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Series Exposing Coal Companies’, Lawyers', Doctors’ Roles in Black Lung Denials Wins Pulitzer

Retired miner Steve Day, 67, needs supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day to breathe. Photo by F. Brian Ferguson/Center for Public Integrity

An investigative series by Chris Hamby of the Center for Public Integrity about how coal companies fighting claims of black lung disease, and the disability benefits that sick and dying coal miners are due when they are diagnosed with the crippling and fatal disease, employ “cutthroat” law firms and a select group of physicians—including a small unit of Johns Hopkins radiologists—was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

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Johns Hopkins Suspends Black Lung Program

ABC News reported Johns Hopkins Medicine announced it has suspended and will review its controversial black lung x-ray review program after last week’s investigative report by the Center for Public Integrity, and the news outlet found radiologists there almost always denied x-ray evidence of black lung in coal miners seeking benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act.

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Black Lung Kills, Coal Companies Help, Finds New Investigation

Retired miner Steve Day, 67, needs supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day to breathe. F. Brian Ferguson/Center for Public Integrity

In fighting claims of black lung disease and the disability benefits that sick and dying coal miners are due when they are diagnosed with the crippling and fatal disease, coal companies employ “cutthroat” law firms and a select group of physicians—including a unit at the nation’s top-ranked hospital, according to a new investigative report by the Center for Public Integrity in partnership with ABC News.    

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka—a third-generation coal miner—will discuss the report tonight on ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” at 6:30 p.m. in most markets and later on “Nightline” at 12:35 a.m. Thursday. Check your local listings.

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Workers Die, Companies Don’t Pay

Check out the heartbreaking story of some of the many workplace deaths where companies are found liable and penalties are issued but never collected as corporations game the bankruptcy system, lawyers aggressively fight and, sometimes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fails to follow through. Peg Seminario, director of safety and health at the AFL-CIO, is quoted in the article. 

Read Even After Workplace Deaths, Companies Avoid OSHA Penalties.

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Big Bucks Help Koch Brothers’ Influence Run Deep on Capitol Hill

We’ve reported on the right-wing extremist billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch from their Palm Springs summit meeting with like-minded CEOs and politicians to their heavy support and influence on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

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