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  • US Tax Havens: The new Switzerland

    Financial Times' Investigations Correspondent Kara Scannell was the first to uncover first hand accounts of how businesses exploit complex trust laws in South Dakota. Her findings, published as "US Tax Havens: The new Switzerland" uncovered a thriving onshore tax haven business. Scannell's shoe-leather reporting gave her unprecedented access to first person sources, including exclusive access to elusive business figures within the shadowy practice. Together with Vanessa Houlder, Scannell's trust law research emboldened a lively, revelatory report that contributed to the ongoing and serious debate over the use and abuse of domestic tax havens.
  • Locked In Limbo

    An Argus Leader Media investigation found that South Dakota routinely jails mentally ill defendants for half a year or more without trial because of scheduling delays for court-ordered mental competency evaluations.
  • Controversial uranium mining plan

    In their two-day Journal Special Report, reporters Joe O'Sullivan and Daniel Simmons-Ritchie took a hard look at a controversial plan to resume uranium mining in South Dakota. The mining, through a process known as "in situ," is generally regarded as a cleaner and more environmentally friendly way to recover uranium. But this five-piece series revealed a host of problems at in-situ mines across the region that contradict the claims made by the company, Powertech Uranium Corp., that wants to do the mining. The stories also documented how the state of South Dakota -- through legislation curtailing mining regulations and administrative easing of other regulations -- has helped pave the way for the return of mining. By combing through Canadian securities documents, the reporters also revealed the history of Powertech Uranium Corp., which has never before operated a mine.
  • Tax-free agencies get little scrutiny

    The state of South Dakota depends on sales tax for a large portion of its revenue. But the state has also issued thousands of tax-exempt licenses to nonprofit organizations. The question about these organizations is whether they are actually providing relief to others and if they even still exist. But these questions might not be answered because the state doesn’t track the transactions, even though they are losing revenue.
  • The Casino Kings

    The state of South Dakota partners with thousands of bars and restaurants that offer video gambling. The state takes in more than $100 million each year from the games, but basic information about who owns and operates the establishments is hidden from public view by state law. Using liquor license records and business registrations, the newspaper built a backdoor database of owners, officers and financiers that took six months. The reporting revealed a consolidation of licenses by a handful of individuals and partnerships in the state's most lucrative markets.
  • Sexual Abuse of Native American Women

    A look at the serious flaw in law enforcement and prosecution regarding the sexual abuse of Native American women in South Dakota and Oklahoma.
  • South Dakotans No. 1 in permits to conceal guns

    "The story was the culmination of a major First Amendment project that involved the collection of more than 41,000 state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons. Analysis showed that South Dakota had issued more concealed weapons permits per capita than any state."
  • Frequent flier: Gov. Rounds' use of state planes

    Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota uses government airplanes for both political and personal reasons. He coordinates his official business with the sport schedules of his kids as well as taking non-state employees on flights. These flights were reimbursed from a cash pool called the Governor's Fund. South Dakota, reporters discovered, was one of seven states that allow the governor to use a plane for both political and personal flights.
  • Feds: Gov. a danger on fires

    Federal firefighters have complained in safety documents and interviews that South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow's refusal to cooperate with them and follow federal rules led to unsafe conditions during forest fires. Janklow counters that the federal rules are often too restrictive or counterproductive.
  • Governor's Club

    "The Governor's Club, a legally and ethically dubious fundraising practice carried out by South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow and the state Republican Party, raises several questions. Most notably, Janklow probably owes taxes on at least $400,000 he has collected in recent years, according to several campaign finance and tax experts.