Blue-collar temp jobs could be dangerous

A groundbreaking 2010 study of Washington state’s workers’ comp claims found that temp workers in construction and manufacturing had twice the claims rate of regular workers doing the same type of work. theconversation.com photo

By Michael Grabell, Olga Pierce and Jeff Lawson, ProPublica

Working as a “blue-collar temp” in the manufacturing and construction industries might be one solution to earning money while waiting for another job to come through or maybe with the hope of the temp job turning into a full-time position.  Although both concepts could be true, there is an underlying danger in taking manufacturing or construction blue-collar temp jobs.  In a report by ProPublica,  it is revealed that some industries are placing profit over safety for the temp workers.  To read the article, link here.

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Cironline/CNN: California rehab clinics recruit group home residents to pad client lists

Changing Steps and Clean & Free are two drug rehabilitation clinics run by the same person out of the same building in South Los Angeles. Both were suspended in a statewide fraud sweep in July. Google street view photo

By Will Evans and Christina Jewett, Center for Investigative Reporting

Los Angeles, CA.  -  “… A recent investigative series by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN uncovered rampant overbilling in California’s publicly funded drug rehabilitation system for the poor. It prompted a state crackdown that has cut funding to 177 Drug Medi-Cal clinic sites so far and opened dozens of Department of Justice probes … ”  to read the complete article, link here.

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PRB: Girl Scouts release first report on the well-being of U.S. girls

By Heidi Worley, Population Reference Bureau

… “The State of Girls shows that many girls do not get a fair start to their futures—especially due to disparities across different racial, ethnic, and income groups—and that many may face important challenges as they transition to adulthood.” … to read the complete article, link here.

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Off the Charts: Social Security benefits are modest by international standards

Recent austerity measures in other countries still leave their benefits well above U.S. levels, in most cases.  Greece and Iceland, for example — which topped the rankings in 2011 and 2009 — have slipped several notches but remain far more generous than the United States. To read the whole article, link here.

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Huffington Post: It might be a bad time to cut food stamps

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By Maxwell Strachan, business editor, The Huffington Post

‘Congress effectively pulled money of out the hands of 47 million struggling Americans last month when it allowed massive cuts to the country’s food stamp program to go through without a hitch.” … to read complete article, link here.

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