MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — TCF Bank made more than $620,000 in card fees from University of Minnesota students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses last school year, according to a consumer advocacy...
Consumer groups warn of slime, toy ‘dangers’
Watchdog group: Water contamination statewide challenge
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report finds that many public drinking water systems around the state have elevated levels of potentially harmful industrial containments.
The New York Public Interest Research Group looked at federal data on water systems around the state. It found eight with varying levels of PFOA or PFOS, chemicals which have contaminated drinking water in Rensselaer County and Newburgh.
Report: Prescription prices vary widely among pharmacies
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from the New York Public Interest Research Group finds the cost of prescription drugs can vary widely among pharmacies even within the same region.
The report published Tuesday found instances where the same drug was sold at one pharmacy at prices that were $150 or more higher than at others. The report analyzed prices from a state health department website on drug pricing.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A new law will direct millions of dollars from Vermont's uncollected bottle deposit fund to the state's clean water program.
Vermont Public Radio reports that Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill into law on Wednesday.
Currently, the fund's money is returned to the beverage industry.
Other Views: How exactly is our taxpayer money spent in Arizona?
By Diane E. Brown & Tom Jenney
Arizona Public Interest Research Group
As taxpayers in Arizona, our hard-earned money contributes to a wide range of items: Employee salaries. Health care. Education. Public safety. Office supplies. The list goes on and on.
Report: States should replace bus fleets with electric buses
BOSTON (AP) — States should move quickly to replace their old, diesel-fueled bus fleets with electric-powered buses to help wean the country off fossil fuels.
That's the conclusion of a report released Thursday by the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group in Boston. The report was authored by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group, a liberal-leaning think tank.
Report: State transparency website should be easier to use
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is slipping when it comes to making it easy for residents to see how their tax dollars are being spent.
That's according to a report released this week by the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, which gave the state a B-minus for its government spending transparency website , known as the Commonwealth's Financial Records Transparency Platform — or CTHRU for short.
A consumer group claims that independent lab tests confirm that some makeup products found for sale at the Claire’s retail chain are contaminated with asbestos. However, the chain — which has stores throughout Connecticut — maintains that “ that all of our products are safe and asbestos-free.”
Groups renew ethics reform push ahead of 6 corruption trials
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Government watchdog groups say a string of upcoming trials involving six former key figures in New York state politics will put the spotlight on the need for ethics reforms in Albany.
Leaders of groups such as the New York Public Interest Research Group say Thursday the separate trials scheduled to start in each of the next six months will keep the corruption issue in the public eye.
Colorado Springs chosen for pilot recycling program
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Association for Recycling chose Colorado Springs for its pilot recycling program in efforts to help boost the state's recycling rates.
The Gazette reports a study by Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group shows only 12 percent of waste produced in Colorado is recycled, compared with the national average of 34 percent.
A high-tech doll that learns children’s names is not their friend, warns consumer watchdogs in Eugene as part of their annual advice for holiday toy shoppers.
Boulder County Cities Among Leaders in Recycling Rates
Residential recycling rates
Fort Collins: 30%
Greenwood Village: 28%
Statistics via Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group
Boulder County cities accounted for four of the top five recycling communities in the state of Colorado, according to a new study released by Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group.
Fidget spinners sold at Target have high lead levels, advocacy group says
Certain brands of the wildly popular fidget spinners contain hazardous levels of lead, according to a consumer advocacy group.
The palm-sized, three-pronged twirling toys became the rage in school classrooms across the country this year. Now, the nonprofit U.S. Public interest Research Group PIRG Education Fund says tests revealed that Target is selling "toxic" fidget spinners with potentially dangerous lead levels.
Fidget spinners sold at Target contain lead, advocacy group says
Fidget spinners, the multipronged, whirling gadgets that became so popular this year some schools banned them as a distraction, have been marketed as playful diversions meant to help people calm down and focus.