Gov. Mark Dayton ordered random checks of county child protection decisions and created a team that can advise counties struggling with those issues. Updated Oct. 11, 2014
Army investigators have gone after former recruiting assistants who they say collected commissions for new soldiers who enlisted without their help. Updated Sep. 6, 2014
Spending in Minnesota politics may be best described as a web of influence. Nearly all of the state’s top political donors are related to each other in some fashion. Donations between PACs reveal a tightly knit network of groups.
This investigative series examines failures in Minnesota’s mental health system that have left hundreds of psychiatric patients in limbo — many of them languishing in county jails, cycling through the criminal justice system and sinking deeper into dangerous psychoses.
The Star Tribune is examining Minnesota’s oversight of nurses who violate standards of care and conduct. Over the past six months, the newspaper has analyzed thousands of records and interviewed more than 100 people about how the state protects the public from problem nurses.
An occasional series examining special education in Minnesota’s public schools, where the sharp increase in students who have serious disabilities has brought soaring costs, profound challenges and often controversial new methods for educating them.
A river of guns flows through poor urban neighborhoods in the Twin Cities and across the country, guns that constantly swap hands, guns from a shadowy marketplace that's hard for investigators to shut down, guns that are cheap, plentiful and ever more deadly.
There’s a reason a handful of schools from affluent suburbs, or well-endowed private schools, are winning an inordinate number of state team championships. Schools enjoying the most athletic success generally have booster organizations and corporate sponsors that are providing programs with the resources to succeed.
Read some of the the nation's best investigative reporting, including last year's Pulitzer Prize winners.
Seattle Times: In Washington state, government wastes millions to indefinitely lock up 280 sex offenders.
Columbus Dispatch: Domestic silence: the truth about abuse in Ohio.
Minnesota Public Radio: Minnesota: Weak on Bullying.
The New York Times: Federal regulators go easy on problems at aging nuclear power plants .
Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Inside Florida's insurance nightmare (2011 Pulitzer winner) .
The Washington Post: The Hidden Life of Guns.
Los Angeles Times: Public officials enrich themselves in California town (2011 Pulitzer winner).
Las Vegas Sun: Do No Harm: Surgical mishaps and preventable injuries plague Las Vegas hospitals.
Chicago Tribune: Deadly Neglect: How 13 children and young adults died at troubled group home.
Bloomberg: Education Inc. - For-profit colleges become $30 billion industry by targeting the vulnerable.
CNN: Investigating misconduct within the FBI.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Cashing in on Kids: Child-care scams in Wisconsin.
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times: Under the Radar: How a fake charity collected millions by exploiting Navy veterans .
Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald: In Haiti, sexual exploitation of children rises after earthquake.
New York Times: The Burger That Shattered Her Life; Minnesota woman left paralyzed by tainted beef.