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Investigations You Need to Read: Wednesday

Today's accountability news:

  • If the average number of workdays lost because of an injury is "an alternative gauge of job safety," as USA Today reports, the problem of mine safety has gotten much worse in recent years. According to an analysis by the newspaper, from 2001 to 2008 the average number of days missed because of a mining injury rose by 45 percent over the figure from 1983 to 2000.
  • Documents show that the British oil giant BP -- the company responsible for a spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- had successfully fought stricter safety regulations, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Update: The Huffington Post had a similar story a few days ago about BP’s efforts to fight the U.S. Minerals Management Service’s proposed safety regulations. You can check it out here.
  • Travelers stranded by Iceland's volcano may have experienced better treatment on European airlines than on U.S. carriers, reports USA Today. That's because the European Union has rules that require airlines to cover hotel and meal expenses for passengers with canceled flights. U.S. airlines don't have to do so unless the cancellation is the fault of the airline.
  • An audit shows that New York City's economic development agency, the Economic Development Corporation, has been hoarding $125 million in city revenue, according to The New York Times. According to the city comptroller, the agency lacks transparency and has weak internal controls.
  • A county commissioner in Florida was arrested Tuesday on multiple felony charges, including "bribery, grand theft and accepting illegal campaign contributions," according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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

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