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Jason Cherkis is a national investigative reporter for The Huffington Post. He has investigated and reported in-depth pieces on gun violence in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, and the neglect of plant workers in Kentucky. He first joined The Huffington Post as a politics reporter covering the 2012 elections. He previously worked as a crime reporter for 14 years at Washington City Paper, where he was a two time Livingston Awards for Young Journalists finalist, and received multiple awards from the Association of Alternative News Weeklies.

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Kentucky's New Heroin Law Marks A 'Culture Shift'

(158) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 7:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday night, Kentucky lawmakers passed wide-ranging legislation to combat the state’s heroin epidemic. The bipartisan measure represents a significant policy shift away from more punitive measures toward a focus on treating addicts, not jailing them.

The state will now allow local health departments to...

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Boy Scout Confronts Chris Christie Over Post-Sandy Rebuilding

(92) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) famously declared in tourism ads that the state was "stronger than the storm." The question going into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is whether the prospective contender is strong enough to withstand the persistent...

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Kentucky Sued In Federal Court Over Drug Treatment Practices

(62) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:41 PM

Two law firms have teamed up to file a federal lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for its practice of forbidding opiate addicts from receiving medical treatment while under the supervision of the criminal justice system.

The plaintiff, Stephanie Watson, is a nurse with an opiate addiction whose bond...

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Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts For Heroin Addicts

(14) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 7:17 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to offer medications to opiate addicts.

The state currently bars medication-assisted treatments for addicts in its drug courts. State judges order defendants off medications like Suboxone...

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Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Drug Courts That Fail Addicts

(131) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 7:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, said Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Thursday.

Drug courts that receive federal dollars will no longer be...

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'The Scars Of Teen Drug Treatment' Reveals How Kids Were Once Abused

(25) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 8:03 PM

In the early 1970s, Art Barker, a failed nightclub comic and recovering alcoholic in Florida, seized on an idea that he thought could help win the war on drugs: If peer pressure had spurred teenagers to use drugs, peer pressure could be used to get them off drugs.

It was...

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Rolling Stone Fact-Checker Didn't Ask About Alleged Rape Victim In Emails With UVA Officials

(39) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 8:45 PM

NEW YORK –- A Rolling Stone fact-checker didn't ask University of Virginia officials via email about an alleged 2012 gang rape described in an explosive and now unraveling article published last month.

Under a Freedom of Information Act request, The Huffington Post obtained 104 pages of email...

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퍼거슨 사건 조사의 7가지 치명적인 구멍

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 1:32 PM

마이클 브라운 사살 사건에 대한 사법부의 조치가 무심하고 엉성하다는 비난은 초기부터 있었다. 미주리주 퍼거슨 지역주민은 경찰이 브라운의 시신을 덮을 생각도 않고 몇 시간 동안 방치해 둔 모습을 보며 경악했다.

대배심원에게 주어졌던 법의학적 증거와 증인들의 증언이 공개됐다. 그 자료를 보면 사건 당일의 정황을 재구성하는 과정에서 문제가 여럿 있었다는 사실이 명백해진다. 검사...

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Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence Reveals Mistakes, Holes In Investigation

(1428) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Soon after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, law enforcement’s handling of the case was already being criticized as callous and sloppy. Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, looked on in horror as police officials failed to cover and later to remove Brown’s body from the street...

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Michael Brown Shooting Witness Admitted Racism In Journal Entry

(174) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the witnesses to the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown admitted to holding racist views about African-Americans in a journal entry written on the same day of the shooting, according to documents released by St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch's office Monday.

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Gary Johnson Hopes To Run In 2016 And Promises Not To Pander To Iowans

(33) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson said he is likely to run for president again in 2016 and will be blunt as hell when he does it.

"I hope to," Johnson told The Huffington Post when asked whether he'd make another go of it.

The two-term governor,...

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Eight Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mitch McConnell And Kentucky

(73) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 5:31 PM

A year ago, before Sen. Mitch McConnell knew the name of his Democratic opponent in this year's race, The Huffington Post traveled across Kentucky attempting to assess the Senate minority leader's impact on his home state. McConnell is a master strategist and an extremely effective fundraiser. But after 30 years...

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How Obamacare Could Save Alison Lundergan Grimes

(403) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 4:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Most polls show Alison Lundergan Grimes trailing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's closely watched Senate race. But a secret weapon for Grimes may be something she struggled to embrace for most of her campaign: Obamacare.

More than 413,000 people in...

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Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Found Mitch McConnell's Weak Spot

(486) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- With Alison Lundergan Grimes down in almost every poll in a tight race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, her success may hinge on whether she can bring Paducah, a small city more than three hours west of Louisville, into her camp....

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Outside Chiefs Called To Help Ferguson Police 'Make Better Decisions'

(71) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 7:37 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The head of the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services is planning to return to St. Louis in the next few weeks with the goal of helping to ease the tensions between police and black residents in the greater St. Louis area.

COPS Director Ronald...

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With School Shootings Routine, Parents Turn To Bulletproof Backpacks, Child Clothing

(1077) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:05 AM

WASHINGTON -- The aftermath of school shootings is now all too familiar. The shock of the breaking news, the scenes of school evacuations, the ensuing political debate and the inevitable inaction. And for Ed Burke, the wave of new customers.

As CEO of the Massachusetts-based company Bullet Blocker, Burke sells...

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Gun Violence Killed At Least 80 People The Week Prior To Elliot Rodger's Rampage

(4013) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON --The Memorial Day weekend saw a community eviscerated by gun violence that left several dead and many more injured.

But it wasn't UC Santa Barbara that witnessed this particular round of bloodshed. It was New Orleans. By weekend's end, the city had seen 19...

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How Donald Sterling Tried To Blot Out His History Of Racism By Giving To Charity

(87) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 7:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP accepted at least $45,000 in grants from charitable foundations closely associated with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in recent years. The majority of those contributions were made shortly before the chapter in 2009 presented a lifetime achievement award...

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Christian Charity Loses A Fish Stick Fortune In Caribbean Hotel Investment Gone Wrong

(124) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Lutheran charitable foundation lost roughly a third of its endowment in a Caribbean investment scheme gone wrong, the group's most recent tax documents reveal.

The Marvin M. Schwan Foundation's endowment comes from the fortune made by its namesake in the frozen food business. The Schwan Food...

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Gotta Serve Somebody: Bob Dylan Hails Asian Sweatshops In Bizarre Super Bowl Ad

(330) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 9:52 PM

The icon of the 1960s counter culture sang Sunday night in praise of sweatshops, the logical if absurd extension of the journey that generation has undertaken over the last half century. "Let Asia assemble your phone," sang Bob Dylan, the man who warned against working on Maggie's farm no more.

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