Sacramento courthouse becomes shelter for homeless

Every night, people in Sacramento with nowhere to go line up to camp on the grounds of the courthouse. But a KCRA investigation has found that while it’s a county courthouse, the grounds are state property which leaves security and safety up in the air. It’s a difficult situation that judges, bailiffs, court personnel and…

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State crime lab under fire for hiding backlog of cases

A 12 News Investigation uncovered a forensic scientist at the Arizona state crime lab had intentionally hidden her backlog of cases for years, failed to test DNA submitted in 40 cases, and kept evidence in her possession.  However, after an audit and internal investigation revealed the misconduct, the Arizona Department of Public Safety never bothered…

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Unsanctioned horse racing flourishing in Colorado

A Fox31 investigation has uncovered a shadowy world of unsanctioned horse racing flourishing in rural Colorado. Using hidden cameras, reporters documented dangerous conditions for jockeys and spectators, widespread gambling, horse doping, and other abuses of the animals. However, local politicians and law enforcement are both turning a blind eye to the illegal activities, while some…

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Clinic inspectors say state agency foiled their investigations

For more than a year, Seattle’s KING-TV has reported on “Sobriety for Sale” – licensed treatment clinics where counselors are accused of taking bribes and letting offenders skip their court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment.  It all happened right under the nose of the Washington State’s watchdog agency that licenses and inspects clinics.  Now, two whistleblowers…

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Florida’s top economist on sporting event impact isn’t an economist

The state of Florida spends nearly as much money every year on professional sports stadiums as it does maintaining the state’s top tourist attraction, its beaches.  However, WTSP in Tampa Bay found the author of so many economic impact reports that support sports subsidies does not appear to be the expert economist state leaders have…

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Police Pursuits: When Policy Isn’t Followed and People Die

NBC Miami reports that police in South Florida often pursue suspects of non-violent crimes in vehicle chases despite police policies that prohibit them from doing so.  Many of these pursuits end in crashes that kill innocent bystanders, police and suspects.  According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 196 people…

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Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism

CNN and CNN en Español teamed up in a year-long joint investigation that uncovered serious irregularities in the issuing of Venezuelan passports and visas, including allegations that passports were given to people with ties to terrorism. The investigation involved reviewing thousands of documents and conducting interviews in the U.S., Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom.

Legal loophole allows hundreds of sex offenders to slide under the radar

A little-known legal loophole is allowing hundreds of child sexual predators in Minnesota to slide under the radar, leaving parents in the dark about the danger they may pose. Records obtained by KARE 11 reveal that admitted child molesters, rapists, and people who’ve been caught with child pornography are not on Minnesota’s sex offender registry…

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Chicago’s unarmed airport police told to stay away from trouble at baggage claim

CNN obtained an email sent to Chicago’s unarmed aviation police officers informing them that they would not be dispatched to disturbances in the baggage claim area.  The email was sent on January 6, hours after the mass shooting which killed five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.  An aviation police officer who spoke to CNN…

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