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  • Profiting From Fallen Soldiers

    In this series, reporter David Evans exposed how "more than 130 life insurance companies" devised a system that allowed them to profit from death benefits that were "owed to families of service members, government workers and millions of other Americans." MetLife and Prudential led the scheme. Evans revealed that the companies withheld $28 billion owed to the families of deceased soldiers. The story prompted "almost immediate changes in U.S. government policies."
  • Free Lunch

    Free Lunch is "an expose of hidden and subtle government policies that take from the many to give to the few. It explains why a quarter century of economic growth has not been matched by rising incomes, except for those at the very top."
  • Criminal Justice Chaos

    This story compilation addresses numerous problems within the Texas Department of Corrections. Investigators found violations of government policies, parole officers with disciplinary problems, repeated employee negligence and even some of the worst criminals slipping through holes in the system to find new victims.
  • Abuses of Immigrant Detainees

    This story explored the plight of immigrants detained in two New Jersey jails over the two year period from 2002-2004. An investigation into U.S. prison abuse abroad led to information on similar prison abuse in the U.S. Five former inmates of the Passaic County jail were interviewed and all of them detailed the same type of treatment at the hands of the guards including physical abuse and being threatened with attack dogs. As a result of this broadcast, the Department of Homeland Security immediately revised government policies and announced their own investigation into these claims of abuse.
  • Protecting Wetlands but at a Price

    This is a report about federal efforts to stop the destruction of wetlands in southeastern Virginia. The government policies, like the "no - net loss" policy, will affect developers, builders, farmers and, most importantly, taxpayers. One problem occurs when privately owned land is determined to be wetland, and developing the land is prohibited.
  • Series of Stories on U.S. Energy Policy

    These stories from Time magazine look at an energy crisis that the U.S. is likely to face. The story reveals that for three decades, the government has not adopted or stuck to any significant energy policy. Subsequent government policies have in fact been marked by sharp reversals of the previous ones.
  • Slicing through the rules: Genesis of a land deal"

    A Toronto Star investigation reveals that "the best friend of Mike Harris, the Premier of Ontario (the political equivalent of a U.S. governor), succeeded in overturning long-standing government policies to pave the way for the building of a luxury golf course and subdivision. The friend and his fellow investors - who also included ranking members of Harris' hometown political machine - stood to make millions as a result of the change."
  • The Last Farm Crisis

    Greider investigates how government policies have served to centralize the U.S. farming industry.
  • The Curse of Desert Strom

    Playboy puts into context five years of events, personal tragedies and testimonials, as well as official denials and changing government policies in a straightforward and comprehensive narrative. The investigation also attempts to decipher the technical terms and buzzwords that have since become the vocabulary of this still-growing controversy. (March 1996)
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    The Oregonian (Portland) series details the damage done to the Northwest's old growth forests by misguided government policies; examines the old growth vs. logger debate and finds more than meets the eye; investigates the impact of U.S. Forest Service timber quotas and other policies on the waterways and wildlife of the area, Oct. 15, 1990.