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Patchy reporting undercuts national hate crimes count, Associated Press

How many hate crimes are there in the United States every year? Nobody knows. An AP survey found spotty tracking by police around the country: 2,700 local police and sheriff's departments never submitted a single hate crime to the FBI's national hate crime statistics.

Kentucky Constables: Untrained And Unaccountable, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Constables have power. They have guns. But they often don’t have training, according to this Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting investigation. And the issue isn’t limited to Kentucky.

At least 33 US cities used water testing 'cheats' over lead concerns, The Guardian

In several cities across the U.S., officials have taken the same kind of water testing shortcuts as those used by since-indicted officials in Flint, Michigan, the Guardian found.

Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn't pay his bills, USA Today

Donald Trump often touts his business savvy as one of his chief qualifications for the presidency. But USA Today found that Trump appears to be often shorting those who’ve done work for him, including a dishwasher, a plumber, and 48 waiters.

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At Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real , Chicago Reader