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    The Dominion Post uncovered the fact that one of the poorest colleges in the one of the nation's poorest states had an airplane that woften flew empty at a cost of over $500,000. The West Virginia University used the plane on charter from its foundation which then billed the state for the service and rentals. The State University System eventually ordered full disclosure of the foundation's spending and written guidelines for the use of discretionary accounts. July 25 - 28, 1993.
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    World Watch reveals how the World Bank has failed to significantly reduce the crushing poverty of much of the world's population due to short-sighted policies and disregard of living standards; despite spending billions and significantly increasing world economic output the populations of developing countries continue to suffer, July/August 1994.
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    American Prospect describes how spending to rebuild after disasters has exactly the same economic effect as economic stimulus packages meant to jump-start the economy; shows how politicians who decried the latter as pork barrel politics and unworkable later took credit when the former had exactly the same results that they denied would follow; focuses on the L.A. earthquake in 1994 but mentions other disasters as well.
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    The Independent (Durham, N.C.) profiles the business dealings of Jum Gardner, a Republican guburnatorial candidate who claims his business experience uniquely qualifies him for office; finds that several of his corporations were driven into bankruptcy by his lavish spending while he said 'tough luck' to creditors and employees who lost everything in bankruptcy hearings, April 1, 1992.
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    Common Cause reveals waste in the U.S. Agency for International Development; problems include cutting planning and research projects while spending lavishly for consultants, offices, automobiles and other facilities, May 1994.
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    Roanoke (Va.) Times & World News details how while all state agencies face cutbacks the university system is actually increasing spending on staffs and programs, Sept. 13, 1993.
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    Common Cause Magazine explores how much of federal government spending is actually used for upper and middle classes; finds that as much money goes to supporting the lifestyles of those in the suburbs as on welfare, Fall 1993.
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    Westwood investigates the financial structure of Denver's giant new airport, finding public officials vastly underestimating costs and spending too much for questionable public relations events, February - November 1993.
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    Dayton (Ohio) Daily News details the sorry state of bridges in the U.S.; finds that one of every three bridges are either obsolete or dangerous and the government isn't spending enough to rectify the problem, Dec. 12 - 14, 1993.
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    WCBD-TV (Charleston, S.C.) reports that high school vocational programs are spending large amounts of money for furnishings and equipment that could be purchased more cheaply elsewhere and may not be necessary at all; also found that the program couldn't document that its students found jobs in their area of training, July 7-9, 1993.