By Margaux Stack-Babich and Bill Dedman
Today's reading from the world of investigative reporting.
Story of the day: A four-part series by the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Powerful Pipes, Weak Oversight" illuminates the reality behind construction of pipelines through Pennsylvania's gasland. The investigation finds that pipelines in rural areas fall into a limbo between state and federal oversight, and are being built without the proper safety rules and regulatory oversight. Read the full report on the Deep Drill feature page.
Notes: Links open in a new window. More reading: previous daily collections.
- Statesman.com: Growth of large private water companies brings higher water rates, little recourse for consumers
- Bloomberg: Puerto Rico tax break shifts to Cayman Islands
- E&E Publishing: 40% of state drilling regulators have industry ties
- Center for Public Integrity: Fact or fiction? 2011's top ten worst political deceptions, from both sides of the aisle
- ProPublica: Congress moves toward tougher stand on pipeline safety, but is it enough?
- The Daily Dayton News: Millions in VA funds go to ineligible firms: some are cheating a program designed to help vets find work
- The Wisconsin Watchdog: Mapping Scott Walker's support: data shows about 42% of his campaign donations came from out of state donors, an unprecedented percentage
- Florida Center for Investigative Reporting: Large corporations cash in on Florida environmental fund
- ProPublica: In a continuing investigation of X-ray body scanners, a safer type of scanner is found to have a high rate of false alarms; France and Germany have decided not to use the scanners because of false alarms triggered by folds in clothing, buttons and even sweat
- Bloomberg Businessweek: Big Brother is watching you shop: Retailers are linking security cameras with software to track consumer behavior
- The New York Times: the unspoken civilian toll from NATO's airstrikes in Libya
- Politico: Four current members of Congress took part in the controversial VIP program run by Countrywide Financial, according to chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
- Kaiser Health News in collaboration with the Washington Post: Medicare penalties for readmissions could be a tough hit on hospitals serving the poor
- Bloomberg: Bond insurers hired lobbyists as lawmakers argued over Harrisburg's fate
- The Courier-Journal: Kentucky lenient on troubled doctors accused of pill pushing, "restored his medical privileges even though he still had more than six months of court-imposed home incarceration to serve"
- The Sunlight Foundation: The House approves sweeping open data standards, "requiring that a wide variety of crucial House legislative information be published online, in open formats, and at permanent predictable URLs"
- The Boston Globe: Mass. State probation dept. faulted on use of free legal help; poor screening for $47m spent, state audit finds
- The Star Tribune: Secret GOP meetings spelled Amy Koch's end as majority leader; powerful Senate staffer was sent packing the next day
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Margaux Stack-Babich writes about investigative reporting for msnbc.com. Bill Dedman is an investigative reporter for msnbc.com.