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  • NationSwell: Forgotten Victims

    An investigation by NationSwell looked at county data in six states — Arizona, New Jersey, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas — which showed that thousands of families are denied compensation each year because of the contributory conduct clause. Regulators involved in processing claims say they are just following federal law and that there needs to be top-down change in order for there to be significant progress on the best way to assist financially strapped families. But one victim services group, Every Murder Is Real, based in Philadelphia — i.e. the city with the highest number of compensation claims filed each year in Pennsylvania — is helping families navigate the system and fight for their right to fair treatment.
  • WAFB: No Apologies Necessary

    A look into the management of the Baton Rouge Police Department under it's current leadership.
  • The Baton Rouge Advocate: "Tilting the Scales"

    A Jim Crow law, still on the books in Louisiana, allows for criminal convictions with only 10 of 12 jurors agreeing -- a practice that our analysis shows continues to discriminate against black defendants.
  • My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard

    In December 2014, senior reporter Shane Bauer—using his own name and employment history—applied for a job as a prison guard for the Corrections Corporation of America (now known as CoreCivic), the country's second-largest private prison company. He was quickly hired for a $9-an-hour job at a medium-security prison in Louisiana. That began a four-month odyssey during which Bauer witnessed stabbings, an escape, lockdowns—and his own transformation into a corrections officer, with reactions and feelings he barely recognized as his own. "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard" is a raw, gripping chronicle of a company's struggle to maintain control of a facility stretched to the limit by cost-cutting and mismanagement, and Bauer's own fight to maintain his humanity in a system that is equally destructive of both inmates and guards. https://youtu.be/cBiqRGXog4w?list=PL7FWr6whNWmhueSwdXFBsNJkZXkMIQ9lf http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/reveal-episode-shane-bauer-man-inside
  • The Jindal Effect

    WVUE’s investigation, “The Jindal Effect,” exposed the crippling financial impact Gov. Bobby Jindal’s failed presidential bid had on the state of Louisiana. This entry focuses on two major areas: Jindal's presidential run and the impact on Louisiana. The first (Jindal's Presidential run) shows how the governor may have broken state law, forced Louisiana taxpayers to fund part of his presidential campaign, and questionably raises millions of dollars for his campaign. The series also looks at the effect on taxpayers. Jindal cut budgets but showered big business with gifts as he tried to pave a road to the White House. The result of this series was an exposé on the ways Bobby Jindal ultimately let Louisiana suffer at the expense of his presidential aspirations. https://youtu.be/0N3HrW5cWf8
  • The Louisiana State Penitentiary Where inmates aren't the only scoundrels

    Burl Cain was America’s most famous jailer. Writers and filmmakers flocked to the remote Louisiana State Penitentiary in West Feliciana Parish to tell the story of how he had cleaned up the most violent jail in America. But there was more to the story. For two decades, Cain profited from his access to powerless inmates and his ability to dispense favors small and large. The Advocate launched an investigation, and after the first story was published, Cain quit his job, hoping that would stop the questions. He was wrong.
  • Secret Email Account Exposed

    It's a practice that gained national notoriety with reports that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declined to use her government-issued email for public business -- favoring a personal account while serving as Secretary of State. The WDSU I-Team discovered a similar practice involving the leader of the most populous city in Louisiana. We delved into how many emails the mayor of New Orleans sends, and from what accounts. Investigative reporter Travers Mackel tracked down the mayor and asked him why he used his private email instead of his city-issued one. In this two-part series, we take a closer look at the practice. Days after the reports aired, the mayor renounced the use of his private email account for public business. https://youtu.be/B9b1Kc33Sa4
  • Easy Money

    WVUE’s investigation, Easy Money, exposes the state’s lucrative tax incentive program as a complicated system of corporate payouts and questions whether the multibillion cost was worth it for a state facing massive cuts to education and healthcare due to budget shortfalls.
  • Billion Dollar Blueprint

    WVUE’s investigation “Billion Dollar Blueprint” reveals the elaborate fraud perpetrated by one industry taking advantage of Louisiana workers by exploiting lax rules in order to enrich bottom lines at the expense of the American public.
  • Tainted Legacy

    "Legacy lawsuits" have cost oil companies hundreds of millions of dollars in Louisiana to clean up decades of contamination after state regulators turned a blind eye. Landowners and their attorneys say the lawsuits are the only way to get oilfield polluters to clean up their mess. The industry says the lawsuits are frivolous money grabs, used by greedy plaintiffs to dig deep into the pockets of Big Oil. We revealed that after hundreds of lawsuits, and hundreds of millions of dollars in judgments and settlements, only 12 sites have been cleaned up.