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Extra Extra Monday: For-profit prisons, the Aurora shooter's ammo, Koch brother dispute tactics, child labor in gold mines

Gangs Ruled Prison as For-Profit Model Put Blood on Floor | Bloomberg News
“No national data tracks whether the facilities are run as well as public ones, and private-prison lobbyists for years have successfully fought efforts to bring them under federal open-records law. Yet regulatory, court and state records show that the industry has repeatedly experienced the kind of staffing shortages and worker turnover that helped produce years of chaos at Walnut Grove.”

Many mishaps among drillers, but few fines | EnergyWire
There are thousands of oil spills at the nation's onshore oil and gas well sites every year. But the data are scattered amid databases, websites and even file drawers of state agencies across the country. EnergyWire spent four months mining the data for the most comprehensive report available on the spills that result from the nation's booming oil and gas industry. 

How the Aurora shooter got his Ammo | St. Louis Post Dispatch
“The answer appeared to be an online company in St. Louis, a detail widely reported one year a go. But recently released search warrants and additional reporting by the Post-Dispatch have shed new light on the path traveled by those thousands of rounds.”

Billionaire Koch brothers use Web to take on media reports they dispute | The Washington Post
“Aggressive tactics have become part of the playbook for Koch Industries and its owners, Charles and David Koch. Faced with news articles they consider flawed or biased, the brothers and their lieutenants don’t just send strongly worded letters to the editor in protest. Instead, the company takes the offensive, with detailed responses that oscillate between correcting, shaming and slamming journalists who’ve written unflattering stories about the company or the Kochs’ myriad political and philanthropic activities.”

Four L.A. County execs got big severance for leaving voluntarily | Los Angeles Times
“Four who retired or resigned as L.A. County executives got tens of thousands in severance, which is usually reserved for the fired.”

Childhood Lost In Burkina Faso Gold Mines | Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
“Burkina Faso has witnessed a gold boom in recent years, becoming the fourth largest producer of gold in the world. However, the increased production has also led to an increase of child laborers working in dangerous conditions in small, artisanal mines.”

City nursing home among worst in nation | Democrat and Chronicle
“A Democrat and Chronicle analysis of reports from 18 state inspections at the facility since Feb. 26, 2010, documented 119 violations related directly to residents’ health and safety, such as their rights, quality of life and quality of care. Of those, 33 were repeat violations. The state also documented 48 deficiencies related to the building; 11 were repeat problems.”

State Legislators Not Receiving Photo Radar Tickets | CBS Denver
“A CBS4 Investigation has found that 100 Colorado state senators and representatives are apparently not getting photo radar tickets in Denver, and never have, due to a loophole in the system.”

Sysco Food Kept at Storage Sheds Served to Public | NBC Bay Area
“NBC Bay Area's surveillance cameras caught Sysco trucks delivering chicken, pork, steak, turkey, bacon, produce, and other food items to these outdoor metal sheds in the middle of the night.”

Crimes Unpunished | The Texas Observer
“At the Houston Police Department, a lax discipline system keeps negligent cops on the streets.”

Kentucky’s Rush Into Medicaid Managed Care: A Cautionary Tale For Other States | Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post
“Patients complain of being denied treatment or forced to travel long distances to find a doctor or hospital in their plan’s network. Advocates for the mentally ill argue the care system for them has deteriorated. And hospitals and doctors say health plans have denied or delayed payments. Experts warn that what happened in Kentucky should be a cautionary tale for other states that rush to switch large numbers of people in Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor and disabled, to managed care in hopes of cutting costs and improving quality.”

Nursing board takes years to clear cases | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A patient dies because Georgia nurses grab the wrong chart. Another dies because a nurse neglected to check on him for hours, instead of every 30 minutes as required. Drug-addicted nurses put other patients at risk. But those nurses could continue working for months – even years – after their cases come to the attention of the state nursing board in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. An investigattion by reporter Chris Joyner found that the board has a backlog of thousands of cases. If it could keep nurse license fees, the director says, it could quickly investigate and protect the public. But the board must turn over half of its revenues to the state general fund, the AJC reported."

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