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Michael Grabell covers economic and labor issues for ProPublica. He has produced stories for the New York Times, USA Today, NPR and the CBS Evening News. His investigative work has included stories on the TSA, the Lance Armstrong doping allegations, chemicals stored near schools and neighborhoods, and a bus fire that killed 23 nursing home patients. Before joining ProPublica, Grabell was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News. He is the author of "Money Well Spent?," a book about President Obama’s stimulus package and his efforts to revive the economy from the Great Recession.

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Oklahoma’s Top Court: Companies Can’t Set Own Rules for Injured Workers

A national campaign led by Walmart, Lowe’s and other big companies to let employers opt out of workers’ comp insurance was dealt a blow after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled such plans unconstitutional.

Split Decision on NYPD’s X-ray Vans

A state appeals court said the NYPD doesn’t have to tell the public about how it has used X-ray vans to detect explosives or how much they cost. But it does have to tell them about radiation risks.

Corporate Campaign to Ditch Workers’ Comp Stalls

An Oklahoma commission ruled that a state law allowing companies to “opt out” of workers’ comp and write their own plans was unconstitutional while similar bills in other states lose steam.

The TSA Releases Data on Air Marshal Misconduct, 7 Years After We Asked

Federal air marshals were arrested nearly 150 times between late 2002 and early 2012. Why did it take the Transportation Security Administration seven and a half years to release the data?

‘All of This Because Somebody Got Hurt at Work’

Hummer limos, go-go dancers, a live alligator and glowing aliens in spandex at the national workers’ comp and disability expo. Journey into the little-known workers’ comp industrial complex.

Tyson Foods’ Secret Recipe for Carving Up Workers’ Comp

Over the past 25 years, the giant meatpacking company has taken a lead in pushing for changes in workers’ comp in state after state — often to the detriment of workers.

State Lawmakers to Investigate Workers’ Comp Opt Out

In response to a ProPublica and NPR investigation, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators said it will look into an effort by some of the biggest names in corporate America to opt out of workers’ comp.

U.S. Lawmakers Call for More Oversight of Workers’ Comp

In response to a ProPublica and NPR investigation, members of Congress are urging the labor secretary to come up with a plan to protect injured workers and taxpayers.

Inside Corporate America’s Campaign To Ditch Workers’ Comp

One Texas lawyer is helping companies opt out of workers’ compensation and write their own rules. What does it mean for injured workers?

Price Check: How Companies Value Body Parts

Benefits for the same body part can differ dramatically depending on which company you work for.

Injured Worker in ProPublica/NPR Story Testifies Before Illinois Legislature

In an eight-hour hearing, Democratic lawmakers challenge governor's proposals to change state's workers' compensation law.

California Bill Would Bar Insurers from Withdrawing Injured Workers’ Care

A bill that passed a state Senate committee today would address a problem highlighted in a ProPublica and NPR investigation of problems with new workers' compensation laws.

Alabama Bill Would Increase Workers’ Comp Benefits for Amputees

A proposal to nearly triple the maximum compensation for workers who lose a limb follows a ProPublica/NPR story that showed Alabama to have the lowest permanent partial disability benefits in the country.

California Workers’ Comp Law Gets Criticism, Praise at Senate Hearing

Some hearing witnesses say the 2012 reform law had “unintended consequences,” prompting insurers to deny medical care and doctors to leave the system.

The Fallout of Workers’ Comp ‘Reforms’: 5 Tales of Harm

Injured workers share their stories, revealing the real-life impact of rollbacks that have been spreading across the country.

California to Insurers: Don’t Use Workers’ Comp Law to Deny Approved Care

Concern over possible misuse of a 2012 workers’ comp law has led to warnings from state labor officials. A state senate committee will hold a hearing on the law Wednesday.

Insurance Information Institute Challenges Our Workers’ Comp Investigation. We Respond

Insurance Information Institute challenges ProPublica/NPR’s workers’ comp investigation. Here's our response.

California Announces Audit of Insurance Company That Took Away Home Health Aide

A top labor official in California challenges our characterization of changes to the state’s workers’ comp system. His department will audit a case spotlighted by us.

OSHA Report Echoes ProPublica and NPR’s Workers’ Comp Findings

Separate investigations into changes in the workers’ compensation system nationwide found that cutbacks were hurting injured workers and their families.

Methodology for Workers’ Comp Benefits: How Much is a Limb Worth?

How ProPublica gathered and analyzed state workers’ compensation laws to find out the maximum each states pays per limb.
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