Failure To Deliver: An investigation into the hidden dangers of out-of-hospital deliveries

Home birth is a growing movement among expectant mothers who opt to reject hospitals and the sterile environment of maternity wards. But the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and GateHouse Media found that babies born in out-of-hospital deliveries are twice as likely to die as babies born in a hospital. Reporters investigating the out-of-hospital birth industry talked to…

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More than 1,000 Oregon daycares have failed to prove water is free of lead

A third of licensed daycares in Oregon failed to prove that their drinking water didn’t contain high levels of lead, The Oregonian/OregonLive found. Daycares in the state are required to test their water for the first time this year after reporting from the newsroom prompted a rule change. While child cares had until the end of…

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Chicago schools fail to protect students from sexual abuse and assault

A Chicago Tribune team obtained and analyzed 523 reports that children were sexually assaulted or abused inside city public schools from 2008 through 2017. A close examination of more than 108 cases found repeated child protection failures by the district, including haphazard background checks, mishandled investigations, blaming of young victims and complete secrecy about egregious…

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The rise of opioid use is causing more babies to be born already addicted

A Crain’s Chicago Business investigation found that the number of babies born with withdrawal symptoms as a result of their mothers using drugs during pregnancy is rising, especially in Illinois. It costs nearly $34,000 for a typical Illinois hospital to treat a baby suffering withdrawal, compared to the $4,000 it costs to treat a baby…

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South Dakota’s mental health spending shortchanges early treatment for kids

A series of stories from the Argus Leader investigate the mental health care gaps for children in South Dakota. State officials vowed to improve the reach of providers in 2003, after finding out more than half of children who qualified for help weren’t getting care from community-based mental health centers. More than a decade later,…

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Lead’s Hidden Toll

Reuters continues its reporting exposing hidden lead hazards nationwide in a 2-part series, Lead’s Hidden Toll. Part 1, constructed from previously undisclosed data, reveals how lead afflicts neighborhoods rich and poor in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. Findings surprised local leaders, moving them to immediate reforms. Part 2 reveals how Reuters has now…

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