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  • Children In Crisis

    “Kentucky leads the nation in its rate of children who die from neglect or abuse”. Many people missed the warning signs of abuse and these include social workers, family members, health professionals, and day care workers. Another factor into the problem was budget cuts, which wear down a system meant to protect children.
  • "It's Your Money"

    Several agencies in Kentucky that are funded by taxpayer money came under fire last year when the Herald-Leger revealed records of agency official's extravagant travel costs and other outrageous expenditures. The agencies, including the Lexington Public Library, the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities, were operating with "little oversight" until their excessive use of taxpayer money was exposed.
  • FOIA Package

    This is a series of stories that show how the Courier Journal used FOIA requests to report on various problems in the Kentucky government and police systems.
  • Leonard Lawson

    State taxes payers were forced to pay tens of millions of dollars because of the influence of blacktop contractors over the Kentucky Department of Highways. The man who headed the largest blacktop monopoly was Leonard Lawson who was indicted on charges of bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
  • Why 66?

    "The newspaper found that government-commissioned studies of Interstate highway 66 (in Southern Kentucky) are either outdated or flawed, and the key findings of those studies have been distorted by project supporters to buttress their case for the road."
  • University of Louisville let Steve Henry go after work complaints

    "The story outlined the reasons Dr. Steve Henry, a former Kentucky lieutenant governor and a candidate for governor and U.S. Senate, was no longer practicing medicine at the University of Louisville's hospital. Henry had essentially been fired after surgical residents working under him complained he repeatedly missed surgical procedures he was supposed to supervise and on several occasions was not available while on call."
  • Selling a Dream, Buying a Nightmare

    Over a period of two decades, investors in Kentucky-based oil and gas well development and securities firm Robo Enterprises, Inc. "lost more than 95 percent of everything they invested, in amounts approaching $100 million." Meanwhile, the company continued to make money even as its drilling operations brought in less and less money. Yet, Kentucky securities regulators dragged their feet on taking action even as the complaints began to mount.
  • I Dunnit

    Kentucky prison inmate James Mullins was looking at spending more than 25 years behind bars for theft and burglary charges. When a 19-year-old woman turned up murdered in Arizona, he "confessed" to the crime, which had taken place 2,000 miles from him and which he obviously had not committed. He said he hoped that Kentucky police would drop the theft charges and send him to Arizona to stand trial for murder, for which he would be exonerated since no evidence connecting him to the murder existed. Police discovered the inconsistencies in his story, and it turned out that the slain woman was actually a victim of the Baseline Killer, a serial murderer who had terrorized the area. Reporter Paul Rubin tells the story of Mullins' deception, which included a fellow inmate receiving clemency for his false testimony regarding Mullins.
  • The McConnell Machine

    The Herald-Leader investigates U.S. Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, whose campaign fundraising has reached impressive levels to the tune of $220 million, largely on behalf of fellow Republican senators. As the 2006 mid-term elections approached, McConnell was seen as a likely contender for Senate Majority leader, should the Republicans retain control (they did not, and he is now Senate Minority Leader). Anticipating this news, the Herald-Leader "examined McConnell's 22-year record of aggressive fundraising, cozy ties with top donors and related actions in the Senate." The newspaper found that McConnell benefited from his "influence over a little-known foreign aid committee; his marriage to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who regulates his corporate donors; and a former McConnell chief of staff turned Washington "gatekeeper lobbyist," whose clients tend to receive appropriations earmarks and helpful legislation from McConnell." McConnell has gained a reputation as an opponent of campaign-finance reform.
  • Ralph Annis

    The Herald-Leader tracked down a convicted killer who escaped from a Kentucky prison in 1990 and was living in Texas under an assumed name. The stories document a 28-year saga from the 1978 murder to Annis' return to a Kentucky prison.