California local governments pay about $40 billion each year in public-employee salaries. CIR pulled together records from 2008 to 2012 across the state to give you a better picture of how your money is spent.
Richmond, California, commissioned inspections of its five public housing complexes following CIR's investigation. Here's an interactive look at the mice, rats and mold that inspectors found inside the city's worst complex, Hacienda.
If left unchecked, the effects of climate change on basic crops – like rice, wheat and corn – could drive up the price of popular breakfast cereals over the next 15 years, a report from Oxfam International argues.