Georgia county can’t back up its excuse for plan to disenfranchise black voters

A public records request from HuffPost found no written record to support a Georgia county’s rationale for closing almost all of its polling places in the majority-black county. Officials in Randolph County have claimed they’re closing seven of the nine locations because of accessibility issues — but the county has “no document, report or analysis…

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San Diego County Democratic Party spent 37 times the contribution limit on one candidate. And it’s legal.

An analysis by inewsource has found that the San Diego County Democratic Party used a part of California’s campaign finance law called “member communications” to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on one candidate. The law allows both Republican and Democratic parties to funnel money into San Diego races despite efforts by local governments to…

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Washington psychiatric hospital described as “hell”

An Associated Press investigation has found that hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they are navigating a system that punishes employees who speak out despite critical staffing shortages.

Failing drinking water systems and lax oversight risk public health

A PennLive investigation uncovered serious failures in drinking water systems statewide as well as severely deficient staffing at the state agency tasked with ensuring those systems operate safety. When state inspectors did find problems, the violations were seldom followed up with formal enforcement action. Combined, these factors risk the health of some 10 million Pennsylvanians…

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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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Buffalo spent $4.3 million in federal funds to rehabilitate 10 houses

A Buffalo News investigation found that the city of Buffalo used $4.3 million in federal anti-poverty funds to rehab 10 houses in historic neighborhoods. Buffalo spends, on average, at least twice what neighboring cities report spending per house under the same federal program. And it rehabs a fraction of the number of houses the other…

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Atlanta knew its IT systems were insecure for months

A CBS46 investigation found that the City of Atlanta was warned months before the recent cyber attack in an internal audit that their IT systems contained a “large number of severe and critical vulnerabilities.” “In the 41-page audit, the city was told last summer their IT department was on life support, and there was basically…

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Expose of New Jersey’s broken medical examiner system

Lost body parts, innocent people sent to jail and child deaths going without proper investigation — all are the result of New Jersey’s dysfunctional medical examiner system, which has been known for decades as a national disgrace. An analysis of more than 420,000 death records by NJ Advance Media revealed New Jersey’s understaffing and crushing…

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Illinois DCFS failed to help parents who accidentally suffocated baby

An Illinois couple is arrested after their 2-month-old baby dies. Police said the living conditions in their home were so horrible that they contributed to the death of the baby and put the health and safety of their seven other children in jeopardy. Trash was allowed to accumulate for years, bugs and vermin infested the…

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