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VA officials used medical records to smear whistleblowers

By   /  September 22, 2015  /  Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

THAT IS A LIE: VA's chief medical director Carolyn Clancy reacts to Sen. Ron Johnson saying "That is a lie!" after she claimed to be working on a way where whistleblowers' medical records could not be accessed for punitive reasons.

Part 16 of 16 in the series Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs officials illegally accessed whistleblower medical records to engage in a smear campaign aimed at covering up fatally lax medical care, according to testimony today at a U.S. Senate committee.
In a rare show of solidarity, Republicans and Democrats showed anger and distress during the testimony of […]

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VA whistleblowers get their day on Capitol Hill

By   /  September 21, 2015  /  Arizona, Louisiana, National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Disability claims and wait times for their approval surge

Part 15 of 16 in the series Veterans Affairs

For nearly three years, Veterans Affairs social worker Shea Wilkes has been trying to get the attention of someone who could fix the life-threatening handling of patients at the Shreveport VA Hospital.
He’ll finally get his chance on Tuesday. Wilkes, a 42-year-old Army reservist, will testify before the […]

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Colorado mine owner: EPA lied in congressional hearing

By   /  September 9, 2015  /  Colorado, National  /  No Comments

Photo courtesty of Todd Hennis

An Environmental Protection Agency official lied during a congressional hearing Wednesday when he said the agency responded to a Gold King Mine “cave-in” when in fact EPA contractors created the disaster by barricading the mine last summer, the owner of the mine has charged.
“This was a result of cave-ins and water buildup. That’s why we […]

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EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

By   /  August 25, 2015  /  Colorado, National, New Mexico, News, Texas, Utah  /  No Comments

Photo: Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times via AP

A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to the Gold King mine disaster, which poured deadly chemicals into the largest source of drinking water in the West. 
“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining […]

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Houston U’s president cashes million-dollar paycheck, students struggle

By   /  August 25, 2015  /  National, Texas  /  No Comments

Photo: AP/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool

Students struggle over rising tuition at pricey, bottom-ranked University of Houston while its president makes $1.2 million per year.

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Another EPA disaster, this time in rural Georgia

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, Georgia, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Dave Lewis

In Greensboro, Georgia, EPA-funded contractors grading a toxic 19th-century cotton mill site struck a water main, sending the deadly sediment into a nearby creek.

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