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How New England caught the COVID deaths much of the country missed

How New England caught the COVID deaths much of the country missed

The USA TODAY Network in New England and the Documenting COVID-19 project partnered to investigate how New England became a positive data anomaly in terms of COVID death reporting accuracy. Across the region, excess deaths during the pandemic are almost completely accounted for by official COVID deaths. In other parts of the country, these COVID deaths were missed or certified incorrectly as other causes.

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A data guide to childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island

A data guide to childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island

MuckRock recently reported on the State of Rhode Island’s one-time plan to eliminate blood lead levels in children. Here we break down where the numbers on these instances come from and what they’re missing.

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Rhode Island’s lingering lead problem

Rhode Island’s lingering lead problem

Data from Rhode Island show efforts to eliminate lead poisoning have not succeeded, but government officials and community organizers both find progress in the effort.

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MuckRock request data shows big difference in backlogs between states

MuckRock request data shows big difference in backlogs between states

In order to get a better sense of what’s truly going on with public records laws, we decided to take a look at data from over 2,600 agencies in MuckRock’s API. The numbers show the staggering differences in state and local average response times as well as the number of requests filed and completed in those states.

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The community’s needs above all: Lessons from the Providence External Review Authority’s struggle for police accountability

The community’s needs above all: Lessons from the Providence External Review Authority’s struggle for police accountability

Driven by movements for police accountability, civilian oversight agencies have become commonplace across the county. But often politically weak and under-resourced, they fail to live up to the aspirations of the activists that fight for them. In Providence, Rhode Island, a civilian oversight agency works to reestablish its legitimacy.

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