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Investigations You Need to Read: Friday

Today's accountability news:

  • Pay for executives in home-building companies increased steadily during the housing boom -- and through the crash, too, reports Reuters.
  • In Virginia, educators aren't always being punished when they help their students cheat on exams, even though state law allows for sanctions including license suspension, fines or loss of accreditation, The Virginian-Pilot reports.
  • The Wall Street Journal conducted an analysis of offshore oil drilling safety, and concluded that conditions in the U.S. are far more dangerous for workers than in European countries. The regulating agency, the Minerals Management Service, also relies heavily on the industry to regulate itself. 
  • In Texas, billions of stimulus dollars have gone unspent, reports the Texas Watchdog. Some programs, such as a home weatherization program, have touched only a fraction of eligible houses.
  • Some prisoners at an Illinois correctional facility are being Tased in what appear to be unwarranted situations, such as when they are in handcuffs or restraint chairs, according to The Chicago Reporter.

These stories are part of our ongoing roundup of investigations from other news outlets. For more, visit our Investigations Elsewhere page.

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