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Watchdog calls for investigation into Wilbur Ross' financial dealings

Campaign Legal Center says commerce secretary violated federal law | Read more| August 14, 2018 
Wind And Waves

A new radio station starts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria | Read more| August 13, 2018 
Famed Houston Surgeon Updates Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures

ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle reported in May that Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier had often failed to disclose his payments from medical device makers in articles he authored. Since then, he’s amended his disclosures for three pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine. | Read more| August 13, 2018 
Tough Luck

A boardgame plays up the worst nightmares of Japanese youth | Read more| August 13, 2018 
Amit Shah Omits Liability That Secured Credit For Son’s Business In Electoral Affidavit; Dramatic Increase In Credit Facilities To Son’s Firm In Last Year

Amit Shah mortgaged two of his properties for his son Jay Shah’s business venture Kusum Finserve LLP, which has recorded dramatic increase in credit facilities in recent years despite its poor finances. The BJP national president’s contingent liability with respect to this credit facility is, however, missing from  | Read more| August 13, 2018 
What Happens When a Pipeline Runs Afoul of Government Rules? Authorities Change the Rules.

Federal authorities halted work on the massive Mountain Valley Pipeline this month after an appeals court ruled that federal agencies neglected to follow environmental protections. | Read more| August 13, 2018 
No place to run (rebroadcast)

In Texas, the foster care system is failing the vulnerable children it’s meant to protect, leaving many without a safe place to live.  | Read more| August 13, 2018 
Let migrant children bid for asylum separate from parents' cases, lawyers say

Lawyers for a group of migrant children are fighting to ensure that the kids can plead for asylum independently of their parents’ cases—even though the children have been reunited with their parents after prolonged separation at the border. | Read more| August 13, 2018 
Why India’s Civil Servants Are Disaffected With The 360-Degree Empanelment Process For Top Central Government Posts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses secretaries of the government of India at an informal meeting in April 2015. That month, the central government introduced the 360-degree appraisal procedure for the empanelment of civil servants for top central government posts. | Read more| August 13, 2018 
The “Discernible Lack Of Transparency” In 360-Degree Empanelment Is “Rather Unfair To The Officer”: Former Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar

KM Chandrasekhar served as the cabinet secretary, the highest post in the Indian civil service, for four years from 2007–11. Chandrasekhar is an Indian Administrative Services officer from the 1970 batch of the Kerala cadre and served a 15-year-long tenure with the central government. During this period, he served as | Read more| August 13, 2018 
When spark meets sprawl: Building in wildlands increases fire risk

Fire is as common to Western states as the drought-dried shrubs that feed the flames. This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakland Hills Firestorm in the San Francisco Bay Area that destroyed about 3,000 homes and killed 25 people. At an estimated $1.5 billion in losses – $2.7 billion in today’s dollars – | Read more| August 10, 2018 

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