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Toxic Texas Air

Residents of eastern Harris County have grown tired of almost daily chemical leaks and the occasional catastrophe. A new generation of county officials is trying to help them, even as state leaders undercut their authority and restrict voting access.

‘Heathcare Divide’ nominated for a Peabody

“The Healthcare Divide” has been nominated for a Peabody Award in the News category. The program is one the most recent of many collaborations over the years among veteran FRONTLINE writer-producer Rick Young and his team, NPR and the Investigative Reporting Workshop. It also recently won a Writers Guild Award. The program, which aired in 2021, looked …

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Program wins Writers Guild Award

“The Healthcare Divide,” the most recent of many collaborations over the years among veteran FRONTLINE writer-producer Rick Young and his team, NPR and the Investigative Reporting Workshop, has won a Writers Guild Award. The program, which aired in 2021, looked at disparities in American health care and the large urban hospitals hit hard by the pandemic. Reporters traveled …

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Case closed?

A clean energy company that once operated at William Koch’s Oxbow plant in Port Arthur, Texas, claimed in a lawsuit that Oxbow manipulated sulfur dioxide emissions to avoid spending millions on pollution controls. Oxbow said it complies with the law.

Iowa’s toxic brew

The convergence of two rivers in Des Moines, Iowa, is a bullseye illustrating the connection between climate change and toxins in drinking water. Legislation and litigation haven’t worked. So the Des Moines Water Works is getting into the farming business.

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‘Dying in silence’

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, mandated by federal law to publicize and investigate the death of every detainee in its care, has been using a loophole to avoid full accountability. A recent investigation discovered that ICE underreported fatalities by releasing sick inmates to hospitals, where some died shortly afterward.