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  • WRAL: School arrests

    WRAL's analysis of federal education data found that black students in North Carolina are arrested at schools or school functions six times as often as white students. That disparity is one of the worst in the nation.
  • WRAL: Presumption of Fear

    An examination of North Carolina's castle doctrine law and how it was used, or misused, to keep a rural minister from being charged in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
  • WRAL: Police and Google

    WRAL investigation finds that Raleigh police have been using Google to find suspects in crimes. They are not gathering information on specific individuals; they are using warrants to obtain information on every Google-equipped cell phone that was within a mile or two of a crime scene. The users have no way to know that their movements are being reviewed by police.
  • Prognosis: Profits

    In their quest for growth and profits, large nonprofit hospitals in North Carolina have pushed up healthcare costs, paid executives millions and left thousands with bills they struggle to pay. In a joint investigation, the Charlotte Observer and the News & Observer of Raleigh found that urban hospitals in North Carolina have generated some of the nation’s largest profit margins and have amassed billions of dollars in reserves. Hospitals in the Charlotte area have sued thousands of needy patients they could afford to help, frequently putting liens on their homes and damaging their credit. Raleigh-Durham hospitals, meanwhile, have sent collection agencies after thousands of patients, ruining the credit ratings of many in the process.
  • Dialing While Driving

    Raleigh school bus drivers were violating a school district policy banning cell-phone use while driving.
  • Afflicting the Comfortable: Journalism and Politics in West Virginia

    This book is a complete and accurate account of decades of political corruption and scandal in West Virginia. Stafford discusses how his role as the editor of the Raleigh Register put him in a unique position to critique the scandals and endorse honest politicians. Stafford also writes about how he was offered bribes and favors from candidates in return for an endorsement, and how ethical dilemma that this situation caused.
  • Starting from behind

    Over six months, the Raleigh News & Observer interviewed almost 100 parents, teachers and education leaders about the relationships between black parents and the public schools. It also looked at test scores and suvey data the measure links among achievement, parental attitudes and the ways parents govern their children's time outside the classroom. These articles report its findings.
  • Time of Death

    Alan Gell had been in prison for eight years when the Raleigh News and Observer set out to prove his innocence. After exposing major oversights by the defense attorneys and finding flaws in witness testimony, the newspaper began publishing the series. As a result of Neff's story, Gell has won a retrial. He remains in prison, awaiting trial.
  • Paycheck Politics

    An investigation by the Raleigh News & Observer reveals that some state employees get larger raises than others, despite that the pay raise system "is supposed to be equitable. People in proximity to power score big raises, such as legislative staff or key aides to the governor. Others, like the state highway patrol, use their political influence to imbed big annual raises in the state budget, regardless of what raises other state employees receive. And there are other employees outside the purview of the executive branch who win disproportionate raises every year, such as court and legislative employees."
  • War for the Osprey

    The Raleigh News & Observer investigates the V-22 Osprey, a Marine aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like a plane. The Osprey program has been plagued with problems -- 4 crashes and 30 deaths since its inception in 1980. The News & Observer attempts to explain why.