A Bay Citizen investigation has found that "veterans waiting for decisions on their disability claims wait longer than the Department of Veterans Affairs has acknowledged, especially if they come from larger urban areas. Solutions tried in four locations have not helped so far, as the backlog continues to grow."
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Extra Extra : August 2012
An ABC15-Phoenix investigation has found years of lawsuits, dozens of complaints and even a warning from Ford itself in regards to a discovery of an acceleration problem in '02-'04 Escapes. Documents obtained suggest Ford may have known about the problem for years but are just now issuing a recall.
"An investigation by Lisa Riordan Seville and Hannah Rappleye for NBC News report that the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Ala., holds as many as 350 suspected undocumented immigrants for open-ended stays as they await deportation. Critics say conditions in the rural lockup are 'inhumane'."
The News & Observer exposed employers who cheat, misclassifying construction workers to avoid taxes and buying fake workers' compensation policies.
A three-part series, "The Ghost Workers," also showed a state government inept at -- and not interested in -- finding the dishonest businesses. However, Governor Bev Perdue has already ordered reforms.
"In the Bronx, if a victim isn’t interviewed by prosecutors within 24 hours after an arrest, the DA will almost always decline to prosecute the case — an internal policy followed by no other DA's office in the city."
"WTSP-Tampa has found, through federal filings, that the Republican & Democratic national conventions promise economic windfalls to host cities but most of the money spent comes from the U.S. Treasury, including money spent on alcohol and parties."
"The FBI's crime reporting program is considered the final word on crime trends in the United States, but the agency rarely audits police agencies providing the information and when it does its reviews are too cursory to identify deep flaws, an investigation by Ben Poston of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found."
When officials from Sensient Flavors explain their work, they sometimes compare it to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. But working at the food and beverage flavor manufacturer on Indianapolis' Southwestside is no child fantasy. Some workers were exposed to more than 400 times the generally recognized safe level for a chemical associated with a life-threatening lung condition, according to documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star. In its report, the Star details problems at the plant, integrating documents throughout the story.
"A USA TODAY investigation finds that an infection called C. diff is wreaking havoc in the nation's hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities, infecting a half million Americans a year and killing about 30,000."
"The death toll is twice government estimates and nearly equal to the 32,000 U.S. deaths each year from auto accidents."
"U.S. Navy emails and other documents, obtained by Aviation Week, suggest that officials muzzled bad test results for the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) variant, the USS Freedom, at a crucial time in the program’s development, when the service was considering which seaframe to pick for the $30 billion-plus fleet."