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  The Watch List: The medication of foster children

Foster children are some of the most heavily medicated children in the nation. Need to Know investigates the use and potential overuse of powerful anti psychotics in our foster care systems, focusing on Texas, which has done much to reform its practices.

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  Invisible lines: The dangers of natural gas pipelines

Need to Know presents the work of Brett Shipp, an award-winning reporter for WFAA in Dallas, who investigated the cause of a fatal natural gas pipeline explosion in June.

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  Mixed signals: Why is the USDA promoting nutrition and pushing cheese?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the business of getting Americans to eat healthier food. But it’s also in the business of promoting the excessive consumption of cheese.

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Fallout continues for Alaska native corporations

This week, the federal government suspended two more companies as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged abuses of a federal contracting program.

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Yemen emerges as a new base for al-Qaida

Need to Know uses rare footage shot in Yemen with that troubled country’s counter-terrorism forces to examine Yemen’s emergence as a central front in the fight against terrorism.

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  Drawing the lines: Parties fight for redistricting power

Need to Know investigates the fight to redraw Congressional district lines, and interview two of the biggest figures in that battle: Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Harold Ickes.

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The Watch List: The foreclosure scandal

Need to Know’s Jon Meacham provides context for the home foreclosure fraud scandal and discusses the latest revelations with Michael Hudson, author of “The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America — and Spawned a Global Crisis.”

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In Alaska, a promise unkept?

Has a program intended by Congress to help native Alaskans delivered on its promise? In cooperation with the Washington Post, Need to Know examines whether a plan to promote the welfare of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised has instead enriched non-native executives and shortchanged taxpayers.

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The shadow campaign: Big money in this year’s midterm elections

Need to Know examines changes in the campaign finance laws that are resulting in floods of corporate money flowing to campaigns — without knowing exactly where it’s coming from.

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