Jun 16, 2017

Prisoners are now using drones for drug delivery

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Drones are quickly becoming a popular tool for companies around the world, from Amazon to a Swedish institute is testing the delivery of defibrillators to heart-attack patients. And now, even prisoners are using civilian drones to have contraband delivered to them within prison walls, NY Daily News reports.

Inmates are recognizing drones' "potential value as tools for bad deeds," per the Daily News. In the past five years, there have been over a dozen attempts to transport things like porn, drugs, and mobile phones into federal prisons, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

Why it matters: In the past, inmates bribed visitors or guards to sneak them things like drugs or other small items, but drones open up "the possibility of transporting much bigger and much more lethal items like guns" into the facility.

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UFC wants to host fight on tribal land to avoid coronavirus restrictions

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In an attempt to skirt federal and state guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC plans to hold its April 18 pay-per-view event on tribal land in California, per multiple reports.

The state of play: Even as the rest of the sports world hits pause, UFC president Dana White has remained adamant that fights must go on, and appears to have settled for a shutdown casino in a state with the fourth-most confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Ivanka Trump plans focus on coronavirus recovery for small businesses

Ivanka Trump speaks at yesterday's White House videoconference with bank and credit card executives. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ivanka Trump personally lobbied top bank executives to line up the $1.5 billion in commitments to small business that were announced yesterday at a videoconference among the bank executives and President Trump — stoking competitive juices among the execs to drive up their commitments.

The state of play: Ivanka, who has had workforce development in her portfolio going back to 2017, plans an increasing emphasis on small businesses in the weeks ahead as they navigate the rescue bill’s Payroll Protection Program, sources tell me.

Public transit's death spiral

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Public transit systems across the country are experiencing a painful trifecta: Ridership has collapsed, funding streams are squeezed, and mass transit won't bounce back from the pandemic nearly as fast as other modes of transportation.

Why it matters: Transit agencies could see an annual shortfall of as much as $38 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to TransitCenter. At the same time, they're more important than ever, with more than 36% of essential workers relying on public transportation to get to work.

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