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Agonizing lag in coronavirus research puts pregnant women and babies at risk

After months of asserting pregnant women were not at high risk for the coronavirus, the CDC recently released a study with sobering findings for expectant mothers. Experts say the data gaps are almost as worrisome as the results.
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How a PG&E contractor with a sketchy past made millions after California’s deadliest fire

PG&E overlooked a contractor’s involvement in illicit dumping before hiring it to clean up after the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history. PG&E later accused the vendor of fraud for bribing employees and overcharging for services.
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Millions of homeowners who need flood insurance don't know it — thanks to FEMA

It is FEMA's job to warn homeowners about major flood risks, but its approach is notoriously limited.

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How a PG&E contractor with a sketchy past made millions after California’s deadliest fire

PG&E overlooked a contractor’s involvement in illicit dumping before hiring it to clean up after the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history. PG&E later accused the vendor of fraud for bribing employees and overcharging for services.
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State coronavirus data doesn't support Trump's misleading testing claims

The Trump administration has doubled down on its claims that coronavirus case counts are up because the U.S. has increased testing. However, a closer look at graphs of testing numbers and positive cases shows that this isn’t the case for many states.
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The Trump administration paid millions for test tubes — and got unusable mini soda bottles

The plastic tubes supplied for coronavirus testing by Fillakit, a first-time federal contractor with a sketchy owner, don’t even fit the racks used to analyze samples. And they may be contaminated anyway.
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Emails reveal chaos as meatpacking companies fought health agencies over COVID-19 outbreaks in their plants

Thousands of pages of documents obtained by ProPublica show how quickly public health agencies were overwhelmed by meatpacking cases. One CEO described social distancing as “a nicety that makes sense only for people with laptops.”
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Wedding planner, caterer, "brand builder": Trump's food aid program is paying unlicensed dealers

Contractors with no experience in food distribution are looking for suppliers on Facebook while some food banks scramble to find desperately needed deliveries.
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“Immune to Evidence”: How dangerous coronavirus conspiracies spread

Conspiratorial videos and websites about COVID-19 are going viral. Here's how one of the authors of “The Conspiracy Theory Handbook" says you can fight back.

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A Trump official tried to fast-track funding for his friend's unproven COVID-19 “treatment,” whistleblower says

Whistleblowing virologist Rick Bright says that his Trump-appointed boss tried to fast-track funding for a friend’s coronavirus treatment, and that he was reassigned for insisting that funding be reserved for “safe and scientifically vetted solutions.”
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How climate change is contributing to skyrocketing rates of infectious disease

A catastrophic loss in biodiversity, reckless destruction of wildland and warming temperatures have allowed disease to explode. Ignoring the connection between climate change and pandemics would be “dangerous delusion,” one scientist said.
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Climate change won’t stop for the coronavirus pandemic

The next several months could bring hurricanes, floods and fire, on top of the pandemic currently raging through the country. How do you shelter in place during an evacuation?
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Early data shows African Americans have contracted and died of coronavirus at an alarming rate

No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates. Here’s what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race of COVID-19 patients.
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Biodiversity

In this remote town, spring seans salmon — and thousands of fishermen from coronavirus hot spots

A remote fishing region will soon be flooded with seasonal workers. The hospital is equipped for only four COVID-19 patients and its chief operating officer is out of a job after emailing a coronavirus conspiracy meme. Welcome to Dillingham, Alaska.
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Toxics

What happens if workers cutting up the nation's meat get sick?

As meatpackers rush to meet demand, their employees are starting to get COVID-19. But some workers say they’re going to work ill because they don’t have paid sick days and can be penalized for staying home.
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