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  • October 30 — A borough in New Jersey recently disqualified three volunteer youth sports coaches for criminal offenses. As it turns out, those criminal charges had already been disclosed and cleared, proving how important proper organization and documentation is to making background checks effective.
  • October 30 — A man guilty of making terrorist threats against minorities in the past was recently discovered applying to lead a human rights committee in a California town. The town is not rightfully considering background checks for committee and commission volunteers.
  • October 28 — A city in Texas is considering running background checks on individuals applying for soliciting permits. The news begs the question of what can be done to regulate the unpredictable industry of door to door sales.
  • October 28 — Survey suggests that CEOs are subject to fewer background checks than college graduates looking for their first job. What's wrong with this picture?
  • October 24 — Tucson has implemented ban the box policies for the public sector and is considering them for the private sector. The city is also supposedly considering ditching background checks altogether for public employees, a poor choice that would take the idea of ban the box too far.
  • October 24 — The North Carolina State Fair is revamping employee contracts to stipulate background checks across the board. The decision follows an incident last year where five people were seriously injured on a carnival ride.
  • October 21 — A school district in Connecticut wants to use state grant money to install new background check systems for visitors. Some parents, though, are alienated by the idea, and the district is worried that the checks would lead to a big drop-off in parent involvement at school.
  • October 21 — A school district in Alaska is implementing volunteer background checks after a tutor allegedly sexually abused a student. The wrinkle in the case is that the district evidently should have been running checks on volunteers since 2004.
  • October 13 — Washington D.C. cabbies halted traffic and honked their horns in protest of proposed legislation that would allow Uber and Lyft to follow a separate set of rules. The alternate solution is to regulate ridesharing services under the same rules imposed by the city's Taxicab Commission.
  • October 13 — Several Minnesota teachers have recently been arrested for sexual misconduct with students. We look at why these individuals might be getting past background checks unflagged.