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By Adam Harris

'You want a description of hell?' OxyContin's 12-hour problem,

Los Angeles Times

When Purdue Pharmaceuticals released OxyContin in 1996, the company touted its 12-hour pain relief as "more than twice as long as generic medications." But this Los Angeles Times investigation found that the drug wears off early in many patients. Still, instead of stepping back from its 12-hour claim, Purdue told doctors "to prescribe stronger doses, not more frequent ones," which may have helped contribute to OxyContin being "one of the most abused pharmaceuticals in U.S. history."

Migrant children kept from enrolling in school,

Associated Press

Migrant students – sometimes fleeing violence – are being routed to alternative programs or being denied access to schools in districts across the country. The AP found instances of students being pushed into separate programs or being dissuaded from enrolling in "at least 35 districts in 14 states."

Wall Street Stock Loans Drain $1 Billion a Year From German Taxpayers, ProPublica/Washington Post

Dividend arbitrage, or div-arb as it's known, has been an "open secret on Wall Street for years," but a trove of documents reveals how the trading is being used to skirt taxes in more than 20 countries. In Germany alone, div-arb deals mean the government collects  $1 billion per year less in taxes than it otherwise would.

The End of Prison Visitation, Mic

Across the country, in-person prison visits are being replaced with video visitation systems – in fact, "over 600 prisons in 46 states have some sort" of the system. And in some places, prisons are getting rid of face-to-face visits altogether in favor of the new technology.

As Flint was slowly poisoned, Snyder's inner circle failed to act,

MLive

What role did Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and his administration play in the ongoing public health crisis in Flint? This investigation offers insights into the failures of Snyder and his inner circle to deal with lead-tainted water.

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Private juvenile center conceals abuse inquiries and pressures county to keep its business deal, APM Reports/MPR

State sitting on millions owed to crime victims, KXAN

--- Originally appeared at ProPublica.org