sense that the power ultimately lies with them, and they have taken the fight to other pipeline sites, as well. Native Nations Rising encampment in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2017. (Photo: 350.org ) Since election night 2016, the streets of the US have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this ongoing "Interviews for Resistance" series, experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers share their insights on what works, what doesn't, what has changed and what is still the same. Today's interview is the 21st in the series. Click here for the most recent interview before this one . Today we bring you a conversation about the ...
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Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them 16.3.2017 Washington Post
Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them
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Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, on President Trump’s Budget Request 16.3.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
National Low Income Housing Coalition President Trump’s budget slashes critical resources used to help keep housed some of the country’s lowest income and most vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and formerly homeless individuals. At a time when America’s housing crisis has reached historic heights and the lowest income people suffer the most severe impacts, proposals to further cut these vital resources are unconscionable and ...
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