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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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Massachusetts Will Limit Practice Of Restraint And Seclusion In Schools

Friday, January 09, 2015

Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states that are putting new restrictions on the practice of restraining and secluding public school students.

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Senator Asks Red Cross To Explain Its Finances

Friday, January 09, 2015

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wants the Red Cross to explain inaccuracies in how it has said it uses public donations, citing questions raised by an NPR and ProPublica investigation.

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Morning Edition

How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

Monday, January 05, 2015

Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines have a hard time finding or keeping a job.

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All Things Considered

Can't Pay Your Fines? Your License Could Be Taken

Monday, December 29, 2014

Drive drunk or recklessly and the state can suspend your driver's license. But a number of officials worry that many suspensions are for lesser offenses, including unpaid tickets or even truancy.

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All Things Considered

This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The staff's goal was to reduce the prescription of antipsychotic drugs by 20 percent. In the first year, they cut use by 97 percent. How? By addressing the real reasons for agitation and aggression.

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Morning Edition

Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

An NPR probe finds many nursing homes are still prescribing schizophrenia drugs to calm dementia patients — despite FDA warnings — but only 2 percent of excessive-medication cases result in penalties.

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Morning Edition

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Monday, December 08, 2014

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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All Things Considered

Red Cross Misstates How Donors' Dollars Are Spent

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Red Cross officials have repeatedly said 91 cents of every dollar donated to the charity goes to disaster relief services. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica found that's just not true.

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Last 'Angola 3' Inmate's Conviction Should Be Thrown Out, Court Says

Friday, November 21, 2014

Albert Woodfox has spent about 40 years in solitary for the 1972 murder of a prison guard. A federal appeals court's unanimous decision could set him free, if the state decides not to challenge it.

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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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All Things Considered

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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Morning Edition

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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All Things Considered

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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Red Cross Employee Survey Finds Doubts About Leadership, Ethics

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The results of an internal survey of more than 14,000 employees found that 4 out of 10 employees have doubts about the charity's commitment to ethical conduct.

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Morning Edition

Miners At Risk Because Of Unpaid And Uncollected Fines

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NPR probes the regulatory loophole that allows mine owners to ignore government regulators and operate unsafe mines. For years, the owners have failed to pay penalties even as workers are injured.

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All Things Considered

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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Red Cross Responds To NPR/ProPublica Report On Storm Response Inefficiencies

Thursday, October 30, 2014

An NPR investigation revealed how the emergency organization funneled its resources away from storm victims to create an "illusion of mass care." The Red Cross tells PBS NewsHour that's not true.

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Morning Edition

Red Cross 'Diverted Assets' During Storms' Aftermath To Focus On Image

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An investigation by NPR and ProPublica reveals how the Red Cross increased its focus on public relations while it struggled to meet basic needs of storm victims.

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Ebola Researchers Have A Radical Idea: Rush A Vaccine Into The Field

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Traditional methods for containing the Ebola outbreak aren't working fast enough. So some scientists want to bypass the typical trial phases and bring new vaccines directly to people at risk.

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