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  • Mississippi Developers' Pasat Includes Fraud

    After Hurricane Katrina hit Hancock County, Mississippi, a massive reconstruction project was planned to restore resorts, condominiums and a casino. The developers Paradise Properties of Florida vowed to spend $5 billion to help in the effort, an amount which is worth more than the real estate in Hancock County before the hurricane. But members of the firm have been accused of multi-million dollar internet scams.
  • Power Trips

    Medill students partnered with American Public Media and the Center for Public Integrity to examine travel taken by members of Congress and their staffers paid for with private dollars, largely by lobbyists. They expanded the publicly available database to include travel by staffers and travel though June 30, 2006. Reporters from Medill NewsService wrote over 30 stories based on the data. All the stories are included here.
  • The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is the topic in this book by noted historian Douglas Brinkley. He finds out how and why the evacuation was botched, relief efforts were delayed, and also "incidents of racism and brutality on the part of local police." He also examines how the Coast Guard and local citizens banded together to save people from the flood. New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin denied much of the charges in the book, but later acknowledged the truth of them publicly.
  • Unpunished Killings

    This investigation began with the 1989 release of the film "Mississippi Burning" because the author was outraged that so many crimes against civil rights workers went unpunished. Cultivating sources in the now defunct Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a state segregationist spy agency, the author was able to gain access to sealed documents. These documents led to the reprosecution of Klansman Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 killing of NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers.
  • The Lockheed Martin Shooting

    The murder of six employees at Lockheed Martin's aircraft assembly plant in Meridian, Mississippi, was characterized by the county sheriff and Lockheed spokespeople as a typical act of tragic workplace violence. A Primetime Live investigation revealed the racial motivation of the crime and found that Lockheed Martin had known about the murderer's history of making racial threats in the workplace. The investigation also revealed that Lockheed Martin plants across the country had numerous incidents of racially charged threats and hate speech at work among employees. Court records of the Mississippi murders were sealed, but Dateline interviewed plant employees in order to reconstruct the crime.
  • Non-Profit Hospitals

    This investigation focuses on two non-profit hospitals, one in Mississippi and the other in Georgia. According to the mission of both these hospitals they are supposed to provide charitable treatment to uninsured patients. But instead they were filing law suits and trying to make money out of uninsured people in the low income bracket.
  • Justice at Stake

    "In July 2003, a Mississippi Supreme Court justice, his former wide, two former lower court judges and a prominent trial lawyer were indicted on federal bribery and fraud charges after a more than yearlong investigation. The Sun Herald found out the at an FBI agent was removed from the investigation when he wanted to investigate the financial ties between famed tobacco lawyer Richard 'Dickie' Scruggs and several judges. Scruggs is one of the richest men in Mississippi and is the brother - in - law of US Sen. Trent Lott.
  • Left Behind; Time Bomb

    In the 1920's through the 1950's two companies had been dumping asbestos waste illegally in a creek along the Mississippi river. Though both these companies are closed now, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has done little to clean up the area. Today this is one of the populated suburbs of St. Louis and community leaders suspect that a higher number of cancer cases are being reported from this area.
  • How Corps Turned Doubt Into a Lock: In Agency Where the Answer Is 'Grow,' A Questionable Project Finds Support

    A Washington Post investigation reveals that the Army Corps of Engineers may have ordered one of its study teams to make like lock improvements on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers seems cost-effective, even though an earlier study by the Corps found the costs outweigh the benefits. Donald Sweeney II spent five years studying the economic benefits of making lock improvements, and when he found it didn't make sense financially, the Corps re-assigned him because "he was working to slowly." The Washington Post reports that Sweeney "filed a detailed request for an investigation with a federal whistleblower agency, alleging that Corps leaders illegally manipulated a rationale for construction. The officials deny the allegations... Still, at a time when pressure is building for the Corps to curtail its historic penchant for massive spending on environmentally insensitive projects, this dispute has cast new light on an apparent agency-wide strategy to 'grow' the Corps."
  • Unclogging Gideon's trumpet: Mississippi suits are the latest to attack state defense funding.

    The National Law Journal examines the state of criminal defense spending by states, most notably Mississippi. David E. Rovella writes "defense lawyers contend that budgets for already-overtaxed indigent defense systems are flat or have been cut. And in states without a public defense system, they argue, the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright, which guarantees state-funded indigent criminal defense, is ineffective." The National Law Journal writes about "three lawsuits filed in a recent weeks have challenged the way Mississippi provides criminal defense to the poor. They are the latest in a handful of suits nationwide attacking what defense lawyers say is the hidden price of war on crime: the erosion of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel."