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    Kentucky Post (Covington) documents the pervasive abuse of politics in the state's schools; shows the state's most respected leaders in education use their positions of power to hire friends, and school board members use school employees to help them campaign for re-election, June 22 - July 2, 1988.
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    Kentucky Post (Covington) reveals the Newport Housing Authority spent $100,000 to send staff and board members to numerous cities across the country; shows the authority was in trouble with federal officials due to high vacancy rates and unfinished projects, April 24 - 26, 1988.
  • Winning at any Cost

    Courier-Journal investigates Kentucky elections and finds vote-buying, illicit cash, influence peddling, poor regulation and public apathy, Oct. 11-18, 1987.
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    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader documents that Kentucky's largest electric utility overcharged its customers for the past ten years, passing on excess coal costs; favors or kickbacks from coal suppliers, as well as incompetent management, cronyism and poor regulation, may have contributed to costs, May 11-12, 1986.
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    Courier-Journal looks into the investment firm of Dr. Bill Collins, husband of Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins, and finds that nearly half the investors in the firm have ties to the state, such as contracts or appointments, June 1, 1986.
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    Courier-Journal devotes a special section to an examination of indoor pollution in Kentucky and southern Indiana; the paper examines national studies and runs thousands of tests on indoor air, drinking water and food in homes and businesses across the region, Sept. 15, 1985.
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    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader publishes articles on widespread booster payoffs to University of Kentucky basketball players and illegal recruiting methods used by a number of universities, Oct. 27 - 28, 1985.
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    Courier-Journal (Louisville) series examines Kentucky's system of care for the mentally ill; explores the jails, community mental-health agencies, the state hospitals, a look at Wisconsin's mental-health system--one of the most progressive in the country--and a personalized look at the troubled lives of the mentally ill, December 1983.
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    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader documents that Kentucky's Tobacco and Health Research Institute wasted millions of dollars on unnecessary and unpublished research and unneeded supplies; steered away from research on smoking and health; allocated research funds on the basis of politics, not science, March 1982.
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    Courier-Journal series, "Nobody's Watching," finds Kentucky Medical Licensure Board a paper tiger; board made little effort to find dangerous doctors; forgets about the few cases it initiated; allows doctors to keep licenses after going to prison, July 1982.