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Extra Extra Roundup: Pension shortfalls, gun laws, insider loans and unsolved murders
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Murderous 'monster' acquires an arsenal
A Minnesota man who killed his mother with a firearm in 1995 and was later committed to a state mental hospital was still able to obtain a permit to purchase firearms last May, the Star Tribune’s Paul McEnroe and Glenn Howatt reported. Dozens of other Minnesotans judged by a court to be mentally ill have also found that designation no barrier to obtaining deadly weapons. A review of state court records found case after case in which individuals deemed mentally ill in judicial proceedings later wound up in possession of guns and accused of violent crimes.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press
There's what pensions promise; then there's what they can pay
“$16 billion. That's the shortfall between what's been promised for Minnesota's public employee pensions and what's available to pay it. This unfunded liability has more than doubled since 2006, largely because of the Great Recession and lackluster stock market returns for more than a decade.”
The Seattle Times
Insider loans rife as bank collapsed
The FDIC alleged that millions of dollars were loaned on cozy and potentially illegal terms to some of Westsound Bank’s directors and its top lending executive. The agency’s lawsuit just scratched the surface of insider lending, a Seattle Times investigation found.
The Miami Herald
Gun makers feast on Florida tax breaks
Florida has handed out generous economic incentives and tax breaks to companies and industries currently under fire for their roles in America’s cultural violence.
The Bismarck Tribune
Radioactive oil patch waste on the loose in N.D.
“There are some 511 injection wells out in the oil patch and filters can be changed multiple times every day, meaning there are potentially thousands generated every week. A serious problem of poorly managed radioactive waste is only going to get worse, said Steve Tillotson, assistant director of the state’s solid waste management program.”
The Columbus Dispatch
“Fewer than half the homicides in Columbus were solved last year. That’s down compared with the previous four years, when police cleared 54 percent of the 392 homicides within the city’s borders, a rate that mirrored numbers across the country for similar-size cities.”
The Tulsa World
Government inspection of Fairmont Terrace apartments overdue
“A south Tulsa apartment complex where four women were gunned down was last inspected by the federal government in 2009 and was more than a year overdue for an inspection, records show.”
The Statesman Journal
What went wrong at Willamette Animal Rescue?
“Alicia Inglish ostensibly formed Willamette Animal Rescue to save dogs from certain death. So why did 140 of those saved dogs need rescuing?”
The Orange County Register
Santa Ana's 10-year war on prostitution
"The scale of Santa Ana’s war on prostitution is not widely known, even among those close to Orange County’s underground sex industry. Area advocates, researchers and law enforcement authorities were stunned to learn how many prostitution arrests Santa Ana police make each year. Most local agencies report few, if any. Millions of dollars in public resources have been spent."
Adoption Numbers in Question
“Until recently, the scant numbers that existed about the impact of the 1996 federal law encouraging more adoptions supported a hopeful view.”
The Austin American Statesman
Suicides spike again at Fort Hood
"The number of Fort Hood soldiers who killed themselves nearly doubled in 2012, jumping to 19 from 10 in 2011, and trending upwards even as the war in Iraq ended and troops began withdrawing from Afghanistan. That echoed overall military numbers: 2012 saw 349 service members kill themselves, The Associated Press reported last week, more than any previous year and outpacing battlefield deaths."
New Tanning Industry Campaign to Dismiss Skin Cancer Threat Draws Fire from Doctors’ Group
"The American Academy of Dermatology is criticizing the newly formed American Suntanning Association for disputing the medical consensus that tanning indoors increases the risk of skin cancers, including deadly melanoma.”