Writer: Jill Replogle

Jill Replogle is a researcher-reporter for FairWarning.

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Backlog of Mining Safety Disputes Worsens, Despite Obama Administration Reform Effort

After the West Virginia mine disaster in April that took 29 lives, the Obama administration launched a $23 million effort to improve enforcement of safety rules in the industry. In particular, it sought to reduce the two-year backlog of safety citations being appealed by mine operators. That initiative, however, is [...]

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Risk of Dying in a Toyota? 19 Times Less Than Walking Along the Road, Expert Says

A panel looking into sudden acceleration hazards with cars and trucks made by Toyota Motor Corp. and other auto companies was told Monday by an academic expert that the risk of dying in a crash while driving a recalled Toyota is minimal, The Detroit News reports. Paul Fischbeck, a Carnegie [...]

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Anatomy of a Recall: Cadmium Doomed the Shrek Drinking Glasses

Have you ever wondered how federal regulators decide to push a mass recall of something like kids jewelry, toys or another product for children? A report by the Associated Press opens a window on the decision-making process at the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Through a Freedom of Information Act request, the AP [...]

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“Pink Drink” Fund-Raising More Than Breast Cancer Survivors Can Swallow

Supporting breast cancer awareness and research can be as easy as buying a bottle of  pink vodka, as alcohol companies join other marketers in giving a portion of their proceeds to the charitable cause. But can you square that with the fact that alcohol contributes to breast cancer? The American [...]

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Antipsychotic Drugs Improperly Given to Youths in Juvenile Detention, Report Finds

Many youths held in juvenile detention centers are being given potent antipsychotic drugs generally intended to treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, even though they have not been diagnosed with either problem, according to an investigation by Youth Today. The investigation focused on five states that provided comprehensive information about their spending [...]

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Firm to Pay $24 Million to Settle Charges Over Illegal Medical Tests Linked to 3 Deaths

A medical device firm and its parent company have agreed to plead guilty and pay about $24 million for illegally testing bone cement on about 200 spinal patients, three of whom died in surgery, the Associated Press reports. The medical device company, Norian Corp., a subsidiary of Synthes Inc., will be sold [...]

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Federal Investigators Probe Drug Companies For Possible Bribery Overseas

Federal authorities are investigating whether major pharmaceutical firms are bribing foreign officials to try to win speedier drug approvals and boost their sales overseas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper reported that companies including Merck & Co., AstraZeneca PLC, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and GlaxoSmithKline PLC  have recently disclosed that they [...]

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Washington Seeks $2.4 Million Fine in Deadly Refinery Explosion

Six months after an explosion killed seven workers at a Tesoro Corp. oil refinery in Washington, state regulators are seeking a fine of nearly $2.4 million from the company. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries said in a news release that the deadly April explosion "could have been prevented" and that the Texas-based company [...]

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Study Suggests a Link Between Adult Diabetes and Air Pollution

Haze, smoke and car exhaust may contribute to adult diabetes, even at pollution levels within federal limits, a recent large-scale study suggests. The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, was conducted by researchers from Children's Hospital Boston. They evaluated adult diabetes rates and data from the Environmental Protection Agency [...]