Howard Berkes

Howard Berkes appears in the following:

Al Haynes, Who Captained United Flight 232 When It Crashed In Sioux City, Dies At 87

Monday, August 26, 2019

Al Haynes has died at age 87. He was the captain of United flight 232 when it crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989 after total hydraulic failure. 184 of 296 people survived.

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Mines No Safer Despite $1 Billion In Fines, Federal Audit Says

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A Labor Department audit found no correlation between the federal system that fines mining companies for unsafe conditions and safety in mining operations.

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Coal Miners To Demand Congress Restore Full Black Lung Benefits Tax

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Coal miners will press members of Congress to fully restore a coal excise tax that supports miners diagnosed with black lung. The tax was cut more than 50% at the end of last year.

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Regulators Resist Call For Action In Response To Black Lung Epidemic

Thursday, June 20, 2019

A top mine safety regulator testified before Congress that no new regulations are needed to protect workers from deadly silica dust, despite an epidemic of advanced black lung disease.

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Coal Miners Grapple With Black Lung And Their Futures After Decades On The Job

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Miners across Appalachia are dying of black lung. Now they're coming to terms with decades of dedication to a job that would drastically change their lives and that of their families.

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Calls For Change Follow NPR/'Frontline' Black Lung Investigation

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Federal regulations for silica dust in coal mines haven't changed in decades. But since an NPR/Frontline report into black lung, some are calling for a new response.

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Fatal Disease Outbreak Among Miners Spurs House Hearings On Coal Mine Dust

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The review comes in response to an NPR and Frontline investigation that revealed the failure of government regulators to identify and prevent dangerous conditions.

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Regulators Failed To Stop An Epidemic That Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

An extensive NPR and Frontline investigation finds that government data showed that thousands of miners were exposed to toxic dust. And despite multiple warnings, regulators didn't act to stop it.

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An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

More than 2,000 miners in Appalachia are dying from an advanced stage of black lung. NPR and Frontline have found the government had multiple warnings and opportunities to protect them, but didn't.

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Black Lung Rate Hits 25-Year High In Appalachian Coal Mining States

Thursday, July 19, 2018

In central Appalachia, one in five working coal miners with at least 25 years experience underground now suffers from the deadly disease black lung, according to a new study.

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'Fundamental Shift' Needed To Protect Miners From Deadly Black Lung

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Coal mines comply with new dust control regulations at a near perfect rate, but that may not lead to lower rates of the deadly disease black lung, according to a new report.

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Coal Miners' Fund Set For Deep Cuts As Black Lung Epidemic Grows

Monday, June 04, 2018

A federal trust fund for coal miners who have the deadly disease black lung could run up a $15 billion deficit if a planned funding cut happens at the end of the year.

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New Studies Confirm A Surge In Coal Miners' Disease

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Confirming what NPR reported in 2016, new studies show the rate of the advanced stage of the deadly disease black lung growing in central Appalachia, including more demand for lung transplants.

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Scientific Studies Confirm A Spike In Black Lung Disease

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Studies, prompted in part by NPR's reports of an epidemic of advanced stages of the disease, provide further evidence of growing rates of the disease — including a bigger demand for lung transplants.

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Ky. Lawmakers Didn't Consult Federal Experts About Limiting Black Lung Claims Reviews

Monday, April 09, 2018

The federal agency that certifies physicians who diagnose black lung confirms it was not consulted, while medical groups call for repeal of the state law that they say will hurt sick coal miners.

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Kentucky Lawmakers Limit Black Lung Claims Reviews Despite Epidemic

Saturday, March 31, 2018

There's a change in Kentucky law that puts diagnoses of the deadly coal miners' disease black lung mostly in the hands of physicians who typically work for coal companies.

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Congress Boosts 'Black Lung' Treatment Funding By Millions

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

After NPR reporting on the Progressive Massive Fibrosis epidemic, Congress and the White House agreed to give the maximum funding authorized for clinics treating the disease in 15 coal-mining states.

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Black Lung Study Finds Biggest Cluster Ever Of Fatal Coal Miners' Disease

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The cluster, found in central Appalachia and first reported by NPR, indicates that a disease once thought to be on the decline is still a common killer among coal miners.

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Las Vegas Shooter's Life Comes Into Focus, But Not His Motive

Friday, October 06, 2017

Those who knew Stephen Paddock say they can't believe he committed that terrible act. And investigators have yet to identify any sort of grievance that might have motivated his crime.

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What We Know, And Don't Know About The Las Vegas Shooter

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

More details are emerging about Stephen Paddock, who perpetrated the massacre in Las Vegas. The reclusive professional gambler had few friends and made little impression on his neighbors.

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