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Managing mental illness in rural Northern California: Two women share their stories

Managing mental illness in rural Northern California: Two women share their stories

Reporter Alayna Shulman profiles two women living with mental illness in rural northeast California, where services can be scarce. “You’ve just got to keep going, and you’ve just got to cling to the hope that things are going to get better," one woman says.
By Alayna Shulman | 09/03/2015
New Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease cases raise questions

New Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease cases raise questions

Mad cow disease (BSE or bovine spongiform encephalopathy) and the related Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) found in humans are back in the news. In the southern Italian region of Puglia, two people died last month.
By Martha Rosenberg | 09/02/2015
Limited care available for mental health patients in California's rural north

Limited care available for mental health patients in California's rural north

The roster of mental health workers in the rural areas is alarmingly small. And with too many people seeking help and few professionals to offer it, experts say the results are predictable: lengthy wait times, fragmented care and — in some cases — patients giving up hope of finding treatment.
By Alayna Shulman | 09/02/2015
Failure Factories: Lessons in fear (Part 2)

Failure Factories: Lessons in fear (Part 2)

Violence is a part of daily life in the most segregated elementary schools in Pinellas County, Florida. Five elementary schools had more violence than all 17 high schools combined.
By Michael LaForgia | 09/01/2015
How the Pinellas County School Board neglected five schools until they became the worst in Florida

How the Pinellas County School Board neglected five schools until they became the worst in Florida

First the School Board abandoned integration, leaving the schools overwhelmingly poor and black. Then they broke promises to help and stood by and did nothing as black children started failing at outrageous rates.
By Michael LaForgia | 09/01/2015
Confederate flag punctuates Pinellas School Board discussion on failing schools

Confederate flag punctuates Pinellas School Board discussion on failing schools

With a dramatic flourish, a longtime education activist recently unfurled a Confederate battle flag in front of Pinellas County School Board members, saying they had failed black students in five neighborhood schools in south St. Petersburg.
By Michael LaForgia | 08/28/2015
Children in Crisis: Child welfare in the Ocean State

Children in Crisis: Child welfare in the Ocean State

Social workers at Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families say they have too many cases to really make a difference in children’s lives. The agency is already facing criticism for other problems, including one of the nation’s highest percentages of foster children in group homes.
By Kristin Gourlay | 08/28/2015
License Overdrive: Why licensing doesn’t necessarily lead to better quality

License Overdrive: Why licensing doesn’t necessarily lead to better quality

Strict professional licensing rules don't necessarily translate into higher-quality work, as a recent report from the White House made clear. Might there be a smarter way? One option: directly regulate the companies that employ the people who are being subject to licensure.
By William Heisel | 08/28/2015

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