Ed Howard, an attorney specializing in consumer issues, and his sister had trouble obtaining price information while trying to plan their father's funeral. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Despite Decades-Old Law, Funeral Prices Are Still Unclear

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Ellen Bethea and her great-grandson, Lucas, look at a painting of her late husband, Archie. Laura Heald for NPR hide caption

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You Could Pay Thousands Less For A Funeral Just By Crossing The Street

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Marian Grunwald (from left), Earl Elfstrom and Verna Matheson bounced a balloon back and forth with nursing assistant Rick Pavlisich on Dec. 13, 2013, at an Ecumen nursing home in Chisago City, Minn. Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune, Minneapolis St. Paul hide caption

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This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

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NPR's analysis of government data found that harsh penalties are almost never used when nursing home residents get unnecessary drugs of any kind. Owen Franken/Corbis hide caption

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Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

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Antipsychotic drugs aren't necessary in the vast majority of dementia cases, gerontologists say. The pills can be stupefying and greatly raise the risk of falls — and hip fracture. iStockphoto hide caption

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Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

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Jim Justice owns Southern Coal Corp., which has 71 mines that have racked up thousands of violations and millions of dollars in fines. Scott Halleran/Getty Images hide caption

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Billionaire Spent Millions In Charity, But Avoided Mine Fines

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Outside the D&C Mining Corp. mine near Cranks, Ky. The company owes more than $4 million in unpaid safety penalties. Howard Berkes/NPR hide caption

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Top Delinquent Mine Has Deadly Legacy

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This photo of Roy Middleton working underground at the Kentucky Darby mine now sits on the mantel in the Middleton home in Harlan County, Ky. He was killed after an explosion in 2006. Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/NPR/Original photo courtesy of the Middleton family hide caption

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U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

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