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  • Nevada DUI

    This investigation found a number of frightening facts, which could change many lives. One of the first findings is “judges have not been following a 1997 law that requires them to order the installation of interlock devices for all offenders convicted of DUIs causing death or substantial bodily harm.” Also, many previous offenders were convicted of a second DUI and had blood alcohol levels (BACs) considered of those with an alcohol abuse problem. Further, found that DUI offenders released from prison didn’t have their licenses restricted for three years after the conviction.
  • Road Hazards

    Drivers with "poor safety records and histories of drug and alcohol abuse," poorly inspected and maintained trucks and lax enforcement of safety laws are the main problems affecting the truck driving industry in the state of Texas. The Dallas Morning News investigates, spurred by the case of Miroslaw Jozwiak, a trucker who falsified his log reports before causing a fatal accident, which he survived. The stories of those who perished in the crash are told, as are those of the people who survived the crash.
  • Cruise Booze

    Serious crimes and even the deaths of passengers can occur in the alcohol-friendly environment of a cruise line. A hidden camera investigation shows that ships do not follow their own alcohol policies, make a large profit from sales, and do little to prevent alcohol abuse.
  • At KCPL Doctors say the darnedest things to injured workers. Get to work!

    This story details an employee's experience with Kansas City Power and Light after getting injured on the job. KCPL is not required to pay specialists so care of injured workers unless a company-approved doctor refers a patient to the specialists, and injured workers don't feel the company has their best interests in mind. For example, KCPL sent this employee to a doctor who was on probation for alcohol abuse during his treatment, and had a malpractice lawsuit against him.
  • Sobering the Waters

    Governing reports that "drunken boating kills hundreds of Americans every year. But the logistics of dealing with it aren't easy to handle." The story reveals that DUI laws are difficult to enforce when it comes to boating.
  • Captain WOW: When is Mental State Of a Pilot Grounds for Grounding Him?

    The Wall Street Journal reports on the case of a pilot, Capt. Witter, diagnosed with personal disorder. "The Witter case, offering a look inside the normally closed world of the cockpit shows just how difficult it can be to decide whether a pilot is mentally fit to fly. Of 5.066 pilot groundings for medical reasons in the past two years, 915 involved psychological or psychiatric disorders."
  • First. tell no one

    This series are an investigation into how the state's medical licensing and discipline agency works in tandem with the private Medical Society of New Jersey to keep impaired and incompetent doctors in practice, and much of their history secret.
  • Juvenile Justice

    Tulsa World reports on how Oklahoma juvenile criminals are evaluated, treated and returned to society. The findings are based on public records, court databases and "unprecedented access to the juvenile court and treatment process," the authors report. One story describes a highly successful program, called STARS, for troubled youth. Another part of the series looks at the process of establishing a juvenile sex offender registry. Branstetter and Morgan conclude that " a brush with the law usually is enough to redirect a teenager in trouble."
  • Crime on Campus

    In this four-part series, advanced journalism students from the University of Connecticut examine rising crime statistics and the various new types of crime at the UConn campus at Storrs, CT. Using data from the university's police department and Uniform Crime Reports, reporters found that the UConn police department was greatly understaffed despite increasing student numbers and rising crime. They also discovered that problems such as poor dormitory security and underage alcohol abuse contributed to the increase in serious and violent crime on campus.
  • Reservation Crime is Out of Control

    The Argus Leader reports on the increasing crime rates on several South Dakota Indian reservations, rates that "surpasses crime in some of America's major metropolitan cities." Officials believe most of the crime is due to alcohol abuse. "In 1998, Pine Ridge authorities made 9,000 arrests for public drunkenness-roughly one for every five residents and made another 780 arrests for drunken driving. . .Tribal, state and federal officials stress that two other key factors contribute to crime: Extraordinarily high unemployment rates . . . and huge numbers of people living in poverty." Reporter Lee Williams examines these issues along with how local police officers and the community are trying to stop it.