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

Minn. parents and teachers reflect on Newtown, talking with kids

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MPR News reached out to parents and to teachers in the Public Insight Network to find out how the Newtown, CT school shooting has affected how they interact with kids at home and in the classroom. Reporter Elizabeth Dunbar curated their responses, which reveal resilience, respect, and both children and adults grappling with events beyond comprehension. Read the reflections from parents and teachers at mprnews.org.

Pointing out challenges with new marijuana law

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When Washington legalized marijuana, many people assumed they would be able to buy pot through legal and controlled outlets, much like liquor stores. But that isn’t happening in the short term. KUOW reporter Amy Radil connected with PIN source Martha Koester, who wants to try marijuana for her insomnia. More at kuow.org.

A couple using social media for ‘open adoption’

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November is National Adoption Month, and all month long KPCC has been asking people to share their adoption stories. One of those stories inspired the news team to look at how couples are using social media to do adoption. More at scpr.org.

Sources sharing health care stories

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If your job is to understand and analyze health insurance in America, getting care should be a snap. But that’s not the case for Dahlia Remler. She’s a health economist and professor of public affairs at the City University of New York, but her struggle with her plan put her health and finances in jeopardy. In producing this piece, we turned to PIN sources to ask their biggest health care questions. More at scpr.org.

In a break from politics, fall photos!

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In a break from a scorching summer and the heat of election politics, the St. Louis Beacon’s features editor wanted to run a photo essay of what fall looks like. She collected photos from PIN sources, Beacon staffers and others. More at stlbeacon.org.

MPR crowdsources an election playlist

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For decades politicians have been selling their vision for the country with popular songs. Now it’s your turn. A week before the election, The Current Presents published a crowd-sourced playlist on the state of the union from voters across Minnesota. More at minnesota.publicradio.org.

‘Obamacare’ influencing Texas voters

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With election day looming, voters say the economy and the budget deficit are still their top priorities. But health care is not far behind. In many polls, voters rate the Affordable Care Act as the fourth most important issue in the presidential race. KUHF heard from local sources. More at kuhf.org.

Scouting community on Boy Scouts’ ‘perversion files’

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When news broke that the Boy Scouts would release files on sex abuse allegations, SCPR’s public engagement editor published a quick PIN query asking people to tell the newsroom about their experiences. The responses were quite powerful, as demonstrated by Ben Bergman’s report. More at scpr.org.