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March, 2011 crash at a 7-Eleven store in Midland, Texas (Photo by Roger Primera) FairWarining Reports

Bread, Milk and Mayhem II

Spurred by deadly crashes involving cars plunging into stores, day care centers and other sites, a California lawmaker has introduced a bill to prod commercial property owners to install special safety barriers. The measure, if approved, would give California the nation’s first state law encouraging wider use of bollards, a type of barrier already found […]

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U.S. Crackdown on Pay Violations Yields $240.8 Million in Wage Recoveries

U.S. labor investigators recovered $240.8 million in back wages for American workers last year amid an intensified crackdown on pay abuses in low-skill industries. That newly released total – which reflects the amount of back wages that employers agreed to pay, or were ordered to pay, following government investigations – amounted to $890 per affected […]

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Highway Agency Takes a Hit Over Safety Report on Electronic Billboards

Why did the billboard cross the road? It sounds like the opening line of a corny joke, but it’s actually a question raised by a baffling glitch in a Federal Highway Administration study on the safety of electronic billboards. Billboards that seem magically to have moved from one side of the highway to the other […]

Labor Department's 'Hot Goods' Case Charging Underpayment of Farmworkers Goes Up in Smoke FairWarining Reports

Labor Department’s ‘Hot Goods’ Case Charging Underpayment of Farmworkers Goes Up in Smoke

An attempted crackdown on wage and hour violations on two Oregon berry farms has ended in a retreat by the U.S. Labor Department, which dropped all charges against two growers it had accused of failing to pay the minimum wage to about 1,000 workers. The case has brought scrutiny to one of the Labor Department’s […]

Advocates Duel Over Who’s Winning Gun Control Battle in the States FairWarining Reports

Advocates Duel Over Who’s Winning Gun Control Battle in the States

After being thwarted in Congress following the 2012 school shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., gun control activists have scored some important victories in states around the country. One of the biggest wins came in Washington State. In November, voters by a wide margin approved a state ballot measure extending, to gun shows and other private […]

Cuban postage stamps touting the country's efforts to save limbs of diabetics (Photo by Andrew Schneider) FairWarining Investigates

As U.S. Bids to Renew Relations With Havana, Heralded Cuban Diabetes Drug Remains Off-Limits

HAVANA – President Obama’s efforts to renew relations with Cuba may soon allow Americans to visit this island’s pristine beaches and start lugging home shopping bags filled with long-coveted cigars and rum. But for frustrated American physicians battling to save the feet and legs of tens of thousands of diabetic patients, it may be a […]

Despite the dismal image of smoking today, cigarette makers formerly used celebrities to promote smoking as sophisticated and chic. See gallery of ads below. (Courtesy of Stanford University collection).Despite the dismal image of smoking today, cigarette makers formerly used celebrities to promote smoking as sophisticated and chic. See gallery of ads below. (Courtesy of Stanford University collection). FairWarining Reports

Long After Loss of its Glamorous Image, Smoking Keeps a Tight Grip on the Mentally Ill

For decades, tobacco companies relied on movie stars and sports heroes to pitch their brands, making cigarettes as much a symbol of sophistication and glamour as limousines and Champagne. Today, the image is vastly different, with smoking largely a habit of the troubled and the poor. A surprising statistic emphasizes the point: 44 percent of […]

​A two-month composite of nighttime views from a NASA/NOAA satellite shows lights in the Bakken formation burning almost as brightly as those in Minneapolis and Chicago. Part of the light from the Bakken is from gas flares, though most is from electric lighting on drilling and fracking equipment. (Image courtesy NASA/NOAA, Ceres) FairWarining Reports

Crying Foul Over Flaring

Burning Off Natural Gas Called 'Environmental Travesty'

The drilling companies rushing to capture North Dakota’s rich oil reserves often wind up with unwanted natural gas. In other words, they literally have surplus energy to burn. So they do just that, torching vast amounts of the cheap gas — a practice that critics say is tremendously wasteful and a threat to the environment […]

March, 2011 crash at a 7-Eleven store in Midland, Texas. (Photo by Roger Primera). FairWarining Reports

Green Light for Effort to Prevent Storefront Car Crashes

Almost every day, somewhere in the U.S., a car jumps over a curb and smashes into a convenience store, coffee shop or restaurant. Some of these crashes hurt or kill innocent bystanders, while also causing millions of dollars in property damage. As FairWarning has reported, many safety experts say that for a modest cost – […]