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  • Concealing County Corruption: Anatomy of a Cover-Up

    Wayne Dolcefino saves the best for last. In his final investigation for KTRK-TV, he and the 13 Undercover Unit demonstrated relentless persistence as they attempted to shake up a county government with an abysmal record of policing itself. This submission begins with four reports detailing shocking evidence of corruption inside the downtown precinct of Constable Jack Abercia. 13 Undercover spent several months doing painstaking surveillance -- catching the Constable’s deputies running his personal errands, working extra jobs on the clock and stockpiling never driven county patrol cars while lawmen were being laid off. 13 Undercover then managed to get a hidden camera inside the chief deputy’s office as he and two deputies talked openly about corruption inside the precinct. The language is often foul mouthed and always revealing. The FBI nabbed Aberica and two top commanders in a bribery sting weeks later. The veteran former constable is now awaiting trial. Eventually, 13 Undercover turned our cameras on county leaders to say “enough is enough.” Not only was action not forthcoming, it quickly became clear that many in positions of power wanted this all to go away without getting their hands dirty, without ending decades of a patronage system that made deputies feel required to give money to their boss’s campaigns and charities to keep their jobs. That was not an option. This investigation demanded accountability and we held leaders to the promises they made to the public. In late summer, 13 Undercover scored a major public records victory that revealed what one commentator dubbed "a cover-up of Nixonian proportions." The series culminated with the long awaited, and previously unimaginable, indictment of one of the county’s most popular elected officials – precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino. New county directives now prohibit constables from soliciting money from their deputies and legislation is expected to filed in Austin to protect county employees from further shakedowns.
  • Dial M for Martyr

    Investigation of the slaying of Edwin Pratt, 38; Edwin was considered to be the Martin Luther King of the Northwest by President Richard Nixon.
  • Poisoning the Press

    The narrative history of the bitter quarter-century struggle between Richard Nixon and Jack Anderson exposes corruption by both men and illustrates a larger story about the price of power in politics and journalism alike.
  • Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture

    The narrative history of the bitter struggle between Richard Nixon and journalist Jack Anderson exposes corruption by both men and illustrates a larger story about the price of power in politics and journalism alike.
  • "Family of Secrets"

    Russ Baker provides an intense investigative report on the secrets of the Bush dynasty and "its rise to power." The author also reveals hidden connections of power between the Bushes and their cohorts and "major historical events," including the "assassination of John F. Kennedy" and "Watergate."
  • "Dodging DWIs"

    The criminal justice system in St. Louis "has failed to punish drunken drivers." After multiple people were killed in drunk driving related accidents, reporters revealed that in St. Louis County, felony charges were not often issued to repeat offenders. Few people accused of a DWI actually have it placed on their record. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called for an examination of the broken system.
  • Gov. Matt Blunt Email Scandal

    An email sent by Gov. Matt Blunt's chief of staff urged political groups to speak against the man who was running for Blunt's seat, Attorney General Jay Nixon. In the email it was implied that state resources were being used for political purposes.
  • Borrowing Trouble

    This series looks at how corporations like Payday America use payday loans to target the poor and charge phenomenal interest fees. These stories also look at how traditional banks have helped to keep these businesses going, acting as the main source for business loans for payday lenders. At the same time, these banks are pulling their own branches out of lower income areas and violating the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 by not "serving the credit needs of all communities where they operate, including low- and moderate-income communities." Another story looks at RALs, or Refund Anticipation Loans from places like H&R Block, which also rack up interest rates and fees of 70-700 percent.
  • Built to Sue

    Pitch Weekly investigate Miller Enterprises, regularly ranked as one of Kansas City's busiest homebuilders, and the flaws that trouble his buyers. The story followed Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon suing Miller on behalf of 36 homeowners. "The attorney general's office alleged that Miller used bad building practices and bad materials, lied when he said the homes had been approved by city inspectors, bumped up prices at closing, promised refunds that never came, forged signatures on loan documents, lied about what the payments would be, and didn't fix what was broken."
  • Schneider v. Kissinger

    60 Minutes reports on a lawsuit filed by relatives of Chilean General Rene Schneider against Henry Kissinger for his involvement in the 1970 botched kidnapping which led to Schneider's death. The investigation also uses declassified documents to look at Kissinger's role in the CIA-aided coup.