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Cirque du Soleil show has one of the highest rates of workplace injuries

Cirque du Soleil’s Kà features a dizzying array of bodies suspended in the air. The show also had one of the highest rates of serious injuries of any workplace in the country, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of safety records. A fatality during a performance in 2013 put in stark relief the question of how much risk is acceptable for the modern, corporate circus. In 2012, the most recent year for which data were available, Kà had 56 injuries per 100 workers — four times the average injury rate for professional sports teams. Kà’s workplace injury rates ...

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Chemical known for lung destruction still unregulated

For nearly two decades, federal regulators tasked with overseeing worker safety in the United States have been well aware of the lung destruction tied to diacetyl. But the federal government failed to regulate exposure to the chemical. An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found the chemical is now a problem for those working in the coffee industry and diacetyl has quietly seeped into other products, this time being inhaled straight into the lungs of a growing number of consumers as they smoke or "vape" e-cigarettes. Inhaling the chemical can quickly destroy the lungs, according to more than a dozen ...

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Many airport employees not required to be screened daily

Following the arrest of an airport employee that tried to smuggle guns onto an airplane in Atlanta, CNN has revealed a lack of screening for airport employees. Most airport employees are screened daily but workers like mechanics, baggage handlers and cleaning crews are under no federal requirement for screening.

Only two of the nation's major airports require all tarmac workers to go through security: Miami and Orlando. Security at the Miami airport reported confiscating 209 employee badges for security violations last year alone. The airports with the weakest guidelines cite budget shortages as the main reason for their leniency.

County consultant awarded contract despite not paying rent

Tom Akers and his consulting firm have enjoyed a long, lucrative relationship with Clark County.

Akers & Associates has a two-year, $227,500 county contract, the most recent in a line of business arrangements since 2007, when he was hired to teach small and dis­advantaged businesses how to navigate the county’s procurement process and secure county contracts. Under Akers’ guidance, the county's program offers classes on fundamental business practices such as cash-flow management.

But while paying Akers to teach others how to run their businesses and work with the county, the county has sued its favored consultant over ...

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Middle school principal resigns amid misconduct allegations

The San Marcos Daily Record obtained records showing that a middle school principal placed on administrative had been linked to allegations of misconduct.

According to the documents, teachers accused Ricardo Soliz of “threatening to transfer a teacher if he wouldn’t help him build a case to fire other teachers at the school, pressuring teachers into using a teaching tool he preferred and sending unsolicited personal messages to teachers outside of work hours.”

Soliz submitted a letter of resignation in December.

Extra Extra Monday: Drug-addicted nurses, police shootings and lottery winners

Addicted nurses steal patients’ drugs | The News Leader (Staunton, VA)

A statewide investigation by The News Leader found about 900 nurses publicly disciplined by the licensing board from 2007 to mid-2013 for drug theft and use at work.

Across Virginia, scores of patients in pain during the last decade were denied necessary medication because a nurse was stealing it.

 

In 179 fatalities involving on-duty NYPD cops in 15 years, only 3 cases led to indictments — and just 1 conviction | New York Daily News

A Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict white NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the ...

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North Carolina superintendent’s extravagant spending under investigation by auditors

Spa treatments, unused airplane tickets and rental convertibles are only the tip of the iceberg in questionable spending by administration and faculty of Granville County Schools in North Carolina. The investigation was initiated by the former superintendent's salary of $193,000, which is almost $40,000 over the average salary for superintendents in North Carolina. In an article from WRAL News, the suspicious purchases charged to school-issued credit cards are explained in detail.

The main culprit who sparked the ongoing investigation, former Superintendent Tim Farley, attempted to justify his purchases with explanations such as clicking the wrong button on ...

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Family members beat the odds in winning prized firefighting jobs

The Los Angeles Times uncovered a pattern of nepotism within the L.A. County Fire Department. The newspaper found that nearly 7 percent of the 2,750 firefighters are the sons of department veterans. Taking into account others such as brothers and nephews, relatives account for 13 percent of the staff, the investigation found.

The report also uncovers how interview questions – which should be locked away – have been passed around the department, landing in the hands of firefighters' family members as material to aid their preparations.

Extra Extra Monday: Uneven assessments, National Guard misconduct, Chicago migration myth

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By measure after measure, in cities, towns and villages across Wisconsin, property assessors are discounting uniformity and trampling on fairness, while officials with the state Department of Revenue do little to rectify the disparities, an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has found.

In dozens of communities, 20% or more of residential property taxes are being paid by the wrong people, according to the Journal Sentinel's analysis of Department of Revenue records for each of the state's 1,852 municipalities. The analysis considered communities ...

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Inside the JBS Butchertown hog slaughter plant

The JBS Swift pork processing plant in Louisville has struggled during the past decade with odor violations, zoning disputes and fights over truck traffic. It's also dealing with tighter rules on how hogs are humanely handled and killed.

Twice in the last nine months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has slapped JBS with "egregious violations" of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act at its Butchertown facility on Story Avenue.