New Jersey law enforcement frequently collect both salaries and pensions

NJ Spotlight found that more than three-fourths of New Jersey’s sheriffs are “double dipping” by taking advantage of a legal loophole that allows them to work county jobs—which can draw salaries over $100,000—while also receiving pensions as law enforcement retirees. So-called “double-dippers” are also employed by the county prosecutors, the state attorney general, the state…

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After an officer’s death, families wait — and wait — for government benefits

After a police officer or firefighter dies in the line of duty, their family mourns them, their communities memorialize them — and federal death benefits are supposed to reach their family within 90 days.  For hundreds of families, that 90-day wait can stretch into months and sometimes years, according to a nationwide investigation by the…

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New Jersey paid fees to Mary Pat Christie’s firm after state investment was terminated

New Jersey taxpayers have paid significant fees to a firm that employs Mary Pat Christie, the wife of Gov. Chris Christie, according to the International Business Times. The state pension system in 2011 supposedly ended a $150 million investment in Angelo, Gordon & Co., but records obtained by the Times show that hundreds of thousands…

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California agencies gamble on pension bonds to cover debts – and lose

“Some public officials and investment bankers have portrayed pension obligation bonds as a good way to shore up pension funds … But that gamble is not panning out so far for at least five pension obligation bonds issued by California public agencies between 1999 and January, an analysis by The Center for Investigative Reporting has…

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Extra Extra Monday: Prosecutorial misconduct, Hollywood sting, nuclear waste lands, private prisons

Prosecutorial misconduct alleged in half of capital cases |  The Arizona RepublicIn half of all capital cases in Arizona since 2002, prosecutorial misconduct was alleged by appellate attorneys. Those allegations ranged in seriousness from being over emotional to encouraging perjury. Nearly half those allegations were validated by the Arizona Supreme Court. Hollywood Sting | Al…

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Extra Extra Monday: Unfilled prison staffs, overfilled fire departments, nonprofit political spending and gun laws

Center for Public IntegrityNonprofit spends big on politics despite IRS limitation“The American Future Fund’s investment in California was part of a nationwide, political advertising spree in 2012 that exceeded $29 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of state and federal records.” The Boston GlobeAnother free pass for Ivan the Incorrigible“This long-running spree…

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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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