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  • Appalachia: Hollow Promises

    A six-month investigation by the Columbus Dispatch revealed that "billions of federal tax dollars dedicated to helping struggling residents of Appalachia have missed their mark in the core of the impoverished region." The newspaper found that the federal dollars have "bypassed the most impoverished part of the region: the still-distressed core of Appalachia in eastern Kentucky, southwest Ohio and West Virginia."
  • Early Childhood: A Growing Concern (series)

    A four-month Courier-Journal investigation revealed that 260,000 of Kentucky's poorest children under the age of five are "especially vulnerable to failure in school and beyond if they are not well-fed, nutured and given quality care early in life." Among the investigation's findings was "the average quality of Kentucky's 2,000 child-care centers are poor", most child-care centers violated state regulations concerning staffing or saftey and "the number of state inspectors for child-care centers is far below that recommended by the national accrediting organization."
  • Welfare Dilemma in Eastern Kentucky (Series)

    The Lousiville, KY Courier-Journal's three part series telling how: "former welfare recipients in Appalachia don't find work, or they get jobs that don't pay a living wage. Weak child-support enforcement in Kentucky is making it harder for mothers and their children to escape welfare. Welfare recipients in Eastern Kentucky may have a harder time finding work in coming years because its job growth is expected to trail other regions. Prosecuting fathers who don't pay child support is necessary in some cases, but other options are important too."
  • An American Sweatshop

    This article investigates Lion Apparel, a sewing factory in Beattyville, Kentucky. According to employee accounts, the factory fits the definition of a sweatshop as specified by municipal laws that ban using public funds to buy from such places. The factory produces military uniforms for its main client, the U. S. government.
  • Welfare Dilemma in Eastern Kentucky

    The reporter examined welfare reform and welfare to work policies in eastern Kentucky. The series contains interviews with a single mother, a deadbeat dad, and employers who hire former welfare recipients.
  • Where was the ABC?

    A three-month investigation by the Courier-Journal found that the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has failed to protect consistently the public from bars, clubs and package stores that break the law. The ABC has been so lax and disorganized that some liquor law violators -- even those repeatedly sold to minors -- haven't been punished swiftly or severely. The ABC has failed to inspect some liquor license holders for years; as a result serious violations have gone unpunished. Enforcement has been hampered by friction within the ABC.
  • Boone County Building Inspectors

    An investigation of the Chief Building Inspector in Boone County, whose department is responsible for the safe construction of all homes and businesses in the fastest growing county in Kentucky. The I-Team found the chief inspector jeopardizes public safety by overlooking code violations designed to keep us safe, and we showed his conduct in office includes tampering with pubic documents, doing favors for friends and family.
  • Airport Security - Behind the Scenes

    WCPO's investigation "uncovered major holes in airport security, behind the scenes where the public can't see. (It) found a Delta subcontractor called Intex Aviation, employing hundreds of people in high security jobs at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, DID NOT always do the required background checks.... (The undercover) investigation revealed that almost anyone could be hired, and once hired, it would be possible to sabotage a plane."
  • Big Tobacco: The Quiet Clout Behind UK Research Institute

    For 26 years, the University of Kentucky Tobacco and Health Research Institute operated with little scrutiny as it spent $82 million in public funds conducting research "toward proving or disproving questions of health hazards to tobacco users." The Courier-Journal found that despite claims of independence, the institute has close ties to the tobacco industry. (July 29-31, 1996)
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    Micheal Westerman was a rowdy nineteen-year - old who drove around Todd County, Kentucky, with a Confederate flag flying from his pickup. One evening while driving to Nashville Westerman was chased by two cars full of black teenagers and shot by Freddie Morrow, a passenger of one of the vehicles. Now what was probably just an expression of rebellion has spiraled out of control as white supremacy groups proclaim Westerman to be their latest martyr and race relations, in the Todd County and the surrounding areas, rage. (March 1996)