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Overlooked Stimulus States and Studying Gov't Secrecy

Here are our editors' picks from today's roundup of investigative stories around the Web. Was there a story we missed? Please keep sending us your picks or include them in the comments section below.

After running the numbers, USA Today found that "with few exceptions," the first stimulus contracts, worth nearly $4 billion, have not actually gone to states with the highest unemployment rates (which we predicted might happen back in January). ProPublica is tracking stimulus projects across the country and could use your help.

Also, following up on his pledge to boost government openness, President Barack Obama set up a task force yesterday to determine if the government is too secretive and should release more documents, reports the Washington Post. (We've been keeping an eye on those transparency promises, too.)

Karen Weise

Karen Weise was an intern at ProPublica and a recipient of the Mark Felt Scholarship for Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

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