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Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap

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Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous

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From Social Welfare Groups, A River Of Political Influence

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A Night At The Rock: Former Alcatraz Inmate Journeys Back

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Your Digital Trail: Data Fuels Political And Legal Agendas

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Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?

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Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access

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Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be Used Against You

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Houston's Petrochemical Industry, Source Of Jobs And Smog

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Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

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The Houston Ship Channel is home to a wide range of heavy industry, including chemical processing plants and petrochemical refineries. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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Breathing Easier: How Houston Is Working To Clean Up Its Air

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Turning Up The Heat On Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases

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Jasper Burchfield was a 36-year-old part-time constable when he shot and killed Queen in 1965. Joseph Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Justice In The Segregated South: A New Look At An Old Killing

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