The Hole Truth

Number 18685
Subject Local Government
Source KTRK-TV (Houston)
State TX
Year 2001
Publication Date April 27 - May 9
Summary Using computer-assisted reporting skills and old-fashioned surveillance, KTRK-TV's investigative unit was able to prove that the city of Houston was not fixing its streets fast enough, despite city officials claims to the contrary. While the city claimed it was fixing more than 660,000 potholes in a year, they only had 9 pothole repair trucks. In some cases KTRK-TV's surveillance teams discovered city workers dumping piles of asphalt on small dead-end streets to cover up the city's problems. Because of the investigation City Hall began its own examination of the problem, and 10 employees have been suspended or transferred.
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Keywords TAPE;TRANSCRIPT;local government;public works;CAR
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