Extra Extra Monday: Peace Corps medical care, homeless students in the suburbs, license plate cameras

Trail of medical missteps in a Peace Corps death | The New York Times

A Peace Corps spokeswoman called Nick Castle’s death, from a gastrointestinal illness, “a tragic experience.” To examine its own conduct, the agency took the unusual step of engaging an outside American expert, whose report concluded that despite medical missteps by a Peace Corps doctor who missed signs of serious illness, Mr. Castle’s death could not have been prevented.

But the story of his death — pieced together from interviews and confidential reports and documents, including his autopsy — raises serious questions about Peace Corps medical care and ...

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Reporter (The Palm Beach Post)

The Palm Beach Post is seeking an aggressive, high-energy reporter with an eye for watchdog journalism to cover Palm Beach County government. This beat includes the Commission, Constitutional Officers and administration, and associated issues and events such as elections.

This reporter will have the digital skills and knowledge to report on multiple platforms and inform and engage readers through social media outlets. The job requires attendance at critical meetings and daily mail checks, but also the pursuit of in-depth reporting of un- or under-addressed problems, possible ethical lapses and political motivations behind government decisions.

Responsibilities:

  • Frequent daily use of social ...

IRE Radio Podcast | Scandals at the VA

Welcome to another episode of the IRE Radio Podcast. We’re excited to announce that this podcast is now available on iTunes. Subscribe to have the latest episode automatically download to your phone, computer or tablet.

This week we’re talking about investigating veterans issues, past and present. Here’s the lineup:

  • Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic discusses how he helped break open the most recent scandal involving falsified wait-time data at the Phoenix VA hospital.
  • Aaron Glantz of The Center for Investigative Reporting talks about benefit backlogs at the Veterans Benefits Administration.
  • Michael Phillips of the Wall Street ...
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Prosecutors question police shooting that killed 4, decline to file charges

An investigation by WTVJ-South Florida has raised questions about a botched police sting three years ago. Officers in 2011 shot and killed four men – including their own confidential informant – during the raid. No charges were filed against the officers. Now prosecutors say they’re not sure if they deaths were justified.

Watch the station’s thee-part series, which includes video of the shootings: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Fatigued crews, crude oil increase risk for disaster

As the industry to transport hazardous crude oil in the Northwest continues to grow, so does the threat of accidents caused by fatigued and sleep-deprived railroad workers.

Oregon Public Radio reports "railroad workers are more likely to get fewer than seven hours of sleep on work days, studies show. They also report sleep disorders beyond the norm for working adults. Crews fighting sleep deprivation are impaired at levels comparable to alcohol intoxication and can increase the risk of accidents anywhere from 11 to 65 percent."

And though accidents and injuries have decreased dramatically in the past few decades, fatigue remains ...

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Analysis of lottery data reveals problems, prolific winners

Some lottery winning streaks in Massachusetts defy belief, according to a Boston Globe analysis of lottery data. One family claimed 340 lottery tickets in less than two years. Another man has cashed in more than 12,000 tickets worth $600 in the past decade. Statisticians doubt it's luck. The lottery suspects they are "Ten Percenters" - cashing tickets for other people for a fee. The story follows a Palm Beach Post investigation in March that found some people cashing in hundreds of tickets in the Sunshine State.

Improve your watchdog skills for just $10 this summer

It’s the best deal you can get in the nation’s capital. For $10, you can learn investigative techniques from some of the best journalists in the country. Yes, $10.

IRE’s Watchdog Workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on August 13. The workshop will take place at the AAJA annual conference, but it’s open to all journalists and students. Non-AAJA members are welcome to attend and you don’t have register for the full conference.

Check out our full line-up here: http://www.ire.org/events-and-training/event/1513/