Prosecutors drop gun charges over and over. Some suspects go on to kill.

From 2014 through 2018 the Charlotte Observer found that Mecklenburg County prosecutors dismissed 68 percent of weapons charges, a higher rate than any other urban county in North Carolina. Mecklenburg’s high dismissal rate means that defendants who commit crimes there have a greater chance of avoiding punishment than in other North Carolina counties. Suspects who…

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Health System Sues Thousands Of Patients, Seizing Paychecks And Claiming Homes

Over six years, the University of Virginia health system filed 36,000 lawsuits against patients seeking a total of more than $106 million in unpaid bills, seizing wages and bank accounts, putting liens on property and homes and forcing families into bankruptcy, a Kaiser Health News investigation discovered. The sheer size of the program dwarfs other…

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Harris County, Texas Homicide Report

The Homicide Report is a project that will document homicides in Harris County during 2019. On a monthly basis, the Houston Chronicle and will list any death ruled by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences as a homicide — the death of a human being by the hand of another. The Homicide Report…

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California’s Teacher Housing Crunch: Rising rents in coastal California outpace teacher pay

Living where they teach has become a fading dream for many California teachers. An EdSource analysis of teacher salaries and rents reveals just how crushing California’s housing crisis has become for them. Teachers at the bottom of the salary scale working in the state’s coastal and metro areas are being shut out of affordable housing.…

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Small town in Ohio plagued by sex trafficking and local corruption

A team of Cincinnati Enquirer journalists spent more than a year in this small Rust Belt city two hours east of Cincinnati to investigate allegations of a sex trafficking ring. The findings corroborate what federal law enforcement agents first alleged four years ago – that a local defense lawyer and former city councilman lured women…

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How brokers’ bonuses can lead to ruin

The Star Tribune published an unprecedented examination of Wall Street recruitment practices this weekend. The story showed how big investment companies are dangling six-figure bonuses as a way to recruit top brokers, but the deals come with so many strings that the deals often backfire for both the brokers and their clients.

Where electronic health records went wrong

The U.S. government claimed that turning American medical charts into electronic records would make health care better, safer, and cheaper. Ten years and $36 billion later, the system is an unholy mess. A joint investigation by Kaiser Health News and Fortune found that instead of streamlining medicine, the government’s EHR initiative has created a host…

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How Trump’s anti-immigrant policies separate families in Puerto Rico

Roundups of undocumented immigrants in Puerto Rico have been on the rise, according to immigration attorneys. And, as the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo reports, the federal government’s lack of transparency keeps Puerto Ricans in the dark about the number of people affected and the impact of Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.

When Medicines Make Patients Sicker

The FDA is supposed to inspect all factories, foreign and domestic, that produce drugs for the U.S. market. But a Kaiser Health News review of thousands of FDA documents — inspection records, recalls, warning letters and lawsuits — reveals how drugs that are poorly manufactured or contaminated can reach consumers. Since 2013, drugmakers have recalled…

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Overdoses, bedsores, broken bones: What happened when a private-equity firm sought to care for society’s most vulnerable

Roughly 25,000 patients were exposed to increasing health risks at an underfunded nursing-home chain, an investigation from The Washington Post found.  The ManorCare chain was owned by Carlyle Group, one of the wealthiest private-equity firms in the world. ManorCare had struggled financially until it filed for bankruptcy in March, and in the previous five years,…

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