Tune in here to watch IRE's Google Hangout with reporters from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who discussed their ongoing investigation into offshore secrecy.
Six seats on the 13-member IRE Board of Directors are up for election. The election will be held June 22 at the IRE annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Ten members have declared their candidacy in time to be put on the Absentee Ballots. You may view the candidate statements at http://ire.org/about/board-directors/elections/candidates/
Online absentee voting is available ONLY to current members (membership expiration date must be 7/1/13 or later) who are NOT attending the IRE conference in San Antonio. Registration for the conference will void your absentee ballot!
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"KCRA obtained video of hundreds, possibly thousands of mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs and PCB containing ballasts stored outside, in the open air behind a Sacramento contractor’s facility. State law explicitly states that all these materials must be in a container to prevent leakage and breakage, yet a former employee says the company ran out of space and told employees to put them outside. Just days after KCRA’s calls the county and state opened investigations and the company cleaned up the materials. Yet concern still exists that with all the sales of energy efficient equipment and materials more and more ...Read more ...
"More than 60 people who hold active Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) permits to buy handguns have been convicted of felonies, some involving guns, an Observer data analysis shows."
"Five were convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three of manslaughter, two of firing into occupied property and one of second-degree murder. Others were convicted of assaults that left victims badly injured or of using weapons to attack government officials."
A Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of more than 38,000 contributions to California Assembly Democrats in the 2011-12 campaign shows a link between donations to Speaker John A. Pérez's targeted races and a lawmaker’s prospects for important legislative assignments.
Among CIR's findings is that mega-donors to Pérez’s targets – three lawmakers who gave more than $250,000 – obtained positions of power.
The recent hacks of the Associated Press, CBS, and the Guardian’s Twitter accounts have raised questions about the vulnerability of newsrooms and the real world effects wrought by hackers. After continued attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army, Twitter recommended on April 29th that organizations should take precautions to prepare for further hacks. NPR was also hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. This year, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post also have reported being hacked.
So what can news organizations do to tighten up security? And how do journalists cover cybersecurity?
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The Texas Observer reports that the s tate health department left approximately $2.3 million of its family planning funds unspent while clinics across the state closed because of lack of money. As a result, tens of thousands of women lost access to reproductive care. The unspent funds happened at a time when, according to previous Observer reporting, "146 family-planning clinics lost funds, and more than 60 clinics closed as a result following budget cuts instituted by the Texas Legislature in 2011."
In Oklahoma, teachers who have sexual relationships with students shuffled from district to district
KWTV in Oklahoma City and at News on 6 in Tulsa, Okla., examined a loophole in state law that allows teachers who have sexual relationships with students to be shuffled from district to district. The state Department of Education doesn’t track such allegations, and many times districts, teachers, parents and law enforcement keep the matter quiet to avoid humiliation.