Tori Richards is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter who has covered some of the biggest news in the world during her 25 years in the business. She has also won a dozen national and local writing awards for her coverage of the judicial system. Richards has worked for CBS News, Bloomberg, Reuters. Agence-France Presse, the NY Post, the NY Times and The Daily among others. Her work has also appeared on CNN.com, FoxNews.com and US News & World Report. Some of her biggest stories included the cases of OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, the Aryan Brotherhood and the Night Stalker.

Border doc: Illegal immigrants are ‘pretty healthy population’

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Immigration, National, Texas  /  No Comments

AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
The masses of illegal immigrants crossing the Texas border have apparently received decent health care including vaccinations in Central America and aren’t carrying an influx of disease contrary to public opinion, a treating physician told Watchdog.org.
“They are a pretty healthy population,” said Dr. Martin Garza, a pediatrician who is part of [...]

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Flood of illegal immigrants coming

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  California, Federal Government, Immigration, National, News, Politics, Texas  /  No Comments

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By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
Tens of thousands of immigrants who illegally crossed the Mexico border into Texas are in the process of being released into communities throughout the nation rather than being indefinitely detained or immediately deported, a congressman told Watchdog.org.
The releases have already started and the Border Patrol did not disclose how many. At least [...]

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VA hospitals fund solar panels while veterans wait for doctors

By   /  June 27, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Arizona, Budget and Spending, Energy and Environment, Federal Stimulus, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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By Bre Payton and Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
Veterans Administration hospitals have spent at least $420 million on solar panels and windmills while vets wait months — or even lay dying — to see a doctor.
In total, VA hospitals reported 23 deaths due to 76 instances of delayed care, an April 2014 VA fact sheet said. Then on June [...]

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SolarCity and others backed Chinese solar-panel makers flooding U.S. market

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

China Solar Tariffs

Months before the U.S. International Trade Commission slapped Chinese manufacturers with hefty tariffs on solar panels that were flooding the American market, at least one American stood – or rather sat – with the Chinese.

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Solar activists wield hammer in city fixated on being greenest

By   /  June 17, 2014  /  California, National, News, Politics, Public Utilities  /  No Comments

Elon Musk Testifies Before Congress

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
The solar energy industry, led by billionaire Elon Musk’s SolarCity, has been dictating the building codes of a Silicon Valley city hell-bent on being the greenest city in America, a Watchdog investigation has revealed.
This was spurred on by the powerful solar lobby, which threatened to withhold a Green Power Conference award [...]

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Sriracha’s force-out from SoCal just like Vietnam after war, owner says

By   /  May 16, 2014  /  California, National, News  /  No Comments

Factory Orders

 
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
IRWINDALE, Calif. — When David Tran fled Vietnam in 1978, he left his possessions behind and boarded the dilapidated freighter Huey Fong bound for Hong Kong. His fare was approximately $11,500 in today’s dollars, money that was split between the Vietnamese government and the ship’s operators.
An international incident ensued as Hong [...]

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