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Resource ID: #13967
Subject: Utilities
Source: WBRC-TV (Birmingham, Ala.)
Date: 1996-07-16



Two multi-part series and dozens of individual stories revealed millions of rate-payers' dollars were wasted by the Birmingham Water Works Board of directors. WBRC-TV documented contributions to religious organizations, money donated to sporting events, political contributions, and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on lavish entertainment and catered meals. WBRC discovered that board member salaries had skyrocketed and often were paid even though board members never showed up for meetings. The investigation uncovered more than $300,000 spent by managers that could not be accounted for. (July 16 - November 22, 1996)

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