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An 'open door' for cities

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday told mayors from across the United States that his White House will aim to be a stronger partner to cities than the outgoing Trump administration has been, especially as the country suffers through the toughest months of the COVID-19 pandemic yet. Speaking from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said cities need aggressive stimulus to deliver critical services, including high-speed internet and vaccine distribution. "The Biden-Harris administration will have an open door for mayors," Biden said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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California sets up 'virtual visits' in prisons

California will soon launch a virtual video-conferencing system to allow incarcerated people to see their visitors and families virtually, the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Friday. At least five prisons across the state will be equipped to handle virtual visits by the end of November, the agency announced, with more to come by the end of the year, as the COVID-19 crisis worsens. Ryan Johnston has details.

MS-ISAC hits 10,000 members

The organization that helps state and local government collaborate on cybersecurity efforts recently added its 10,000th member, quite the change from 2004, when it formed as a small coalition of IT officials from the Northeast. In interviews, leaders of the Center for Internet Security, the 20-year-old nonprofit that runs the MS-ISAC, said that as online threats have grown, so has public officials' desire to share intelligence. “Just the nature of how [ransomware] moves from one school to the next school in the same county, that has made city agencies and county agencies want to share information,” CIS Vice President James Globe said.   Ben has more.

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