Allegiant Air planes are 4 times as likely to fail during flight as other major airlines

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times has found that planes operated by Allegiant Air are four times as likely to fail during flight as those flown by other major U.S. carriers. Forty-two of the budget airline’s 86 planes broke down in mid-flight at least once in 2015. And while most U.S. airlines reported about…

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Some N.C. lottery players win so often, their good fortune defies logic

An exhaustive review of North Carolina lottery winners by The Charlotte Observer found that some players are gaming the system and hurting taxpayers in the process. Analyzing 189,000 lottery win claims between 2006 and 2015, The Charlotte Observer found a high percentage of repeat winners, including licensed retailers who sell tickets to the general public.…

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Industrial air pollution often comes from a group of ‘super polluters’

Almost a third of all toxic air pollution in the United States in 2014 was due to 100 facilities in the country, according to a nine-month investigation by The Center for Public Integrity. In partnership with the Weather Channel and the USA TODAY Network, The Center for Public Integrity reported on the health impacts of…

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Nearly a fifth of Illinois 9/11 loans deemed uncollectible

An analysis by the Chicago Tribune shows that nearly a fifth of the “economic injury disaster loans” made to Illinois small businesses in the wake of the 9/11 attacks have been deemed uncollectible by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The charge-off rate for the banking industry is well under 1 percent of loans. About half…

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Cutting tuition grants wouldn’t save as much as Texas lieutenant governor claims

Hundreds of thousands of minority, poor and middle class students could miss out on an opportunity to attend college if Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gets his way. Patrick wants to eliminate programs that require 20 percent of all tuition collected by schools to go to students who demonstrate financial need. By doing away with…

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Why does Minnesota have so many American Indian children in foster care?

Minnesota has more American Indian children in foster care than any other state, including those with significantly larger Indian populations, according to a Star Tribune analysis of federal and state data. Less than 2 percent of children in Minnesota are Indian, but they make up nearly a quarter of the state’s foster care population —…

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Agencies across the country often lose track of probation and parole violators

More than 4 million people in the United States are out on parole, probation or a similar program. But an analysis by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found that agencies across the country do a poor job tracking people who violate their supervision requirements – often resulting in deadly consequences. The Post-Gazette reviewed records on warrants issued…

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Auto body fumes a frequent complaint in San Diego

Complaints about fumes coming from San Diego-area car painting operations are among the most frequent reported to air authorities, according to a report by inewsource. An analysis of records found that more than 10 percent of air complaints in San Diego County cite auto and truck painting. While the industry has taken steps to move…

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Officers across the Bay Area and state are losing firearms at an astonishing rate

A six-month Bay Area News Group investigation into lost and stolen law enforcement guns in California found that cops often left weapons unsecured in vehicles, resulting in thefts. The news group’s analysis of six years of recent data showed that nearly 1,000 weapons are now unaccounted for on the streets. In some instances, weapons had…

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Despite traffic infractions, South Florida school bus drivers allowed to stay behind the wheel

A review of driving records, disciplinary files and other records on more than 2,000 Broward and Miami-Dade county school bus drivers found that employees who have broken the law can stay behind the wheel. NBC6 found repeat offenders were allowed to continue driving school busses despite their involvement in vehicle crashes and traffic infractions. Documents…

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