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  • Seafood From Slaves

    The Associated Press team uncovered a slave island and relentlessly exposed horrific labor abuses in Thailand's $7 billion annual seafood export industry. During their year-long investigation, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan tied seafood caught and processed by trapped workers to the supply chains of almost every major U.S. retailer including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Sysco and Nestle. The reporters used images from space to track down runaway slave ships in Papua New Guinea and dug up loopholes in federal law allowing imports to continue unchecked. When Thailand¹s government said the abuses all occur in foreign territory, the journalists focused on factories just outside its capital, Bangkok where they found children and poor migrants locked inside and forced to peel shrimp. Tapping AP colleagues in all 50 states and eight countries, they documented how those seafood supply chains spread around the world.
  • Wal-Mart Abroad: How a Retail Giant Fueled Growth With Bribes

    Part One revealed how Wal-Mart’s highest executives shut down an internal investigation that had uncovered strong evidence of systemic bribery by Wal-Mart’s largest foreign subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico. As a result, authorities were never notified and no one was punished. Instead, the executive identified as the driving force behind years of bribery was promoted to vice chairman of Wal-Mart. Part Two offered an in depth examination of precisely how Wal-Mart de Mexico used bribes to accelerate its growth. The article described Wal-Mart as “an aggressive and creative corrupter” in Mexico, and it focused on how Wal-Mart paid more than $200,000 in bribes to build a single supermarket in the town of Teotihuacán, not far from two ancient pyramids.
  • Moonlighting deputies funnel cash to sheriff

    Deputies working off-duty paid details at places such as Walgreens and Wal-Mart all pay Sheriff Marlin Gusman one dollar for every hour they work, providing Gusman with about $100,000 in discretionary money each year. Gusman, who often pleads penury in running his office, uses the detail money to throw parties for his staff and hire cheerleaders -- such expenditure is illegal, the Attorney General's Office has opined.
  • Wrongful Arrest?

    On a tip that a viewer's 74-year-old father was in jail for a string of Wal-Mart robberies he did not commit, KCTV investigated the challenge of righting a conviction wrong when found on the wrong side of the law.
  • Kids and Cadmium: Dangers Exposed

    After U.S. lawmakers barred toy manufacturers from using lead in their products, they began replacing that ingredient with cadmium. Products containing the equally as dangerous ingredient were on the shelves of many national chain stories, including Wal-mart. The reporter shows evidence that Wal-Mart knew some of its products were contaminated and had no plans to stop selling them.
  • Wal-Mart Goes to Washington

    This report offers a glimpse at how corporate America needs to pay lots of money to have influence in Washington. What makes this story stand out from others about how Washington works are videotapes of Wal-Mart's internal meetings where company executives pass the hat looking for money from store managers for Wal-Mart's political action committee. The videotapes actually show the viewer that Wal-Mart understands what they are getting for their contributions to legislators.
  • A Sudden Explosion

    Millions of red, consumer gas cans are sold each year and stored in homes across America. Most people know that gas can be dangerous, but they don't think of the cans as ticking time bombs. The report looks at several gas can explosion and the children who were severely burned.
  • Corporate Espionage

    Former CIA and MI5 spies were closely related to the Washington law firm Barbour Griffith and Rogers. Wal-Mart's Ken Senser was a CIA and FBI agent and was found to be involved in the company's 2007 wiretapping incident.
  • Three Commentaries

    The Memphis Daily News' Lindsay Jones turns her eyes on many topics in these commentaries. First, she writes about a woman who had brain surgery years ago, and her attempts to cope with the after-effects now she has no insurance coverage. Jones contrasts this with Governor Phil Bredesen's "illness from a suspected tick bite and his trip to the vaunted Mayo Clinic." Also, Jones writes of the midterm Senate race pitting Harold Ford, Jr. against Bob Corker; and also the experience of being a Wal-Mart shopper.
  • Wal-Mart Investigative Coverage

    Wal-Mart was exposed for trying to influence public opinion, mostly the state and local politics. One couple, Jim and Laura, were compensated by Wal-Mart as they took a trip across the nation and visited each store on their way from Georgia to Las Vegas. Wal-Mart gave the couple free gas money and food as they talked to its employees at each store and discovered that all the workers were happy with their work and have a love for Wal-Mart. But there was a speculation that the couple's trip was put together by the people at Wal-Mart's headquarters in Arkansas.