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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 26,000 investigative stories.

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  • Marriage Monopoly

    A hidden camera investigation exposes a judge using her position to monopolize the wedding business in Indianapolis, which resulted in her resignation, sanctions against the judge, and new rules for the courts.

    Tags: hidden camera investigation; judge; corruption; monopoly; wedding business; Indianapolis; resignation; sanctions; broadcast

    By Kara Kenney; Larry Deal; Jason Scheuer

    WRTV-TV (Indianapolis)

    2014

  • Till Death Do Us Part

    Awash in guns, saddled with ineffective laws and lacking enough shelters for victims of domestic abuse, South Carolina is among the nation's deadliest states for women, who are killed at a rate of one every 12 days. The series exposed numerous failings, including limited police training, inadequate laws, a lack of punishment, insufficient education for judges, a dearth of victim support, and traditional beliefs about the sanctity of marriage that keep victims locked in the cycle of abuse. These factors combine in a corrosive stew that, three times in the last decade, made South Carolina the No. 1 state in the rate of women killed by men.

    Tags: domestic abuse; limited police training; inadequate laws; lack of punishment; victim support; marriage; womens' safety

    By Doug Pardue; Glenn Smith; Jennifer Berry Hawes; Natalie Caula Hauff

    The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

    2014

  • Liquidating the Forests

    “Liquidating the Forests” investigated the trail of illegal lumber stolen in Russia, shipped to China and sold in Canada. We looked at how Asia’s last remaining old growth forests, in the Russian Far East were being cut by Russian crime syndicates, then shipped to China where they were processed into hardwood flooring. This clear cutting in Siberia is also responsible for decimating the population of the world’s last remaining Siberian tigers who live in this unique habitat. Our investigation was able to trace the wood back to the world’s biggest flooring retailer, Lumber Liquidators which sold these floors at a deep discount across North America.

    Tags: illegal lumber; Russia; China; Canada; United States; old growth forests; hardwood flooring; Siberia; Siberian tigers; Lumber Liquidators; broadcast

    By Sean O’Shea; Ian McBain; Mark Klassen; Laurie Few; Gil Shochat

    Global News (Vancouver, BC)

    2014

  • Contamination Nation

    The lure of gold helped build the fledgling northern community of Yellowknife, NWT when the Giant Mine site opened in 1948, but that development came at a heavy cost. For more than 50 years, the mine pumped arsenic into the air, contaminating people, water and land. What didn’t go up the stacks was squirreled away in the deep, dark mine shafts below the ground and forgotten, until recently. Today, there’s enough arsenic buried there to kill everyone on the planet, and the federal government is racing to contain the poison before it leeches into life-sustaining land and waterways. It will cost a billion dollars to stabilize the site, and that’s only a small part of the toxic legacy of development.

    Tags: environmental pollution; mining; Yellowknife; Giant Mine; arsenic; federal government; poison; toxic; broadcast

    By Carolyn Jarvis; Kathryn Dickson; Kirk Neff; Brennan Leffler; Laurie Few; Francesca Fionda

    Global News (Vancouver, BC)

    2014

  • Deadly Mills

    The aftermath of two sawmill explosions in British Columbia, what caused them, and why regulatory charges were never laid, even though survivors, an industrial hygienist and the labor union insisted that the companies did not pay proper attention to warnings, and ignored the history of sawdust fires and explosions in North America. The explosions were preventable, but the companies did little or nothing to secure the mills while they were creating large amounts of particularly combustible sawdust.

    Tags: sawmill explosions; British Columbia; labor union; preventable; warnings ignored; combustible; workers' safety; broadcast

    By Jill Krop; Ian McBain; Kirk Neff; Claude Adams; Megan Rowney; Laurie Few

    Global News (Vancouver, BC)

    2014

  • New Push for Banks to Monitor Building Conditions

    This article represents the results of a three-month investigation by a select group of City University of New York students into a critical and overlooked social justice issue: the role of banks as enablers of negligent and even abusive landlords.

    Tags: investigation; CUNY; social justice; banks; landlords; city housing regulators

    By Lydia Chais; Emily Goodrich; Ashley Kervabon; Benjamin Shanahan; Jasmin Tepale; Derewko Torres; Michele Tram; Bryan Mark Urbsaitis; Anthony Vecchio; Thomas Wengler; Jarrett Murphy

    City Limits (New York)

    2014

  • New Scrutiny of City's Library Trustees

    The city's libraries play an increasingly important role in the lives of immigrant, low-income and young New Yorkers. This story looks into the unique way New York's three library systems are run: with hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money overseen by private boards of wealthy people with limited expertise and potential conflicts subject to little transparency or accountability.

    Tags: New York City; libraries; immigrants; low-income; taxpayer money; private boards; transparency; accountability

    By Suzanne Travers; Jarrett Murphy

    City Limits (New York)

    2014

  • Hurting for Work

    The Texas Tribune’s four-part “Hurting for Work” investigation exposed gaping holes in the workers’ compensation system in Texas, where a booming economy is adding jobs at a nation-leading pace that has the state’s top elected officials touting a “Texas miracle.”

    Tags: investigation; economy; workers' rights; workers' safety; workers’ comp; occupational insurance

    By Emily Ramshaw

    Texas Tribune

    2014

  • Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation's Doctor

    "Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation's Doctor" details the decades of political machinations that sidelined and silenced the surgeon general, and explains the sad implications it has for the U.S. public.

    Tags: U.S. surgeon general; historical archives; FOIA documents; government official; politics; public health

    By Michael Stobbe

    Book

    2014

  • At Your Discretion: KCRA Investigates City Spending

    What if you were given permission to spend money however you wanted with little oversight? A KCRA investigation found that Sacramento's city council and mayor were given permission to do just that to the tune of millions of dollars through their elected terms. KCRA asked under the Public Records Act for discretionary spending accounts for the city of Sacramento's leaders. What we found instead was that the council and mayor have no line item budgeting. Instead they are given hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to spend on whatever they want, from personnel to face painting in the park.

    Tags: Sacramento; city council; mayor; open records requests; budget; city leaders; union fundraisers; planned parenthood; taxpayers; broadcast

    By Kevin Oliver; Dave Manoucheri; Millicent Ozdaglar

    KCRA-TV (Sacramento, Calif.)

    2014