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Some good news - and a bunch of bad news - on pesticide levels in U.S. streams

Analyzing studies conducted by reputable organizations is a crucial part of understanding the topics journalists write about. MinnPost writer Ron Meador takes a look at an environmental study prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey that provides a look at how water quality is being assessed and what pollution levels means about the way we live.

Influx of disabled residents leads to clashes in senior housing

Tensions are rising in Minnesota between people with disabilities and the elderly who are sharing subsidized housing more and more because of efforts to move the disabled out of group homes and institutional settings.

Prison firm CCA seeks to reduce number of repeat offenders

Government clients are pressuring private prison companies to help inmates stay out of prison after returning home.

Boom in energy spurs industry in the Rust Belt

In Ohio, industries including manufacturing, hotels and real estate are being transformed because of the energy boom from fracking shale.

Opioids are high on the list in Rx drug-return effort

With opioids killing thousands of Americans every year, Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced a drug return program that authorizes hospitals and pharmacies to take surplus drugs.

Stop and Seize

A program that allows police officers to seize cash and contraband, meant for large sums of money or drugs, is now being used to confiscate thousands of dollars from ordinary citizens. It can take a long and expensive court battle to get the money back from police.

Insider traders in U.S. face longer prison terms, Reuters analysis shows

Big profits from illegal insider trading schemes have led to more prison time for offenders. The average sentence from the past five years was up about 30 percent compared to the previous five-year period.  

Losing Ground

Through an interactive map and a series of stories, explore the effects of climate change and rising sea levels on the Louisiana coastline.

Five terrifying facts from the leaked UN climate report

Starker language in this new report to be released in November reveals that a series of irreversible ecological and economic catastrophes will occur if swift action is not taken.