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

An Oregon Community Grapples With Short-Term Rentals

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Rental vacancies are near record lows in the central Oregon community of Bend, yet more and more properties are listed on websites that cater to vacationers. Homeowners, rental managers and residential renters shared how their lives have been affected …

AZ teachers caught in middle of standardized testing debate

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Cronkite News asked parents and teachers for their views on the use of the Common Core State Standards in Arizona schools. Steve Hughes, a local middle school math teacher, shares his perspective on assessments with reporter Mark Mingura.

Vaccination rate leaves Miami-Dade at risk

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Measles, a disease once declared eradicated in the United States, has swept into almost 30 states since last year. Could South Florida be next? Experts say “maybe.” We spoke with Carlos, who is debating whether or not to vaccinate his child.

Narrow networks leave some Obamacare consumers lacking options

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Some South Floridians are finding themselves in a narrow network — one that includes few primary care doctors, specialists and hospitals. That narrow selection lowers monthly premiums but may leave consumers scrambling for options. We spoke with Stacy about her experience in a narrow network plan.

House bill could restrict minors from accessing tanning beds

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Cronkite News has been covering an Arizona House bill that would prohibit children under the age of 18 from entering tanning salons. Broadcast reporter Angelie Meehan interviewed Victoria Johnson, a young model and melanoma patient who had used tanning…