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Missouri's Greitens Administration - A Freedom of Information Portrait

Instead of answering media questions and making traditional appearances, Missouri's former governor Eric Greitens, preferred to produce and release his own material, limiting chances for the press to gain an insight into his thinking or agenda. Let's try to recover some of that lost information by taking an ongoing look at the documents he uses to make and issue decisions.

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Disappearing Day Care: Child Care Crisis in the U.S.

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"Disappearing Day Care" is our ongoing series on the U.S. child care industry. We published our first part of this series in Michigan in 2022, with the Detroit Free-Press and Chalkbeat Detroit. In 2023, we are focusing on Missouri, with The Missouri Independent.

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Atomic Fallout: Records reveal the federal government downplayed, ignored health risks

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"Atomic Fallout" is an ongoing collaboration between The Missouri Independent, MuckRock and The Associated Press involving thousands of pages of previously-unreleased government records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. They show radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project was known to pose a threat to people living in North St. Louis County as early as 1949. But federal officials repeatedly wrote off potential health risks off as "slight," "minimal" or "low-level."

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Bureaucratic hurdles stymie Missouri families seeking help affording child care

Bureaucratic hurdles stymie Missouri families seeking help affording child care

Applicants to the state child care subsidy program often face long call center wait times and onerous paperwork requirements — and child care providers who accept the subsidy face administrative hurdles of their own.

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Missouri’s governor made access to child care a top priority. Where do his proposals stand?

Missouri’s governor made access to child care a top priority. Where do his proposals stand?

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made improving access to child care a major part of his 2023 legislative agenda, declaring during his annual State of the State address in January that “early childhood care is essential to our state’s success.” Since then, lawmakers have worked to enact his recommendations, but the proposals have faced roadblocks on their way to his desk.

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Missouri child care deserts include nearly half of kids 5 and under, new data shows

Missouri child care deserts include nearly half of kids 5 and under, new data shows

An investigation by MuckRock and The Missouri Independent found that despite hundreds of millions in federal pandemic relief money pouring into the state, child care facilities are facing huge staffing shortages and parents are struggling with long waitlists for care.

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Five things we learned about Missouri’s child care crisis

Five things we learned about Missouri’s child care crisis

MuckRock and The Missouri Independent analyzed the supply and demand of Missouri child care programs since 2019, drawing from public records and data provided by the advocacy group Child Care Aware.

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EPA finds radioactive contamination in more areas of West Lake Landfill

EPA finds radioactive contamination in more areas of West Lake Landfill

Radioactive waste in the West Lake Landfill is more widespread than previously thought, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. The finding is based on two years of testing at the St. Louis County site, which has held thousands of tons of radioactive waste for decades. An underground “fire” in another area of the landfill threatens to exacerbate the issue, which residents believe is responsible for a host of mysterious illnesses.

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