Howard Berkes

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


2 Die In W.Va. Mine With Troubled Safety Record

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A review of federal mine safety data shows that the Brody mine had a rate of violations more than twice the national average for underground coal mines.


Mine Dust Rules Could Slow Production, Coal Mining Companies Say

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced new regulations reducing the amount of coal dust miners can be exposed to in underground and surface mines.


U.S. Olympic Committee Plans To Examine Speedskating's Woes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The U.S. skaters' hopes, bolstered by wins in the recent World Cup season, were quickly dashed in Russia. U.S. organizers say they'll find out why — and they don't think it's the team's racing suits.


Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages In Utah

Monday, January 06, 2014

The order puts marriages on hold until an appeal is decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Utah has been allowing same-sex marriages since Dec. 20.


House Lawmakers Seek Federal Probe Of Black Lung Program

Friday, November 08, 2013

Reps. George Miller and Joe Courtney are calling on the Labor Department to investigate "allegations of misconduct by doctors and lawyers working on behalf of the coal industry" and t...


Johns Hopkins Halts, Reviews Black Lung Program

Monday, November 04, 2013

Investigative reports from the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News concluded that the program "helped coal companies thwart efforts by ailing mine workers to receive disability benefits."