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  • The Weather Channel Digital: Exodus: The Climate Migration Crisis

    Exodus: The Climate Migration Crisis looks at a complicated problem that is of staggering importance, putting human faces on a truly global issue. The Weather Channel Digital and its partners told stories of climate migration as documentaries, photo essays and in-depth articles, and also asked individuals to weigh in with their personal experiences and professional analysis. The result is a rich, subtle and, frankly, upsetting look at a moment when humanity is frustratingly unprepared for the changes it's already wrought in the world.
  • Border Patrol

    We believe this is the most extensive investigation on the U.S. border conducted by a Sunday news program in 2016. We begin by revealing one of the biggest issues that’s gotten lost in the debate over illegal immigration: the disturbing increase in drug smuggling. In Border Control, we find evidence that our southern border is not under U.S. control. In Tunnel Vision, we expose some of the underground tunnels that cartels have used to smuggle drugs and people into the U.S. In Bordertown, USA, we provide an unusual profile of a U.S. border town so influenced by illegal smugglers and drugs, that the culture has worked its way into the fabric of daily life: Douglas, Arizona. In Crossing the Line, we take an eye opening look at the corruption inside U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And in Cuban Exodus, we exclusively reveal the “mind-boggling” number of Cubans surging across the Mexican border into the U.S.
  • Ghost Panels

    The VA continues to struggle to deliver timely, quality, healthcare to veterans despite the publicity and subsequent reforms initiated by the 2014 scandal. Case in point:The VA medical system in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It's where 30 year old Ross Cameron bounced from one physician to another as he desperately tried to get help for a deep depression and PTSD. He wife says he never got the full attention he needed. Then one day he took his own life by driving into a tree at a hundred miles an hour. The St. Cloud VA is also where Doug Larson nearly died because a provider made a huge mistake. This series of reports documents the turmoil within the hospital which triggered an exodus of physicians and nurses, and the impact the staffing shortages are having on veterans healthcare.
  • Our Financial Mess

    The series explores the confluence of factors led Memphis to the brink of financial disaster: the city's mass exodus and population loss over 40 years, its aggressive and expensive growth-by-annexation policy, its overly generous pension and health benefit packages for employees, the overwhelming costs of public safety. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/investigations/our-financial-mess-365655741.html
  • Who’s to blame for El Salvador’s gang violence?

    While countless news outlets rushed to cover protests against the flood of Central American migrants crossing into the United States this past summer, NewsHour Weekend took a different approach. They launched an investigation into why an estimated 230,000 Central Americans felt the need to flee countries like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their investigation, which focused on El Salvador, revealed that the current mass exodus of Salvadorans has actually been thirty years in the making. It was fueled by a combination of American foreign policy decisions in the 1980’s and an act of congress in the mid 1990’s. The story ultimately raises questions about United States culpability in the current predicament.
  • Mexodus

    The story provides an in depth look at the violence-driven exodus of the Mexican professionals, businessmen and middle class families to the U.S. and safer parts of Mexico. Major findings include sourcing of estimates of those displaced by the violence.
  • Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus

    Ojito relates her story of growing up in Cuba in the 1960's-70's, under Fidel Castro's government, and leaving Cuba in the 1980 Mariel boatlift when she was 16. She tells how the role of ordinary people in the boatlift managed to change the history of Cuba, South Florida and the U.S., as, she claims, President Carter partly lost the reelection because of the boatlift. She tells how although the White House attempted to deter the boatlift, Cubans came together to flee Cuba and arrive in Key West.
  • Critical Condition

    An investigation into the deterioration of the quality of medical care in the Cincinnati area. Ten years ago, four of the city's biggest corporate giants--Proctor & Gamble, General Electric, Kroger and Cincinnati Bell--were looking to cut their insurance costs, so they made deals with local hospitals and doctors to accept much lower reimbursement rates or pay. What followed was an exodus of doctors, a difficulty in recruiting new doctors to the area, hospital closures and cutbacks, and long waits for appointments.
  • High School Choice: The impact of student flight on schools of last resort; From excellence to exodus, Harlan strives for rebirth; Why Kids Flee

    In a three-part computer-assisted investigation Catalyst reveals that, as "Chicago's public high schools have become a system of choice, ... high schools in high-poverty neighborhood ... are left with predominantly low-achieving kids and a disproportionate share of special education students." In the first part Duffrin analyses school-board data, and concludes that schools left behind have hard time attracting good students and teachers. As a result, their average test scores have been dropping over the years. In the second part the reporter focuses on one school's decline, and on its attempts to recover. The third part "explains why parents and students avoid certain schools."
  • Workers' Compensation Rates Drop for Six Years Since Law Change: But Neither Employers Nor Workers Are Satisfied

    Two articles in this four-story package about the Arkansas insurance industry discuss changes in worker's compensation insurance. Six years after Arkansas overhauled its statutes relating to workers' comp. with passage of Act 796, premiums have dropped by an average of 35 percent. And while the state's work force has climbed over those years, indemnity claims have dropped, from 20,000 in 1993 to an estimated 13,000 in 2000. "Meanwhile, trial lawyers representing injured employees warn that the industry has been propped up on the backs of the state's workers." A second article details the claims by a former workers comp judge that she was fired for being "too fair." In a third article, Friedman writes that an exodus of health insurance carriers from the state has caused several small-business owners to fret. Finally, a fourth piece discusses the bankruptcy of Hagan Industries, Arkansas' second-largest insurance carrier.