By Margaux Stack-Babich and Bill Dedman
Today's reading from the world of investigative reporting.
Story of the day: Center for Public Integrity: 'Chemicals of concern' list stuck at the White House's Office of Management and Budget: EPA proposal has been under review for 638 days
Notes: Links open in a new window. More reading: previous daily collections.
- Center for Responsive Politics, Open Secrets blog: Contran's (sort of) donation to the U.S. billionaires super PAC
- The Wall Street Journal: Roads to nowhere: U.S. taxpayers paid Afghan entrepreneur Ajmal Hasas millions of dollars as part of a plan to win over villages in the country's insurgent heartlands. Instead, Mr. Hasas' seven-mile road construction project went so awry that his security guards opened fire on some of the very villagers he was trying to woo on behalf of his American funders.
- 41 Action News, Kshb.com: Ethical questions revealed surround a lucrative Kansas City Public Schools construction project: KCPS promised full video of an interview with a District leader on its website. However, after taking a closer look, 41 Action News discovered the most revealing part of the 40-minute interview was missing
- msnbc.com, The Red Tape Chronicles: Airlines secretly cash in on unused tickets
- The Los Angeles Times: Media gain access to L.A. County children's courts: some judges and lawyers embrace the change; others object as reporters observe proceedings formerly cloaked in strict secrecy.
- KCRA.com: Illegal horse races are held in the heart of California's Central Valley
- Center for Public Integrity: Landmark diesel exhaust study stalled amid industry and congressional objections: twenty-year investigation of miners exposed to toxic fumes still unpublished
- The New York World: The art of redistricting war: a guide to reading between the lines in New York state, using data from ProPublica's investigation
- The New York Times: An investigation into the changing face of homelessness in New York City – ordinary families cloaked in a veil of homelessness
- The Guardian: In the UK, cuts force domestic violence refuges to turn victims away; charities say funding cuts mean it is increasingly difficult to find beds for vulnerable women
- Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism: Gaps persist in campus mental health services: amid surge in demand, students take public role to combat stigma
- The New York Times, Caucus blog: Through a web site under construction, a secret donor is revealed
- The Wall Street Journal: Claims of faked shootouts tarnish police across India: One of India's most famous police officers is on trial—accused of being a killer-for-hire—in a case that embodies the difficulty of trying to clean up the nation's notoriously corrupt crime-fighting forces.
- Kaiser Health News: Hospitals mine patient records in search of customers
- Center for Responsive Politics, Open Secrets blog: Wall Street money continues to flow to Republican Mitt Romney
- ProPublica: $10 million fine on Red Cross highlights its troubled history of blood services
- Center for Public Integrity: Media execs, companies gave more than $350,000 to conservative super PACs
- NPR: Families suffer through Chicago morgue backlog
- The Associated Press: U.S. secret no-fly list doubles in 1 year
- MinnPost: Medical interpreters in Minnesota: little training or oversight
- The Lawrence Journal-World: Most sexual predators in Kansas never make it out of treatment, according to data
- WCVB TV Boston, Channel 5: A Team 5 Investigation found police officers all over Massachusetts are fighting crime while also fighting their own alcohol abuse - little is being done to track the problem or help officers get the training and treatment they need
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Margaux Stack-Babich writes about investigative reporting for msnbc.com. Bill Dedman is an investigative reporter for msnbc.com.