Citing health risks, New York State bans fracking

By Talia Buford

"The potential risks are too great," says the state's acting health commissioner. "In fact, they are not fully known."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… ed a 20-month investigation into air pollution associated with fracking in Texas, the epicenter of a massive drilling boom. Some South Texas residents who …"

"… th fracking in Texas, the epicenter of a massive drilling boom. Some South Texas residents who live atop the Eagle Ford Shale say drilling and related acti …"

"… ators. A recent story in the series focused on the Barnett Shale in North Texas and highlighted new research suggesting proximity to fracking sites and oi …"

"… ies and counties,” Brune said. In November, voters in Denton, Texas, Athens, Ohio, and San Benito and Mendocino counties in California decided …"

DOE official seeks probe of dissident analyst’s dismissal by nuclear weapons laboratory

By Douglas Birch

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production requests an Inspector General’s review of the firing of Los Alamos analyst James Doyle.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Frank Klotz for an inquiry by the DOE Inspector General into the dismissal in July of James E. Doyle by Los Alamos National Labora …"

"… his clearances. In the letter, Marmolejos wrote that Klotz had asked the Inspector General, Gregory H. Friedman, to examine whether Doyle’s termination “resulted …"

"… staff reductions prompted by budget concerns. “By handing it off to the Inspector General, they are creating the possibility of an impartial review,” said Steven …"

Firearms used in homicides often purchased illegally

By Kelsey Jukam, Aaron Maybin and Jordan Rubio

A News21 analysis of the FBI’s national database of supplementary homicide reports found that across the country, 17,422 black men between a

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… w Jersey, murals are dedicated to the fallen, hundreds more lost in one of America’s deadliest cities. One is dedicated to a veteran who survived his deplo …"

"… a crime-reduction strategy that’s effectively reduced gun crime in many American cities since it was first implemented by the Boston Gun Project in 1996. …"

"… dead. They cluster around a table, where the windows behind them frame an American flag flying in front of the towering oxidized copper spires of a historic …"

"… everyone forget for a moment that they live in the most-dangerous city in America. He loves the view from the baseball field. “The sun’s setting, the …"

Fired Los Alamos nuclear expert files appeal

By Douglas Birch

Former Los Alamos lab employee argues that DOE abused its powers, retaliated against him for expressing views.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… ty first reported on Doyle's case last month. Los Alamos is the oldest of America’s nuclear weapons labs and most of its nearly $2 billion annual budget g …"

"… roliferation specialists. Charles Ferguson, president of the Federation of American Scientists, on August 21 wrote to urge Moniz to ensure that Doyle wasn’ …"

Nuclear weapons lab employee fired after publishing scathing critique of the arms race

By Douglas Birch

Los Alamos lets a 17-year employee go after retroactively classifying his published article.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… of the president of the United States,” said Matthew Bunn, a former White House official under President Clinton and now a nonproliferation expert at Harv …"

"… on’s ambitious arms reductions goals. Doyle said Tammy Taylor, a former White House official and then the leader of Doyle’s division at the lab, told him at …"

"… cist and associate provost at the University of Maryland who served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during President Obama’s first t …"

Families sick from fracking turn to scientists

By Lisa Song

A Pennsylvania nonprofit provides free health consultations to people who live near gas drilling sites and complain of health effects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry":

"… st 27 patients. But Barry Johnson, a former assistant administrator at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (part of the CDC), said the type of case series EHP produced is "very comm …"

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 "Long Beach":

"… students to supplement school police or security, including in Sacramento, Long Beach and the Kern Union High School District, a Central Valley district with a …"

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

By Susan Ferriss

A judge freed a foster girl from adult jail after a school police arrest, but N.C. social services fail to come get her.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ement, alleges the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division. Federal school-disc …"

"… in the country was supposed to report that data to the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection. The Wake County district has nearly 148, …"

"… udents have rallied to her defense and appealed to the county’s Board of Education this month to help free her, as local TV and other media have reported. A …"

"… ted Federal School Discipline Guidance released by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice in January. …"

California report: Don't spend new education money on campus police

By Susan Ferriss

As California readies to direct millions to districts with neediest kids, a new policy brief warns against spending it on campus security.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… arners and foster care children.” …"

"… and black students. The new education money was raised by a tax increase California voters approved in November 2012. Proposition 30, as the measure was dubbe …"

"… Center has reported. The brief notes that during the last academic year, California schools, statewide, had one counselor for every 808 students, one of the w …"

Exposing tragic myths of the world's 'greatest' health care system

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: world's 'best' health care system is failing many right here.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… to get care, to which Wilemon, assuming Mandvi has probably returned from Africa or some place like it, responds, “This is how bad it can get here.” W …"

The story behind 'Big Oil, Bad Air'

By Jim Morris, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song

Texas regulators didn't make it easy to determine the environmental impacts of drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shale":

"… Hard to say, but it has. A subject of solid local coverage, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas has yet to become part of the national conversation on …"

"… racturing — fracking — in contrast to, say, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale or North Dakota’s Bakken. This oddity, along with the sheer size of the …"

"… The partnership that produced "Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas" was formed in the spring of 2013. Two nonprofit news organ …"

Sequestration nation: military communities feel nation's budget stress

By James Politi

Civilian Pentagon workers hit hard by sequestration-related cuts to federal budget.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… town a decade ago when the entire 101st airborne division deployed to the Middle East, Jenkins says. Family members moved back to their hometowns. Still, the re …"

'Upset' emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground

By Kristen Lombardi and Andrea Fuller

Residents living along the chemical corridor of Texas and Louisiana often encounter 'upset' emissions -- triggering pollution, health fears.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Alliance Houston":

"… se facilities,” says Soward, the former TCEQ official, who now works for Air Alliance Houston, “and into fence line communities.” The health effects are harder to …"

Judicial candidate blames mystery nonprofit's attacks for defeat

By Michael Beckel

Montana Supreme Court candidate says anonymous attacks sunk his campaign.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Montana":

"… insurmountable. “In judicial elections, that does you in,” he said. University of Montana political science professor  Jim Lopach said he was surprised by the …"

Louisiana sinkhole shatters calm, prompts buyouts on the bayou

By Ronnie Greene

A massive sinkhole roils a Louisiana bayou community — forcing many to seek buyouts, part of a U.S. trend of communities fighting to leave.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… ays wanted to be on the water,” said Brown, originally from French Lick, Indiana. “We’ve got too much invested in our home to try to move. … Once you …"

Los Angeles school police still ticketing thousands of young students

By Susan Ferriss

School police still citing thousands of kids for minor violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheriff":

"… shing match at his school. The mother of one child called 911, Cortez said.Sheriff’s deputies declined to get involved, Cortez said. School police officers …"

GOP immigration hardliner told constituent to take family to Mexico

By Susan Ferriss

The record of some GOP members of Congress shows it will take work to persuade them to embrace immigration reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… ional and financial hardship.King told her she had the option of moving to Mexico.Gonzalez’s dilemma is shared by families described in a recent report by …"

"… esidency. And Jimi traveled, as required, to the U.S. consulate in Juarez, Mexico, for his final interview in 2008.  Jimi and Bethany were shocked when …"

"… r him from the United States for at least 10 years.  Jimi returned to Mexico’s Campeche state to his father’s farm,  where he ekes out a livin …"

"… told her how to contact the nearest U.S. consulate to Jimi’s hometown in Mexico, and provided information about how to file a complaint about her lawyer, …"

Justice Department alleges 'school to prison pipeline' in Mississippi

By Susan Ferriss

Alleges that state, county and city of Meridian are operating 'school to prison pipeline'

Feds will oversee Oakland's efforts to curb suspensions

By Susan Ferriss

Oakland school board allows federal officials to monitor efforts to reduce the high suspension rates for African-American students

Mississippi town struggles with 'school to prison pipeline' charges

By Maggie Lee

Justice Department letter raises new questions, inflames new tensions in Meridian, Mississippi

Parts of Pa. law favored by frackers overturned

By Alice Su

A court on Thursday threw out parts of the state’s Act 13, returning zoning authority over natural gas drilling to local governments

Oakland leads way as restorative justice techniques enter education mainstream

By Eric K. Arnold

'Restorative justice' techniques are helping young people overcome violent impulses

Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wells

By Alice Su

Pennsylvania's state legislature passed a law that strips local zoning authority location of fracking wells.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shale":

"… up to $50,000 per well seems to put wealth from drilling on the Marcellus Shale into citizens’ hands. Detractors of Act 13 say, however, that it is a Tr …"

"… t few years, since the development of fracking suddenly made the Marcellus Shale a lucrative resource. According to the National Institute on Money in …"

"… hip, one of the petitioners in the lawsuit and home of the first Marcellus Shale drill site in Pennsylvania. White is a former supervisor of Cecil Tow …"

"… ent, bringing jobs and economic opportunity to Pennsylvania. The Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry trade group, says the legislation will provide the …"

Police, suspensions in schools need reform, new report urges

By Susan Ferriss

A report looks at how three troubled California communities are struggling with high suspension rates of vulnerable students.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ore harm than good, according to a new report on three especially troubled California districts.  The report released Thursday by University of California …"

"… California districts.  The report released Thursday by University of California scholars and Human Impact Partners is an exhaustive profile of students in …"

"… South Los Angeles, Oakland and the agribusiness hub of Salinas in Central California. All these communities have high levels of family poverty, high rates of s …"

"… cies have on equity and health in communities.The report was funded by the California Endowment. The Center for Public Integrity also receives some support from …"

Walker’s official work time declines as national fame grows

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin governor's official work time declines as national fame grows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… dison or its affiliates. …"

"… groups outside the state.On Jan. 28, 2011, two weeks before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his plan to slash public employee unions’ powers, he dined at t …"

Michigan's budget crisis puts democracy on the chopping block

By Paul Abowd

Michigan's emergency manager law grants sweeping powers to unelected officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… cedented power over nearly every aspect of city policy.Public Act 4, a law Michigan passed in March 2011, has cut elected officials like Williams out of the p …"

"… lify labor contracts, sell public utilities and dismiss elected officials. Michigan cities Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Flint, Pontiac, and two school districts are …"

"… est city, is under financial review by the state.Update Feb. 15, 1:02pm: A Michigan judge suspended the state review of Detroit's finances, citing violations …"

"… ublic officials. The state's attorneys are expected to appeal the decision.Michigan is one of 23 states where the GOP has control of both houses and the gover …"

LA school abuse investigation runs into immigration fears

By Susan Ferriss

Undocumented parents say they fear deportation if they talk about accused teacher

Excerpts from this story referencing "Southern California":

"… he Miramonte immigration dilemma is also on the Multi-American blog of the Southern California public radio station KPCC.  The Multi-American reports that the Los A …"

Los Angeles report: Limit suspensions, don't fine truants

By Susan Ferriss

A task force in Los Angeles, Calif. attacks harsh school discipline, truancy dollar fines

Excerpts from this story referencing "Southern California":

"… ent efforts that succeed — and fail — in certain parts of the populous Southern California region and other areas of the country.The School Attendance Task Force has …"

FACT CHECK: Perry misses the facts on fracking

By FactCheck.Org

GOP presidential hopeful's statement on EPA as a jobs-killer holds no water

Child advocates say more should be done to assist immigrant minors crossing the border

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates say assistance needed to keep young border crossers away from criminals

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… y Jennifer Podkul received a call from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general’s office, asking to speak with one of her clients.The client was …"

"… ration and Customs Enforcement.”But the inquiry by Homeland Security’s inspector general serves to illuminate other, broader concerns about having Board Pa …"

"… are working.  In September 2010, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general’s office issued a report focusing on agents’ compliance with t …"

"… trol holding areas in general compliance with the settlement requirements, inspectors also found that many agents hadn’t received updated training regarding …"