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A new constitution...with a side of broadband

Voters in Alabama on Tuesday approved a new state constitution as well as 10 amendments, one of which frees up the state and local governments to use stimulus funds from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act to attract internet service providers in hopes of expanding broadband service. The amendment was necessary because the previous constitution, written in 1901, barred government agencies from using public funds to provide a “thing of value” to private companies. The full constitutional rewrite was done to retire a 120-year-old document riddled with racist language and laws. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Indiana tackles workforce woes with training program

On the Priorities Podcast, Jon Rogers, the Indiana Office of Technology’s director of strategic workforce planning, talks about State Earn and Learn, a workforce program that trains people with and without college degrees to take on careers in government IT. “The goal of the program is to reskill citizens, adult citizens, in this case, from prior jobs,” Rogers says. “I have folks on the program who are truck drivers, factory workers, lawn cooks, grocery store workers — really a very diverse number of walks of life, to reskill.” Listen to the podcast.

Election disinformation a bit less rampant than 2020

Rumors and mischaracterizations about voting on Tuesday swirled around social media throughout the day, especially related to malfunctioning ballot tabulators in Arizona’s Maricopa County, where officials were still counting votes, researchers from the nonprofit Election Integrity Partnership said yesterday. But CyberScoop's Suzanne Smalley reports that disinformation watchers said the amount of conspiracy theories and lies about the voting process was far less than expected, and much lower than after the 2020 presidential election. Read more on CyberScoop.

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