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How the Paycheck Protection Program went from good intentions to a huge free-for-all

Monday, January 09, 2023

An NPR analysis of data released by the Small Business Administration shows the vast majority of Paycheck Protection Program loans have been forgiven, even though the program was rampant with fraud.


A congressional report says financial technology companies fueled rampant PPP fraud

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program, which gave potentially forgivable loans to small businesses during the pandemic, was largely due to financial technology companies, according to a new report.


Virtually all PPP loans have been forgiven with limited scrutiny

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Officials promised a robust review process before forgiving PPP loans, but most loans could be forgiven with a simple, one-page form. Meanwhile, just 2% of loans have gotten close, hands-on reviews.


Nurses are waiting months for licenses as hospital staffing shortages spread

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Almost 1 in 10 nurses who were issued new licenses last year waited six months or more, an NPR analysis found. Nurses say patient care suffers as these delays make staffing shortages even worse.


Nurses are waiting 6 months or more for licenses despite hospitals' need for nurses

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Staffing shortages at hospitals across the U.S. are worsened by state boards taking months to process nursing licenses. It's resulted in a huge backlog in nurses waiting for jobs during the pandemic.


Millions Of People Are Missing From CDC COVID Data As States Fail To Report Cases

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

The CDC's COVID-19 data set is supposed to help track the pandemic, but a new NPR analysis has found the majority of fields are blank and millions of cases across the country are missing altogether.


Where Are The Newest COVID Hot Spots? Mostly Places With Low Vaccination Rates

Friday, July 09, 2021

As the delta variant takes over in the U.S., new, localized outbreaks are emerging. Those surges are likely driven by pockets of dangerously low vaccination rates.


Rural Communities Fall Further Behind In COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

Friday, June 11, 2021

Cities are leaving rural areas behind in the race to vaccinate against COVID-19, but some states' suburbs are struggling, too. To close the gap experts say, outreach needs to be hyperlocal.


Lagging Vaccination Rates Among Rural Seniors Hint At Brewing Rural-Urban Divide

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

As adults of all ages get access to the COVID-19 vaccines, health researchers worry that the trend could worsen.


The Capitol Siege: The Arrested And Their Stories

Friday, March 05, 2021

More than 250 people have been charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. NPR is looking at the cases. Each provides clues to questions surrounding the attack: Who joined the mob? What did they do? And why?


Across The South COVID-19 Vaccine Sites Missing From Black And Hispanic Neighborhoods

Friday, February 05, 2021

An NPR analysis of COVID-19 vaccination sites in major cities across the Southern U.S. reveals a racial disparity, with most sites located in whiter neighborhoods.