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Elite Wine Instructor Told Black Student To Call Her 'Master'

The group faces a new reckoning over lack of diversity as multiple master sommeliers renounce their lifetime memberships.

 | Mark Greenblatt and Nicholas McMillan

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Prescription Denied: Accessing The Abortion Pill

For decades the abortion pill has been one of FDA’s most restricted drugs. Newsy investigated why and what impact that has had on access.

 | Angela M. Hill and Karen Rodriguez and Zach Cusson

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Why Masks On Flights Still Aren't Required By Law

Major air carriers require passengers to wear masks, but it's not the law. The airline industry is happy about that.

 | Patrick Terpstra

Statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens in the U.S. Capitol Stephens was vice president of the Confederacy.

8 States Keep Confederate Statues On Display In U.S. Capitol

Newsy finds eight states have not taken steps to remove Confederate statues they donated long ago to display in the U.S. Capitol.

 | Patrick Terpstra

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The Push To Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs

A movement to decriminalize "magic" mushrooms in Washington, D.C., is part of a larger push to loosen restrictions on psychedelic drugs.

 | Zach Cusson

U.S. Supreme Court building

Qualified Immunity: Unjust Or Necessary?

Legal scholars were surprised to see "qualified immunity" on protest signs. This arcane principle has become the center of the police reform debate.

 | Carrie Cochran and Phil Pruitt

Deputies from Harris County Sheriff's Office fire taser at African American woman seated in wheelchair

Investigation: Police Ignore FBI Request For 'Use Of Force' Data

A Texas police agency that fired a taser at woman in a wheelchair will begin disclosing use-of-force incidents to the FBI, following Newsy questions.

 | Mark Greenblatt and Nicholas McMillan and Rosie Cima


Protests Haven't Fueled Coronavirus Surges As Officials Feared

Major cities tell Newsy they're not seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases after packed protests earlier this month.

 | Patrick Terpstra

"Justice for Floyd" painted on burned building

Multicultural Districts Hit Hard By Twin Cities Fires

The areas burned during the George Floyd protests are among the Twin Cities' most diverse. What will they look like after rebuilding?

 | Mark Fahey and Maren Machles

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National Guard's Crackdown In D.C. Cost At Least $21 Million

Newsy's investigative team has been looking into the federal crackdown on protests in Washington earlier this month.

 | Patrick Terpstra

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States Move To Change Laws On Police Use Of Lethal Force

The death of George Floyd has upped the pressure on states to change their use-of-deadly-force laws, some of which are more than 40 years old.

 | Carrie Cochran and Karen Rodriguez

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Minnesotans Call For Increased Oversight Of Police Training Goals

Minnesota has some of the most robust peace officer training requirements. But with little state oversight, what that training looks like varies.

 | Angela M. Hill and Lauren Knapp

NYPD officers

Cities Banned Police Chokeholds But Allowed Other Neck Restraints

Many cities banned police chokeholds years ago but still permitted the carotid restraint, another type of neck hold.

 | Patrick Terpstra

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Fauci: Church Choirs Still A Virus Risk Despite CDC Rescinding Warning

The CDC's warning for singing in houses of worship disappeared overnight. But Dr. Anthony Fauci tells Newsy the COVID-19 risk is still there.

 | Patrick Terpstra

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Small Banks Make Outsized Impact In PPP Applications

Newsy and USA TODAY teamed up to explore the role of community banks in securing Paycheck Protection Program loans for small businesses.

 | Mark Fahey and Jessica Menton, USA TODAY

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Newsy Investigation Tracks COVID-19 Outbreaks In NC From Meat Plants

As COVID-19 cases rise in North Carolina meat processing plants, a Newsy investigation shows 12 plants with outbreaks affecting surrounding counties.

 | Karen Rodriguez and Chidinma Irene Nwoye

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Challenges Persist Aboard The City Bus

Too much joyriding, not enough mask use, and unpredictable ridership numbers are new challenges for cities preparing for more transit riders.

 | Patrick Terpstra

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Giving Birth During A Pandemic: 'We're Not Meant To Labor Alone'

A woman shares her experience of laboring and giving birth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 | Lauren Knapp

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When Is A Group Too Big To Dine Out Together? The CDC Won't Say

In the absence of CDC standards, states are coming up with their own rules for how many people can share a table at a restaurant during the pandemic.

 | Patrick Terpstra

Maryland Stylist

Stylist Says She Is Essential As Salons Begin To Reopen

Wearing masks and frequent handwashings are now part of the hair care profession.

 | Lauren Knapp and Angela M. Hill

Medical providers are seen wearing protective gowns.

Newsy Investigation: Health Care Workers Need More Medical Gowns

Doctors and nurses are wearing donated graduation gowns and Tyvek house wrap while waiting for millions of more medical gowns.

 | Patrick Terpstra

Cars on overpasses

COVID-19 Watch: Danger Of The Open Roads

Traffic has gone down across the country, but in some places, it looks like the freedom of open roads has actually led to more dangerous crashes.

 | Rosie Cima and Maren Machles and Carrie Cochran and Andrew Lawler

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Community Banks Played Crucial Role In First Round Of PPP Funding

Businesses in states with fewer small banks struggled to get Paycheck Protection Program funding before the first round of money ran out.

 | Mark Fahey

Smithfield Corporate Offices

Newsy Exclusive: 13 New COVID-19 Cases Tied To NC Pork Plant

At least 13 confirmed cases are tied to a Smithfield plant in North Carolina. Employees say they are scared to go to work.

 | Karen Rodriguez and Chidinma Irene Nwoye

Graphic of states running out of unemployment benefit funding

Some States May Run Out Of Unemployment Money Within Weeks

Before the pandemic, more than 20 states didn't have enough unemployment funds to weather a recession. Many will take on debt to pay claims.

 | Mark Greenblatt and Mark Fahey

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Farmers Urge USDA To Distribute COVID-19 Relief

Farmers and ranchers around the country are waiting for the USDA to announce how they plan to give out $9.5 billion in coronavirus aid.

 | Karen Rodriguez

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Grocery Store Chains Still Need Masks For Workers

Some grocery retailers say they are still awaiting shipment of masks to protect employees keeping Americans fed during the pandemic.

 | Patrick Terpstra

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State Farm, Progressive Join List Of Auto Insurers Issuing Refunds

Insurers initially balked, but now most American drivers can count on getting a share of at least $8 billion in credits and refunds.

 | Mark Greenblatt