Chris Butler is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org who covers Tennessee and his home state of Louisiana. Chris is based in Nashville. Contact him at cbutler@watchdog.org and follow him on Facebook at "Chris-Butler-WriterJournalist" or on Twitter at cdbutler1204.

New Orleans school vouchers doing more with less

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  Education, Louisiana, News  /  No Comments

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Shemane Pepe’s kids regularly came home from their New Orleans public school without books and usually happy other students didn’t try to rob them of their shoes or jackets.

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Town alderman not paying property taxes over legal dispute

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Tennessee auditors gave the town of Ridgely what Mayor Steve Jones called one of its best audits ever — except for that part about a town alderman who has unpaid property taxes.

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Experts question EPA’s credibility on controversial Camp Minden burn

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Louisiana, News  /  No Comments

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A state representative wants government officials pushing an open burn of 15 million pounds of dangerous M6 propellant at Camp Minden to testify under oath and make their statements public.

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UAW may have had international help in Chattanooga

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Members of the National Right to Work Foundation believe two German labor groups have failed to completely disclose their full level of involvement in the United Auto Workers’ attempts to set up shop in Chattanooga.
As previously reported, the UAW wants to formally establish itself at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. 
The UAW’s attempts […]

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EPA document says government knew about contamination at Camp Minden in 1989

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Louisiana, News  /  No Comments

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Government officials knew as far back as 1989 explosive material stored at Camp Minden had already contaminated soil, surface water, and groundwater around the plant, according to a memo written last summer.

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Mayor fails to disclose major conflict of interest with roadwork project

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — In choosing one of three competing bidders for a roadwork project, the Williston City Council picked the one that charged four times as much as the other two, according to a new audit.
State Comptroller Justin Wilson’s audit said council members chose contractor Ricky McQueen, who charged an even $42,000 […]

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