Howard Berkes appears in the following:
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Updated 7:30 p.m. ET with Kline comment
Ten ranking Democrats on key Senate and House committees are urging the Labor Department to respond to a "pattern of detrimental changes in state workers' compensation laws" that have reduced protections and benefits for injured workers over the past decade.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
In 1998, the year that Sepp Blatter took the helm at FIFA, the world soccer governing body, the International Olympic Committee became ensnared in its worst ethics crisis ever. As with FIFA, there were allegations of bribery, influence-peddling and corruption among IOC members and the shadowy "agents" who helped cities ...
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
Billionaire Jim Justice is said to be West Virginia's richest man. Now he wants to be the state's top elected official.
Justice announced his Democratic bid for governor Monday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., which is home to his best-known asset — the posh and historic Greenbrier Resort.
"You need ...
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Democratic lawmakers in Illinois sought to turn back proposed cutbacks in workers' compensation benefits with a rare eight-hour hearing Tuesday before the entire Illinois House.
House Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan convened the hearing in response to workers' compensation changes proposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The hearing featured the findings ...
Thursday, April 30, 2015
A California Senate committee has approved a bill that directly addresses a problem reported in the ProPublica/NPR investigation of state changes in workers' compensation benefits.
The measure sponsored by the California Medical Association (CMA) would prohibit insurance companies from using the state's 2012 workers' compensation reforms to reopen ...
Saturday, April 25, 2015
The tattoos on Dennis Whedbee's left arm describe what he lost when the North Dakota oil rig where he was working blew out in 2012. There's an image of a severed hand spurting blood, framed by the word "LOST" in block letters and the date: "9-23-12."
The message underscores Whedbee's ...
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Federal lawmakers have revived a mine safety reform bill that addresses a regulatory failure detailed in a joint investigation by NPR and Mine Safety and Health News.
The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act includes a provision that directly addresses the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) failure ...
Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
California's labor department says it will conduct an audit of how Travelers Insurance handled the case of paralyzed worker Joel Ramirez, who was left to fend for himself for months after the company withdrew his 24-hour home health care.
Ramirez was featured in a ProPublica/NPR investigation of state ...
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Six weeks before a landmark mine disaster trial, federal prosecutors in West Virginia have added a new allegation to the criminal conspiracy charges lodged against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.
A superseding indictment filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Beckley, W. Va., accuses Blankenship of ...
Friday, March 06, 2015
Thursday, March 05, 2015
More than two dozen news organizations, including The Charleston Gazette and NPR, filed appeals after U.S. District Judge ...