After Pushback, Oregon Scraps Report Linking Private Forests To Water Quality Risks

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality drafted a report that identified logging as a contributor to known risks for drinking water quality in communities up and down the Oregon coast. But the report has never been published. It was scrapped by the agency after intense pushback and charges of anti-logging bias from the timber industry and…

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Vermont governor had indication of alleged EB-5 fraud

The latest investigation into Jay Peak resort by Vermont Public Radio and independent journalist Hilary Niles has found that, despite ongoing inquiries, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration allowed Jay Peak Resort to resume marketing securities to fund developments in northern Vermont.  The move that returned Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros and president Bill Stenger to the international…

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After records request, WRAL uses DocumentCloud to make academic fraud records searchable

It’s a familiar storyline: Scandal stalks a public organization. Journalists request public documents. Grudgingly, the organization turns over the bare minimum in the most inaccessible way. In this case, the organization was the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the documents were more than 200,000 pages of emails, memos and other files related…

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Records, interview shed light on Oklahoma death row inmate

Richard Glossip was set to be executed today in Oklahoma after being convicted of paying his employee and friend, Justin Sneed, to kill their boss Barry Van Treese in 1997. Glossip had argued his innocence through the years and received the death penalty, while Sneed was given life-without-parole as an exchange for testifying against Glossip,…

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Failing to protect their children from abusive men puts mothers in prison

Looking back over the past decade, BuzzFeed News identified 28 mothers in 11 states sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for failing to prevent their partners from harming their children. In every one of these cases, there was evidence the mother herself had been battered by the man. Almost half, 13 mothers, were…

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Audit: Welfare benefits going to dead people

Two years after a series of hidden camera reports which documented widespread fraud in Washington’s welfare programs, KING 5 has been following up to see if fraud investigators have shut off the spigot of misspent public money.  Their report uncovered confidential documents showing that thousands of Washington welfare recipients don’t meet one basic requirement –…

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Oklahoma state agency heads get raises while employees wait

Oklahoma state employees haven’t had an across-the-board raise in seven years — but that’s not stopping some of their bosses from cashing in. The 9 Investigates team at KWTV combed agency agendas and identified more than $250,000 in raises that state boards and commissions have given out to agency heads since this summer. The pay…

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Extra Extra Monday: Pilots addicted to automation, 911 operators lacking training, county officials send poor to unlicensed care facility

Service Members Left Vulnerable to Payday Loans | Deal Book–The New York TimesNearly seven years since the Military Lending Act came into effect, government authorities say the law has gaps that threaten to leave hundreds of thousands of service members across the country vulnerable to potentially predatory loans. Detained border crossers may find themselves sent…

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U-T San Diego may have offered bargain ad deals to candidates they endorsed.

Tom Shephard, a political consultant for Bob Filner, a Democrat running for mayor of San Diego, noticed a lot of full page newspaper ads attacking his client; ads that he was quoted $8,000 for. “Amita Sharma and Ryann Growchowski, with inewsource and KPBS, audited ads in the San Diego Union-Tribune every day between Labor Day…

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