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Nurses with criminal records allowed to keep working in Minn.

Our data-driven investigation, “When Nurses Fail,” found that hundreds of nurses with records of unsafe practice, patient harm, criminal charges or convictions continue to practice in Minnesota. A state monitoring program for drug-addicted health professionals allowed nurses to continue despite abusing drugs or alcohol, stealing from their patients and failing numerous drug tests.

Nurses with histories of drug use, crime or neglect were able to obtain licenses and find jobs because of flaws in the state background check system. Patients were unaware that their nurses had troubled backgrounds. One parent inadvertently hired a nurse with a history of making crystal ...

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Database used to highlight lax police misconduct oversight

We knew early in our investigation of Long Island police misconduct that police officers had committed dozens of disturbing offenses, ranging from cops who shot unarmed people to those who lied to frame the innocent. We also knew that New York state has some of the weakest oversight in the country.

What we didn’t know was if anyone had ever tried to change that. We suspected that the legislature, which reaps millions in contributions from law enforcement unions, hadn’t passed an attempt to rein in cops in years. But we needed to know for sure, and missing even ...

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data reveals fraudulent offices

Our newspaper’s analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data revealed that 131 providers in the Atlanta metropolitan area claimed a UPS Store mailbox as their medical office.

In turns out, Atlanta medical providers were not conducting medical procedures in mailboxes. Most of these providers filled out the federal paperwork incorrectly.  But dozens of others committed fraud by  using the UPS Store mailboxes as purported real offices. With a sham provider number and a UPS Store address, they could also provide what looked like a real physician’s approval for unnecessary or non-existent medical services and equipment ...

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Democracy by CAR: Preparation aids RNC coverage

The 2008 Republican National Convention, which was held four blocks from our office in downtown St. Paul, was the biggest event this newspaper has covered in a good number of years. We knew that organization would be a key to making sure everything went smoothly. We ended up harnessing some CAR power to make that a bit easier. To be sure, there are probably dozens of other things we could have done if given the time and resources. Not having covered an event like this before, most of those involved weren’t quite sure what to expect or what we ... Read more ...