Troopers Collect Huge Vacation and Sick Time Payouts While Under OT Investigation

Within the Massachusetts State Police, troopers who retire while under investigation for criminal charges are collecting thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds, NBC10 Boston Investigators found. Several veteran law enforcement officers retired earlier this year after a widespread overtime scandal. They cashed in on unused vacation and sick time from throughout their careers to collectively…

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Early voting changes hit NC rural voters hardest, analysis shows. But will it matter in 2018?

An investigation from WRAL News in North Carolina found that early voters in the state’s poor and rural counties were disproportionately farther away from their nearest voting location, compared to voters in urban and wealthier counties. From 2014 to this year, the total number of early locations dropped by about 17 percent statewide. Two counties lost…

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Hate in Maryland: From racist taunts to swastikas to a campus stabbing, bias reports up sharply in state

The Baltimore Sun found that reports of hate crimes are on the rise in Maryland after a review of hundreds of pages of documents. Hate crimes increased 35% since 2016, the paper found, and rose to a pace of more than one report per day.  The statewide increase echoes a national trend. And while authorities…

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Selling senior care: Costly dementia care failing to keep Oregon seniors safe

The Oregonian spent more than a year investigating memory care in Oregon, where over 100,000 records and accounts from hundreds of memory care workers and families showed evidence of abuse, high prices and understaffing. Confirmed cases of abuse are more than twice as prevalent in memory care facilities as they are in other types of Oregon…

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How a company’s natural gas keeps blowing up Texas homes — while customers pay the tab

More than two dozen homes across North and Central Texas have blown up since 2006 because of leaking natural gas, an investigation by The Dallas Morning News found. Nine people died; at least 22 others were badly injured. And the state agency over pipeline safety rarely fines companies for serious safety problems, even when they…

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Toothless Texas inmates denied dentures in state prison

An investigation from the Houston Chronicle found inmates without teeth in the Texas prison system are often denied dentures on the premise they aren’t medically necessary. Instead, prisons opt to feed inmates pureed meals. In a population of more than 149,000 inmates in 2016, prison medical providers approved giving out 71 dentures. The Chronicle heard…

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If you’ve suffered a crime, there’s state money to help. Good luck getting your hands on it.

New Jersey, like every other state, provides compensation to victims of crime or their survivors. But interviews with victims’ families and advocates, and a review of records, show the once-innovative program has morphed into an agency often at odds with its own charitable mission, building barriers to aid and too frequently finding reasons to deny…

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Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands Of Seniors To Gruesome Deaths

A joint investigation by Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune revealed that thousands of older Americans in nursing homes are dying from preventable sepsis infections and offered readers a first-of-its-kind “lookup” that lets readers check infection violations and staffing levels at all 15,616 nursing homes in the United States.

District blames ex-employee for Nashville schools’ failure to report teacher-misconduct cases

The vast majority of misconduct allegations against teachers in Nashville schools aren’t regularly reported to the state, an investigation from the Tennessean found. The director of schools is required by law to report certain teacher misconduct when employees are suspended, terminated or resign. But he only reported one such case in the last year — out…

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