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  • Trouble in the Walls: Contaminated Chinese Drywall

    Drywall from China, which has been contaminated, could become one of the” largest consumer disasters in US history”. Gases being released from the drywall are “corroding wires, air conditioners and shorting out electronics, and suspected of causing health problems like severe headaches, respiratory ailments, asthma attacks and nosebleeds”. Many homeowners can’t afford to move and would never be able to sell their homes, so they are trapped with nowhere to turn.
  • Stimulus Coverage

    This series demonstrates how the stimulus money is really being spent. Instead of using the money to “jump-start the economy” and create a number of jobs, New York used the money for a number of unnecessary projects. Some of these projects include making pamphlets describing pollution cleanup, promotional road signs, and in doubt research projects. The money needed to be used on projects such as pollution cleanup and road construction to help the community facilitate the economy.
  • Taj Mahal on the Trinity

    "This story dealt with the out-of-control construction costs of public county community college urban campus." Also, the errors made by the district, the demands for more money, and failure to oversee the project until the costs estimates were up to "half-billion dollars with less than one-third of the project complete." Further, a great deal of citizens turned against the project, due to the large amount of taxpayer dollars being used.
  • Cowboys of Kabul

    US Protection and Investigations, a company owned by a Texas couple named Del and Barbara Spier, was, until recently, one of the largest security operations in Afghanistan. The company oversaw security of reconstruction projects but secured no-bid contracts, submitted false invoices, hired men from a notorious Afghan warlord, paid off militants and demonstrated many other corrupt actions. "The Cowboys of Kabul" details the actions of these and other corrupt contractors in America's war on terror.
  • The Earmark Nobody Wanted

    Alaska Congressman Don Young committed $10 million of taxpayer funds to aid a highway project in South Florida, over 5,000 miles away. Young had a personal and financial relationship with a landowner who would have gained from the highway's construction.
  • A Slippery Slope

    The series examines a Boston sidewalk that has led to accessibility issues for people with disabilities.
  • Subtraction by Addition: A watchdog report on MPS' failed construction program

    The series focused on a failed $102 million neighborhood school building program to add classrooms, gyms, libraries, labs and entire schools for Milwaukee schoolchildren. The investigation found that tens of millions of dollars of classrooms added since 2001 sit empty or severely underused.
  • Rio Nuevo Audit

    The series was the first audit for the general public of how much money Tucson has spent time from its Rio Nuevo redevelpment fund to revitalize Downtown. This was the first time the public learned how much money was spent,w hat the money was spent on and who received it. The results produced outrage from residents over the waste of tax dollars on studies, public relations, travel and projects that stalled or were canceled.
  • Tons of Questions

    After wildfires destroyed 365 homes in San Diego, the city rushed to enter contracts with two companies to haul away mounds of potentially toxic debris. The Union-Tribune investigated and found that the contractors, A.J. Diani Construction C. of Santa Maria and Watsonville-based Granite Construction Co., claimed to haul far more rubble than privately hired companies did from comparable lots, failed to provide accurate documentation of how many tons they removed and billed the city millions more than stated in their contracts.
  • Nail Gun Safety Under Fire

    There were years of warnings about dangerous nail gun models that went ignored as injuries using the tool soared, especially when using the automatic firing mode.