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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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Documenting COVID-19 project, MuckRock, Missouri Independent collaboration wins 2 first-place Missouri Press Association awards for health and pandemic coverage

Documenting COVID-19 project, MuckRock, Missouri Independent collaboration wins 2 first-place Missouri Press Association awards for health and pandemic coverage

Columbia University’s Documenting COVID-19 project, MuckRock and the Missouri Independent won two first-place prizes for its COVID-19 pandemic and health coverage in the 2022 Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

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Missouri spent $25 million on staffing and antibody treatments to help hospitals. The contract was marred by no-shows and 'exorbitant' costs.

Missouri spent $25 million on staffing and antibody treatments to help hospitals. The contract was marred by no-shows and ‘exorbitant’ costs.

Fewer hospitals signed on to receive staff than the Department of Health and Senior Services anticipated. Within the first few weeks, some hospitals faced no-shows, while the company’s hourly rates — up to $215 an hour for some nurses and $550 an hour for doctors — were too high for other hospitals to afford after state funds ran out.

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Missouri coroner training commission can’t convene due to lack of action by governor

Missouri coroner training commission can’t convene due to lack of action by governor

In July 2020, Gov. Mike Parson signed into law a potentially sweeping change for coroners across the state of Missouri, many of whom lack medical or forensic training. The law, which creates a governor-appointed commission to write new standards and training for coroners, was written in response to the botched investigation into the 2011 death of 27-year-old Jayke Minor in Fayette and pressure from the Missouri Coroners’ and Medical Examiners’ Association.

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How you can use ‘Uncounted’ CDC data to explore the COVID-19 pandemic’s hidden death toll

How you can use ‘Uncounted’ CDC data to explore the COVID-19 pandemic’s hidden death toll

The Documenting COVID-19 project and the USA TODAY Network spent months investigating where and why COVID-19 deaths go uncounted.

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Uncounted: The hidden death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic

Uncounted: The hidden death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic

In some places, just half of the spike in deaths during the pandemic is blamed on COVID-19. Researchers say that points to a massive undercount.

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