Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

Missouri governor’s proposed budget cuts spare farmers, but not biodiesel debt

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Gov. Eric Greitens isn’t sparing the state’s Department of Agriculture from proposed budget cuts, but Missouri’s agriculture director says farmers and ranchers will receive the same level of services they currently see. Still, a PIN source who grows corn, soybeans and hay is concerned that Missouri farmers are about to face tough times due to dropping commodity prices.

Northern LA City Council district choosing from bewildering array of candidates

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As the March 7 primary election approaches, voters in northeast San Fernando Valley are facing the difficult task of choosing from among 20 candidates running to fill the open seat in the Los Angeles City Council’s District 7.

District 7 covers communities like Pacoima, Sunland, Tujunga, Mission Hills, Sylmar and Lake View Terrace. The district’s residents have been without a vote on the council since last fall when Felipe Fuentes left abruptly to become a lobbyist.

The vacancy drew a flood of candidates, some who are relatively new to politics.

“I’m one of the most political animals in my neighborhood and I can’t make sense of it. I don’t even know how to find out about some of these people. I’ve never heard their names,” said MaryAnne Steinberger, a district resident, during a recent visit to Courtship Ranch where she boards her horse. Steinberger is a PIN source we reached out to in order to cover this story.

The audacity of ‘woke’

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The meaning of the word “woke” used to be so simple before modern culture co-opted it. It was the past tense of wake: to become conscious after sleeping. But in some circles “woke” has taken on a deeper meaning. We asked PIN sources to share their defi…

How did you get here?

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The “How did you get here?” project is drawn entirely from PIN responses. Additionally, the goal of this project is to draw more responses, especially from populations currently underrepresented in the network.

MPR News 50th Anniversary Special

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This source was one of only 5 people to respond to this query, but she was a good one to have on the line right as we started the call-in portion of the broadcast. It helped us have someone right away to inspire other callers.