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  • Dead Voters (Deceases residents cast 2003 ballots)

    This CAR investigation of voting records and Social Security death records found that deceased residents voted in the primary election in 2003. It was also found that thousands of dead people remain as registered voters on the voter rolls. State and local officials say this can create an 'opportunity for ghostly corruption.'
  • Nepotism in summer hiring by Detroit county officials

    Detroit Free Press shows Detroit county officials hire friends and relatives for summer employment.
  • Hyderabad Debates Health Insurance Model as Public Hospitals Decay

    Andhra Pradesh province in southeast India is ground zero for a series of ambitious public health programs aimed to make affordable healthcare available to the rural poor. However, when these families travel to the city to find medical treatment, they must navigate a treacherous path through counterfeit pills, medical fraud, and hidden costs. An epidemic of farmer suicides bears witness to the heavy toll that unpayable medical bills incurred at private hospitals can take on families living hand to mouth in the Indian countryside. This tragedy has added desperation to the search for solutions. One such solution is the Aarogyasri Health Insurance Program, which uses India's ration card system to provide poor families access to healthcare. But is this program enough? The gleaming new medical equipment of private hospitals in Hyderabad may be open to poor families from the countryside thanks to programs like Aarogyasri, yet below this photogenic surface is a culture of medical fraud and ration card forgery. The changes in India's healthcare system must be more than skin-deep if farmers are to spend their earnings on food for their families rather than medical bills.
  • Denied: How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children Out of Special Education

    In “Denied,” the Houston Chronicle revealed that a group of Texas state officials had arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should receive special education services and had enforced the benchmark by intensely auditing school districts for “over-identification.” The effort, which began in 2004 but was never announced and remained completely unknown outside of district special education departments, saved the state billions of dollars but denied critical help to tens of thousands of children with disabilities. As a result, the Chronicle reported, Texas now provides special education services to a lower percentage of its students than any other state in the country – by far. If Texas gave services at the same rate as everybody else, more than 250,000 more children in the state would be receiving services such as tutoring, counseling and therapy.
  • Myanmar Burning

    A Reuters series documents the mass expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar, including the investigation that landed our reporters in prison.
  • Taking the Taxpayer- The Incredible HUD

    Tampa Tribune looks at gypsum piles leaking pollutants into Tampa Bay.
  • Ruth Ann Norton's Second Act

    Ruth Ann Norton, executive director of The Coalition, is on a life time crusade to prevent lead poisoning in children. This silent killer has "been used by humans for more than 5,000 years to strengthen metal and to pigment everything from makeup to paint." However, when examining its effects, "children, including those exposed in utero, are more vulnerable to lead poisoning than adults because their systems absorb the element more readily. Once lead has affected the brain, the damage is irreversible." Norton, now with a budget of $2.6 million demands to examine the conditions of older homes and prevent lead hazards. But prior to The Coalition, Norton had other endeavors to assess. "Fourteen years ago, Norton made a series of what she now terms 'bad judgements' that led to 18 months in prison for wire fraud, wrecking her promising investment-management career along the way. The Coalition, she says, gave her a chance to redeem herself. She's not about to let it down."
  • Minnesota's Graduation Gap

    MPR News set out to delve into an underreported fact -- that Minnesota’s high school graduation rates for students of color rank among the very worst in the nation -- and ended up making a profound discovery: Minnesota devotes less to non-classroom student support than any state. The category includes guidance counselors, social workers, nurses and mental health counselors, attendance staff and other positions that education experts says are key to keeping students at risk of dropping out of school on the path to graduations. The link between support spending and graduation rates appears to be stronger than other oft-mentioned factors to explain low rates for students of color. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/01/grad-gap-highlights
  • Doctors & Sex Abuse

    Across the United States, sexual abuse of patients by doctors occurs far more often than has been known by the public or acknowledged by the medical profession, according to an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Regulators have a strong bias to forgive even doctors with egregious violations and return them to practice. The abuse is shrouded in secrecy and accountability is crippled by a poor framework of laws that does not put patient protection at the forefront. In a multi-part series that began July 7 and continues through the end of the year, The AJC revealed a broken culture that echoes scandals in the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts. Because of this broken culture, the medical profession is not addressing the victimization of patients, mostly female, by a powerful and esteemed group of men who, in any other walk of life, would likely lose their jobs and possibly be jailed. http://doctors.ajc.com/table_of_contents/ http://doctors.ajc.com/video_doctors_sex_abuse/ http://doctors.ajc.com/video_sex_abuse_story_details http://doctors.ajc.com/states/minnesota_sex_abuse/
  • The Rapist Says He's Sorry

    GQ's Tom Junod writes about Mitchell Gaff, a convicted rapist and sexual predator. Gaff lives in a facility Washington created for sexual predators. Gaff's therapists think there's a chance that he won't rape again next time he has the opportunity. The article discusses the 1990 Community Protection Act, the Sexually Violent Predator Law and whether treatment works for sex offenders.