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

Power of Price: Health Care Transparency

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The health care industry is a maze of money; confusing, complex and costly. The tangle of employers, insurance companies and providers makes shopping for health care and health insurance difficult enough — but underneath that web is a layer of secrecy that prevents consumers from seeing what actually gets paid for care.

WLRN-Miami Herald News and the Miami Herald have been exploring the power of price in health care in South Florida. With this series, we’re examining what the complexity and opacity of health care pricing costs our region.

How Finance Keeps South Florida Industries Together

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Monday’s Sunshine Economy talks with hedge fund managers about the lure of low taxes and good weather, and why they think their few but high paying jobs are important diversifying the South Florida economy. We asked members if they trust their banks an…

Dogs of LA

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We used PIN to gather stories about dogs and the LA neighborhoods in which they live. We heard from over 50 sources and were able to interview many of them for the series.

Some teachers feel back-to-school stress

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It’s the first day of school for many districts across Minnesota. But it’s not just students that are feeling anxious this morning. Stress among teachers is a concern at schools nationwide.

I-95 And Its Eclectic Array Of Road Debris

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Each year the Florida Department of Transportation pulls around 100 tons of debris from and around the roads in Miami-Dade County. While FDOT says it doesn’t keep road-specific figures, I-95 has earned a reputation for its eclectic, and often dangerous, array of rubbish. We featured many members’ experiences on the road dodging strange items.

Teens, young adults using melatonin more

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Part of a growing trend for parents is dispensing melatonin to children, particularly adolescents who don’t start feeling sleepy until well past 11 p.m. Though there are no figures on its use by teens and young adults, the sale of the supplement has risen steadily in the past five years. We used members insights in this story