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Teacher Shortage, Firefighter Shortage, and Winning the Drought

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It’s the first day of the new school year for LA public schools, and there’s good news for teachers: they aren’t being laid off anymore. In fact, cities across the country are having the opposite problem: they can’t hire enough of them. And the situation looks like it could get worse in the future. Then, the wildfire situation is so bad in the West, national fire officials have announced they’re bringing in soldiers to help fight the flames. And in the fourth year of a serious California drought, you’d think the Golden State might shrivel up and keel over. Yes, there are some serious ramifications from the lack of rain and snowfall. But while California may be thirsty, it’s also resilient. Finally, Many of us dread making a customer service phone call. In response, companies have turned to interactive voice response systems. But these systems are increasingly complicated and ineffective. Now, some companies are trying to change the dynamic and let the customer dictate the terms of the service call.