Police pursuits lead to a shocking number of deaths every year

In 2014, four police pursuits ended in four separate deaths: a 75-year-old Navy veteran, a 42-year-old nursing assistant, a grandmother, and a speeding motorcyclist. All four chases happened within four miles of one another. And all shared one other characteristic: Everyone killed was black. A first-of-its-kind investigation by USA TODAY revealed that, on average, 90…

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Why does Minnesota have so many American Indian children in foster care?

Minnesota has more American Indian children in foster care than any other state, including those with significantly larger Indian populations, according to a Star Tribune analysis of federal and state data. Less than 2 percent of children in Minnesota are Indian, but they make up nearly a quarter of the state’s foster care population —…

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In Missouri, senior citizens who kill often get away with murder

At a certain age, can you get away with murder? That’s the question at the heart of an investigation published in the Riverfront Times, a weekly paper in St. Louis, Missouri. Reporter Shawn Shinneman looked at Missouri homicides involving offenders over the age of 75 and found that, of the 30 that met that criteria…

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Amazon’s same-day delivery excludes some predominantly black ZIP codes

Amazon offers same-day delivery service in 27 metro areas, but data analysis by Bloomberg found that some minority neighborhoods don’t have the same access as their predominately white neighbors. Bloomberg compared Amazon same-day delivery areas with U.S. Census Bureau data and found that in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Washington, black citizens are about half as…

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Women and minorities in Texas government make less than white men — and the gap is growing

Data analysis by The Dallas Morning News found that, for a decade, the wage gap has been growing. Women and minorities working for the state of Texas make less money than their white, male counterparts in similar jobs. Women earn 2 cents less on the dollar today than they did in 2006, the paper found.…

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Despite mandate, traffic-stop race data remain elusive in Vermont

Limited studies in Vermont have documented black and Hispanic drivers being stopped and searched by police at higher rates than whites. In an effort to measure the extent of racial profiling in this mostly white, ostensibly progressive state, lawmakers in 2014 required all police to record the race of drivers they pull over. An investigation…

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Indiana’s adult protective services program leaves vulnerable adults exposed to exploitation, abuse, neglect

An investigation by the Indianapolis Star found that the state agency responsible for protecting vulnerable adults has exposed thousands to abuse and neglect as a result of overwhelmed investigators.  The paper used public records requests to compare Indiana’s Adult Protective Services with similar agencies across the country. Among their findings: Indiana has up to 20…

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Analysis of fatal police shootings in Georgia casts doubt on officials’ claims

Nearly half of the 184 people fatally shot by police in Georgia since 2010 were unarmed or shot in the back, according to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The findings cast doubt on claims by officials that the use of deadly force in each case was justified. Other findings…

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Seattle-based company sells ‘birth tourism’ to Chinese women

A tip from a Chinese-speaking viewer led KING television’s investigative team in Seattle to a website promoting “birth tourism.” The Seattle-based company purported to offer travel services and luxury accommodations in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most exclusive neighborhoods. The KING 5 Investigators uncovered that pregnant foreigners paid tens of thousands of dollars to give…

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The US fails more John and Jane Does than you think

The current list of unidentified deceased people found in the US is currently about 10,000 names long. In 2007, the first federal, yet voluntary, database on these people was started. Medical Examiners can upload many details about the deceased person, along with deciding whether to compare dental records or DNA. A Reveal News investigation focuses…

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