Data doesn’t support arguments for concealed weapons on Florida college campuses

Florida lawmakers have cited rape on college campuses as justification for legislation that would allow students to carry concealed weapons. But an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data by WUFT News found that the data doesn’t support officials’ claims.  Student journalists at the University of Florida looked at three years of crime data on…

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Memo allowed Cincinnati sewer district to spend $680 million without oversight

A six-line memo written in 2007 allowed the Metropolitan Sewer District in Cincinnati, Ohio to spend as much as $680 million in public funds with little to no oversight. A Cincinnati Enquirer investigation found that the 2007 memo written by a former city manager “eliminated critical checks and balances just as the sewer district embarked…

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Do all 390 inmates on Florida’s death row belong there?

Florida’s death row is the second largest in the nation, but the state for the last several years has not maintained a list of death penalty verdicts or outcomes. The Villages Daily Sun pieced together that information on all 390 capital cases, building a database from digital and physical case files. The 18-month investigation shows…

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Former president spoke to groups with issues before State Department

At Hillary Clinton’s hearing for secretary of state, she promised she would take “extraordinary steps…to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Later, more than two dozen companies and groups and one foreign government paid former President Bill Clinton a total of more than $8 million to give speeches around the time they also had…

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Obama donors refrain from giving so far in 2016 race

As of Oct. 1, almost four-fifths of people who gave the 2012 maximum of $5,000 to Barack Obama’s re-election committee hadn’t donated to a 2016 presidential candidate, according to The Wall Street Journal, which analyzed federal campaign finance records. During the 2016 election cycle, donors are able to give up to $5,400, though Obama’s biggets…

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Councilors push for pay raise, show range of work routines

Boston City Councilors don’t punch clocks, and they have unlimited vacation days, according to the Boston Globe. So as most councilors push for a considerable pay raise, the question remains, how much work do these councilors put in day to day? The Globe analyzed private calendars, attendance records from hearings and meetings, as well as…

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Billion-dollar giveaway – tax break system rife with failure

Illinois’ flagship job program has awarded millions of dollars to companies that never hired an additional employee. It’s doled out millions more in tax breaks for corporations that eliminated jobs and became smaller. And it’s allowed companies to reap lucrative rewards and then relocate to other states without penalty or repayment. In the first comprehensive…

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Candidates enrich themselves with campaign cash, gifts, travel

South Carolina elected officials and candidates have what amounts to a personal ATM that dispensed nearly $100 million since 2009 for such things as car repairs, football tickets, male-enhancement pills, GoPro cameras, overseas junkets and gasoline. A joint investigation by The Post and Courier and The Center for Public Integrity also found state lawmakers and…

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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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Election problems pile high in Ohio

A joint investigation by Politico and The Center for Public Integrity explored the legal and technical problems that could complicate the 2016 election. Ohio is a state crucial to both parties’ electoral math, but it also exemplifies the worst trends in American elections. All but four of Ohio’s 88 counties use voting machines purchased in 2006…

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