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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.
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    Consumer Reports looks at the forces behind the crisis in health-care costs, and also the possible solutions; cost control is examined, as is the setting of spending limits; takes a look at the Canadian health care system and examines the criticisms of that system by U.S. health-care providers and insurers, July, August & September 1992. # NY
  • Struggle to survive

    Sacramento Bee reporter analyzes U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data to find the flaws in implementation of the Endangered Species Act; finds an agency so overwhelmed by an enormous workload, anemic budget and politically charged agenda that it cannot protect the species it is charged with protecting; finds that spending on mammals and birds far outweighs that on all other species combined.
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    Common Cause Magazine examines a pervasive but previously unreported form of influence buying on Capitol Hill: corporate spending to underwrite the congressional lifestyle; finds that special interests lay out millions in gifts such as expensive cars, sports events, congressional retreats and funding for House and Senate child care centers, January - March 1992.
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    Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette examines the state's laws against cocaine possession, considered the harshest in the nation; looks at the case of a champion boxer with an otherwise clean record who was spending the rest of his life in prison under the mandatory sentencing law, Jan. 26 - 28, 1992.
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    Booth Newspapers (Lansing, Mich.) reviews how Michigan legislators spend tax dollars on themselves by hiring staff, buying supplies and sending mailings; details the use of state funds for personal service contracts for former legislators and reveals lavish spending on publications; looks at the budget of the governor and finds similar excesses, Oct. 26, 1992. * MI Kellogg
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    USA Today and Gannett News Service (Arlington, Va.) examines how the U.S. House of Representatives spends the budget it allocates to pay for offices; finds members skirt their own rules by funneling money into special-interest caucuses, which are not bound to the same rules; no means of monitoring Congressional spending exists, Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 1992.