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Security camera feeds at schools, jails easily accessible to the public

Hundreds of thousands of security camera feeds could be open to anyone with an Internet browser, according to a Scripps national investigation.

Scripps found schools, jails and stores all with easily accessible video feeds. A security researcher interviewed as part of the investigation reported that three out of four cameras he studied were not secure. The Federal Trade Commission estimates about 25 billion devices are hooked up to the Internet.

Texas sends poor teens to adult jail for skipping school

Teenagers in Texas are being sent to adult jail over charges stemming from their truancy, according to a Buzzfeed news investigation.

More than 1,000 teens have done jail time in the last three years, the investigation found. The students are sentenced after failing to follow court orders associated with truancy charges, and often because their families can’t afford to pay the fines the charges bring.

Texas' truancy system is meant to keep students on the path to graduate, but often has the opposite effect – driving students out of school for good, the investigation found.

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Extra Extra Monday: Tracking charges for cops, undocumented overtime, police failure in Sharper case

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.

State DNR veterinarian says she was forced our over ‘on-the-record’ moose calf study objections | Timberjay

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 ...

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University of Wyoming experiences sharp rise in parking tickets

The University of Wyoming is seeing a spike in parking tickets this year, according an analysis by the Casper Star-Tribune. Already more than 7,100 students have received tickets this year, putting the university on track to collect about $45,000 more in parking ticket revenue than it did last year.

At the same time, the university’s parking enforcement team has begun more aggressively ticketing drivers, changing officers’ inspection routes and hiring more employees.

Extra Extra Round-up: Whistleblowing farmers, no oversight for IT contractors, and grand jury investigating landfill contractor

Cock Fight: Meet the Farmer Blowing the Whistle on Big Chicken | Fusion

Craig Watts is a chicken farmer – and now, a whistleblower. Fusion documented Watts’ journey, from his struggle to speak out to the reaction of his employers: Perdue Farms. Two months after going public with his grievances, Watts says he has been visited 26 times by company representatives and even placed on a “performance improvement plan.” Meanwhile, the majority of chicken farmers live at or below the poverty line, four companies control more than half of the industry, and animals are subjected to insufferable living conditions.

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Middle school principal resigns amid misconduct allegations

The San Marcos Daily Record obtained records showing that a middle school principal placed on administrative had been linked to allegations of misconduct.

According to the documents, teachers accused Ricardo Soliz of “threatening to transfer a teacher if he wouldn’t help him build a case to fire other teachers at the school, pressuring teachers into using a teaching tool he preferred and sending unsolicited personal messages to teachers outside of work hours.”

Soliz submitted a letter of resignation in December.

Extra Extra Monday: Baby boomers, school shootings and health licensing boards

Review shows health licensing boards voted improperly | The Boston Globe

Four Massachusetts health licensing boards met nearly three dozen times over five years without enough members present, casting a legal cloud over numerous votes on disciplinary proceedings, license applications, and investigations, according to an internal audit by the Department of Public Health.

The review, which confirms concerns first raised by the Globe a year ago, found the boards of pharmacy, physician assistants, dentistry, and perfusionists (who operate heart-lung machines during surgery) held 465 votes without a quorum from January 2008 to May 2013. Two observers said they were shocked by ...

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College disciplinary boards impose slight penalties for serious crimes

Secretive college judicial systems make it easy for students responsible for violent offenses – including sexual assault – to transfer between schools.

The Columbus Dispatch and Student Press Law Center used disciplinary records from 25 public universities to identify students who had transferred despite university punishment. Some of the students were reprimanded for more than one serious offense at the same school. Sanctions for such offenses are often minor – placing a student on probation, issuing a written reprimand, or ordering the accused to write a paper.

The investigation also found that most schools don’t understand or refuse to follow state and ...

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Extra Extra Monday: Death by deadline, online diplomas, vaccine court

Death by Deadline | The Marshall Project

An investigation by The Marshall Project shows that since President Bill Clinton signed the one-year statute of limitations into law - enacting a tough-on-crime provision that emerged in the Republicans' Contract with America - the deadline has been missed at least 80 times in capital cases. Sixteen of those inmates have since been executed -- the most recent on Thursday, when Chadwick Banks was put to death in Florida.


Milwaukee kickboxer Dennis Munson Jr.'s death follows cascade of errors by fight officials | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed a series of missteps by fight officials ...

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North Carolina superintendent’s extravagant spending under investigation by auditors

Spa treatments, unused airplane tickets and rental convertibles are only the tip of the iceberg in questionable spending by administration and faculty of Granville County Schools in North Carolina. The investigation was initiated by the former superintendent's salary of $193,000, which is almost $40,000 over the average salary for superintendents in North Carolina. In an article from WRAL News, the suspicious purchases charged to school-issued credit cards are explained in detail.

The main culprit who sparked the ongoing investigation, former Superintendent Tim Farley, attempted to justify his purchases with explanations such as clicking the wrong button on ...

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