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Howard Berkes

Howard Berkes appears in the following:

California Auditing Insurance Company That Took Away Home Health Aide

Monday, March 16, 2015

After a NPR/ProPublica investigation of state changes in workers' compensation laws, the California labor department says it will review the case of paralyzed worker Joel Ramirez.

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Feds Add Coal-Dust Coverup Allegation To Mine CEO's Indictment

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Six weeks before trial, the government accused Don Blankenship of hiding the true levels of breathable coal dust in a West Virginia mine that later exploded. He already faced conspiracy charges.

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As Workers' Comp Varies From State To State, Workers Pay The Price

Friday, March 06, 2015

Injured workers who are dependent on workers' compensation have faced eroding benefits. We go to Alabama and Georgia, where the value of an amputated arm is $700,000 more just across the state line.

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U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Gag Order In Mine Disaster Case

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Dozens of news organizations, including NPR, appealed after a judge issued the gag order in a criminal case involving ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

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'Grand Bargain' In Workers' Comp Unravels, Harming Injured Workers Further

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Changes to workers' compensation laws mean families and government bear more of the costs that result from injuries on the job.

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Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Changes to workers' compensation laws mean families and government bear more of the costs that result from injuries on the job.

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Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers' compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.

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Regulators Take Action Against Delinquent Mines

Monday, January 12, 2015

In reaction to an NPR/MSHN investigation, federal regulators, a member of Congress and others are considering ways to crack down on mining companies that fail to pay delinquent mine safety penalties.

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Judge Maintains Gag Order In Coal Mine Disaster Trial

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The federal judge rejected motions by NPR and other news organizations to allow lawyers and others involved to talk about the case. The judge has also restricted access to court documents.

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NPR Challenges Gag Order In Mine Disaster Case

Monday, December 01, 2014

Five news organizations are challenging a sweeping gag order issued in the federal criminal case against former coal mining executive Don Blankenship.

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Delinquent Mine Fines: 'Clearly Troubling ... More Can Be Done'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"We have tools in place to crack down on these scofflaws, but what's missing is a stronger commitment," says John Kline, a key House Republican.

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Fines Don't Appear To Deter Mine Safety Violations

Sunday, November 16, 2014

An NPR investigation found that mine workers are at greater risk of injury in mines that are able to avoid paying safety fines. Changes in mine safety enforcement could make penalties more effective.

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Billionaire Spent Millions In Charity, But Avoided Mine Fines

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jim Justice, a West Virginia philanthropist and mine owner, gave away and invested more than $200 million while his mines failed to pay $2 million in delinquent mine safety penalties.

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Former CEO Indicted For Alleged Role In Deadly Mine Disaster

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Don Blankenship is accused of defying safety regulators when he ran the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia. A blast at the mine killed 29 people in 2010.

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Top Delinquent Mine Has Deadly Legacy

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In the eight years regulators didn't collect penalty fines from D&C Mining, it was cited 1,500 times for safety violations — including many that federal inspectors say put miners at serious risk.

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Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

Thursday, November 13, 2014

With the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on "complex texts," some critics worry kids are being asked to struggle too much. We ask: How much is too much?

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Coal Mines Keep Operating Despite Injuries, Violations And Millions In Fines

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

An NPR investigation found thousands of American mine owners fail to pay penalties for safety violations, even as they continue to manage dangerous — and sometimes deadly — operations.

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The Turkish Mine Disaster: How Could It Happen?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The accident that has claimed hundreds of lives appears to have causes that are all too familiar to mining experts in the U.S. and around the world.

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Past Disasters Haunt Modern-Day Coal Mining Accidents

Thursday, May 15, 2014

More than 280 miners have died in Turkey with another 150 still missing. It's hard to imagine how so many can perish in a mine accident in modern times.

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Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it had no authority to shut down the W.Va. mine where two people were killed this week, despite having cited it for numerous violations.

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