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 "Denver":

"… cessful efforts that have been made in schools all across the country from Denver to Austin to Baltimore.” In 2011, the Council of State Governments rele …"

EPA plan would slash climate-damaging carbon emissions from 1,000 existing power plants

The EPA on Monday proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

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"… th, the agency also plans to hold four public hearings on the proposal, in Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. A final rule is expected by Jun …"

Groups seek EPA action on toxic air emissions from fracking

By Jim Morris

Sixty-four environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the EPA to clamp down on toxic air emissions from fracking operations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… r to heavily populated areas, including the Dallas/Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Los Angeles metropolitan regions, placing drilling rigs near homes, s …"

Gordon Witkin named Center's top editor

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

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"… itkin served as a regional correspondent in Detroit and as bureau chief in Denver, before coming to Washington in 1987. He covered criminal justice for 11 y …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

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"… (who was also recently hired as a lobbyist by Las Vegas Sands) and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb as national co-chairmen and recently announced the s …"

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

The EPA's "Next Generation Compliance" plan would lead to fewer inspections of, and enforcement actions against, polluters.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… t really get if you’re sitting in an office in Dallas or Washington or Denver or some other EPA office, and somebody writes that down on a piece of pape …"

How watchdog journalism makes a difference

By Bill Buzenberg

Impact from 'Breathless and Burdened' a textbook example of the power of relentless reporting.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… t  two centuries. It has offices throughout Appalachia, as well as in Denver and Washington, D.C., and defends companies accused of polluting the envir …"

GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former HHS Secretary Sullivan says Obamacare resembles plan crafted by Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… g session of the Association of Health Care Journalists 2014 conference in Denver last Thursday, Sullivan, the former president of the Morehouse School of M …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… So those stolen anywhere could theoretically wind up in a bomb in Detroit, Denver or New York. Just a few pounds worth of plutonium? There’s been a ghou …"

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

By Rachel Baye

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… issue ads, said Ariana Dobson, who sells political ads for Comcast in the Denver-area. According to Zvonek, the organization didn’t have to file records …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

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"… t.     …"

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

By Nicholas Kusnetz

A year after Newtown, communities searching for answers.

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"… stronger gun control. After the shooting at Columbine High School outside Denver in 1999, the NRA’s LaPierre actually spoke against arming teachers, sayi …"

As glitches fade, Obamacare approval will rise

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: as website improves, customers are finding insurance deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… ill change as more people like Bob Freukes of St. Louis and Donna Smith of Denver are finally able to shop for coverage on the new health insurance websites …"

As experts recognize new form of black lung, coal industry follows familiar pattern of denial

By Chris Hamby

A newly recognized form of lung disease is emerging among miners — prompting the coal industry's latest pushback against benefit claims.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… o could help him. Renn referred him to National Jewish Health in Denver, widely regarded as one of the nation’s top centers on lung disease. Lat …"

Coal industry's go-to law firm withheld evidence of black lung, at expense of sick miners

By Chris Hamby

In part 1 of a series, the Center details how a major law firm withheld evidence of black lung, helping defeat miners' claims for benefits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… enefits. Jackson Kelly, with offices throughout Appalachia, as well as in Denver and Washington, D.C., defends companies accused of polluting the environme …"

Center series digs into the 'epidemic' of deadly black lung disease

By Bill Buzenberg

Three-part series finds coal industry law firm playing role in denying benefits to dying miners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… claims. Jackson Kelly, with offices throughout Appalachia, as well as in Denver and Washington, D.C., defends companies accused of polluting the environme …"

Conference addresses alternatives to racial profiling, harsh school discipline

By Susan Ferriss

The Advancement Project, a civil rights initiative, holds conference in D.C. to address educators' frustrations as well as student concerns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… nt? The Advancement Project’s website highlights changes in policies in Denver, Los Angeles and other locations. Ramiro Rubalcaba, an official from the L …"

D.C.-based groups spent big in special elections

By Dave Levinthal

Special interest super PACs and nonprofits from D.C. region poured millions into special elections.

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"… ls on behalf of Markey in Massachusetts. And Progressive U.S.A. Voters of Denver paid Grassroots Voter Outreach of Boston more than $21,000 for canvassing …"

Yellen as Fed chair would be tougher on banks

By Alison Fitzgerald

Janet Yellen, President Obama’s intended nominee for Federal reserve chief, may prove to be tougher on banks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… Panglossian worldview and benign experience,” Yellen said in a speech in Denver in 2010. “This experience has strongly inclined me toward tougher stand …"

Target malfunctions imperil U.S. missile defense effort

By Richard H.P. Sia

The Pentagon is repeatedly taking risks by using old or untested missile parts, and paying hundreds of millions of dollars in extra costs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… to difficulties the agency had overseeing a long-term contract awarded to Denver-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems in December 2003. The military had dec …"

California lawmakers latest to consider limits for cops in schools

By Susan Ferriss

Golden State lawmakers latest to think about limits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… y since two teens went on a killing spree at Columbine High School outside Denver in 1999. But a growing group of juvenile-justice researchers and judges ar …"

"… of students to law enforcement due to “zero tolerance” policies. Denver public school discipline data shows a 71 percent increase in referrals of …"

Worker suffocations persist as grain storage soars, employers flout safety rules

By Jim Morris and Howard Berkes

The 2010 deaths of a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man in an Illinois grain bin highlight unsafe practices, spotty enforcement.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… Tempel Grain Elevators LLC of Wiley, Colo. The U.S. attorney’s office in Denver brought criminal charges against Tempel, and a plea agreement was reached …"

Controversy over cops in schools flares anew

By Susan Ferriss

Push for more police post-Newtown runs up against concern about 'school-to-prison pipeline'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… tudents and a teacher by two students at Columbine High School in suburban Denver.    After Newtown, though, an intense new round of calls for mo …"

"… the 1999 Columbine shootings, police citations of students in the city of Denver skyrocketed. Student referrals to police increased by 71 percent between 2 …"

"… between 2000 and 2004. Only 7 percent of referrals to law enforcement from Denver’s schools, whose students are mostly nonwhite, were for serious offenses …"

"… nwhite, were for serious offenses such as carrying a weapon. In February, Denver school and police officials signed an agreement that obliges school police …"

I'll take embattled Obama administration nominees for $200, Alex

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group targets U.S. senators with anti-Hagel TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… hem to hold the line" against Hagel's confirmation. …"

"… The group has purchased more than 90 TV spots for roughly $73,000 in the Denver media market, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of FCC r …"

School discipline reform groups question proposals for armed security

By Susan Ferriss

School reform groups question proposals emerging from shootings

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… tions in various cities with a beefed-up school police presence, including Denver, Colo., New York City and Los Angeles, as reported by the Center for Publi …"

"… the Center for Public Integrity in a series of recent stories recently.In Denver, where parent-led reforms are now aiming to reverse harsh discipline pract …"

After big U.S. Supreme Court win, Montana nonprofit suffers string of losses

By Paul Abowd

Democrat Steve Bullock's gubernatorial win a low point for litigious conservative group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… ng came from a network of obscure nonprofit (c)(4) groups established by a Denver law firm called Hackstaff Law — where current Colorado Secretary of Stat …"

"… ATP. Both groups listed Hackstaff lawyers as their contacts, and have the Denver law firm as their sole address.In 2010, another mysterious nonprofit calle …"

"… o spokesperson, and list only the phone number and email for Hackstaff’s Denver office.“My client has instructed me not to reveal that information,” s …"

'Right-to-work' group gave Montana nonprofit $300,000

By Paul Abowd

Secretive nonprofit received $300,000 donation from anti-union group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… ed from public view. They were both registered in 2008 at Hackstaff Law of Denver, Colo. The law firm’s address is the same one listed on ATP’s corporat …"

Barack Obama

Daily Disclosure: Mystery group spends $1 million opposing Obama

By Rachael Marcus

A mystery nonprofit group drops a cool million opposing Obama.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… eports with the IRS.The group’s address is the same as Zakhem Law LLC in Denver, Colo., where its treasurer, Charlie Smith, is a law clerk specializing in …"

Corporate cash helps fuel Democratic convention despite pledges

By Michael Beckel

Democrats kick off their convention in Charlotte Tuesday with plenty of corporate support despite grass roots pledge.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… of America.In 2008, when the Democrats hosted their national convention in Denver, unions accounted for about $9 million of the approximately $63 million ra …"

Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Corporate donors to 2008 party conventions included financial institutions bailed out by government.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… or the event, conducted in Minneapolis, while the Democratic convention in Denver drew about $63 million.Festivities for the opening day of the Republican c …"

"… to make "in-kind" contributions.During the Democrats’ 2008 convention in Denver, companies provided the host committee with about $5.8 million in in-kind …"

"… nies contributed more than $40 million to the Democratic host committee in Denver and unions donated about $9 million, according to federal records. And com …"

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