Tori is a national investigative reporter for She began her career in journalism more than 20 years ago and has since worked with several notable publications like Bloomberg News, Reuters, AOL News, CBS News, NY Post and the New York Times. Tori has been nominated for a Pulitzer prize and is the winner of the Associated Press ‘Best of the West’ award. Tori can be reached on Twitter at @NewsWriter2 and by email at

Obama talks pollution with India as 1,500 US factory jobs are sent there

By   /  December 1, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Using the world climate summit as his backdrop, President Obama in a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India should “pursue the priorities of development, growth and poverty eradication … . At the same time, it also has to reflect serious and ambitious action by all nations to curb their carbon pollution.”

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Is the EPA to blame for 1,500 GE layoffs in Pennsylvania?

By   /  November 19, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News, Pennsylvania, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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A GE locomotive plant in Erie, PA is losing a third of its workforce; experts say due to Obama’s clean air initiatives.

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VA suspends worker who dressed as whistleblower for Halloween

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Arizona, National, News  /  No Comments

TRICK OR TREAT: VA workers dress up for Halloween, including Jeremy Pottle, second from left, and Lisa Benner, third from right (standing).

A social worker at the beleaguered Phoenix VA hospital has been suspended for dressing up as a disabled whistleblower in an unflattering Halloween costume.

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National parks fail EPA’s latest ozone mandates

By   /  November 9, 2015  /  California, Colorado, National, News, Pennsylvania, Utah  /  No Comments

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While states are slapped with new smog mandates costing billions, 26 national parks get a failing grade.

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Inside the EPA: Military weapons, designer desks…and nukes?

By   /  October 16, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Colorado, Energy and Environment, National, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 6 of 9 in the series Poison Hotline (EPA)

A congressional committee will investigate reports that the Environmental Protection Agency wasted billions of dollars, including an effort to create its own militia with a prosecution arm to mirror the FBI’s.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, told that a House committee will dig into allegations the EPA bought […]

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Now feds probe VA for new violations in whistleblower smear campaign

By   /  October 9, 2015  /  Arizona, Federal Government, Louisiana, National, News  /  No Comments

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Part 17 of 18 in the series Veterans Affairs

First the White House Office of Special Counsel started an investigation into the embattled VA. Now it’s the turn of Health and Human Services for evidence that VA officials repeatedly accessed whistleblower medical records in retaliation — violating HIPAA laws. 
Whistleblower Brandon Coleman was notified Wednesday that the HHS’ […]

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