Unpacking the price-fixing concerns in the meat processing industry

June 10, 2021

The difference between the average price of beef when it leaves the farm and when it leaves the packaging plant has risen sharply over the last few years, my data analysis for Gray TV showed. At the same time, there are growing concerns about monopolies in the meatpacking industry that drive down revenue for ranchers and increase prices for consumers.

Check out my interactive visualization below, and read the story here.

President Biden’s plan to replace lead pipes faces funding challenge

September 3, 2021

President Joe Biden pledged to replace every lead pipe in the country, but experts have warned that the bipartisan infrastructure bill doesn’t allocate enough money to get the job done, with some estimating it will only cover a fraction of the cost.

Lead plumbing is widespread—at least 57% of counties in the US are served by water systems that have detected lead at some point in the last four years, according to EPA data I analyzed in my story for Gray TV.

Many municipalities don’t know where their lead pipes are, but homes built before 1980 (when the EPA fully cracked down on lead plumbing) are at the highest risk. In some parts of the country, more than 80 percent of homes fall into this category, according to U.S. Census data I mapped.

Read the full story here.