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Investigation of Disasters Sparks Debate Over Navy’s Readiness and Responsibilities
by T. Christian Miller, Robert Faturechi, Megan Rose and Kengo Tsutsumi Last week, we published our stories on the Navy’s deadliest accidents in 40 years and the failure of Navy leaders to heed warni
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The VA Is Paying for a Top Official’s Cross-Country Commute
by Isaac Arnsdorf The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $13,000 over a three-month period for a senior official’s biweekly commute to Washington from his home in California, according to expen
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Large Natural Gas Producer to Pay West Virginia Plaintiffs $53.5 Million to Settle Royalty Dispute
by Kate Mishkin and Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette-Mail The second-largest natural gas producer in West Virginia will pay $53.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged the company was cheating
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Former Trump Officials Are Supposed to Avoid Lobbying. Except 33 Haven’t.
by Derek Kravitz It’s been more than two years since President Donald Trump, who rallied campaign supporters with calls to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and their ilk, took office. But despite that
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ProPublica Named a Finalist for Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics
by ProPublica The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced that “A Betrayal” by ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier is one of five finalists for the Anthony Shadid
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HUD’s System for Processing Public Records Requests Died During the Shutdown
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Appeals Court Rules Key Anti-Age Discrimination Protections Don’t Apply to Job Seekers, Only Employees
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What Do You Know About County Jails in California? Talk to Us.
by Beena Raghavendran, ProPublica, Jason Pohl, The Sacramento Bee, and Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica The Sacramento Bee and ProPublica are investigating conditions in California’s county jails. We need
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Senate Committee Grills Navy Official Over 2017 Collisions, Seeking Data to Prove Conditions Have Changed
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ProPublica Wins 22 Awards for Excellence in News Design
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Chicago Public Schools Monitored Social Media for Signs of Violence, Gang Membership
by Aaron Leibowitz for ProPublica Illinois, and Sarah Karp, WBEZ Chicago In January 2017, after a social media analyst for the Chicago Public Schools reviewed the Facebook profile of a Roosevelt Hig
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In Navy Disasters, Neglect, Mistakes, and 17 Lost Sailors
by Nate Schweber and T. Christian Miller
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Domineque Ray Is Executed in Alabama After Supreme Court Bid Fails
by Lauren Gill for ProPublica At 9:44 Thursday night, the curtain opened on the execution chamber at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. Domineque Ray lay strapped to a gurney, accor
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New Evidence Emerges of Possible Wrongdoing by Trump Inaugural Committee
by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC Federal prosecutors in New York are circling Donald Trump’s inaugural committee as part of a wide-ranging investigation into possible money laund
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What ProPublica Is Covering This Year
by Jess Ramirez We cover many things at ProPublica, from the border, to health, to police abuse. But all of our work is ultimately about one thing: holding the powerful to account. We do it through r
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ProPublica Nominated for 4 National Magazine Awards
by ProPublica The American Society of Magazine Editors nominated ProPublica for four of its 2019 National Magazine Awards (also known as the Ellies), which honor excellence in print and digital media
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How We Investigated the Navy’s Twin Disasters in the Pacific
by T. Christian Miller, Robert Faturechi and Megan Rose We set out to reconstruct the accidents in which the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain collided with cargo vessels within a few months
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Years of Warnings, Then Death and Disaster
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The Cook County Sheriff’s Office Says Its Gang Database Is on Lockdown, but Questions Remain
by Mick Dumke In January, aides to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart began telling other county officials that their office was no longer using its gang database. Many welcomed the news. After all, the g
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Detective in Elkhart, Indiana, Wrongful Conviction Case Dies in Apparent Suicide
by South Bend Tribune The former Elkhart police detective who was central in an investigation that led to the wrongful convictions of Keith Cooper and another man died this week in an apparent suicid
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ProPublica and ProPublica Local Reporting Network Projects Are Finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting
by ProPublica Projects by ProPublica and the South Bend Tribune, a participating newsroom in the ProPublica Local Reporting Network, are two of seven finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigati
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Confidential Memo: Company of Trump Inaugural Chair Sought to Profit From Connections to Administration, Foreigners
by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC The investment firm founded by the chairman of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, Tom Barrack, developed a plan to profit off its connections to
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In Elkhart, Indiana, Another Conviction Gets Tossed. The Star Witness Was Hypnotized, a Fact the Prosecutor Concealed.
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Pennsylvania Police Now Limited in Flagging Undocumented Immigrants to ICE
by Kavitha Surana Last year, ProPublica and The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Pennsylvania State Police had no guidelines preventing troopers from engaging in behavior that raised questions
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National Press Photographers Association Honors Kathleen Flynn for Photography on ProPublica Investigation
by ProPublica The National Press Photographers Association awarded the NPPA Humanitarian Award to Kathleen Flynn, an independent photographer and documentary filmmaker, for her career covering human
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Domineque Ray Is Set to Be Executed Thursday. Did He Ever Really Have a Chance at Being Spared?
by Lauren Gill for ProPublica On the morning of July 29, 1999, 12 men and women filed into the jury box in the Dallas County Courthouse in Selma, Alabama. The day before, they had convicted Domineque
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A “Bittersweet” Moment: Court Says VA Was Wrong in Denying Vietnam Veterans Benefits
by Beena Raghavendran Tens of thousands of Navy veterans didn’t set foot in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, but spent their time on ships patrolling the waters surrounding the country. And for decade
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The Curious Case of a Kentucky Cybersecurity Contract
by Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, and Daniel Desrochers, Lexington Herald-Leader In the months after the 2016 elections, state election administrators spent millions of dollars investigating and addres
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“Doubling Down”: With Private Care Push, Trump’s VA Bucks Lawmakers and Some Veterans Groups
by Isaac Arnsdorf When Congress passed a bill last year to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs, lawmakers said they were getting rid of arbitrary rules for when the government would pay for
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A Power Grab in Kentucky Sparks a Revolt
by Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, and Daniel Desrochers, Lexington Herald-Leader The September 2018 meeting of the Kentucky State Board of Elections was strikingly contentious. There was shouting, cros
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