The Pentagon spends about $100 million a year to find men like World War II POW Arthur “Bud” Kelder, following the ethos of “leave no man behind," ProPublica reports. Yet it solves surprisingly few cases, hobbled by overlapping bureaucracy and a stubborn refusal to seize the full potential of modern forensic science. Last year, the military identified just 60 service members out of the about 83,000 Americans missing from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, around 45,000 of whom are considered recoverable.
Extra Extra : Government (federal/state/local)
We took a break from publishing Extra Extra during the 2014 CAR Conference. Here are some of the stories that ran while we were away:
Fords with faulty transmissions not recalled | WTAE Pittsburgh
Following the redesign of Ford Fiesta and Focus transmissions in 2011, hundreds around the country said they're concerned about the safety of the vehicles. They have reported difficulty shifting as well as odd crunching and grinding noises as the cars change gears.
Dozens of consumers in Western Pennsylvania filed lawsuits alleging that, despite assurances from dealers, the vehicles do not function properly. The cars have not ...Read more ...
The former police chief of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority appears to have charged a Las Vegas vacation to his public credit card, according to a report from Virginia TV station ABC 8 News.
The chief was scheduled to attend an annual training event in California, but his return tickets home were booked out of Las Vegas, the station found. The station examined credit card and travel reports, finding that the former chief used taxpayer money to pay for plane tickets for his wife as well as a handful of other, smaller expenses.
Last fall officials suspended the police ...Read more ...
Suicide rate hits 25-year high in region | Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal
Craig Russell Wishnick is one of 238 residents of Dutchess and Ulster counties to die by suicide in the five years ending in 2011, 73 more than in the five years ending in 2003, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal analysis of death certificates over a 13-year period. That is an increase in harder-hit Dutchess of 62 percent and the first hike in the county rate after a quarter-century of steady and solid decline.
Does Utah’s air pollution increase school absences? | The Salt Lake Tribune
Health problems are a ...Read more ...
Liquor law violations drop as Wash. officials turn their attention to regulating recreational marijuana industry
Disciplinary action taken against bars, taverns and restaurants has dropped sharply, according to Seattle's KING 5 TV. Documents obtained by the station showed that liquor license suspensions were down in 2013 and no licenses were permanently cancelled.
The lax oversight could be a result of the Washington State Liquor Control Board taking on new responsibilities monitoring the state's emerging marijuana industry, KING 5 reported.
FOX31 Denver compared Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cash transactions against locations of marijuana dispensaries and found that 19 different marijuana retail stores had at least one welfare recipient walk into their business.
Welfare recipients are also withdrawing money at liquor stores and strip clubs, the station reported.
City officials are moving more than 400 children and their families out of two city-owned shelters in the wake of a New York Times series about homeless children.
“For nearly three decades, thousands of children passed through Auburn and Catherine Street, living with cockroaches, spoiled food, violence and insufficient heat, even as inspectors warned that the shelters were unfit for children,” the Times wrote today.
“State and city inspectors have cited Auburn for over 400 violations — many of them repeated — for a range of hazards, including vermin, mold, lead exposure, an inoperable fire safety system, insufficient child care and the ...Read more ...
Assisted living facility ordered to close after abuse, unsafe conditions found | Green Bay (Wisc.) Press Gazette
The state has ordered a Suamico assisted living facility to close after inspectors found physical and mental abuse of residents at the hands of the facility administrator, a registered sex offender.
Former Longview Terrace Administrator Jason Tegge is accused of taunting and hitting residents, many of whom are mentally ill or struggling with addiction, during his tenure at the facility, according to inspection records obtained by Press-Gazette Media from the state Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance.
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It pays to be friends with Chris Christie, WNYC reported last month.
“The governorship of Chris Christie has been very good for David Samson, a close associate he installed as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - and who has emerged as a central figure in the scandals swirling around the New Jersey governor. Records show that his law firm's lobbying revenues have skyrocketed during Christie's tenure, and its business as a bond counsel has quadrupled.
The story continued Tuesday as WNYC detailed Samson’s many opportunities to advance his own interests as Port ...Read more ...
About 150 small business scattered across Southern California used a private payroll company to handle basic tasks including paychecks and W2 forms.
Then the late-tax letters arrived. Their money disappeared. So did the owner of the payroll company, The Los Angeles Times reports.
“Payroll services companies are not subject to rigorous regulation by state or federal bodies that oversee banks and other financial institutions. Nor do most states, including California, require them to be bonded. If the tax money they collect disappears, it is the business owners who are on the hook for the amounts owed, plus interest and penalties ...Read more ...