Unlike the medical examiner's office in New Mexico, which routinely autopsies sudden or violent deaths, most U.S. hospitals perform postmortem examinations only rarely. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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White House Kills Dollar Coin Program
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Mine Disaster Report Signals Safety Agency Failure
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Dr. Alex Dromerick co-directs the Brain Research Center at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here he observes Stephen Jones, a policeman who was involved in a motorcycle accident. Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide caption

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Military's Brain-Testing Program A Debacle
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N.Y. Plant's Neighbors Expose Regulatory Gaps
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Jeff Galemore leans on his pickup truck near the Ash Grove Cement plant in Chanute, Kan. He and his family are concerned about the toxic emissions and are fighting for independent testing downwind. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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The Ash Grove Cement Kiln, as seen from an aerial photograph, sits on the northern edge of Chanute, Kan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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EPA Regulations Give Kilns Permission To Pollute
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The Continental Carbon plant sits on the southern outskirts of Ponca City, Okla. Until August, the plant was on an internal EPA "watch list," for violating rules of the Clean Air Act. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Secret 'Watch List' Reveals Failure To Curb Toxic Air
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The Continental Carbon plant sits on the southern outskirts of Ponca City, Okla. Residents blamed the plant, which produces a black dust known as carbon black, for polluting their city. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Oklahoma Town Battles Powdery Carbon Pollution
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Dwayne Stenstrom and his wife, Rose, live on South Dakota's Rosebud reservation, where they raised six children. Also pictured is their granddaughter. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Improving Foster Care For Native American Kids
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When Dwayne Stenstrom was 8 years old a state worker told him that he and his brother were going to a special camp for the summer. Instead, he spent 12 years in foster care.

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Native Survivors Of Foster Care Return Home
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Children at the Black Hills campus of the Children's Home Society head into the main building for lunch. The home caters to children with special needs, many of whom are Native American.

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Tribes Question Foster Group's Power And Influence
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