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Detroit, Atlanta, other cities curbing water shutoffs because of COVID-19 threat while some wait for an outbreak to change rules

Detroit, Atlanta, other cities curbing water shutoffs because of COVID-19 threat while some wait for an outbreak to change rules

Some cities are announcing a temporary moratorium on water shut-offs to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Others are waiting to formulate or unveil plans even as they have high rates of shut-offs.

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Outlier Media, MuckRock Foundation combine to bring accountability reporting and tools to more communities

Outlier Media, MuckRock Foundation combine to bring accountability reporting and tools to more communities

MuckRock and Outlier Media are combining to equip newsrooms and communities with new ways to create actionable transparency. Together, we’re expanding our work not only helping others release and share information, but also better ways for the public to understand and use it.

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This week's FOIA roundup: Detroiters overtaxed millions, the latest in police spyware, and prizes for your best FOIA idea

This week’s FOIA roundup: Detroiters overtaxed millions, the latest in police spyware, and prizes for your best FOIA idea

The weekly roundup on what is or should be public record. See something we missed? Let us know!

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Detroit police spar over city's million-dollar facial recognition contract. Here it is.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Detroit police spar over city’s million-dollar facial recognition contract. Here it is.

For more than two years, Detroit has been employing facial recognition technology. Last week, Rep. Rashida Tlaib brought it to national attention when she called the city out for its use of the system.

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Worcester, Massachusetts spent nearly on $10,000 on a promotional video for its #AmazonHQ2 bid

Worcester, Massachusetts spent nearly on $10,000 on a promotional video for its #AmazonHQ2 bid

With so much competition for Amazon’s second home, cities across the country are shelling out to stand out. In a request for HQ2 bids, Worcester Economic Development revealed they spent $9,800 to produce a promotional video for their headquarter proposal.

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