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“It Cost Me Everything”: In Texas, COVID-19 Takes a Devastating Toll on Hispanic Residents

“It Cost Me Everything”: In Texas, COVID-19 Takes a Devastating Toll on Hispanic Residents

Hispanic residents in the Houston region, including Valery Martinez and her family, have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues. It was also produced in partnership with NBC News.HOUSTON — Two weeks after Valery Martinez’s 41-year-old cousin...

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The Federal Government Gives Native Students an Inadequate Education, and Gets Away With It

The Federal Government Gives Native Students an Inadequate Education, and Gets Away With It

How Federal Schools Are Failing Native American StudentsProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This story was co-published with The Arizona Republic, a member of the ProPublica .A couple of months after Kimasha Shorty’s son started sixth grade at an Arizona public middle school, his teachers called her at home. He had trouble adding and subtracting and was struggling to read at grade level.Shorty didn’t understand how it was possible that her oldest child could be so far behind after leaving , the sole elementary...

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What Happened When a Public Institute Became a De Facto Lobbying Arm of the Timber Industry

What Happened When a Public Institute Became a De Facto Lobbying Arm of the Timber Industry

Investigating Industrial Logging in OregonProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article was produced in partnership with OPB and The Oregonian/OregonLive. You can sign up for The Oregonian/OregonLive special projects newsletter and OPB’s newsletter . OPB is a member of the .As Oregon Gov. Kate Brown crafted a bill in 2018 to enact sweeping limits on greenhouse gas emissions, leaders at an obscure state agency worked behind the scenes to discredit research they feared would persuade her to target one of the...

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After a Year of Investigation, the Border Patrol Has Little to Say About Agents’ Misogynistic and Racist Facebook Group

After a Year of Investigation, the Border Patrol Has Little to Say About Agents’ Misogynistic and Racist Facebook Group

Enforcing Trump’s CrackdownProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Brian Hastings, a top Border Patrol official, stared grimly at the television cameras.It was July 1, 2019, and Hastings was facing down a scandal: News reports had revealed that Border Patrol agents were posting wildly offensive comments and memes in a secret Facebook group.Agents had shared crudely manipulated images of men sexually assaulting , a New York Democrat and frequent antagonist of the Border Patrol; joked about migrants who died while...

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Kris Kobach’s Lucrative Trail of Courtroom Defeats

Kris Kobach’s Lucrative Trail of Courtroom Defeats

This story was co-published with the Kansas City Star.Kris Kobach likes to tout his work for Valley Park, Missouri. He has boasted on cable TV about crafting and defending the town’s hardline anti-immigration ordinance. He discussed his “victory” there at length on his old radio show. He still lists it on his resume.But “victory” isn’t the word most Valley Park residents would use to describe the results of Kobach’s work. With his help, the town of 7,000 passed an ordinance in 2006 that punished employers for hiring illegal immigrants and landlords for renting to them. But after two years...

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Her Rapist Threatened to Make Her “Disappear.” Instead of Asylum, ICE Put Her in a Hotel and Sent Her Back.

Her Rapist Threatened to Make Her “Disappear.” Instead of Asylum, ICE Put Her in a Hotel and Sent Her Back.

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.A teenage girl carrying her baby arrived at the U.S. border this summer and begged for help. She told federal agents that she feared returning to Guatemala. The man who raped her she said had threatened to make her “disappear.”Then, advocates say, the child briefly...

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The Complaint Files NYPD Unions Don’t Want You to See

The Complaint Files NYPD Unions Don’t Want You to See

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This story is co-published with THE CITY.ProPublica is working with , / and to report on how allegations of misconduct by law enforcement officers in New York are investigated and to examine and analyze police disciplinary records that have recently been made public.Cops in an unmarked van allegedly stop a driver and invasively search him in the middle of a Staten Island street.Officers, guns drawn, ransack a Brooklyn apartment — and even eat residents’ food, according to a...

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What Has Happened to Police Filmed Hurting Protesters? So Far, Very Little.

What Has Happened to Police Filmed Hurting Protesters? So Far, Very Little.

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.It has been almost two months since a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car accelerated into Brooke Fortson during a protest over police violence. She still doesn’t know the name of the officer who hit her or whether that person is still policing the city’s streets. The officer did not stop after hitting Fortson and instead turned around, nearly hitting other demonstrators in the process, and sped off.The LAPD almost surely knows who the officer is. The squad car’s number...

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“Defendant Shall Not Attend Protests”: In Portland, Getting Out of Jail Requires Relinquishing Constitutional Rights

“Defendant Shall Not Attend Protests”: In Portland, Getting Out of Jail Requires Relinquishing Constitutional Rights

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Federal authorities are using a new tactic in their battle against protesters in Portland, Oregon: arrest them on offenses as minor as “failing to obey” an order to get off a sidewalk on federal property — and then tell them they can’t protest anymore as a condition for release from jail.Legal experts describe the move as a blatant violation of the constitutional right to free assembly, but at least 12 protesters arrested in recent weeks have been specifically barred from...

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We Are Tracking What Happens to Police After They Use Force on Protestors

We Are Tracking What Happens to Police After They Use Force on Protestors

by , , , , July 29, 2020.ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.A in late May in response to the killing in police custody of George Floyd, police departments seemed to respond with more violence. In the ensuing weeks, hundreds of videos of police interactions with protesters surfaced on and other social media sites, often drawing outrage and, in some cases, swift .ProPublica wanted to find out what happens after these moments are caught on tape. We culled hundreds of videos to find those with the clearest...

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GLENSTONE FOUNDATION - Coronavirus Bailouts - ProPublica

GLENSTONE FOUNDATION - Coronavirus Bailouts - ProPublica

Search for PPP loan applications by organization, lender, zip code and business type.›GLENSTONE FOUNDATIONLoan Amount$1-2 millionLocationPotomac, MDIndustryBusiness TypeNon-Profit OrganizationJobs Retained157LenderCapital Bank, National AssociationDate ApprovedApril 3, 2020Companies and nonprofit organizations that receive PPP loans may have the loans forgiven , including not laying off employees during an 8-week period covered by the loan. Applicants must attest in their application that the loans are . Note: This data includes loan applications approved by banks and submitted to the SBA....

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The Eviction Ban Worked, but It’s Almost Over. Some Landlords Are Getting Ready.

The Eviction Ban Worked, but It’s Almost Over. Some Landlords Are Getting Ready.

Fiscal Responses to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.As tenants across Florida lost their jobs and incomes during the coronavirus pandemic, executives at Axiom Realty Partners LLC, whose portfolio includes at least nine apartment buildings throughout the Southeast, applied pressure on some tenants to either pay rent or move out.One Axiom tenant, who asked that her name not be used for fear of retribution from her landlord, told ProPublica that she fell behind on rent in early April when her...

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The Small Biz Double-Dip: Temp Companies Got Cheap Government Money, Got Paid by Clients for the Same Workers

The Small Biz Double-Dip: Temp Companies Got Cheap Government Money, Got Paid by Clients for the Same Workers

Fiscal Responses to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.As millions of small businesses suffer to the point of going under, some in one industry have found a way to benefit: temp agencies.Companies typically seek contracted temp workers because they don’t have to pay them benefits and can pick them up and let them go easily. For sudden needs brought on by COVID-19, such as conducting temperature checks and sanitizing workplaces, staffing companies can recruit, vet, hire and supply workers on a few...

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The NYPD Files: Search Thousands of Civilian Complaints Against New York City Police Officers - ProPublica

The NYPD Files: Search Thousands of Civilian Complaints Against New York City Police Officers - ProPublica

by , and , July 26, 2020.After New York state repealed a law that kept police disciplinary records secret, ProPublica sought records from the civilian board that investigates complaints by the public about New York City police officers. The board provided us with the closed cases of every active-duty police officer who had at least one substantiated allegation against them. The records span decades, from September 1985 to January 2020. We have created a database of complaints that can be searched by name or browsed by precinct or nature of the allegations. |Search for Officer by Name or...

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We’re Publishing Thousands of Police Discipline Records That New York Kept Secret for Decades

We’re Publishing Thousands of Police Discipline Records That New York Kept Secret for Decades

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Until last month, New York state prohibited the release of police officers’ disciplinary records. Civilians’ complaints of abuse by officers were a secret. So were investigators’ conclusions. The public couldn’t even know if an officer was punished.The New York City police officer whose use of a prohibited chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner in 2014 had a record of misconduct. Garner’s last words — “I can’t breathe” — became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter...

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Companies Owned by This Billionaire Governor Received up to $24 Million in Bailout Loans

Companies Owned by This Billionaire Governor Received up to $24 Million in Bailout Loans

West Virginia’s Conflicted GovernorProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family received up to $24 million from one of the federal government’s key coronavirus economic relief programs, according to .At least six companies from Justice’s empire showed up on the list of Paycheck Protection Program aid recipients released by the Small Business Administration.The Greenbrier Hotel Corporation, Justice’s firm that owns and operates the iconic luxury resort,...

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The Trump Campaign’s Legal Strategy Includes Suing a Tiny TV Station in Northern Wisconsin

The Trump Campaign’s Legal Strategy Includes Suing a Tiny TV Station in Northern Wisconsin

Exploring the Business of TrumpStay up to date with about WNYC and ProPublica’s investigations into the president’s business practices.This story is co-published with WNYC.This year, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign filed defamation lawsuits against three of the country’s most prominent news outlets: The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN. Then it filed another suit against a somewhat lower-profile news organization: northern Wisconsin’s WJFW-TV, which serves the 134th-largest market in the country.The Trump campaign sued the station over what it claims is a false and...

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They Warned OSHA They Were in “Imminent Danger” at the Meat Plant. Now They’re Suing the Agency.

They Warned OSHA They Were in “Imminent Danger” at the Meat Plant. Now They’re Suing the Agency.

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Frustrated by the lack of response to their complaint of the “imminent danger” posed by COVID-19, three meatpacking workers at the Maid-Rite Specialty Foods plant outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania, took the unusual step Wednesday of against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia.The lawsuit, filed in a Pennsylvania federal court, accuses the government of failing to protect essential workers from...

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Where Will Everyone Go?

Where Will Everyone Go?

For most of human history, people have lived within a surprisingly narrow range of temperatures, in the places where the climate supported abundant food production. As the planet warms, those regions are shifting. Entire nations will lose their ability to farm grains and vegetables. Faced with starvation, those who can leave will have little other choice. Human movement is hard to predict, and political battles surround any discussion of migration. This is becoming a barrier to saving lives. That is why we are asking… Where Will Everyone Go? ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine,...

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Politicians and Business Interests Pushed Health Officials Aside to Control Reopening. Then Cases Exploded.

Politicians and Business Interests Pushed Health Officials Aside to Control Reopening. Then Cases Exploded.

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Back in April, when public health officials were still helping lead Utah’s response to the coronavirus, the spread of the disease had slowed, stabilizing at fewer than 200 reported cases a day.Then came a shift in power, and priorities.State legislators who felt Gov. Gary Herbert was not moving quickly enough to lift restrictions on businesses to set guidelines to reopen. “It’s not meant to give economic outcomes a higher weight, but it is time...

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How to Understand COVID-19 Numbers

How to Understand COVID-19 Numbers

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.It’s the middle of the summer, and the coronavirus has not gone away.When the pandemic first began, some had hoped that there’d be a lull during the summer, with the heat knocking the virus into submission, but it has continued its march across America, with outbreaks flaring across the southern and southwestern states. Arguments have also become part of the daily discourse, with people debating over case counts and death tolls, how the trends...

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Hospitals Are Suddenly Short of Young Doctors — Because of Trump’s Visa Ban

Hospitals Are Suddenly Short of Young Doctors — Because of Trump’s Visa Ban

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.As hospitals across the United States brace for a difficult six months — with the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic still raging and concerns about a second wave in the fall — some are acutely short-staffed because of an ill-timed change to immigration policy and its inconsistent implementation.A issued by President Donald Trump on June 22, barring the entry of most immigrants on work visas, came right as hospitals were expecting a new class...

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States Are Reopening: See How Coronavirus Cases Rise or Fall

States Are Reopening: See How Coronavirus Cases Rise or Fall

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Update, May 21, 2020: After reported that states may be inflating test numbers, we changed this map to display positive tests per capita rather than as a percentage of total tests.Many states are lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions on social and business activity that were put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. Questions linger, however, about whether some states meet criteria set by public health experts and the federal government for doing so. Experts...

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The Michigan Supreme Court Is Reviewing the Case of a Teenager Incarcerated After Not Doing Online Schoolwork During the Pandemic

The Michigan Supreme Court Is Reviewing the Case of a Teenager Incarcerated After Not Doing Online Schoolwork During the Pandemic

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to get about our work.This story is a collaboration between ProPublica Illinois and the Detroit Free Press, and co-published with Bridge Magazine.The Michigan Supreme Court said Thursday it is reviewing the circumstances of a case involving a 15-year-old girl who has been in detention since mid-May after a judge determined she violated her probation by not doing her online schoolwork during the pandemic.That news came the same day attorneys for the teenager filed a motion in...

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Thousands of Small Business Owners Have Not Gotten Disaster Loans the Government Promised Them

Thousands of Small Business Owners Have Not Gotten Disaster Loans the Government Promised Them

Fiscal Responses to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.A $360 billion stimulus program that offers disaster relief to small businesses has been hobbled by delays and confusion, leaving millions of applicants harmed by the coronavirus pandemic waiting months for grants and loans — if the funds ever came at all.The Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, or EIDL (pronounced “idle”), was supposed to give small businesses grants and low-cost loans to help with the economic fallout from COVID-19. Though...

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