Study: Solid data needed to make tough decisions for economic recovery

Teri Ooms, Institute executive director at The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Wilkes University, said The Institute realizes regional leaders will need reliable information, unbiased fact-based analysis, and real-time data to make the tough decisions necessary for a successful economic recovery.

“These decisions will need to be data-driven and The Institute is answering the call,” Ooms said. “Our region needs a well-defined path forward and we strongly

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Joint Committee on Education hears from Columbia students and parents

Roger McKinney
| Columbia Daily Tribune

Columbia students and parents struggling with online learning offered heartfelt testimony during a Friday hearing of the Joint Committee on Education held at the Columbia Activity and Recreation Center.

In Columbia, elementary students returned to classrooms four days a week on Monday, with Wednesdays for online check-ins. Middle school students and high school students continued with online learning.

The Columbia Board of Education decided

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Protecting the Clean Water Act is more important than ever

This month in 1972, President Nixon vetoed the bipartisan Clean Water Act, deeming it “budget-wrecking.” A day later, however, Sen. Edmund Muskie (D-Maine) led the charge in the U.S. Congress to override the presidential veto — passing the 20th century’s landmark water protection legislation into law. 

Under this law, all waters defined as “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) became federally protected against pollution under strict standards to protect drinking

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Abandoned Retail Sites Become Senior Housing

The factors driving retail-to-housing transformation were set in motion years ago but have been accelerated by the pandemic. The demise of malls and shopping centers has also been amplified by the shift to online retailing in recent years.

The crisis in mainstream retailing has become an outsize challenge and opportunity for municipalities, real estate owners, managers and developers. More than 8,000 stores have closed so far in 2020, according to

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