Lauren Owens Lambert
Lauren Owens Lambert
 Children in homes supervised by state social workers die suddenly and unexpectedly at least twice the rate of infants statewide.

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) is a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom based at Boston University and at the studios of WGBH News.

 

 

 

Sudden Infant Death: Agency-linked Babies More at Risk

 Children in homes supervised by state social workers die suddenly and unexpectedly at least twice the rate of infants statewide.

Children in homes supervised by state social workers die suddenly and unexpectedly at least twice the rate of infants statewide.

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State Horse Fund Can’t Find Enough Purses

State Horse Fund Can’t Find Enough Purses

 It seemed like a sure bet for the Sport of Kings: A tax on casinos aimed solely at reviving Massachusetts horse racing.

It seemed like a sure bet for the Sport of Kings: A tax on casinos aimed solely at reviving Massachusetts horse racing.

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Can You Trust Lyme Disease Tests?

Can You Trust Lyme Disease Tests?

 As Lyme disease becomes an increasingly challenging public health threat across the Northeast, a growing number of tests for the vexing ailment may be misdiagnosing patients when telling them that they have — or don't have — the tick-borne illness.

As Lyme disease becomes an increasingly challenging public health threat across the Northeast, a growing number of tests for the vexing ailment may be misdiagnosing patients when telling them that they have — or don't have — the tick-borne illness.

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Bio-Rghts

Bio-Rghts

 

 

 Public awareness of the value of genetic data and high drug costs are changing patients’ role in research. Before providing specimens, patients are increasingly looking for compensation or setting other conditions.

Public awareness of the value of genetic data and high drug costs are changing patients’ role in research. Before providing specimens, patients are increasingly looking for compensation or setting other conditions.

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Oversold and Misunderstood

Oversold and Misunderstood

 Many prenatal testing companies promise more than they can deliver. They may also be prompting abortions.

Many prenatal testing companies promise more than they can deliver. They may also be prompting abortions.

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Justice delayed in life and in death

Justice delayed in life and in death

 Dozens of cases of Massachusetts children who may have died of abuse and neglect remain unresolved for years because investigators have been hamstrung by delays in obtaining death reports and difficulty determining whether deaths were accidental, natural, or the results of a crime, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Dozens of cases of Massachusetts children who may have died of abuse and neglect remain unresolved for years because investigators have been hamstrung by delays in obtaining death reports and difficulty determining whether deaths were accidental, natural, or the results of a crime, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Driving Schools at Head of Long Line for RMV Road Tests

Driving Schools at Head of Long Line for RMV Road Tests

 A cornerstone of Massachusetts law is equal access to public services. But the Registry of Motor Vehicles has interpreted that access in a way that favors people willing to pay extra. A form of pay-to-play for road tests has evolved in recent years, severely limiting the average citizen's ability to secure coveted appointments in a timely manner, an examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

A cornerstone of Massachusetts law is equal access to public services. But the Registry of Motor Vehicles has interpreted that access in a way that favors people willing to pay extra. A form of pay-to-play for road tests has evolved in recent years, severely limiting the average citizen's ability to secure coveted appointments in a timely manner, an examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Mass. Legislature Among States That Pass The Fewest Bills

Mass. Legislature Among States That Pass The Fewest Bills

 From January 2011 through last month (March 2014), the Massachusetts Legislature enacted 945 bills – just 5 percent of nearly 17,600 proposed. Only New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota passed a smaller percentage of proposed legislation in that time, according to data compiled from the LexisNexis website Statenet.com.

From January 2011 through last month (March 2014), the Massachusetts Legislature enacted 945 bills – just 5 percent of nearly 17,600 proposed. Only New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota passed a smaller percentage of proposed legislation in that time, according to data compiled from the LexisNexis website Statenet.com.

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