Laura Sullivan http://wfae.org en Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://wfae.org/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 55510 at http://wfae.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare Senate Democrats Aim To Overturn High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling http://wfae.org/post/senate-democrats-aim-overturn-high-courts-hobby-lobby-ruling Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Wednesday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. When the Supreme Court issued a major decision on contraception last month, Democrats started working on a way to nullify it. The court ruled in favor of the owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, saying that some for-profit corporations may refuse to provide health coverage to pay for contraceptives if an employer has religious objections. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 55012 at http://wfae.org Lawmakers Unearth Failures To Investigate Campus Sex Crimes http://wfae.org/post/lawmakers-unearth-failures-investigate-campus-sex-crimes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>U.S. colleges are failing to investigate sex crimes on their campuses. That's the conclusion of a new national survey commissioned by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. The survey is part of an effort by several senators to reduce sexual assaults in college and change a culture where only 5 percent of victims report the crime. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports from the capital.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: Senator Claire McCaskill and other senators have been studying the high rate of sexual abuse on college campuses across the country. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 54564 at http://wfae.org VA Bill Was An Easy Sell, But Some Senators Still Feel Sticker Shock http://wfae.org/post/va-bill-was-easy-sell-some-senators-still-feel-sticker-shock Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>No politician wants to be seen voting against veterans. A recent bill to increase veterans' benefits and overhaul much of the VA sailed through the Senate, and now the House is working on a compromise to get it to the president. Despite to the momentum, one thing caught lawmakers in both parties by surprise this week - the bill's cost. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: The VA bill was an easy sell. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 53358 at http://wfae.org From The Border To The Hill, Influx Of Immigrant Kids Draws Concern http://wfae.org/post/border-hill-influx-immigrant-kids-draws-concern Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The issue of immigration has heated up in recent weeks - not just in Eric Cantor's campaign but also along the border. There is a flood of unaccompanied immigrant children attempting to cross into the United States. The numbers have skyrocketed since last year - swamping Boarder Patrol facilities. The White House says the children are fleeing rising violence in their Central American home countries. For their part, Republicans are eager to attack the administration's immigration policies. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 52729 at http://wfae.org The Executioner's Lament http://wfae.org/post/executioners-lament In 1977, death row inmate Gary Mark Gilmore chose to be executed by a firing squad. Gilmore was strapped to a chair at the Utah State Prison, and five officers shot him.<p>The media circus that ensued prompted a group of lawmakers in nearby Oklahoma to wonder if there might be a better way to handle executions. They approached Dr. Thu, 08 May 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 50503 at http://wfae.org The Executioner's Lament Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky http://wfae.org/post/enforcing-prison-rape-elimination-standards-proves-tricky On a recent day at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, inmates in jumpsuits peek out of their cells to see three men with clipboards walk into the housing unit. These men are auditors doing a practice inspection. They're here to see if the facility complies with a federal law called the <a href="http://ojp.gov/programs/prisonrapeelimination.htm" target="_blank">Prison Rape Elimination Act</a>, or PREA.<p>Auditors Steven Cubello and Howard Ray start at a line of phones. There's no sign with the toll-free hotline that inmates can use to report an assault. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 48222 at http://wfae.org Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky Government's Empty Buildings Are Costing Taxpayers Billions http://wfae.org/post/governments-empty-buildings-are-costing-taxpayers-billions On a street corner in downtown Washington, D.C., David Wise is opening a century-old iron gate in front of an old, boarded-up brick building.<p>Wise is an investigator for the Government Accountability Office, the government's watchdog group. His mission is to figure out <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-645" target="_blank">why the government owns so many buildings</a>, like this one, that it doesn't use.<p>The 132-year-old brick structure is sitting on prime real estate six blocks from the White House. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 46799 at http://wfae.org Government's Empty Buildings Are Costing Taxpayers Billions Critics Question FDA's Approval Of Zohydro http://wfae.org/post/critics-question-fdas-approval-zohydro Prominent universities and drug addiction organizations are asking the FDA to reconsider its approval of a controversial painkiller called Zohydro. It's 10 times more powerful than OxyContin. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 45828 at http://wfae.org Missouri Execution Stalled Over Lethal Drugs In Short Supply http://wfae.org/post/missouri-execution-stalled-over-lethal-drugs-short-supply A few years ago, Missouri, like other states, was having trouble finding lethal execution drugs. Europe was balking, and U.S. drug manufacturers didn't want a part of it.<p>So Missouri turned to a place called a compounding pharmacy to make up the needed drugs based on the ingredients. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 45329 at http://wfae.org