A Newsy investigation discovered an unusual lack of safety rules and standards for the design and manufacture of electric scooters, despite reports of injuries related to the devices.
It’s known as one of the hardest exams in the world: the test to become a master sommelier. Fewer than 200 people have ever passed in the U.S. And becoming a master can mean doubling your salary overnight. But a revelation about cheating on an exam last September rocked this elite world. It’s known as one of the hardest exams in the world: the test to become a master sommelier. Fewer than 200 people have ever passed in the U.S. And becoming a master can mean doubling your salary overnight. But a revelation about cheating on an exam last September rocked this elite world. Now, a year later, a Newsy investigation has uncovered new internal documents and spoken to multiple master sommeliers who are raising questions for the first time about new, deeper problems at the top of America’s most elite world of wine.
As the rest of the nation debates whether to welcome immigrants or keep them out, this city is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to support an unprecedented wave of African migrants. Portland and the state of Maine are battling a workforce shortage, and the immigrants could solve the state's demographic and aging workforce challenges.
Across the country, local officials are failing to send emergency alerts during mega wildfires, depriving people time to escape with their lives. Our investigation found authorities in three recent deadly wildfires never used FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS). This national emergency messaging network, online since 2012, is the only way to send warnings to all cellphones, TVs and radios in the danger zone during a wildfire. We found dozens of counties at elevated risk of wildfire still unable to use the system, even as more people are moving into forested areas and global warming and other factors turn forests into kindling.
Nurses are increasingly becoming victims of violence at work. They’re among health care workers who are at a growing risk of getting shot, stabbed, punched and assaulted by unruly patients. OSHA is the federal agency responsible for workplace safety, calling violence against health care workers a “serious concern”. But, our investigation found -- instead of responding to the increase in assaults -- OSHA has reduced workplace violence safety inspections. OSHA flagged the issue of workplace violence in medical facilities back in 2016, but has since abandoned its efforts to gain more enforcement power by establishing anti-violence standards that could hold healthcare employers more accountable. A handful of states have passed their own laws to stop violence at medical facilities. We interviewed a nurse who was stabbed 11 times in Massachusetts and we have surveillance video of a patient attacking nurses in a Minnesota hospital.
The opioid epidemic has spread across the United States and shows no indication of slowing down. The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis is set to release its final report and recommendations in early October. Newsy looks at who is trying to solve it and how.