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  • A Deadly Slope: Examining the Oso, Washington, disaster

    Two days after a landslide near Oso, Wash., killed 43 people, the county’s head of emergency management said the slide was unforeseeable: “This came out of nowhere. No warning.” The day after those words were spoken, The Seattle Times revealed how there had been a litany of warnings, going back seven decades. A report written for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had even warned of the “potential for a large catastrophic failure.” That story was the first in a string of exposés, in which The Times merged breaking news with investigative reporting to dissect the state’s worst natural disaster since the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
  • Impossible Dream: Rebuilding Afghanistan amid corruption, nepotism, and mismanagement

    The investigation examines the Obama administration's efforts to create a modern, secure nation in Afghanistan.
  • The Judge's Subdivision

    Hector San Miguel, the city editor at American Press, received a tip that State District Judge Wilford Carter was building residential subdivisions without required permits, even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State Licensing Board of Contractors warned him not to do so. Carter continued building subdivisions on top of a restricted wetlands area without getting the required permits first and hid his wrongdoing's from the City Council and local zoning board. When owners of some of the lots came forward to be reimbursed, Carter refused to give them their money.
  • Alluvial Amnesia: How Officials Imperil Communities by Downplaying Flood Risks

    Floodplain development, flood prediction and inter-agency coordination are the main themes of this investigation. "We uncovered documents proving that in their haste to approve plans for two public schools in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., state education officials ignored state emergency managers from another agency who cautioned that no adequate evacuation plans existed and that constriction should be halted. We also exposed flawed reasoning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used to argue that flood risks in the area were minimal. Reputable flood experts say as many as 20,000 homes have been constructed on flood-prone lands located near high mountain canyons.
  • Trouble on the Mississippi

    Audubon uncovers the truth that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been damming the Upper Mississippi River System close to the point of ecological ruin; the article also details the massive plot within the corps to expand it's works program by altering proposal data and expenses in order to green-light projects.
  • Dams in Distress

    Deseret News (Salt Lake City) reveals that more than half the dams above populated areas in Utah are unsafe; finds problems with dams are often ignored for years and little money is available to fix the dams.