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  • Sex Offenders in Nursing Homes

    Our Fox 4 investigation discovered 200 registered sex offenders live in nursing homes, residential care facilities, and assisted living facilities in Missouri. Our statewide investigation revealed learned more than 95% of the offenders committed heinous crimes against children, including child molestation, aggravated sexual abuse, and sodomy. We learned Missouri law does not require these homes to disclose that registered sex offenders live in the facilities. There is also no state law requiring background checks on residents of these facilities.
  • Rhino Horn Trafficking in Missouri

    A WDAF Fox 4 investigation revealed Macon, Missouri, was the backdrop for one of the largest rhino horn trafficking operations in the county – an operation that netted nearly $1 million dollars.
  • KCUR Investigates: Ryan Stokes Was Killed By A Kansas City Cop. His Family Wants Police To Tell The Truth

    Ryan Stokes' name isn't mentioned in the same breath as Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, but it should be. Stokes, a 24-year-old black man in Kansas City, was killed by a police officer after he was wrongfully accused of stealing a white man's cell phone. A KCUR investigation revealed that every detail the Kansas City Police Department told his family was false. His family is left to wonder why his black life didn't matter.
  • KC Star: Stalk. Murder. Repeat.

    Robert J. Gross was a longtime serial murder suspect in Kansas City, implicated in at least four killings over five decades. But he had never been charged in any of them, even though police had been tracking him for years.
  • Tragedy on Table Rock Lake

    Shortly after 7 p.m. on July 19, 2018, a duck boat carrying 31 people sank on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo., about 210 miles southeast of Kansas City. Reporters at The Kansas City Star immediately started reporting and writing from the newsroom, eventually confirming that 17 people had died. At the same time, a team of reporters and photographers headed to Branson. That night, reporters also began investigating what went wrong, and at 6:45 the next morning, less than 12 hours after the accident, The Star published its first investigative story on the incident.
  • Tragedy on Verruckt

    On a Sunday afternoon in August, on a day in which local elected leaders and their families were welcomed to a Kansas City, Kan., water park for free, the 10-year-old son of a Kansas House representative lost his life on the world's tallest water slide. Questions about the construction and oversight of that ride are the basis for these stories.
  • Lack of Prosecution in Animal Abuse Cases

    We investigated why Kansas City and Jackson County rarely prosecuted cases of animal abuse. We learned animal control officers in Kanas City have no training or background in investigating these type of cases. Our investigation revealed only three cases of animal abuse were sumbitted for felony prosecution in the past two years. http://fox4kc.com/2015/03/31/woman-says-shes-lost-trust-in-kc-heartbroken-by-the-way-her-dead-dog-was-dumped/ http://fox4kc.com/2015/01/30/resident-demands-change-following-fox-4-investigation-into-kcmo-animal-abuse/ http://fox4kc.com/2015/01/29/fox-4-investigation-are-kc-animal-abusers-being-held-accountable-for-cruelty/
  • Big Beef Money

    Is a government-mandated extra $1 charge on every piece of product sold -- which adds up to $80 million annually and goes into the pockets of a group of highly-paid executives -- a story? You bet it is. That's exactly what Harvest Public Media and KCPT, two Kansas City-based public media outlets, exposed in their investigation into the beef check-off. Noted for its "Beef: It's what's for dinner" ads, the promotional fund is created by charging ranchers an additional $1 for every animal sold. And those ranchers? They don't get a say in how the money is used. That's why two Kansas ranchers went rogue and are trying to change the way the fund is operated.
  • The Wolves of Jefferson City

    Kansas City Star reporters proved that the speaker of the Missouri House had an ongoing, sexually charged relationship with a 19‐year‐old intern; that a state senator had a habit of harassing interns; and that women in the Capitol routinely suffered predatory treatment from a statehouse culture born out of an earlier, uglier era. Their stories led to resignations of the speaker and state senator, and reform within the legislature.
  • UMKC Loses Top Rankings

    After a Kansas City Star investigation challenged top rankings awarded to the business school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the university pushed back. The rankings were the cornerstone of UMKC's efforts to attract students and tap into the wealth of H&R Block founder Henry Bloch. A subsequent audit supported the newspaper's findings that business school leaders had knowingly submitted false data for rankings. In short order, the school was stripped of academic honors, the university chancellor apologized, two faculty members resigned, and Henry Bloch issued a statement saying he was "shocked and terribly disappointed."