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  • Russian River Flooding

    The Press Democrat found that "$6 million dollars in federal grants intended to protect homes along the Russian River from flooding has been spent, in large part, on houses least in danger of flooding and on property owners least in need of money."
  • Rationed Care

    The Star-Telegram looks at problems flooding the taxpayer-funded hospital system in Tarrant County, Texas. The three-part series reveals that unjustified income requirements have cut off uninsured residents from subsidized treatment. Patients have to be poorer than in other urban counties in the state in order to receive non-emergency care and prescription drugs at discount. Other findings include that funding is not reaching patient care, but is "rather being diverted to other, unnecessary items such as construction, renovation and acquisition of building space." Administrators have been slow to add basic services, and a shortage of doctors and supplies has severely hurt patient care.
  • New Jersey fails to protect its wetlands

    The Atlantic City Press reveals how weak enforcement has made "a mockery out of the county's toughest wetlands law." The major findings are that "the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection took forever to resolve cases" and that "penalties were so light that it made economic sense for wetland violators to take their chances." Violators often filled wetlands illegally and this resulted in flooding of the adjacent houses. Another finding is that a state agency created to develop new wetlands has done nothing over the 13 years of its existence.
  • The Foreign Game

    The Dayton Daily News investigates the growing number of foreign athletes at high schools in and around Dayton. The investigation reveals that "a sophisticated and often secret network of sports agents, coaches and middlemen are flooding American high schools and colleges with foreign athletes. The network, frequently using deception to conceal violations of high-school and college athletic regulations, is driven by schools hungry for championships, by foreign athletes desperate to live in America, and by sports agents poised to make millions should a single grateful player become a star."
  • Damage Control; Out of Control

    This two-part series on flooding in Houston looks at the relationship between development, city government and the city's flooding problem. City government continues to use outdated flood plans that allow developers to build where they shouldn't, digging inadequate detention ponds and failing to tell homeowners in flood plains that they might want to buy flood insurance.
  • A Flood of Problems

    A Columbia Missourian investigation reveals the neglect of local city and county officials in planning and handling storm water floods amidst new development. Boone County and city of Columbia systems for handling planning subdivisions place "little emphasis on storm water's potential to cause flooding or damage water quality."
  • Russian mob

    KIRO Team 7 investigates how Russian organized crime has taken control of Washington's salvaged auto industry. Russian criminals are flooding the city's used-car market with poorly rebuilt, dangerous vehicles, and are duping consumers out of millions dollars of year, the story reveals. Reporters went undercover to document the criminal structure.
  • The Trouble With Dams

    More than 100,000 dams regulate American rivers and creeks, Atlantic Monthly reports. But the progress which dams epitomized has been called into question by experts. Making rivers navigable for barges costs taxpayers millions in subsidies, which often benefits the largest companies the most. Lobbyists have kept these subsidies high. Damage is also done by flooding that occurs as a result of dams. The environment suffers many different kinds of reactions. "If water policy gets dragged kicking and screaming into the age of limits, we'll probably find we have more than enough water to go around," the magazine reports.
  • River at Risk: Focus on the Illinois

    This series of articles examines the Illinois River and the threat to transportation and aquatic life by increasingly frequent flooding and serious siltation The sediment accumulating at the bottom of the river causes barges and casino riverboats to get stuck and has contributed to the decline of river-bottom plants.
  • State Fails to Inspect large Dams; State begins checks of NE Iowa dams

    A Des Moines Register investigation revealed that "state officials have failed to inspect major dams across Iowa since 1990 despite a state law requiring such checks."