Afghans don’t like soybeans, despite a big U.S. push

By Alexander Cohen and James Arkin

Washington ignored warnings that Afghans were unlikely to embrace protein-rich soy products.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… first visited the country eleven years ago, while he was a nutritionist in California with the Nestlé food company, to give a lecture at Balkh University in Ma …"

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied

By Chris Hamby

Black lung opinions by Dr. Paul Wheeler of Johns Hopkins should be assumed to lack credibility, senators are told at a hearing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… irginia, along with Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and U.S. Rep. George Miller of California. A bill might be ready before the August recess, a Casey staffer said. &n …"

Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?

By Rosalind Adams

Lawsuits allege Alabama-based Drummond Co., which mines coal in Colombia, has financial ties to groups that have threatened union leaders.

How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Industry has transformed the state, but at what cost?

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… and $10,000 came from Thomas and John Jordan, a father and son who live in California. Thomas, who is retired, started Jordan Winery and also Jordan Oil and Gas …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Is this super PAC subverting disclosure rules?

By Michael Beckel

Georgia's GOP Senate primary has attracted big money from a super PAC funded by two nonprofit groups tied to an Ohio lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… represents clients including the Ohio Ready Mixed Concrete Association and California-based Optivus Proton Therapy Inc., a company that specializes in proton ra …"

Republicans continue to capitalize on 'McCutcheon' ruling

By Michael Beckel

NRCC creates second 'jumbo' joint fundraising committee in wake of Supreme Court 'McCutcheon' ruling.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… Election Commission. These 11 Republican candidates are: Dan Logue in California’s 3rd Congressional District   Doug Ose in California’s 7th Con …"

"… an Logue in California’s 3rd Congressional District   Doug Ose in California’s 7th Congressional District   Jeff Gorell in California’s 26th …"

"… g Ose in California’s 7th Congressional District   Jeff Gorell in California’s 26th Congressional District   Brian Nestande in California’s …"

"… l in California’s 26th Congressional District   Brian Nestande in California’s 36th Congressional District   Carl DeMaio in California’s 52n …"

25 years, countless investigations and 935 lies

By Charles Lewis

Founder Chuck Lewis tells how the Center for Public Integrity came to be in this excerpt from his new book.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… profit organizations (including the Center for Investigative Reporting, in California), we named our new group the Center for Public Integrity. Although this t …"

Home is where the money is for Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Medicare Advantage home visits may not improve health, but boost risk scores and cost taxpayers billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… that?’’ said Sy Zahedi, president and CEO of MedXm, in Santa Ana, California, which does home assessments. ‘Paucity of evidence’ The downside, fed …"

"… led with no admission of fault. In a third case — against SCAN, a major California health plan — a whistleblower alleged that the company hired reviewers t …"

"… ael Curran, chief operating officer of Health Data Vision Inc. in Burbank, California. Dollar signs Some experts believe that Medicare’s difficulties taming …"

Medicare Advantage lobbying machine steamrolls Congress

By Fred Schulte

Under pressure, Medicare Advantage critics morph into defenders.

L.A. judge objects to school police getting millions reserved for struggling students

By Susan Ferriss

A top juvenile court judge objects to a proposal giving school police $13 million out of a state fund to help disadvantaged kids learn.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… against a draft plan to fund Los Angeles school police using a special new California fund dedicated to improving the education of disadvantaged schoolchildren. …"

"… an putting it into counseling and other services. School boards throughout California are adopting plans this summer for how to spend billions aimed at supporti …"

"… al learning assistance to disadvantaged kids.   An unprecedented new California funding plan is poised to distribute billions across the Golden State, whi …"

"… st 18. Considered the most important school financing reform in 40 years, California’s new so-called “Local Control Funding Formula” general plan will di …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… icare Advantage contractor, hotly disputed audit findings for its plans in California and Texas.   Auditors had deemed the risk scores for 45 of 100 …"

"… and Texas.   Auditors had deemed the risk scores for 45 of 100 California patients “invalid” because medical records didn’t verify they had be …"

Why Medicare Advantage costs taxpayers billions more than it should

By Fred Schulte, David Donald and Erin Durkin

Critics warned of billing abuse in Medicare Advantage health plans, but oversight is lagging.

Whistleblower suit says health plan cheated government out of more than $1 billion

By Fred Schulte

Lawsuit: executives worried health plan would be ‘screwed’ if feds heard of overcharges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… tion to these illegal practices.” Valdez filed the lawsuit in Santa Ana, California, in April 2011, but it remained under court seal until February of this ye …"

"… Valdez is a veteran health care executive and consultant who headed the California regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2 …"

"… is allegations to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the central district of California, which has since launched an investigation. That investigation “has not …"

States urged to embrace alternatives to school discipline criminalizing kids

By Susan Ferriss

The Council of State Governments warns that harsh school dicipline disproportionately harms ethnic minority, disabled and LBGT students.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… nd low-income children, including middle-school students. In Kern County, California, for example, low-income farmworker kids have been removed from regul …"

"… report. The council’s report was prepared in part with funding from the California Endowment, Atlantic Philanthopies and the Open Society Foundations, which …"

Lawsuit: Low-income students assigned too much 'work experience' or free time instead of classes they need

By Susan Ferriss

A lawsuit filed on behalf of kids in poor California schools demands state monitor and intervene practices depriving kids of teaching time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… -time enrolled students. …"

"… County and the San Francisco Bay Area. The suit demands that the state of California — a defendant in the suit — monitor practices at the schools and inter …"

"… the plaintiffs, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other legal groups. Certain practices “slowly rob” students of rea …"

"… prove the situation for low-income students.  The suit comes just as California lawmakers launch an initiative they hope will boost lagging graduation and …"

Evan Bayh's multi-million-dollar head start?

By Dave Levinthal

If Democrat Evan Bayh runs for governor, he could tap nearly $10 million parked in his old Senate campaign account.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… Bayh served as Indiana's governor from 1989 to 1997, and as Jerry Brown in California has proven, it's possible for a state's former chief executive to have a s …"

Texas fracking verdict puts industry on notice about toxic air emissions

By David Hasemyer

A nearly $3 million jury verdict against a Texas oil and gas company highlights regulatory failures and health risks linked to fracking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… blic health. One of the experts the Parrs relied on was Paul Rosenfeld, a California-based environmental chemist. He testified that Aruba’s wells contained V …"

Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle

By Dave Levinthal

What happens to campaign money of former congressional candidates? It often sits in accounts for years.

Singularity University disavows super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

University disavows super PACs formed in its name by a school official.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… for program operations recently formed in its name. But the tech-focused California school is remaining mum on the official's assertion that other school lead …"

"… ey wouldn't likely become active until after the 2014 election cycle. The California-based school was co-founded by futurist Ray Kurzweil and is funded in part …"

A different way of thinking about health care

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Canadians take pride in their health care system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ns. Dr. Hedy Fry of Vancouver related the stories of three people who told California lawmakers at a hearing several years back that they had become “uninsura …"

"… g. She had been invited to explain the Canadian single-payer system, which California lawmakers were considering. Her voice cracked as she recalled the dire str …"

"… Schwarzenegger two bills that would establish a single payer system in the California — in 2006 and 2008 — but Schwarzenegger vetoed both, calling them “s …"

Insurers following 'the playbook' in opposing California ballot initiative

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: multi-faceted effort to defeat California ballot initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Anthem":

"… d by WellPoint, which owns and operates the state’s eight-million member Anthem Blue Cross company — have so far contributed $25.4 million to an industr …"

Juvenile injustice: truants face courts, jailing without legal counsel to aid them

By Susan Ferriss

Court procedures leave minor offenders with few rights.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… failed to do. And in March of this year, Rep. Tony Cardenas, Democrat from California’s San Fernando Valley, also introduced legislation to get rid of the val …"

Gordon Witkin named Center's top editor

Former U.S. News & World Report editor takes over as executive editor.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… awards for his work. He has worked for a number of newspapers in Texas and California as well as publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Congressi …"

Donors, friends of governors often get state supreme court nod

By Rachel Baye

Judicial elections are often criticized for corrupting influence, but appointment process has problems too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… r to the federal process where judges are confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In California, the governor makes an appointment that is later confirmed by a three-memb …"

Center's report on troubled teens wins prestigious Tobenkin Award

'Throwaway Kids' honored with Columbia Journalism School award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… or Cox Newspapers.  …"

"… by Ferriss “galvanized immigrant parents to confront the school system. California legislators are now discussing a legal fix for the problem.” The award …"

Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington

By Daniel Wagner and Alison Fitzgerald

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Be the 'squeaky wheel' if health claim denied

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare may squeeze insurance industry profits, subscribers should know their rights when it comes to claim denials.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… of Sacramento. CPR found after analyzing several years of data compiled by California’s insurance department that patients won about half of the appeals they …"

Senate power players quarrel over fate of e-filing

By Michael Beckel

A growing number of senators voluntarily e-file their campaign finance reports. But will the practice ever be mandated?

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… rise to Rick Hasen, a law and political science professor at University of California, Irvine, who publishes the Election Law Blog. “Super PACs are not just …"