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When it came to finding truly surprising patterns or stories within the Alabama data, I hit wall after wall. Here's what I learned along the way.
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A new reporting project will examine child abuse deaths and near-deaths over a five-year span to gain a better understanding of how poverty contributes to child abuse across Alabama.
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"Fixing our foster care crisis” was made possible through major funding from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and additional support from the University of Southern California Annenberg Center's Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being. 
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A FiveThirtyEight reporter on how she tackled an ambitious series on a huge, overlooked health crisis.
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Looking through health statistics for the United States, there’s an area that almost always shows up in red: Alabama’s Black Belt. A stretch of fertile lands across the southern half of the state, it was one of the most brutal and wealthy parts of the country during the slavery era....

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The gun lobby loves the short memory of the American public and the news media. Who remembers that Aaron Alexis killed 12 at Washington's Navy Yard just three months ago, legally buying a shotgun two days before the rampage.

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It is hard to find a more impassioned group than conceal carriers who contend that they keep themselves and others safe by being armed. Yet is it true? Reports by ABC's 20/20 and the Violence Policy Institute indicate no.

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Faced with two mad cow scares this year, both US and Brazil authorities have debuted the concept of "atypical mad cow disease." Spontaneously-erupting mad cow that has no known cause and may be a genetic mutation has seldom if ever been reported before.

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A high-level painkiller probe, why the GOP is targeting Medicare in an election year, the military's massive free health clinic in Alabama and more from our Daily Briefing.

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A seasoned reporter takes a job at an advocacy organization, and explains why she sees it as a return to health journalism

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