"Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma, were in for a treat. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, the students gathered in late November for story time with two special guests, state Rep. Tom Gann and state Sen. Marty Quinn. Dressed in suits, the Republican lawmakers read aloud from 'Petro Pete’s Big Bad Dream,' a parable in which a Bob the Builder lookalike awakens to find his toothbrush, hardhat and even the tires on his bike missing."
Journalism & Media
"FLINT, Mich. — By the time Robert Skidmore, an 85-year-old former auto industry worker, died in late 2015, officials had seen signs for months that Flint was wrestling with outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, prosecutors say. Yet despite a wave of such cases in 2014 and 2015, no public warning was issued until early 2016."
TV network producers and crews were shocked mid-day Tuesday when officials told them they could not conduct on-camera interviews in Senate hallways without prior permission. After just a few hours of outrage, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), who had taken it on himself to issue the rule, backed down and seemed to rescind the order.
Extreme weather hypotheticals can be hard to cover. But when news teams Texas Tribune and ProPublica partnered on an award-winning investigation into how a major hurricane in Houston could kill thousands and cripple the national economy, they produced an innovative digital reporting package that brought home the human impacts.
"The company that made 'pink slime' is suing ABC News, saying the network's 2012 coverage was defamatory and hurt its operations. Opening statements began Monday."
Every summer, beaches are closed across the United States because of pollution that can bring disease to beachgoers. That suggests local stories, such as problems with sewage systems and algal blooms known as 'red tides.' The latest TipSheet shares resources and info to help you cover the local beach closure beat.
"Eric Schneiderman says he has evidence that Exxon used one set of numbers in describing risks to investors but used a secret set internally."
"After the European Parliament obtains the release of Monsanto's data, a very different picture emerges about the safety of its product."