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Hidden Dropouts

The Hidden Dropouts series revealed that more than 3,700 students who left Indiana high schools without earning diplomas were written off as leaving to home-school. Chalkbeat discovered that while students who drop out push down schools graduation rates, students labeled as leaving to home-school simply disappear from those calculations.
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Polluted by Money

Oregon allowed pesticides, dropped on clearcuts by helicopter, to waft into residential neighborhoods, the Oregonian found. It failed to enact controls on oil trains, even after a major derailment and fire. It became a dumping ground for old diesel school buses after California tightened rules on emissions.
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Dairyland in Distress

An unprecedented upheaval in dairy farming is threatening a way of life that defined much of Wisconsin for a century, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today Network-Wisconsin found. Global competition, technological advances, industrial farms, changing consumer tastes and trade wars have darkened the iconic red barns that once dotted the landscape, and emptied the pastures of Holsteins and Jerseys and Brown Swiss.
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Throwaway Kids

The Kansas City Star spent a year investigating what happens to foster children across the country after they age out of the system, focusing on their life outcomes. By nearly every measure, they discovered, states are failing in their role as parents to Americas most vulnerable children.
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Copy, Paste, Legislate

It was one of the worst-kept secrets in politics: Legislators dont write the laws that bear their names.But while many people are aware that corporations and lobbyists do much of […]
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Immigration Crisis

An exhaustive USA TODAY Network investigation revealed how the federal immigration system was on the brink of collapse, with administration policies fueling explosive pressure points on the U.S. southern border, […]
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Caregivers and Takers

Reveals Caregivers and Takers investigation uncovered rampant exploitation of caregivers in senior board-and-care homes across the United States. Many of these caregivers are immigrants who earn about $2 an hour […]
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To Protect and Slur

We found that hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from across the United States are members of Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups on Facebook.They have worked […]
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Behind the Smiles

This investigation exposed for the first time the true toll of Amazons relentless drive for speed, using never-before-public injury records from the companys warehouses, deep sourcing from current and former […]
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Hes a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.

My story looks at the corrosive effect that jailhouse informants play in the criminal justice system, and why their testimony is one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions.I focused […]
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