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April 30, 2012

A unique, first-of-its kind program to help low-income inventors in the Denver region pursue patents was announced Wednesday in Denver by David Kappos, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Bill Fulton and Chris Haller look at Denver's recent efforts to involve its residents in helping to solve next years anticipated $94 million budget gap.
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April 24, 2012

Bruce Longs job is to save lives, 160 characters at a time. Long and other staffers at the crisis line have been working with text services for only five months. Its the latest outreach in the Veterans Affairs Departments suicide prevention efforts, and Long said it has been a significant change from the traditional phone hotline services he has been involved with for years.

Travelers who believe they've been targeted for their religion or race will be able to file complaints from their iPhones.

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The excitement of school dismissal is different in Chicagos crime-ridden neighborhoods. Students arent thinking about whats for dinner, if theyll pass a math test or whether to talk to the cute girl in class. Some are just thinking about the best way to get home without running into gang-bangers, witnessing a drug deal, getting robbed or shot. Thats what led Chicago Public Schools to team up with the CTA in getting Bus Tracker displays inside the exits of 36 high schools. Around ...

April 23, 2012

The environment in the courtroom is compassionate and supportive, with social workers, probation officers and others invested in every case.

After long delays and multiple false starts, IRS delivers on a new database to speed up returns processing and delivery of refunds, plus improve fraud detection.

Agency adding 1,900 in light of growing veteran demand for psychological, social services.

After struggling with exiting problems for years, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has added a third door to some buses, hoping to improve passenger flow.

April 19, 2012

Today, the Office of National Drug Control Strategy (ONDCP) released its 2012 National Drug Control Strategy, the Obama Administration's primary blueprint for drug policy in the United States. Featured prominently in the strategy is Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)'s VetCorps program, which is designed to help returning veterans and their families access the critical services and support they need to thrive in their communities - ranging from social, mental and physical health services to housing and employment assistance.

April 15, 2012

Hana Schank reports on Boston's Citizens Connect app, and the innovative ways in which the city's Department of New Urban Mechanics is empowering citizens and government employees alike.
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Social impact bonds have recently come into favor in the public sector as a means of financing projects that will impact communities where government funding is typically scarce. Social impact bonds allow governments to contract with a third party to fill gaps in available services, but unlike a standard procurement arrangement, these contracts are only [...]

National program that connects wounded vets with troubled kids comes to BaltimoreEquipped with a flip phone and 400 free minutes, each member of a group of truant students at Carver Vocational Technical High School knows that at any moment a call could come that changes his or her day — or life.

April 10, 2012

Tyler Silvestro reports on the release of new designs for the SEPTA Spur by Studio Bryan Hanes and Urban Engineers, a significant step in realizing Philadelphia's Reading Viaduct revamp.
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April 8, 2012

To ensure they have future stewards, national parks are changing attitudes and programs to attract and keep younger people

Small dairy farmers and ex-cons don't make natural allies. But a non-profit group, Milk Not Jails, is hoping they can forge a new urban-rural relationship in New York state based on food rather than incarceration.

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