Selling senior care: Costly dementia care failing to keep Oregon seniors safe

The Oregonian spent more than a year investigating memory care in Oregon, where over 100,000 records and accounts from hundreds of memory care workers and families showed evidence of abuse, high prices and understaffing. Confirmed cases of abuse are more than twice as prevalent in memory care facilities as they are in other types of Oregon…

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How a company’s natural gas keeps blowing up Texas homes — while customers pay the tab

More than two dozen homes across North and Central Texas have blown up since 2006 because of leaking natural gas, an investigation by The Dallas Morning News found. Nine people died; at least 22 others were badly injured. And the state agency over pipeline safety rarely fines companies for serious safety problems, even when they…

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Toothless Texas inmates denied dentures in state prison

An investigation from the Houston Chronicle found inmates without teeth in the Texas prison system are often denied dentures on the premise they aren’t medically necessary. Instead, prisons opt to feed inmates pureed meals. In a population of more than 149,000 inmates in 2016, prison medical providers approved giving out 71 dentures. The Chronicle heard…

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If you’ve suffered a crime, there’s state money to help. Good luck getting your hands on it.

New Jersey, like every other state, provides compensation to victims of crime or their survivors. But interviews with victims’ families and advocates, and a review of records, show the once-innovative program has morphed into an agency often at odds with its own charitable mission, building barriers to aid and too frequently finding reasons to deny…

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Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands Of Seniors To Gruesome Deaths

A joint investigation by Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune revealed that thousands of older Americans in nursing homes are dying from preventable sepsis infections and offered readers a first-of-its-kind “lookup” that lets readers check infection violations and staffing levels at all 15,616 nursing homes in the United States.

District blames ex-employee for Nashville schools’ failure to report teacher-misconduct cases

The vast majority of misconduct allegations against teachers in Nashville schools aren’t regularly reported to the state, an investigation from the Tennessean found. The director of schools is required by law to report certain teacher misconduct when employees are suspended, terminated or resign. But he only reported one such case in the last year — out…

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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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When rape is reported and nothing happens

The Star Tribune reviewed more than 1,000 police reports of rapes and sexual assaults in Minnesota and built a database, documenting how the police handled the case, the outcomes and more. They found that chronic failures mean that too often victims don’t get justice. Nearly one-quarter of the cases were never assigned to an investigator.…

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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.