Fired: Texas regulators say they tried to enforce rules, lost jobs

By David Hasemyer

Two former inspectors with the Texas Railroad Commission say they were fired for being too strict with the oil and gas industry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Commission on Environmental Quality":

"… tigation has found that the Railroad Commission and its sister agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, focus more on protecting the industry than the public, an approach tacitl …"

Pentagon criticizes F-35 contractors but hands over the dough

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

UPDATE: Early flight tests show multiple problems but the program gets new funds just before sequester.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… en September and November on nine different planes, all from a base on the Florida panhandle. The effort fell far short of a normal flight test series, Gilmo …"

"… Martin, got worse and worse at supplying needed parts for the aircraft in Florida, according to the report. “The demands of training for combat will be di …"

A close call for the world’s most advanced warplane?

By Douglas Birch

Fuel line leaks and a special vulnerability to lightning are the latest troubles for the Pentagon's advanced fighter jet

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leon Panetta":

"… on “probation” in early 2011. A year later, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted that probation, pending resolution of outstanding issues with the b …"