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CHRIS BURRELL NPR State and local governments spend billions of dollars hiring contractors for goods and services, but most of those contracts go to white-owned businesses, not minority contractors — despite decades of affirmative action and other policies meant to make up for disparities. A federal study released by the Minority Business Development Agency in early 2017 […]

Jaylan Butler, an innocent college student and the only Black member of the Eastern Illinois University swim team, was wrongfully arrested alongside an Illinois highway, held face down on the snowy ground with a gun to his forehead, and threatened by a group of police officers without justification. These facts are contained in a new lawsuit […]

VANESSA ROMO The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for water crisis victims to sue state and local government officials in Flint, Mich. For years, Flint city officials and state regulators have argued that they are protected by “qualified immunity” from being sued for their role in the water contamination crisis. But lower courts […]

Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz WASHINGTON — Newly unearthed documents show that the Food and Drug Administration failed to use its policing powers to make sure a program to curb improper prescribing of opioids was effective, researchers say. The lax oversight, they point out, occurred as the epidemic was growing and tens of thousands of […]

Jeff Stein, Yasmeen Abutaleb Vilified by lawmakers from both parties for months, the health-care industry this year appeared to face an existential threat to its business model. But last week, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, insurance companies and medical device manufacturers practically ran the table in Congress, winning hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks and […]

In 1921 Coleman became the first black woman in the United States to earn a pilot’s license, then barnstormed around the country thrilling audiences and inspiring later generations. By Daniel E. Slotnik Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. Bessie Coleman was the first African-American […]

RACHEL TREISMAN Some low-income college students are among the 688,000 food stamp recipients projected to lose benefits as a result of a Trump administration rule announced Dec. 4. While the rule explicitly targets “able-bodied adults without dependents,” it also limits food assistance for a share of college students at a time when campuses across the country […]

JON HAMILTON Black and Hispanic Americans are especially vulnerable to Alzheimer’s. Yet they’re often underrepresented in scientific studies of the disease. So on a cool Sunday morning in Cleveland, two research associates from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine have set up an information table at a fundraising walk organized by the local chapter of […]

VANESSA ROMO For decades, historians poring over photographs, written records and oral interviews have suspected where victims may have been buried after the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. And on Monday night, researchers announced there is new evidence that supports those suspicions. After studying four identified sites using ground-penetrating radar, scientists led by the State of Oklahoma […]

By Alice Park It’s fairly established medical science that people who have had heart attacks can take regular low doses of aspirin to significantly lower their risk of having another heart attack, or other heart problems including stroke. But it is still an open question whether or not people who haven’t had a heart event, but are […]

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