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States Fail to Keep School Vaccination Data #MuckReads

by Amanda Zamora ProPublica, Feb. 6, 2015, 3:50 p.m. How prepared are U.S. schools for measles? Most states don’t keep those records. A USA Today analysis found just 13 states met federal standards for collecting school-level immunization records. In those states — which included California — vaccination rates fell below the minimum standard of 90% […]

Will the Supreme Court’s Lethal Injection Review Kill the Death Penalty?

by Annie Waldman ProPublica, Feb. 4, 2015, 11:39 a.m. Last week, the Supreme Court put three executions in Oklahoma on hold as it reviews the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty protocol. If the nation’s top court strikes down Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedure, what would it mean for the death penalty? We’ve asked the experts […]

Senator to Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Jan. 22, 2015, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Sen. Charles Grassley said nonprofit hospitals could be breaking the law when they sue poor patients over unpaid bills and issued a stern warning to one Missouri hospital that he hopes reverberates nationwide. Citing a ProPublica […]

When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only

by Marian Wang ProPublica, Dec. 9, 2014, 10:49 a.m. This post has been updated to include a response from National Heritage Academies. A couple of years ago, auditors looked at the books of a charter school in Buffalo, New York, and were taken aback by what they found. Like all charter schools, Buffalo United Charter […]

$1 Spent on Politics = $760 Gained from Federal Gov’t

by Terry Parris Jr ProPublica, Dec. 5, 2014, 1:24 p.m. $1 spent influencing politics = $760 received from the federal government. America’s most politically active corporations 2013 like Ford Motor Company, McDonald’s and Bank of America 2013 pumped $5.8 billion into federal lobbying and campaign contributions between 2007 and 2012. An analysis of 14 million […]

Big Changes in Fine Print of Some 2015 Obamacare Plans

by Charles Ornstein, Lena Groeger and Ryann Grochowski Jones ProPublica, Dec. 4, 2014, 10:57 a.m. This story was co-published with The New York Times’ The Upshot. At first glance, the 2015 health plans offered by the Ohio nonprofit insurer CareSource look a lot like the ones it sold this year, in the Affordable Care Act’s […]