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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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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Case Cleared: How Rape Goes Unpunished in America

Newsy, ProPublica and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that dozens of law enforcement agencies nationwide are using a little-known case designation that inflates the number of rape cases the departments appear to have solved.  Based on data from 60 police agencies across the country, the newsrooms found that police are clearing rape…

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Evidence surfaces in inmate death, report sparks open records action at Texas Capitol

When 21-year-old Herman Titus died in custody at a Texas county jail, his mother wanted to know why.  When she tried to get information from the sheriff’s and county attorney’s offices, officials cited an obscure loophole to the Texas Public Information Act and blocked her request.  An investigation from KXAN found that the same loophole…

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