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  • Complaint Report

    After a 30-month analysis, a Public Herald investigation into fracking complaints uncovered 9 ways officials at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) kept drinking water contamination across Pennsylvania “off the books” since 2004.
  • Sandra Bland jail suicide

    When Sandra Bland died in a jail cell in a rural Texas county, the Houston Chronicle was the first to report the suicide – an issue that had already been on the radar of Chronicle crime reporter St. John Barned-Smith. He’d already been writing about lesser-known suicides of inmates, who can be jailed in Texas on the whim of a traffic cop and kept there by Justices of the Peace without any law degree. Chronicle journalists were the first to report on Bland’s previous suicide attempt, they quickly requested and posted key documents and video, produced a more detailed profile of Bland and put the issue in context with the larger problem of jail suicides all across Texas.
  • The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes

    For 40 years, rumors have swirled about one of the most iconic sporting events in American history, “The Battle of the Sexes.” While Billie Jean King's victory at the Houston Astrodome on Sept. 20, 1973 over Bobby Riggs was a seminal moment for gender equality, some people in tennis have wondered whether Riggs, the 55-year-old hustler and con man, purposely threw the match for a big pay day. For the first time, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” examined whether the “Battle of the Sexes” was Riggs' greatest hustle.
  • Startribune:The Day Care Threat

    Children had been dying in Minnesota child care at an alarming rate and state regulators and industry leaders had overlooked the problem until our reporting laid bare a series of safety failures that led to the spike in deaths. The reporters made dozens of public record requests and analyzed hundreds of cases to uncover wide problems in the state’s in-home daycare system. They almost all the deaths occurred at in-home daycares, which have more lax regulations than centers. The series also uncovered dozens of cases of sexual abuse, gun violence and negligence that harmed children in the state’s in-home daycare system. It revealed how Minnesota has some of the weakest training and supervision rules in the country for these in-home daycares. The reporters also discovered that critical safety records that would help parents identify problem providers were not accessible to the public. The response to the series was swift and sustained. State regulators implemented changes to improve infant safe sleep practices and they are planning legislation this session to shore up some of the safety problems. The series also highlighted how the lack of information about child care deaths is a national problem.
  • Failed Drug Wars

    The war on drugs has cost the United States $1 trillion dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives. Yet, the drug use and violence is even more rampant that is was forty years ago. The AP reports from the front lines of the drug war in Mexico to determine why the U.S. is still losing this battle.
  • BP Explosion: What Went Wrong

    After the March 2005 BP refinery accident, the worst in over a decade, the Houston Chronicle investigated. A collection of problems were discovered that BP had not revealed. The deaths of 15 workers were due to BP not keeping to its own safety standards, or those of the industry.
  • Missing Girl Found With Fargo Offender

    The investigation follows the trail of a known sex offender, Joseph Duncan, from his disappearance while on parole to his arrest in Coeur d'Alene with missing girl Shasta Groene.
  • Slow to Act

    How long does it take Washington state to shut down the day care centers who've time and again violated state standards? KING-TV asked this same question and battled three months for access to records. They found that of 60 day care centers shut down in Western Washington in the last three years, one-third of them were allowed to stay open far too long.
  • Our Dead Children: Why Nebraska Fails as a Parent

    This investigation detailed the failings of Nebraska's child protection system. The reporters focus on one specific case, JayCiona Fleming, to illustrate the lack of time, resources and care that plague the system. Officials are overworked and case workers often are not as strict as they could be; as a result, many children remain in homes with unqualified or addicted parents.
  • On the Job of Last Resort

    The Omaha World-Herald reports on how the U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided only "minimal oversight" over the contractors who clean up meatpacking houses every night. The World-Herald found that "most of these contractors are undocumented workers, and that their cleaning is every bit as dangerous as day-time meatpacking" -- and in fact their injury rate is four times higher than normal workers in the industry. In the demand for speed from employers, many of these workers "have lost fingers, arms and even legs when they tried to keep pace. Harried workers have been known to clean cutting and grinding machines while they are still running, which is a clear violation of federal safety rules." But with undocumented workers fearful to come forward because of their legal status, and some pushed out of their jobs by their bosses when they raise safety concerns, the situation is only getting worse. The World found OSHA gave considerably less scrutiny to the problem, in part because it lumped those cleaning packinghouses into the same industry category as "janitors and maids."