Robert Benincasa

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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.


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?


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.


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.


MAP: FEMA Is Buying Out Flood-Prone Homes, But Not Where You Might Expect

Monday, October 20, 2014

An NPR analysis of more than 7,000 buyouts shows most states receiving federal money are not on the coasts.


U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The federal budget for bioscience has undergone big swings since 2000. Some scientists are now out of work and others are abandoning the ambitious, creative ideas that fuel discovery.


University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A plant in Tonawanda heats coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Residents have long blamed the pollution for several health problems.


Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank To End Payday Loan Program

Friday, January 17, 2014

The banks say they will stop offering "deposit advances," a kind of payday loan that had come under fire by federal regulators last year.


Regions Bank To Discontinue Payday Loan Program

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Deposit advances are small, costly loans that bank customers take out between paychecks, and pay back automatically when a scheduled direct deposit comes through. Federal bank regulators cracked down on the products in December.


Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Federal regulators are cracking down on banks that are offering services called deposit advances. Many argue that the service is the same as payday loans and could lead consumers into a cycle of debt.

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Federal Regulators Crack Down On Payday Advances

Friday, November 22, 2013

Consumer advocates are hailing a decision by federal regulators to crack down on so called deposit advances — a type of payday loan offered by some banks. Going forward, banks will not be allowed to let their customers take deposit advances more than once a month, or take them in consecutive months.


New Accessible Playground Rules May Not Go Far Enough

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Last year, the federal government made accessible playgrounds a requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But whether children with disabilities are able to enjoy their new civil rights may depend on where they live.


For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Parent advocates and a new federal law making accessible play areas a civil right are changing the landscape for public playgrounds.


Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Standard Heights neighborhood sits next to the nation's second-largest gasoline refinery. Recently, residents learned a new truth about the plumes of exhaust they see every day: Exxon Mobil's aging refinery and petrochemical facilities — like many others — are pumping out far more pollution than the law allows.