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Halliburton Defers Billing U.S. for Meals

The Halliburton Company announces it will defer billing the Pentagon $140 million in meals for U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East until bookkeeping irregularities are resolved. The oil services giant says it will suspend billing the government until it can resolve discrepancies over the number of meals ordered and the number actually served. Hear NPR's John Burnett.

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As NPR's Southwest correspondent based in Austin, Texas, John Burnett covers immigration, border affairs, Texas news and other national assignments. In 2018, 2019 and again in 2020, he won national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for continuing coverage of the immigration beat. In 2020, Burnett along with other NPR journalists, were finalists for a duPont-Columbia Award for their coverage of the Trump Administration's Remain in Mexico program. In December 2018, Burnett was invited to participate in a workshop on Refugees, Immigration and Border Security in Western Europe, sponsored by the RIAS Berlin Commission.

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