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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 "Clean Air Act":

"… g a Clean Water Act prosecution of Wal-Mart in California, and a Clean Air Act criminal and civil case against a New York plant that …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… philosophy, politics and economics” at Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And philosophize about the “moral imperatives of free mark …"

"… erent grants from private foundations. A $100,000 grant the University of North Carolina’s Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program received from the …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… tting. Part of the problem is that Garcia is both an adult and a minor in North Carolina. Once they’re 16, youths in the state are put automatically into the adu …"

"… in Wake County, according to Jennifer Story, an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocates for Children’s Services. “You cannot use jail as a boar …"

"… Garcia arrested for an incident on a school bus. In January, Legal Aid of North Carolina and other groups filed a civil rights complaint against the Wake County Sc …"

"… her state, according to Story. The girl was placed with a family member in North Carolina. She said Garcia wants to disclose what has happened to her; fellow studen …"

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… lished guidelines for effective school discipline and school policing. In North Carolina, students and parents have alleged cases of excessive police force at scho …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Murtha":

"… the special election that spring for the seat of longtime Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania who died in February 2010. Burns lost. Representatives of …"

Dems introduce plan for public financing of campaigns

By Michael Beckel

Bill would provide matching funds to candidates who limit size of contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ns. It currently has just one Republican co-sponsor, Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. The House GOP leadership is not expected to embrace it. …"

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… Cochran, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, a former Republican …"

EPA to regulate coal ash amid court settlement

By Kristen Lombardi

Facing a legal challenge from Earthjustice and others, the EPA agrees to set a plan by year's end to regulate coal ash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… another spill is fouling an American river. In this case it's the Dan, in North Carolina, where Duke Energy discharged up to 82,000 tons of the toxic sludge o …"

San Francisco takes lead in defining role of school police, sets limits on interrogations, arrests

By Susan Ferriss

City by the Bay pulls back on interrogations and arrests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… youth dropping out and getting into serious legal trouble. Last week, in North Carolina, civil rights groups filed a 74-page complaint calling for the U.S. Depart …"

North Carolina complaint alleges excessive force by police in schools

By Susan Ferriss

North Carolina complaint complaint alleges heavy-handed tactics inside schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ack off harsh school discipline, a federal civil rights complaint filed in North Carolina this week alleges that school police have “violently tackled” students …"

"… r the Advancement of Colored People, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation and several university law clinics in the state. The com …"

"… rt from school — which can result in permanent records for students. In North Carolina, minors 16 and 17 are automatically referred to adult court, which jeopard …"

"… ose for mock mug shots and asked for information that was put into files. North Carolina has already fallen under scrutiny because of complaints that black student …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… ads praising Republicans in Congress, ranging from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, a veteran lawmaker who has been …"

Top politics investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite politics investigations from 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… from out-of-state groups. This outside influence was especially potent in North Carolina, Mississippi and Iowa judicial races. Keep reading Meet William Koch, t …"

‘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.

Lauded public health researcher also worked for industry, revealing entanglements of science

By David Heath

A late UC Berkeley dean pushed public health reforms — while also working for industry, revealing the deep reach of corporate science.

Rising caseload, fewer Labor Department judges triggers painful mix for suffering laborers

By Jim Morris

A federal worker compensation program once viewed as a model now suffers rising caseloads — but fewer judges, triggering frustration.

New credit union cop tight with industry

By Daniel Wagner

Newest credit union overseer owes political career to industry he regulates.

State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Despite universally poor disclosure rules, Center finds numerous conflicts among state high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… lose stock holdings, 107 reported owning stock, or just under 40 percent. North Carolina Justice Robert Edmunds is one of many judges who reported f …"

"… ver decision I make will not have any impact on my financial situation.” North Carolina’s forms only require that investments worth at least $10,000 be reported …"

Obama's pardoned turkeys courtesy of lobbyists

By Michael Beckel

Influential National Turkey Federation behind time-honored Thanksgiving tradition.

Center to cover political power of broadband industry

By The Center for Public Integrity

Former Bloomberg Government manager to head up coverage of Internet policy in Washington and beyond.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… Tenn. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a masters degree in public policy from Duke University. …"

Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… tleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. In addition to its pre-election “stand with coal” …"

Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… 6:34 p.m.: Documents that Americans for Prosperity filed with the state of North Carolina in September show it spent $83 million overall on "communications, ads, me …"

"… on," as well as $5 million on "postage, courier, overnight" services. The North Carolina documents also show that Americans for Prosperity spent $7 million on "sal …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… njoyed several victories, however. They gained almost complete control of North Carolina’s state government — where spending by outside groups backed by busine …"

"… st source of outside spending in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Washington, and North Carolina. It was also likely the biggest spender in Montana, but the state’s lax …"

"… at. Besides Walker’s victory, the RGA was also able to claim victory in North Carolina. GOP control In the Tar Heel State, Republican Pat McCrory easily defeat …"

"… ate and union funds for outside spending groups went away. McCrory became North Carolina’s first Republican governor elected since 1988 and was the only member o …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… nsidered the proposition only to study it and abandon the idea. North Carolina is currently in the process of transferring at least some of its economic …"

Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

By Alison Fitzgerald

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

In new battleground over toxic reform, American Chemistry Council targets the states

By Ronnie Greene

The fight between industry and activists over regulation of toxic chemicals has shifted from Washington, D.C., to state venues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… SCA. “We’re not getting much leadership at the federal level,” said North Carolina Rep. Pricey Harrison, who has attempted reform efforts in her state for si …"

"… kind of a shame, because I thought it was a good bill,” Danish said. In North Carolina, Democratic Rep. Harrison proposed the Toxic Free Kids Act this …"

Session for state officials "intended to educate," not influence, corporate sponsor says

By Ronnie Greene

A forum for state officials at Procter & Gamble headquarters raises questions about industry's role in shaping environmental health policy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ot of us who sponsored toxic state legislation at the state level,” said North Carolina Rep. Pricey Harrison, who has encountered hurdles securing reform in her s …"

One-fifth of female veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan show signs of sexual trauma

By Caitlin Cruz and Asha Anchan

News21 investigation reveals that the VA is struggling to deal with female vets who have been sexually assaulted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… l graduate from nursing school and she and her 5-year-old son will move to North Carolina to be with her fiance. “From going through years of a lot of people not …"

Five money-in-politics facts about John Lewis

By Michael Beckel

That's one of five money-and-politics facts you'll learn here about civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

Super PAC forms to 'draft' Ben Carson for president

By Adam Wollner

Group led by John Philip Sousa descendant wants neurosurgeon, Obamacare critic in White House.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… ent Vernon Robinson, has run three unsuccessful congressional campaigns in North Carolina during the past decade. The National Draft Ben Carson for President Commi …"

Obamacare's hidden battle: insurance agents push state regulation of guides to new marketplaces

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Insurance agents talk state legislators into regulating Obamacare's consumer helpers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… cify what they should be.) Lawmakers introduced similar bills in Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania that have not passed. Most of the laws closely match NCO …"

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