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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.

Rocky Mountains Oil Threat Now a Reality

Researcher:  Zachery Stoe and Wanjiru Mugo Faculty Advisor:  Julie Andrzejewski Evaluator:  Anthony Akubue In the US, the Rocky Mountains are said to contain about a tenth of the country’s untapped oil and a third of its natural gas reserves. Just recently though, the Rocky Mountains, under the Bush administration, have opened up areas for what […]

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The Pentagon Pays Hunt Refining for Iraq Oil

Researcher:  Bee Yang Faculty Advisor:  Julie Andrzejewski Evaluator:  Carla Magnuson According to Department of Defense (DoD) documents, the Pentagon paid more than $70 million to an oil company known as Hunt Refining. Hunt Refining is a corporate affiliate of Hunt Oil. Records show that Hunt Refining has received contract work increasingly larger sums of taxpayer […]

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Military Spending Skyrocketing Across the Globe

Researcher:  Nick Sieben Faculty Advisor:  Julie Andrzejewski, St. Cloud State University Evaluator:  Carla Magnuson   A recent research study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) found that World military spending has grown 45 percent in the past decade, with the United States accounting for nearly half of all the expenditures. Military spending grew […]

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Brave New Welfare

Student Researcher: Samantha Barowsky Faculty Evaluator: Douglas Anderson, Ph.D Southwest Minnesota State University In Georgia welfare is down even while unemployment skyrockets.  In 2004 28,000 adults received benefits, now those who receive welfare number fewer than 2,500. Some applaud this aggressive push to end reliance on TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), but for the […]

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Schools More Segregated Today

Researcher:  Rena Hawkins Faculty Evaluator:  Sangeeta Sinha, Ph.D. Southwest Minnesota State University Schools are more segregated today then when Martin Luther King was assassinated. Segregation has increased not only based upon race but children from different classifications, Teachers curriculum, the government and also the test that are given to students to test their level of […]

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