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  • Corruption in the Cumberland

    For a year, the News4 I-Team investigated political corruption in the Upper Cumberland area of Middle Tennessee. The investigation has resulted in two criminal investigations into mayors, the termination of the head of a government agency, a state investigation, a state audit, a federal lawsuit and the payback of taxpayer dollars.
  • Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Investigating DCS

    This in-depth investigation uncovered serious safety concerns inside Dallas County Schools (DCS), a government agency responsible for transporting more than 75,000 students to school each day in the Dallas Fort Worth area. http://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/Dallas-County-Schools-Investigative-Series-401118835.html
  • Dangers in the Deep

    The story explored how the cost of dismantling run-down oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico had been ignored by both the regulators and the energy industry for decades. This September the responsible government agency reversed a dangerously lenient policy that had allowed the vast majority of operators forgo setting aside any financial collateral to pay for future so-called plugging and abandonment (P&A). Now companies in the Gulf have up to 9 months to find roughly $37 billion to meet these new P&A obligations.
  • Bias on the bench

    Florida legislators have struggled for 30 years to create an equitable justice system. But a Herald-Tribune investigation, involving an unprecedented analysis of tens of millions of electronic records, shows that black defendants are punished more severely than white defendants who commit the same crimes and have similar criminal backgrounds. Judges in Florida offer blacks fewer changes to avoid jail or scrub away felonies. They give blacks more time behind bars – sometimes double the sentences of whites. No news organization, university or government agency has ever done such a comprehensive investigation of sentences handed down by individual judges on a statewide scale. http://projects.heraldtribune.com/bias/
  • Dangerous Cargo

    CBS News exposes the role of a government agency in removing cargo pilots from national rest rules that could prevent deadly airplane accidents. https://vimeo.com/cbseveningnews/review/149908604/ef6230ae92
  • No Parking

    The City of Salt Lake is short millions of dollars in unpaid parking citations. The KSL Investigators dug around looking into the worst offenders, and found a government agency topping the list... several times over. More specifically, the United States Postal Service. They owe the city a lot of money and refuse to pay up. So, how are postal workers getting away with it?
  • The Secret Inside the Postal Service

    This is the secret inside the US Postal Service it did not want to talk about and used the real threat of arrest in its effort to kill the story. But what the News4 I-Team uncovered about sexual assaults happening within this massive government agency now has the US Inspector General’s Office investigating and Congress threatening hearings.
  • Death in Singapore

    “Death in Singapore”, an investigation by the Financial Times, made global headlines in 2013 and shone a spotlight on security and technology safeguards as well as the vulnerabilities of workers in the vast and competitive marketplace of commercial and defense research. An original and painstaking reporting effort, the story investigated the hanging of Shane Todd, a young American electronics engineer who feared his work with a government agency in Singapore was compromising US security. This classic example of long-form journalism became one of the most read stories ever on ft.com, receiving more than half a million page views. It triggered demands from US senators for a more robust examination about whether or why Todd may have killed himself as well as questions from the US State Department. The FBI was brought into the investigation – which the family had been asking for – after the FT report.
  • Public Records Law Extended to Private Prison Firm

    This article describes the culmination of five years of litigation by our publication's managing editor against Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation's largest for-profit prison company. Although CCA provides services exclusively reserved to government agencies (i.e. the incarceration of criminal offenders), and is paid with public taxpayer funds through government contracts, the company refused to comply with our request for records filed under Tennessee's public records law. Thus, PLN's managing editor, Alex Friedmann, filed suit against CCA in 2008. The company fought tenaciously in court, arguing that as a private entity it was not subject to the public records law. After two trips to the TN Court of Appeals, the deposition of CCA's general counsel and a denial of review by the TN Supreme Court, Friedmann achieved victory in 2013 and established new case law requiring CCA to comply with public records requests because it is the functional equivalent of a government agency.
  • TN Court of Appeals Rules Against CCA for Second Time in PLN Public Records Case

    This article describes the culmination of five years of litigation by our publication's managing editor against Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation's largest for-profit prison company. Although CCA provides services exclusively reserved to government agencies (i.e. the incarceration of criminal offenders), and is paid with public taxpayer funds through government contracts, the company refused to comply with our request for records filed under Tennessee's public records law. Thus, PLN's managing editor, Alex Friedmann, filed suit against CCA in 2008. The company fought tenaciously in court, arguing that as a private entity it was not subject to the public records law. After two trips to the TN Court of Appeals, the deposition of CCA's general counsel and a denial of review by the TN Supreme Court, Friedmann achieved victory in 2013 and established new case law requiring CCA to comply with public records requests because it is the functional equivalent of a government agency.