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  • The final days of Laura and Walton

    Laura Connell believed she was going to lose custody of her only child, Walton, despite years of abuse at the hands of her child’s father. After coming to Delaware to escape the abuse and appealing to the Delaware courts, it appeared she was still going to have to turn over her son to his father. She never did – instead killing first him and then herself on the morning of her family court hearing. Hundreds of pages of court documents, medical records and other records provided both by Laura herself and the courts detail the abuse and claims Laura said never reached a judge or were taken seriously. The story explains why mothers kill their children and what can drive parents to commit murder- suicide in a world in which we often lack those answers.
  • Buried without a name - The untold story of Europe’s drowned migrants

    This project sought to quantify the number of migrants who had died travelling to Europe between 2014 and May 2016 and who had then been buried in an unmarked grave, with no one able to identify them.
  • 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.
  • 50,000 volts of controversy

    A review of local law enforcement records showed that use of stun guns by police has soared and that misuse was apparent in some cases.
  • State of Secrecy II

    State of Secrecy II is a follow-up of a statewide open records audit that was made 7 years ago. The current report looks at what changes have been made to make it easier for common citizens to have access to public information. The investigaton found that the open records law was still being violated, and citizens were usually unaware of the law.
  • Fraud often brings light sentences: North America's white collar felons routinely get slap on wrist

    In an analysis of data procured from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse in Syracuse University, the News discovers how white collar professionals charged with felony are often let go with a slap on the wrist. Those convicted of simple drug possession, in the meanwhile, face disproportionately long sentences.
  • Defenseless: How Indiana children die needlessly

    The Indianapolis Star series "examined the deaths of children who died from abuse and neglect to learn not just how--but why--they died. The major finding: State officials had in recent years vastly underreported the number of deaths from mistreatment."
  • An Atomic Veteran's Story

    From the contest questionnaire: "The series tells the story of Jim Lyerly, a sailor who took part in nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s." The Daily Press finds the government's official version, which claims Lyerly and his shipmates aboard the USS Walton "were exposed to only paltry amounts of radiation," is wrong. Other findings are that the government set radiation standards without regard to what is actually dangerous; atomic veterans with numbers of ailments were told they had not been sufficiently exposed to qualify for compensation; records of actual testing appeared to be missing.
  • Drunk At The Wheel: A Battle Not Won

    The Indianapolis Star reports on a Richard Sallee, a judge who had twice as many aquittals in drunken driving cases than other judges; on defense attorneys for drunken drivers who also work as judges hearing druken driving cases; the drop in conviction and the continuation in casualties; the ability of convicted drunken drivers to avoid jail time; and the battle over reducing legal drinking limits.
  • Faith Betrayed

    The reporters spent eight months investigating allegations of widespread sexual abuse and misconduct by priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana.