Stories that Matter
Recent powerful work from our newsrooms
Police stage ‘chilling’ raid on Marion County newspaper, seizing computers, records and cellphones
The Kansas Reflector team was first to report on the astonishing law enforcement raid on a small town newspaper and its publisher. The ensuing outcry led officials to return the assets they seized from the paper but not before they copied some assets despite the flimsy underlying pretext.
Why does Alabama have more gun deaths than New York?
For Alabama Reflector, reporter Ralph Chapoco examined how permissive gun laws, poverty, and underfunded social programs combine to deadly effect in Alabama, where the rate of firearm deaths is almost five times that of New York.
Records reveal 75 years of government downplaying, ignoring risks of St. Louis radioactive waste
Allison Kite of The Missouri Independent worked with MuckRock and The Associated Press to comb through thousands of previously unreleased government records that show radioactive waste was known to pose a threat to people living near the St. Louis suburb Coldwater Creek as early as 1949. But federal officials repeatedly wrote potential risks off as ‘slight,’ ‘minimal’ or ‘low-level’ and downplayed the community’s exposure to harm.
Down the Line: Tracing the route — and risks — of Utah’s proposed Colorado-bound oil trains
Chase Woodruff of Colorado Newsline produced a multi-part investigation into the risks posed by the 88-mile railway that would carry crude oil, a hazardous material, to some of Colorado’s most scenic, fragile and densely populated places.
News From The States
How to make a state abortion ban go national
States Newsroom National Reproductive Rights Reporter Sofia Resnick, took an in-depth look at the move by anti-abortion groups to pass legislation in red states to make it harder for women to access abortion services elsewhere, in effect creating a national abortion ban.
News From The States
Kids at work: States try to ease child labor laws at behest of industry
Ariana Figueroa, States Newsroom DC Bureau, looked at how lawmakers in eleven states have moved to extend working hours for children, eliminate work permit requirements and lower the age for teens to handle alcohol or work in hazardous industries even despite a dramatic increase in companies illegally employing children over the last five years.