Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Monsanto misled the public into thinking its pesticides are safe and do not cause cancer when it knew that it does, Sharon Lerner from The Intercept reported on May 17, 2016. As of April 2016, John Sanders and Frank Tanner are suing Monsanto because the company did not conduct the necessary tests on the “inert” […]
Each year, over 65,000 women in the United States suffer life-threatening complications, including physical and psychological conditions aggravated by pregnancy, and over 600 die from pregnancy related causes. Elizabeth Dawes Gay reports the vast impact of the health care system collapse on rural areas, and the racial disparity underlying the United States’ maternal health crisis. […]
In April 2016, twenty-one plaintiffs, aged eight to nineteen, brought a lawsuit against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry to the United States Federal District Court in Eugene, Oregon. Judge Thomas Coffin ruled in favor of the plaintiffs’ charge that the federal government violates constitutional and public trust rights by its ongoing promotion […]
In 2014, then US Attorney General Eric Holder warned that so-called risk scores might be injecting bias into the nation’s judicial system. As ProPublica reported in May 2015, courtrooms across the country use risk scores, also known as risk assessments, to rate a defendant’s risk of future crime and, in many states—including Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, […]
In May 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services added a rule to the Affordable Care Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, as Mallory Locklear reported for Women’s eNews, although the amendment, known as Section 1557, may protect transgender individuals seeking medical care, […]