Robert Benincasa

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The Tree That Rocked The Music Industry

Thursday, November 30, 2017

This year, new international regulations on rosewood have reverberated through the music industry, costing tens of millions in lost sales and extra administrative costs.


The Role The Judiciary Played In The Rally In Charlottesville, Va.

Monday, August 21, 2017

City officials had evidence that the rally would be violent, but they didn't use that evidence in court. Instead, they tried to move the rally to another location. The judge denied the request.


Despite Decades-Old Law, Funeral Prices Are Still Unclear

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Federal regulators have found about 1 in 4 funeral homes don't disclose their general price lists as required by the 1984 rule.


You Could Pay Thousands Less For A Funeral Just By Crossing The Street

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

An NPR investigation finds the death care industry can often be confusing and unhelpful to consumers who must make high-priced decisions at a time of grief and financial stress.


Bombing Suspect Spent Time In Afghanistan And Had Money Trouble

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami, suspected in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey, is a naturalized U.S. citizen, was sued in small claims court in 2012 and was evicted from an apartment in 2013.


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.


Congress Says Goodbye To Its Last World War II Vets

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

When the next session of Congress begins in January, it will be the first in more than 60 years without a veteran of World War II. It's a generation that dominated the House and Senate for decades.


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.


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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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

The NPR Cities Project has been reporting on the options for coastal communities in light of rising sea levels. Cities might choose to armor the shoreline with floodwalls, or they might opt for what's sometimes called a "managed retreat."

Since Superstorm Sandy, for example, both New York and New ...


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

Residents of an upstate New York town who've long associated their illnesses with the air they breathe may finally get some answers about the health effects of living next to a toxic polluter.

The town of Tonawanda lies in the shadow of Tonawanda Coke Corp., whose ovens heat coal into ...


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

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wells Fargo & Co. and U.S. Bank said Friday that they will stop offering "deposit advances," a kind of payday loan that had come under fire by federal regulators last year.

With about $1.5 trillion in assets, Wells Fargo was the largest bank offering the costly, low-dollar loans. Regions ...


Regions Bank To Discontinue Payday Loan Program

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One of several banks that offer payday loans is getting out of the business.

Regions Bank announced Wednesday that it will discontinue its "deposit advance" product known as Ready Advance.

Deposit advances are small, costly loans that bank customers take out between paychecks, and pay back automatically when a scheduled ...


Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap

Thursday, December 05, 2013

A payday loan is a costly form of credit operating on the fringes of the economy. That's why the target of a new crackdown by federal regulators may surprise you: Instead of a forlorn-looking storefront with a garish neon sign, it's your familiar neighborhood bank.

A small but growing number ...

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