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State Rep. John Voss, R-Cape Girardeau, speaks to a group of constituents

Lawmakers consider bill to raise training standards for Missouri coroners

A case in Cape Girardeau County, where the coroner is charged with stealing from the dead and lying on death certificates, is spurring action to strengthen qualifications for public officials who handle deaths.

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Using data to track maternal mortality rates and "near misses"

Using data to track maternal mortality rates and “near misses”

Prompted by the release of data by MuckRock, reporters at The News & Observer set out to examine why more women in the U.S. and North Carolina are dying of pregnancy-related complications.

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New CDC and state data shows how the COVID-19 pandemic led to a startling rise in maternal deaths

New CDC and state data shows how the COVID-19 pandemic led to a startling rise in maternal deaths

With the help of maternal mortality experts, MuckRock is releasing a first-of-its-kind dataset that includes nationwide and a selection of statewide data on maternal deaths during the pandemic. We’re also asking for people who have experienced the death of a family member or friend from pregnancy-related complications to tell us their stories.

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The 'Uncounted:' People of color are dying at much higher rates than what COVID data suggests

The ‘Uncounted:’ People of color are dying at much higher rates than what COVID data suggests

Unspecific, unknown deaths rose 10 times more among Black, Hispanic and Indigenous people than among white Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis by MuckRock. The true toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on many communities of color is worse than previously known.

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We found dozens of 'Long COVID' deaths across the U.S., as defined by the CDC. Here are some of their stories.

We found dozens of ‘Long COVID’ deaths across the U.S., as defined by the CDC. Here are some of their stories.

In a first-of-its-kind analysis, we have detailed death certificate records in Chicago; California’s Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego; Minnesota; and New Mexico, allowing us to search for words associated with Long COVID. Here’s what we found.

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