KARK 4 News spent two months going through years of board minutes, financial documents and audits after receiving a tip that millions of state dollars were sitting in an out-of-state account, even as rice farmers continued to pay millions in check-offs each year. The station found that members of the state board voted to send this money into a nonprofit bank account, failed to report the revenue to financial officials and may have spent millions of those dollars without the authorization to do so.
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After interviewing more than 150 nail salon workers and owners, it was found that many manicurists are paid below the legal minimum wage, according to an investigation by The New York Times. These workers are also sometimes forced to pay a fee before being trained and some work for months without any pay at all.
The Labor Department had failed to conduct an investigative sweep of nail salons until last year, and the Times found that 80 percent of the time the department investigated a salon, workers were found to be underpaid.
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A record of trouble | The Marshall Project
As California prepares to greatly expand its use of halfway houses for people leaving its overcrowded prisons, state officials have turned for help to a private halfway house operator that has been cited in other states for inadequate care, unchecked violence and repeated escapes at its facilities.
A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources veterinarian found herself the subject of an internal investigation within days of expressing “on-the-record” concerns about the inhumane treatment of moose calves during the first ...Read more ...
City doesn’t track return on incentives | Cincinnati Enquirer
When the Enquirer asked Cincinnati about $250 million in incentives granted to business and developers since 2008 and how return on that massive investment is tracked, city officials couldn't provide answers. The newspaper's reporters then created and scoured a database of seven years' worth of deals and determined the city gave tax breaks and other types of incentives more than 200 times since 2008, with beneficiaries ranging from Procter & Gamble to the owners of fraternity houses.
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Racial bias, cronyism tearing apart N.J. National Guard, senior officers allege | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The New Jersey National Guard prides itself on rigor and readiness, and, from its sprawling base southeast of Trenton, its members became a beacon of help after Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy ravaged portions of the state. But internal records obtained by NJ Advance Media show the Guard now faces a storm of its own, with at least four senior officers, including two top minorities, alleging a "toxic command climate," fueled by racial discrimination and retaliatory actions.
An NBC 6 South Florida investigation into the Ft. Lauderdale-based travel company Caribbean Cruise Line found that the company has been burdening customers with hidden fees and refusing refunds. The Better Business Bureau has received over 1400 complaints about the company, the station found.
Five years ago a Florida judge prohibited two businessmen connected with the company from charging any fees above the advertised price. At the time the two owned Imperial Majesty, but they later went on to dissolve the corporation, leaving millions in unpaid fines. These two men are now partial sponsors of Caribbean Cruise Line.
For decades, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been shifting money into separate nonprofits that may be beyond the reach of its creditors in bankruptcy court. The nonprofits were created for various reasons, but they carry the potential benefit of protecting the church’s assets from liability linked to clergy abuse suits. The moves are seen as prudent by some church finance leaders, while others view them as maneuvers to transfer money to places where victims and their lawyers will have a harder time reaching it.
Tom Akers and his consulting firm have enjoyed a long, lucrative relationship with Clark County.
Akers & Associates has a two-year, $227,500 county contract, the most recent in a line of business arrangements since 2007, when he was hired to teach small and disadvantaged businesses how to navigate the county’s procurement process and secure county contracts. Under Akers’ guidance, the county's program offers classes on fundamental business practices such as cash-flow management.
But while paying Akers to teach others how to run their businesses and work with the county, the county has sued its favored consultant over ...Read more ...
Oversold and misunderstood: Prenatal screening tests prompt abortions | The New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Sparked by the sequencing of the human genome a decade ago, a new generation of prenatal screening tests, including MaterniT21, has exploded onto the market in the past three years. The unregulated screens claim to detect with near-perfect accuracy the risk that a fetus may have Down or Edwards syndromes, and a growing list of other chromosomal abnormalities.
But a three-month examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found that companies are overselling the accuracy of their tests and doing little to ...Read more ...
Addicted nurses steal patients’ drugs | The News Leader (Staunton, VA)
A statewide investigation by The News Leader found about 900 nurses publicly disciplined by the licensing board from 2007 to mid-2013 for drug theft and use at work.
Across Virginia, scores of patients in pain during the last decade were denied necessary medication because a nurse was stealing it.
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict white NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the ...Read more ...