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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 26,000 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.

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  • Pueblo halfway house

    An inmate at a halfway house in Pueblo, CO died after taking a lethal dose of Fentanyl while inside the facility and under the supervision of staff. The ambulance wasn’t called until after his death. Criminal investigations to prosecute drug dealers went cold.

    Tags: halfway house; dose; death

    By Andrew Koen

    KOA Radio (Denver)

    2013

  • Sexual Assault Test Kits

    KOAA-TV News 5 Guardians determined most area law enforcement agencies were not having sexual assault test kits completed by health care facilities sent to a state agency for processing. A state lawmaker objected to the unprocessed evidence and proposed a new law. A woman who was a sexual assault victim offered the perspective of a victim.

    Tags: sexual assault; health care; sexual assault kits

    By Eric Ross, Adam Knapik

    KOA Radio (Denver)

    2013

  • Labyrinth: Reardon staff linked to harassment, surveillance

    Our stories traced a maze of social media attack sites and anonymous public records requests to staff in the Snohomish County (Wash.) Executive's Office. It took us three years of reporting to reach that point. Our initial investigation and subsequent stories revealed a scheme of political payback against perceived rivals of the executive, the county's top elected official. A week after we published our first story, the executive announced he would leave office. He stepped down a few months later.

    Tags: politicians; social media; political payback

    By Noah Haglund, Scott North

    Herald (Everett, Wash.)

    2013

  • There Will Be Diatomaceous!

    In this series of coverage, Mission and State looks at Santa Barbara’s love-hate relationship with oil. As the country dives deeper and deeper into the enhanced-extraction oil boom, Santa Barbara grapples with what to do with the vast oil reserves waiting to be tapped in the North County and offshore. These stories delve into the fractured local oil politics, the strange bedfellows oil development can make of environmentalists, oil companies and politicians, the environmental and developmental legacies informing current debates, the missed opportunities for environmental concessions and the campaign contributions putting politicians in compromising positions. These stories paint the picture of a county in an almost schizophrenic political and cultural dance with itself. During the course of researching and reporting this series, it was revealed that Air Pollution Control District advisory board member and Lompoc City Councilmember Ashley Costa also worked in public relations for Santa Maria Energy, an obvious conflict of interest. Reporter Karen Pelland discovered that the president of a company proposing to slant drill from Vandenberg Air Force Base to get to the vast Tranquillon Ridge offshore reserve made significant political contributions to now-Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek). Garamendi had previously scuttled a deal between environmentalists and PXP oil company for the same reserve that was hailed as a landmark proposal at the time.

    Tags: oil; oil reserves; environmentalists

    By Natalie Cherot, Joe Donnelly, Karen Pelland

    Mission and State

    2013

  • Going Postal – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap

    CBRE Group. Inc. is a commercial real estate corporation which is chaired by Richard C. Blum, who is the husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. In 2011, the United States Postal Service (USPS) awarded CBRE an exclusive contract to sell off postal real estate in cities and towns across America. Based upon examining hundreds of public records, Going Postal reported that CBRE has sold more than $200 million worth of post office real estate at under fair market values, often to the firm's clients and business partners. CBRE's contract with the USPS requires the company to obtain fair market prices for properties that it brokers on behalf of the public and to avoid such conflicts of interest.

    Tags: politicians; post office; real estate

    By Peter Byrne

    Independent Writer

    2013

  • Unifying for Youth?

    This series examines the proposed gang injunction by the Santa Barbara City Council, its constitutionality and efficacy, the various groups and interests for and against it, as well as the police’s gang suppression efforts. We have caught the mayor and city attorney in numerous inaccurate or misleading statements and characterizations of the city’s complaint for injunctive relief.

    Tags: gangs; police

    By Yvette Cabrera, Joe Donnelly

    Mission and State

    2013

  • Mayor Under Fire: The Fall of Filner

    In the summer of 2013 ten term congressman and newly elected San Diego Mayor Bob Filner embarked on a self destructive rampage. His political career would end and personal life would forever be altered after several scandals directly exposed by our team. The scandals ranged from Filner sexually harassing women under his charge to betraying his oath to uphold the ethical and legal responsibilities of the office to which he was elected. This entry highlights the key stories exposed by our team, all of which led to his resignation, felony conviction or the recovery of public funds.

    Tags: politicians; sexual harassment

    By Mitch Blacher, J.W August, Arie Thanasoulis, Ellen McGregor

    KGTV-TV (San Diego)

    2013

  • Where Have All the Lawyers Gone?

    “Where Have All the Lawyers Gone?” identifies the shortage of affordable and pro bono legal services in Santa Barbara County and the impact that shortage has on society’s most vulnerable segments such as the homeless and working poor, especially in dealing with civil rights abuses, law enforcement issues, domestic violence, evictions and other legal issues that compound into bigger problems without accessible legal help. The story found that only about one-third of the legal needs of the county’s poor (14 percent of the county’s population lives under the poverty line) were being met. Although the California State Bar recommends that firms provide 50 hours of pro bono work a year, lawyers in the area admitted “there’s never been a culture of pro bono” in the area, and the firms that do participate are more likely to work with non-profits than poor individuals. An investigation revealed a glaring deficit in pro bono and affordable legal care in a town with more than its fair share of nonprofits and foundations dedicated to social issue

    Tags: homelessness; pro bono; law; poverty

    By Karen Pelland, Joe Donnelly

    Mission and State

    2013

  • The People vs. Brian Tacadena

    At 11:28 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2013, a Santa Barbara Police Department officer shot and killed 46-year-old Brian Tacadena after the officer encountered Tacadena while patrolling Santa Barbara’s Westside. “The People vs. Brian Tacadena” is an in-depth look into the sequence of events that led to the final moments in Tacadena’s life. The story shows how momentum toward tragedy can build slowly over time and then accelerate with fatal consequences over the course of one evening. Besides being a compelling portrait of a troubled man, the story also shows what can happen when mental health illnesses are left largely untreated. The story also examines the cloistered nature of the Santa Barbara Police Department, especially when it comes to reviewing its officer-involved shootings. The story includes a supplementary video featuring the police department’s public information officer discussing the case and how the police department investigates itself, a criminal law attorney specializing in police brutality, and interviews with Tacadena family members and community activists. The story also featured a slideshow of images from Tacadena’s life as well as documents related to his mental-health treatment while incarcerated.

    Tags: police; mental health illnesses; shootings

    By Sam Slovick, Joe Donnelly

    Mission and State

    2013

  • Poverty and Profit

    A unique investigation uncovered the profiteering and government neglect that helped devastate a once-stable African-American community on Chicago's West Side.

    Tags: poverty; community

    By David Jackson, Gary Marx, Alex Richards, Alex Garcia, Alex Bordens, George Papajohn, Kaarin Tisue

    Chicago Tribune

    2013