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Feds: Nursing homes used patient-care money to buy luxury cars, $1.3M home

April 16, 2010 --

Managers of three nursing homes in Rome and Brunswick conspired to rip off Medicaid and Medicare for $30 million intended for patient care, federal prosecutors said today. Continuing food shortages were so severe that employees used their own money to buy groceries so patients could  eat, investigators said. George and Rhonda Houser, the couple that ran the homes, allegedly diverted cash to buy Mercedes-Benz cars for themselves and a $1.3 home in Atlanta for Houser’s ex-wife. The homes were ordered closed in 2007.

Lobbyists and lawmakers bond during Springsteen concerts

Lobbyists and lawmakers bond during Springsteen concerts
April 16, 2010 --

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Bruce Springsteen belted out his working-class anthems on the floor of the Verizon Center last May, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, was raising money in the privacy of a luxury suite overlooking the stage. Ten other members of Congress were also asking for cash that night. At least 19 congressional fundraisers were held at Springsteen’s two Washington concerts last year, almost half of them in boxes rented from companies or organizations with business before the committees of the lawmakers who used them.

NC attorney general refuses to sue feds over Obamacare

NC attorney general refuses to sue feds over Obamacare
April 16, 2010 --

North Carolina’s Roy Cooper joined Georgia’s Thurbert Baker today as two of the few attorneys general who’ve chosen not to sue the feds over Obamacare. Cooper said Congress probably acted within its authority in enacting health care legislation. He noted several benefits of the new law and said the courts are the wrong place to decide health care policy.

April 16

April 16, 2010 --

DeKalb terminates superintendent GBI: Accused claims Roethlisberger forced her to have sex SCLC accused of misspending more funds Senate panel removes review from death-penalty statute Ray McBerry saga: Victim’s mom’s story Lawyers in bias case want DeKalb to pay $2M in fees UGA research funding is drying up APD, Citizen Review Board continue to disagree […]

How La. senator battled EPA over formaldehyde-cancer link

How La. senator battled EPA over formaldehyde-cancer link
April 16, 2010 --

When Sen. David Vitter persuaded the EPA to agree to yet another review of its long-delayed assessment of the health risks of formaldehyde, he was praised by companies that use or manufacture a chemical found in everything from plywood to carpet. As long as the studies continue, the EPA will still list formaldehyde as a “probable” rather than a “known” carcinogen, even though three major scientific reviews now link it to leukemia and have strengthened its ties to other forms of cancer.