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  • Not on the Menu

    WJXT investigation found nearly 400 Jacksonville area restaurants considered unsanitary by state standards. Investigation also found that inspectors hardly ever fine restaurants for health and safety violations, even after repeat citations. Inspectors were also unaware of a scoring system, based on their own reports, that the state uses to grade restaurants. (Feb. 2 - 3, 1995)
  • Rebuilding totaled cars

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) reveals how some used car dealers rebuild totaled cars, sometimes going so far as to cut them in half and weld them back together, and sell them without informing buyers of their history; the fraud is both illegal and unsafe.
  • Minister trades in off-the-books boat sales

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) discloses a minister who got people to donate boats to his church; he borrowed money on the boats and then sold them to church members who were unable to obtain legal title because of the liens.
  • Florida's failed crackdown on deadbeat dads

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) reveals that despite attempts to crack down on fathers who don't pay child support, the problem has gotten worse; finds that more than 11,000 dads owe $10,000 or more in child support.
  • (Untitled)

    Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) looks at the work hours of judges in Duval County, Fla., and finds that many of them routinely worked six-, five-and even four-hour days before going home to work on their personal projects, June 14, 1992.
  • The Best Degree Crime Can Buy

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) looks at the costs and benefits of educating inmates in the state correctional institutions; a handful of vocational schools go into several Florida prisons to teach courses in data entry, auto body repair and brick laying; finds that state and federal tax dollars go to pay for college level correspondent course work, May 11 - 12, 1992.
  • GOING FOR BROKE

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) finds that many people who file bankruptcy maintain very expensive houses and land; finds that loopholes allow people to avoid debt and maintain lavish lifestyle, May 7-8, 1992.
  • HARBORMASTERS RESTAURANT... A CONTINUING INVESTIGATION

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) reports on a privately owned riverfront restaurant that received a $2.9 million HUD loan in start-up funds in 1991, which was guaranteed by the city of Jacksonville; the restaurant had fallen behind in paying taxes, was sued for non-payment by suppliers, and employees' paychecks were late; the restaurant closed, leaving the city to assume the debt, June - November 1992.
  • Wasted Wishes

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) investigates a charity that grants the wishes of dying children; finds the charity has not granted one wish while raising over $100,000, and that 75 percent of the money is going to administrative costs, May 21 - 22, 1991.
  • Southeast Landfill Investigation

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) reports on a dispute over a landfill proposed by the city of Jacksonville and the legal fees incurred by the city in its attempt to battle environmental and political opposition, March 19 - 21, 1991.