Documented abuse at Tennessee development center went unreported

An investigation from WJHL in Johnson City, Tenn. revealed 251 cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation at a Greene County developmental center since 2002. Internal investigations from the Department of Intellectual and Development Disabilities revealed that, despite hundreds of documented cases, only 20 employees at Greene Valley Developmental Center lost their jobs in the last…

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NYPD can kick people out of their homes, even if they haven’t committed a crime

The use of a nuisance abatement law established in the 1970s has expanded drastically in recent decades, forcing many New York City residents from their homes without warning. The law was intended to give officials the authority to shutter places it believes are being used for illegal activity. The New York Daily News, in partnership…

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HUD backs millions in loans on projects worth a fraction of the debt

A government-funded luxury retirement complex with a pool, fitness center and a restaurant with a wildlife observation deck isn’t always the best thing, especially when the whole project goes bankrupt and leaves the Department of Housing and Urban Development on hook for more than $47.3 million in fees and interest. HUD inspector general’s Special Agent…

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Flawed tax collection system allows investors to profit from neighborhood decay

Large companies are purchasing hundreds of homes in Indianapolis’ poorest neighborhoods, taking advantage of government sales and leaving behind blighted properties and unpaid tax bills. An investigation by The Indianapolis Star found that investors abandoned more than 6,000 properties and left Marion County with a least $28 million in uncollected taxes. Many of the out-of-state…

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Hundreds of Portland homes demolished with asbestos inside

Asbestos is at its most dangerous when it crumbles, sending cancer-causing fibers airborne. That’s why state and federal rules call for careful removal of the substance before any home demolition, with workers wearing respirators and full polyethelene suits to protect themselves. Weak state oversight has allowed Oregon developers to routinely ignore those rules, a data…

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Formaldehyde-soaked FEMA trailers still home for some, whether they know it or not

After Hurricane Katrina, FEMA rush-ordered more than 100,000 trailers and mobile homes. But those trailers, Grist reports, continue to cause an emergency of their own. As FEMA deployed the new, hastily constructed trailers along the gulf coast, people first noticed the trailers’ smell. Then they noticed they were getting more headaches and nose-bleeds. Respiratory diseases,…

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After report, prosecutors charge man in connection with real estate fraud scheme

Prosecutors have charged a man in connection with a widespread real estate fraud scheme detailed in reports by KSHB-Kansas City. Willis L. Watson, 35, faces nine different counts of felony forgery and theft, according to KSHB’s latest report. Reporter Ryan Kath found that someone had been stealing homes by forging signature of both the living…

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Florida’s migrant laborers forced to live in squalor

An investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has found that thousands of Florida’s migrant laborers are forced to live in dormitories and mobile homes where sewage backs up into kitchens, where leaks turn to mold and broken windows expose tenants to Florida’s extreme weather and pests. The state health department regulates these facilities, but they rarely…

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Extra Extra Roundup: Stolen weapons, wage enforcement and prison inmates

Business tangles with wage enforcement system for decades | Rocky Mountain PBS I-NEWS More than 30 years of public records and internal documents dealing with Bradley Petroleum, one of Colorado’s oldest employers, show the company has repeatedly been investigated for violating federal and state labor law, Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has found. In particular, for…

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Illinois sends state wards to residential centers despite attacks, abuse

In residential treatment centers across Illinois, juvenile state wards are assaulted, sexually abused and running away by the thousands — yet state officials fail to act on reports of harm and continue sending disadvantaged youths to the most troubled and violent facilities, a Chicago Tribune investigation found. Reports of patient-on-patient sexual assault are commonplace at…

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