Extra Extra : February 2012

Sheriff's questionable relationship revealed

"A WVUE-TV investigation reveals a timeline that a government watchdog says needs to be probed by the FBI.  Lee Zurik, the station's chief investigative reporter, requested and received emails that show a questionable relationship between a disgraced sheriff and a former FBI agent turned businessman.  WVUE-TV uploaded all source documents to DocumentCloud."

Thousands of gas meters leaking in California

Federal inspectors told to ignore mold

"An investigation by KING 5 Seattle has found that federal food inspectors were ordered to ignore moldy applesauce that a Washington plant shipped to grocery stores across America."

"The investigation revealed that USDA knew for more than three years that their inspectors had grave concerns about the sale of moldy applesauce to the public, but the federal food agency didn’t put a stop to it."

Rural schools and communities lose billions in funding

Poverty and homelessness on the rise for Florida students

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, along with the Miami Herald and Florida NPR, has found that "since the collapse of the economy in 2008, Florida’s student population has become poorer each year, with almost all school districts in the state experiencing spikes in the number of kids who qualify for subsidized meals."

"The Center also found that children have become homeless at an alarming rate as well, with an 84 percent increase since 2007."

Florida police officers face few penalties when they cause crashes

"An investigation by the Orlando Sentinel found that police cars in Florida are crashing at the astonishing rate of 20 a day, resulting, over a five-year period, in thousands of injuries and more than 100 deaths. The findings led to a three-part series, “Collision With the Law,” which began Sunday, Feb. 12."

"Rene Stutzman and Scott Powers used Florida crash data to identify more than 37,000 police car crashes from 2006-2010. The data, crash reports, traffic homicide files and interviews helped reveal officers were at least partly at fault a quarter of the time, but rarely faced tickets or ...

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Florida's off-duty police caught speeding

"A three-month investigation by the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale found almost 800 cops from a dozen agencies driving 90 to 130 mph on Florida’s highways.
The inquiry, using toll records, found that many officers weren't on duty but commuting to and from work in their take-home patrol cars." Following the Sentinel's report, many police agencies have started internal investigations.

Harassment allegations bring to light a larger problem

Beth Cooper of The Daily Helmsman reports that after following rumors of alleged sexual harassment at the University of Memphis' Physical Plant department, larger problems within the administration arose. Freedom of Information requests show that administrators could not determine the validity or falsehood of the allegations or how to correct the situation, due to a possible faulty procedural process.

KC school project raises ethical questions