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  • Seattle Times: State Gives Driver's License Information to Immigration Authorities

    The Seattle Times revealed Washington state was regularly giving out personal driver’s-license information to immigration officers – just for the asking -- despite the governor’s vow not to cooperate with President Donald Trump’s enforcement agenda. The information was used by the federal government to arrest and deport people. The revelation led to major changes in how the state handles information.
  • KLAS: Driving Ms. Rezsetar

    These stories highlight problems at the top of the Health District, including a Chief that lives out of state, and a top enforcement officer with a suspended driver's license and a bench warrant. After the stories the enforcement chief was fired and an investigation was opened into the head of the health agency.
  • Black Out in the Black Belt

    The eyes of the world again turned to some Alabama's most neglected residents when Gov. Bentley announced in September the closures of driver's license offices. Our staff jumped into immediate action in uncovering the pattern of race and poverty in these actions, sounding an alarm picked up around the civilized world. "It's not just a civil rights violation," wrote investigative columnist John Archibald. "It is not just a public relations nightmare. It is not just an invitation for worldwide scorn and an alarm bell to the Justice Department. It is an affront to the very notion of justice in a nation where one man one vote is as precious as oxygen."
  • Driving with suspended license top crime in Menlo Park, many lose cars

    Over 4.4 million Californians have suspended driver’s licenses simply because they can’t afford to pay a traffic ticket. We chronicled the impact on everyday people and showed how minorities are affected disproportionately, focusing on the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park, with populations representing the very affluent and the very poor.
  • "A License To Lose"

    This investigative report reveals weaknesses in security in the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, as well as in the BMVs of two nearby states. WBNS-TV found that hundreds of social security and registration papers were being discarded in unsecured trash receptacles. The report also reveals that the BMV was aware of the security breach two years prior to the occurrence, but failed to do anything about the issue.
  • Who's Driving Your Kids?

    KOMO investigated rumors of school bus drivers behind the wheel without valid driver's licenses. The school district operates on the honor system, relying on drivers to tell their superiors about moving infractions.
  • Teens at the Wheel

    A special report by the Tribune examines the dangers of poorly trained teenage drivers. Photos of 59 Chicago-area teens who died in car accidents in the year 2006 are included in the package, which also has graphics and charts detailing the locations and numbers of deaths. Individual stories include police views, the grief of families whose children died, what some parents and young people are doing to raise awareness of the need to drive intelligently, and Illinois lawmakers' push for new laws regarding how to obtain and keep a driver's license.
  • May I See Some Identification? The Real ID Act will change current New Mexico driver's license laws and could pose a serious threat to civil liberties

    The author investigates the impact that the Real ID Act, which mandates a federal ID card system, could have on New Mexico. The author explores the ways that the new law could affect immigration, civil liberties, and states rights. The author focuses specifically on how the law will affect New Mexico's illegal immigrants, because the bill nullifies a current state law that allows illegal immigrants to legally receive a New Mexico driver's license.
  • State Land Deal

    Real estate developers used their close contacts to Polk County and Des Moines city officials to buy publicly subsidized land outside the city for little money, and then sell it back for an 866 percent profit. Part of the land was then used by the county to build a new driver's license renewal office. However, since it was the only one in the county, the public not only paid an 866 percent mark-up for the land, but also must now travel farther, at greater inconvenience, in order to visit the office.
  • The Devil Next Door

    Glenna Whitley investigated allegations against Doug Havard, a former Southern Methodist University student who is accused of turning Perkins Dorm into a crime ring by selling counterfeit driver's licenses, stealing electronics and selling drugs. Whitley interviewed Meghan Bodson, who claims that Havard drugged her with GHB and raped her. Bodson, who eventually left SMU, filed a lawsuit against the university for failing to properly investigate Havard's background and also for allowing him to remain at the university for three months after she exposed his crimes to officials.