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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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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 …"

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.

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

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.

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"… enefits. 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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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.

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"… uge shift in how we are talking about school safety,” said Zoe Rawson, a lawyer with the Labor/Community Strategy Center, a community group listed as a no …"

"… students at L.A. Unified are no longer sent directly into court. But as a lawyer who has represented students, she’s concerned that black and Latino stud …"

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.

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"… nt says. Haasbach has been dissolved. Its officers declined through their lawyer to comment. In an interview at their home, Wyatt Whitebread’s parents s …"

"… grain in the bins in Mt. Carroll at 16 percent,” Haas told Kevin Durkin, lawyer for the Whitebread and Pacas families, in a deposition. “You get over 15 …"

"… ” beyond OSHA’s jurisdiction. Under questioning by Department of Labor lawyer Denise Hockley-Cann, however, he acknowledged that no crops or livestock h …"

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'

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"… 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.

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"… 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

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"… 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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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 …"

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Daily Disclosure: Mystery group spends $1 million opposing Obama

By Rachael Marcus

A mystery nonprofit group drops a cool million opposing Obama.

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"… 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.

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"… 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.

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"… 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 …"

Secretaries of state lead charge for strict voter requirements

By Joe Henke and Emily Nohr

Activist state election officers are changing the role of a traditionally non-partisan job.

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"… Court.Gessler addressed the Republican $250-a-plate Lincoln Day Dinner in Denver in June about voter fraud, saying, “People on the left say it doesn’t …"

"… iginally, where they used to say, ‘Vote early and vote often.’”“In Denver, there are lots of unaffiliates (independents), there are lots of Democrat …"

"… rich environment. We are going to win this state. We are going to do it in Denver by converting people over to our banner, our point of view.”Trey Grayson …"

"… anded attitude.”Similarly, when Gessler took office in January 2011, the Denver Post reported his intention to continue practicing law at Hackstaff Gessle …"

Report: States deal with more female offenders

By Susan Ferriss

A new report about state policies shows a rethinking in putting younger kids into adult court, police interaction with minority kids

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"… and as much as 34 percent in some states,” the survey by the nonpartisan Denver- and Washington, D.C.-based group found. Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Min …"

OPINION: ObamaCare a blessing for millions of real Americans

By Wendell Potter

Supreme Court decision upholds program that has already benefited millions.

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"… since he came up to the podium to tell me after I spoke to an audience in Denver that he knew he was alive that day because of the new law. To me, he came …"

The business behind dental treatment for America’s poorest kids

By David Heath and Jill Rosenbaum

Joint investigation with PBS FRONTLINE finds pressure to meet production goals may have compromised treatment of poor young patients.

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"… to help children in need. In 2002, Brown recruited two young dentists in Denver and opened Kool Smiles’ first office in Decatur, Ga., a small community …"