Unsanctioned horse racing flourishing in Colorado

A Fox31 investigation has uncovered a shadowy world of unsanctioned horse racing flourishing in rural Colorado. Using hidden cameras, reporters documented dangerous conditions for jockeys and spectators, widespread gambling, horse doping, and other abuses of the animals. However, local politicians and law enforcement are both turning a blind eye to the illegal activities, while some…

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Former Nevada shelter manager accused of needlessly killing animals

Boulder City police officials declined to submit a criminal case to prosecutors after a detective tied the city’s animal control supervisor to 91 questionable animal euthanasia cases and wanted to arrest her on felony charges, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The supervisor quietly retired and the police chief defended not taking the case to prosecutors.…

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Extra Extra Monday: Tracking charges for cops, undocumented overtime, police failure in Sharper case

A record of trouble | The Marshall Project As California prepares to greatly expand its use of halfway houses for people leaving its overcrowded prisons, state officials have turned for help to a private halfway house operator that has been cited in other states for inadequate care, unchecked violence and repeated escapes at its facilities.…

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Extra Extra Monday: Accident reports, deportations and school finances

Jail Crunch | Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project OCCRP reporters filed freedom of information requests to prison authorities across Eastern Europe. The interactive visualization is a compilation of the data received from each prison authority, organized to demonstrate similarities and differences between prison demographics and crime categories across the region. OCCRP journalists conducted dozens of…

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Injured animals go without vet care, euthanized early at Vermilion Parish

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the possibility of criminal wrongdoing at the parish animal control center, based on issues brought to light in a KATC investigation. The station’s investigative team reviewed hundreds of documents and records and found that nearly 300 animals last year were killed earlier than parish ordinance requires, some even…

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Florida dog racing in decline

According to death reports reviewed by the Times/Herald, 74 dogs died on racetrack property between May 31 and Dec. 31, 2013 — one every three days. Unlike other states, Florida does not require the greyhound industry to report injuries. And, although some death reports provide detailed information, many do not.

Extra Extra Monday: Hospital wealth and worsening care conditions, congressional travel on foreign tabs and airline animal deaths

The San Antonio Express-NewsEagle Ford pay is high, but work can be fatal“Since 2009, at least 11 employees working for drilling companies and spinoff industries in Eagle Ford Shale counties have suffered horrific deaths that could have been prevented, according to OSHA investigations obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.” WisconsinWatchNew state law conceals records…

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Extra Extra Monday: Beef’s raw side, pension spiking and reckless prescription writing

The Kansas City StarBeef’s Raw Edges “The Kansas City Star, in a yearlong investigation, found that the beef industry is increasingly relying on a mechanical process to tenderize meat, exposing Americans to higher risk of E. coli poisoning. The industry then resists labeling such products, leaving consumers in the dark. The result: Beef in America is plentiful…

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