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  • Las Vegas Review-Journal's Fight for Records

    The Las Vegas Review-Journal fought for and won access to vital public information in 2019, including police reports, investigative documents and lawsuits. And it took the fight all the way to the Nevada Legislature to do something our adversaries in the public sector thought was impossible: We helped strengthen the state’s previously toothless Public Records Act.
  • OPB: This Solar Startup Spent Big, Then Left Customers In Limbo

    A two-part radio series uncovers financial mismanagement and ponzi scheme tactics at one of the country's fastest growing solar companies, which cratered and owed millions of dollars to its customers, vendors and employees across Oregon, Nevada and Utah.
  • Bled Dry

    When local hospitals shut their doors, communities usually blame poor economics or heavy regulation. But The Dallas Morning News found another reason for closures: Businessmen who bought ailing hospitals and siphoned off their cash, often leaving them vacant hulks in devastated towns. What may seem at first to be an unlikely scenario has played out not just in Texas, but across the country. One owner left a trail of 13 wrecked hospitals in seven states. In Nevada, a doctor who put down $10,000 to take over the only hospital between Reno and Las Vegas pulled out at least $8 million before the cash-starved medical center shut down. Federal regulators and most states don’t vet people who take over hospitals, The News discovered, and there is little financial oversight. Even when patient care suffers at these stripped facilities, regulators seldom hold those who profited accountable.
  • Guardianship - The Grey Prison

    They're among the most vulnerable members of society. Often elderly, sometimes disabled, those conscripted into guardianship as "wards" are supposed to be protected and safeguarded. But in a first-of-its-kind, in-depth investigation, our team uncovered a system plagued by abuses. Families torn apart. Wards isolated. Estates raided. Judges rubber-stamping wrongdoing and turning a blind eye to the exploitation of private, for-profit guardians. We overcame tremendous resistance from court leaders who tried to dismiss all concerns and put us off this story before we even got started. As we waded through thousands of pages of court documents and other records, we uncovered a system so corrupt that the state was forced to initiate sweeping change. That change started at the Nevada Supreme Court and continues today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P31Zu-wUDWI https://youtu.be/_URbZLLgj6o
  • CBS News: Rape Kit Investigation

    Following the CBS News series that exposed more than 20,000 untested rape kits nationwide, Nancy Cordes revisited the Cleveland Police Department which told CBS they “had no idea how many kits they had and would not count.” Since this piece, they have found over 5,000 untested kits. A new county prosecutor, Tim McGinty, met with the State Attorney General to get funding to test ALL of the kits and conceded that mistakes were made and urged officials to dig into the “goldmine” of kits. After testing half of the kits they indicted over 200 rapists, a third of them are serial rapists. Our story broke the news that other cities had major problems with untested kits. We partnered with Joyful Heart Foundation to test all kits to break the news that some cities test 100% of their kits, but Las Vegas only tested 15% and Tulsa, Oklahoma has 3,400 untested kits. Since our story, Nevada Attorney General, Adam Laxalt, announced plans to tackle the backlog as one of his tasks in the New Year.
  • Cop Sells Gun to Mentally Ill Man

    Reporter Martha Bellisle’s series of stories on the sale of a gun by a Reno police sergeant to a 19-year-old mentally ill man, who it turned out was prohibited by law from having a gun, revealed questionable behavior by a law enforcement officer and sparked nationwide debates about the lack of background checks on private party gun sales. Her investigation also exposed flaws in the court system. After first reporting on the gun sale, Bellisle discovered that the Washoe District Court had failed to send the young man’s name to a database of people who are not allowed to have a gun. That investigation prompted the chief justice of the Nevada Supreme Court to order a statewide review of all Nevada courts to see if they were properly reporting people adjudicated with a mental illness to the National Instant Background Check System, or NICS. The audit revealed that almost 2,000 people had been missed by courts across the state and had not been included in that database. Some of those people had histories of violence. The courts fixed the process and the debate on background checks for all gun sales continues.
  • Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients across country

    A series of stories about 1,500 patients discharged and bused across the country from a public hospital for the mentally ill in Las Vegas during the last five years.
  • RGJ: ATF/US Attorney Rift

    A months-long Reno Gazette-Journal investigation found that after Reno’s chief U.S. Attorney told local ATF agents that her office would not prosecute their cases until certain unnamed “issues” were resolved, most of the agents transferred to new jobs outside Nevada, leaving Reno vulnerable to gun violence. The investigation found that the federal prosecutors dismissed or refused more than a dozen cases involving violent criminals. The RGJ probe also revealed that dozens of people who bought guns and later failed background checks were allowed to keep the guns because the rift emptied the Reno ATF office of the very agents who are tasked with retrieving those guns. The RGJ series led to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and an independent review of the dropped cases. It also sparked Congressional action.
  • Deadly Force: When Las Vegas Police Shoot, and Kill

    In the wake of two controversial officer-involved deaths in the summer of 2010, the Las Vegas Review-Journal asked a simple question: Are Las Vegas police too quick to shoot? What reporters Lawrence Mower, Brian Haynes and Alan Maimon found in a groundbreaking analysis of all police shootings in Clark County since 1990 stunned even veteran police administrators: Local cops had shot at people 378 times, resulting in 142 deaths. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department alone was involved in 311 incidents resulting in 116 deaths. By any measure, Nevada's largest law enforcement agency uses deadly force more often than counterparts in the region and in other major cities surveyed.
  • Do No Harm

    For the first time, reporters published an analysis of Nevada's state hospital records and revealed nearly 1000 cases of preventable harm to patients over the past decade. There are also reports of widespread hospital-acquired infections and countless cases of accidental surgical injuries. The reporters show that hospitals have tried to keep this information hidden from the public.