Howard Berkes

Howard Berkes appears in the following:

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.


Shooter Behind Las Vegas Massacre Had No Criminal Record

Monday, October 02, 2017

Who is Stephen Paddock, the suspect in the Las Vegas mass shooting? The 64-year-old had no criminal record, and family and neighbors are shocked that he could have killed dozens of people.


They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica shows how a loophole in Florida law has led to the arrest and even deportation of undocumented immigrants after they suffer legitimate injuries on the job.


NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Black lung results from exposure to coal dust. Progressive massive fibrosis is an especially aggressive form, blamed on inhalation of silica dust from the cutting of quartz rock and coal together.


Government Researchers Plan Response To Rising Rates Of Black Lung Disease

Friday, June 30, 2017

Government researchers met in West Virginia this week in response to an NPR investigation and federal study showing much higher rates of the most serious stages of the coal miners' disease black lung.


Convicted Coal Mine CEO Is Taking His Case To The U.S. Supreme Court

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship announced his plan to appeal after he completed a one-year federal prison sentence for conspiracy to violate federal mine safety laws.


Lawmakers Seek Better Count Of Advanced Black Lung Disease Cases

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

In response to an NPR investigation that shows 10 times the number of cases as currently reported, members of Congress are asking three federal agencies to work together to obtain an accurate count.


Spike In Black Lung Cases Strains Federal Benefits Program

Friday, December 16, 2016

NPR looks at the causes of a dramatic spike in the most serious stage of the coal miners' disease. The spike also could stress the federal black lung benefits program, which is already struggling.


Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia

Thursday, December 15, 2016

An NPR investigation has documented dramatic spikes in complicated black lung, the most serious stage of the deadly coal miners' disease.


Billionaire Gubernatorial Candidate Owes $15 Million In Taxes And Fines

Friday, October 07, 2016

Two years after an NPR investigation showed mines owned by Jim Justice failed to pay safety penalties, a new analysis shows he is the nation's top mine safety delinquent and owes millions.


Labor Report Urges Study Of A Federal Role In State Workers' Comp Laws

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The Department of Labor is calling for an "exploration" of federal oversight of state workers' compensation laws because of "inadequacies of the system," leaving workers with "limited benefits."


Investigators Shift Focus To Dallas Police Shooter's Military Service

Friday, July 15, 2016

As funerals continue for the five police officers killed in Dallas last week, investigators are focused on shooter Micah Xavier Johnson and his military service.


'Darker Possibility' For Workers When Employers Opt Out of Workers' Comp

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The first independent assessment of an emerging alternative to state programs found that injured workers face "inherent conflict of interest," barriers to benefits, and "unequal treatment."


Injured Employee Featured In Workers' Comp Investigation Settles Her Case

Thursday, April 14, 2016

When Rachel Jenkins was denied benefits for an on-the-job injury, her case was cited as a failure of a controversial alternative to state workers' compensation. Now, she and her employer have settled.


Labor Secretary Calls Workers' Comp Opt-Out Plans A 'Pathway To Poverty'

Friday, March 25, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has begun investigating whether alternative plans to state workers' comp benefits are unfair to injured workers and violate federal law.


Challenger Engineer Who Warned Of Shuttle Disaster Dies

Monday, March 21, 2016

Bob Ebeling was one of five booster rocket engineers at a NASA contractor who tried to stop the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded 73 seconds into its flight. He was 89.


Oklahoma Commission Declares Workers' Comp Alternative Unconstitutional

Monday, February 29, 2016

An Oklahoma law that lets employers opt out of state-regulated workers' compensation has been rejected and declared unconstitutional by state regulators.

The Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission called the alternative workplace-benefit plans that some employers adopted under the law "a water mirage on the highway that disappears upon closer inspection."



Your Letters Helped Challenger Shuttle Engineer Shed 30 Years Of Guilt

Thursday, February 25, 2016

After NPR reported Bob Ebeling's story on the anniversary of the Challenger explosion, hundreds of people responded. Ebeling, now 89, says those letters "helped bring my worrisome mind to ease."


30 Years After Explosion, Challenger Engineer Still Blames Himself

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bob Ebeling, an anonymous source for NPR's 1986 report on the disaster, tells NPR that despite warning NASA of troubles before the launch, he believes God "shouldn't have picked me for that job."


Federal Workplace Law Fails To Protect Employees Left Out Of Workers' Comp

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Companies that opt out of state workers' comp laws say the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will ensure that injured workers get justice. An NPR investigation found that may not be true.