U.S. Senate races to attract 1 million TV ads

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Super PACs, nonprofits help fuel relentlessly negative messaging in U.S. Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… ovided by Kantar Media/CMAG. U.S. Senate races in Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Arkansas all saw about one TV ad every two minutes last week. That ill …"

FEC's top Democrat takes show on road

By Dave Levinthal

Vice Chairwoman Ann Ravel will criss-cross the country in bid to boost her agency's profile and tout merits of disclosure.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… perfunctory but long-awaited measure that aligns FEC regulations with the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. (A similar …"

Democrats seize air supremacy in Senate battlegrounds

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Liberals aired more TV ads last week than their conservative foils in seven of the nine top Senate battlegrounds races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… embraced the political spending freedoms created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision of 2010, said John Carroll, a mass communications professor at Bo …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity":

"… ses is creating America’s next energy crisis,” said Mike Duncan of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the coal industry’s most public voice. Noting how coal still accounts f …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… egulation, 64 environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to clamp down on toxic air emissions from oil and gas operations. The 112 …"

Gordon Witkin named Center's top editor

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Witkin":

"… tive immediately. …"

"… Witkin to the top editor’s position at the Center for Public Integrity. Witkin, 58, has served as acting executive editor for the nonprofit investigative …"

"… e of health care, juvenile justice issues and the State Integrity project. Witkin joined the Center in September 2008 following a long career at U.S. News & …"

"… ntinue to oversee money in politics and financial coverage. At U.S. News, Witkin served as a regional correspondent in Detroit and as bureau chief in Denve …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… state ballot initiative efforts and the rest to groups like the Republican Governors Association, which can send the money to states where casinos are barred …"

"… lations, Rich Muny, tweeted a link directed at Gov. Deval Patrick: “@MassGovernor I'm glad to see today's Gaming Commission Internet Forum. Please support I …"

"… which operate in New Jersey, gave at least $1.5 million to the Republican Governors Association, with $1 million coming from Adelson, the casino mogul. The R …"

"… nd executives’ families have given at least $6 million to the Republican Governors Association. That cash cannot be traced to particular expenditures by the …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… wide over the next five years. Those cutbacks — continuing a trend, the Center for Public Integrity found, that began in 2006 and accelerated last year — mean the EPA will …"

"… ution triggered by the utility’s coal ash ponds. Beginning in 2009, the Center for Public Integrity exposed the environmental perils of coal ash ponds. Earlier this …"

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 "Tampa":

"… overnment is in,” Deal said during the Republican National Convention in Tampa in 2012. Sullivan told the journalists Thursday that, in his view, Georgi …"

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 "Plutonium":

"… its forebears. “They just had this little problem,” Cochran said. “Plutonium.” While researching his book, Cochran read Nuclear Theft: Risks an …"

"… ontainer, he says, to register the kind of radiation given off by uranium. Plutonium is more difficult to shield, but it could still be done — perhaps by pac …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ellen Malcolm":

"… group of liberal political operatives. Among them: EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm, former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope and Harold Ickes, a longt …"

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

By Nicholas Kusnetz

A year after Newtown, communities searching for answers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… tiative, calling for background checks on most gun sales, died in the Senate in April. The school security measures fared better. The Justice Departmen …"

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 "Coal":

"… bsp;            — Coal Age, trade journal, 1915 Latusek’s path to the mines was undeterred by …"

"… or who even knows — that the pattern can be caused by Coal mine dust. Coal companies, on the other hand, have no shortage of doctors who argue emphat …"

"… d “not sufficient evidence of causation,” denying the miner benefits. Coal company doctors, on the other hand, often provide categorical statements. …"

"… nbsp;      — First sentence of the 1969 Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act Latusek has endured countless complications an …"

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 "Chris Hamby":

"… investigation being launched today by the Center for Public Integrity’s Chris Hamby, along with ABC News. This new, three-part series examines the coal indus …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… ons. Four of the board’s five members were appointed under the Reagan or George W. Bush administrations. The administrative court system, originally meant to ben …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… Do you fly to Alabama to get a mortgage?” he asked. “Do you drive to Minnesota to use to the ATM?” Erin Quinn contributed to this report.   &nbs …"

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 "JPMorgan Chase":

"… ions was.” When WaMu was seized by the FDIC on September 25 and sold to JPMorgan Chase, the Fed was repaid in full. Supervision at the San Francisco Fed wasn’ …"

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 "Oakland":

"… ve alternatives exist and are practiced in other states, and in schools in Oakland and San Francisco now as well. Jones-Sawyer’s bill says schools “shal …"

"… , or school resource officers, would be affected by Jones-Sawyer’s bill. Oakland’s district has its own school police, as does the Central Valley’s Ker …"

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 "Department of Labor":

"… ould get trapped and die in the corn,” Piper told investigators with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Grain storage in the U …"

"… ty a “farm entity,” beyond OSHA’s jurisdiction. Under questioning by Department of Labor lawyer Denise Hockley-Cann, however, he acknowledged that no crops or live …"

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 "California":

"… tly growing in states as diverse as Mississippi, New York, Utah, Texas and California. It’s a push to get police out of schools, or at least to end their inv …"

"… with Mexicans. In February, a similar suit filed by the ACLU of Southern California in 2011 was partially settled on behalf of 56 students at Hoover High Scho …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ng of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next defense secretary. The group has purchased more than 90 TV …"

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 "Virginia":

"… do city of Longmont in 2009 before he won public office.A third nonprofit, Virginia-based Conservative Action League gave $40,000 to ATP, and has given smalle …"