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Molly is one of the recipients of the 2018 Impact Fund, a program of USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism. 
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A data journalism project turns into a lesson in how even data from authoritative sources can be misleading.
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This story was produced as part of a project for the 2017 California Data Fellowship, a program of the USC Center for Health Journalism.
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California’s jails were built to hold inmates for relatively short sentences — usually just a few months. But now local law enforcement is grappling with how to hold offenders for long periods of time, which is having an impact on mentally ill inmates.

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Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s richest, most advanced companies. But underneath highways and along riverbeds, a scattered network of shantytowns endures. Santa Clara Co. has one of the most acute homelessness problems in the nation.

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The gun lobby loves the short memory of the American public and the news media. Who remembers that Aaron Alexis killed 12 at Washington's Navy Yard just three months ago, legally buying a shotgun two days before the rampage.

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Nursing homes in California have reaped $880 million in new funding from a 2004 state law designed to help them hire more caregivers and boost wages. But many homes did just the opposite.

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Throughout California, county health departments are dealing with anxious residents. The situation varies county by county, with some local officials complaining they're not being treated fairly by the state health department. First host Scott Shafer checks in with county health directors in Imperial, Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties, and then asks Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health, about the discrepancies between counties

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