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Violence against emergency room staffers seen as increasing

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

By Eli Wolfe
FairWarning
Slaps, kicks, bites and curses are daily hazards faced by staff in hundreds of emergency rooms. And the threat of workplace violence seems to be getting worse.
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Florida still a dismal swamp for cigarette makers fighting death and injury claims

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FairWarning
During the 1990s, legal assaults on the tobacco industry spawned the largest and most expensive civil litigation in U.S. history. Explosive revelations from secret internal documents and tobacco whistleblowers became front page news, and inspired the feature film ”The Insider.” After decades of deception, cigarette makers were forced to admit the dangers and addictiveness of smoking.
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Amid dramatic growth of U.S. drone fleet, federal safety oversight lags

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
As the nation’s fleet of small recreational and commercial drones keeps soaring — the government projects nearly 3 million will be in the skies by 2022 — safety concerns are rising even as federal enforcement stalls.
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How America Got Hooked On A Deadly Drug

Friday, June 15th, 2018

By Fred Schulte
Kaiser Health News
Purdue Pharma left almost nothing to chance in its whirlwind marketing of its new painkiller OxyContin. From 1996 to 2002, Purdue pursued nearly every avenue in the drug supply and prescription sales chain — a strategy now cast as reckless and illegal in more than 1,500 federal civil lawsuits across the country.
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Amid rush to deploy driverless cars, federal regulators urged to keep hands on the wheel

Friday, December 8th, 2017

By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
The era of driverless vehicles appears to be rapidly approaching, raising a bevy of urgent questions about how to prevent the emergence of new hazards on the nation’s roads.
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First Amendment claims seen as Rx for drug makers, headache for consumers

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

By Paul Raeburn
FairWarning
Off-label promotion has long been considered a serious white-collar crime. The FDA has fined drug companies billions of dollars for off-label violations. The aim: to prevent them from overstating the benefits and understating the risks of their products, a practice known as misbranding – and one that sometimes leads to patients getting drugs that prove harmful or even deadly.
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Don’t drive distracted, wireless industry says, but safety advocates want more than talk

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

By Myron Levin
FairWarning
In recent years thousands have died on the nation’s highways, mostly in ones and twos, as a result of drivers fiddling with their phones. Despite more crashworthy vehicles, 2016 U.S. traffic deaths reached 40,000, the highest number in years, according to an estimate by the National Safety Council.
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New lookup to tell what’s in your water in South Florida and around the country

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

By Dan Ross
FairWarning
Want to know what hazards might be lurking in your local water supply? An updated online database launched this week by the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization, provides some answers.
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Fraud and billing mistakes cost Medicare – and taxpayers – tens of billions last year

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By Fred Schulte /b>
Kaiser Health News
Federal health officials made more than $16 billion in improper payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans last year and need to crack down on billing errors by the insurers, a top congressional auditor testified Wednesday.
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Scientists urge tighter scrutiny of germ-fighting chemicals

Friday, June 30th, 2017

By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
More than 200 scientists and public health advocates are urging regulators to take a closer look at the potential dangers of antimicrobial chemicals including triclosan, an additive that has been banned from hand soaps but remains an active ingredient in products ranging from building materials to Colgate’s Total toothpaste.
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Headlight recall turns high beams on GM’s safety vow

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

By Christopher Jensen
FairWarning
Three years ago, General Motors chief executive Mary Barra vowed a new pro-safety attitude after admitting that for years the automaker had concealed an ignition-switch defect now linked to at least 124 deaths. But today federal safety regulators are investigating whether GM has been adequately handling a 429,000 vehicle recall for the sudden failure of low-beam headlights.
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Gridlock on Anti-Lock Brakes Baffles Motorcycle Safety Advocates

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

By Rick Schmitt and Paul Feldman
FairWarning
After a long downward trend, U.S. traffic deaths are on the rise again, and a key factor is the stubbornly high fatality toll among some of the most exposed people on the road: motorcyclists.
Nevertheless, federal regulators have balked at requiring a safety measure that, many experts say, could save hundreds of bikers’ lives every year.
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A moving story: Crooked movers victimize customers and usually get away with it

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

By Brian Joseph
FairWarning.org
About 35 million Americans will make local or long-distance moves over the next year, and many are at risk of coming into contact with a scammer. The problem, however, is particularly acute for moves made across state lines. States regulate local moves within their borders, but the federal government oversees interstate moves – and it devotes few resources to regulation and enforcement.
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‘We are a law firm’: How telemarketers sold false hope to homeowners struggling to pay mortgages

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
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‘We are a law firm’: How telemarketers sold false hope to homeowners struggling to pay mortgages

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
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‘We are a law firm’: How telemarketers sold false hope to homeowners struggling to pay mortgages

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
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‘We are a law firm’: How telemarketers sold false hope to homeowners struggling to pay mortgages

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
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VIDEO: 15 Years Later, Unanswered Questions of 9/11

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Presented by Florida Bulldog  and Nova Southeastern University. Dan Christensen, editor and founder of the nonprofit news organization,  moderated a panel on Sept. 8 at Nova Southeastern University featuring former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, co-chair of Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11; Sharon Premoli, a victim’s advocate who was at work on the 80th floor of the […] The post VIDEO: 15 Years Later, Unanswered Questions of 9/11 appeared first on Florida Bulldog.

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VIDEO: 15 Years Later, Unanswered Questions of 9/11

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Presented by Florida Bulldog  and Nova Southeastern University. Dan Christensen, editor and founder of the nonprofit news organization,  moderated a panel on Sept. 8 at Nova Southeastern University featuring former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, co-chair of Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11; Sharon Premoli, a victim’s advocate who was at work on the 80th floor of the […] The post VIDEO: 15 Years Later, Unanswered Questions of 9/11 appeared first on Florida Bulldog.

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Heavy-spending trucking industry pushes Congress to relax safety rules

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

By Brian Joseph
FairWarning.org
Big rig crashes kill nearly 4,000 Americans each year and injure more than 85,000. Fatalities involving large trucks are up 17 percent since 2009; injuries up 28 percent. Given these numbers, you might expect Congress to be agitating for tighter controls on big rigs. In fact, many members are pushing for the opposite – looser restrictions on the trucking industry and its drivers.
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Speaking up for safety can lead to retaliation against workers

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

By Stuart Silverstein and Brian Joseph
FairWarning
As both a veteran railroad worker and union official responsible for safety, Mike Elliott became alarmed when he learned of trouble-plagued train signals in his home state of Washington.
Signals, he said, at times would inexplicably switch from red to yellow to green – potentially creating confusion that could lead to a crash.
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The color of debt: How collection suits squeeze black neighborhoods

Friday, October 9th, 2015

By Paul Kiel and Annie Waldman
ProPublica
On a recent afternoon, the new African-American mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Jennings, population 15,000, looked at a computer list of every debt collection lawsuit against a resident of her city – at least 4,500 in just five years. She saw the names of many of her neighbors. Then she saw her own name.
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White House wants more aggressive effort on Medicare, Medicaid billing errors

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
White House budget director Shaun Donovan called for a “more aggressive strategy” to thwart improper government payments to doctors, hospitals and insurance companies in a previously undisclosed letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell earlier this year.
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Democracy inaction: old equipment and partisan battles threaten election integrity nationwide

Friday, August 28th, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The offices in a former Kohl’s department store here look inconsequential enough — linoleum floors, fluorescent lights and cookie-cutter furniture. But what happens in this strip mall, and other equally nondescript settings nationwide, could in fact be crucial to the struggle over America’s voting laws and apparatus — a struggle that may go a long way toward determining the outcome of next November’s presidential election.
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Bury excess plutonium, don’t turn it into fuel, study says

Friday, August 21st, 2015

By Patrick Malone and Douglas Birch
Center for Public Integrity
A team of experts has confirmed what the Energy Department has been saying for two years — that burying 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium would be far cheaper and more practical than completing a multibillion-dollar plant that would turn the radioactive material into commercial reactor fuel.
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