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The Lens
Gulf Coast Dead Zone Threatens Seafood Industry

Created in part by agricultural runoff along the Mississippi River, the Gulf Coast dead zone is a New Hampshire-sized patch of water almost completely devoid of oxygen. As the zone shifts and grows, fish and other sea life are forced to flee or asphyxiate, causing declines for the seafood industry. Reporting in the first part of a Pulitzer Center-supported series for The Lens, Spike Johnson looks at efforts to shrink the dead zone. “The states above us should be paying something to the industry that they’re destroying,” said one shrimper.

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Associated Press
An Australian Mother Fights to Keep Her Son Alive

The opioid crisis is a global phenomenon, extending well beyond the United States. In the latest in an ongoing Pulitzer Center-supported Associated Press investigation into the international nature of the crisis, Kristen Gileneau offers a moving look at an Australian mother fighting to keep her opioid-addicted son alive. What started with a prescription after a routine wisdom tooth extraction has resulted in 60 overdoses in 12 months, with no hope for recovery in sight.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Nonprofit Representing the Dairy Industry Pays Its Leaders Millions While Small Dairy Farms Fail

Dairy Management, Inc. is a nonprofit trade group tasked with marketing the dairy industry, funded in part by mandatory payments from dairy farmers. But with thousands of farms folding and many others in financial peril, farmers are questioning why their children are on free and reduced lunch while being forced to pay for the Dairy Management’s high-dollar executive salaries. Cary Spivak reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s ongoing Pulitzer Center-supported series, “Dairyland in Distress.

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EVENTS

'Surviving War and Famine in Yemen' at Photoville 2019
September 12-22, 2019
Brooklyn, NY
Pulitzer Center at Texas Tribune Festival: From Immigration to Civil Asset Forfeiture
September 28, 2019
Austin, TX

MORE FROM PULITZER CENTER

Middle East Eye

Juniper Ascending: All Hail the King of Trees

Catherine Cartier

PBS NewsHour
In Brazil, Fires and Deforestation Threaten Amazon Species’ Survival

Amna Nawaz and Mike Fritz

Deutsche Welle
Bombs to Coffee
Ana P. Santos

Miami Herald
Haiti Childhood Cancer Victim Djooly Jeune Is Dead

Jacqueline Charles

Field Notes
Activism in Practice: Grassy Narrows and River Run 2019

Shelby Gilson 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Americans Love Soda, Fancy Water and Fake Milk. Can the Dairy Industry Keep Up?
Rick Barrett and Daniel Higgins 

Field Notes
A Matter of Semantics: What Is Disaster?

Audrey Fromson

Field Notes
Georgia: Day of Dogs

Kaitlyn Johnson

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