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    The American Journal investigates military recruiters who are enlisting unqualified people in order to meet quotas and helping applicants hide evidence that would keep applicants out of the service. The Journal sends undercover applicants to 14 recruiters in New York City, Los Angeles and Kentucky. (May 11, 1995)
  • Crisis in Kentucky

    Doctors and most others think medical malpractice suits are a major factor behind rising health-care costs, but the Herald-Leader found that the numbers don't add up. A computer-assisted investigation found that doctors are rarely socked with multimillion dollar judgments and a small group of doctors who have lost or settled more than one malpractice claim is responsible for nearly a third of all payments during the last five years.
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    The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) uncovers serious abuses in Kentucky's system for treatment of juvenile offenders, including the mistreatment of youths entrusted by the courts to the state Cabinet for Human Resources. The investigation finds the state failed to stop or adequately investigate such cases of physical and mental abuse; and failed to identify and terminate physically abusive employees. Reorganization of juvenile justice system promised after publication, 1994.
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    The Louisville Courier-Journal reveals that more drugs containing codeine were sold per person in Kentucky than in any other state; the series also reveals that the state is a hotbed of prescription-drug abuse, complete with pill-pushing doctors, drug-seeking patients and lax oversight and enforcement. Evidence of drug abuse was found in the Medicaid program, even though most irregularities are not investigated. One of the doctors profiled in the series became the subject of a criminal investigation, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 1994.
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    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader runs a nine-part series on rampant abuses of power in Kentucky counties; findings include nepotism, questionable contracts, conflicts of interests, inequities in which roads are paved and a system of local government tailored to the needs of officials rather than taxpayers, March 3, 1994.
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    U.S. News & World Report reports on the rise of crime and violence in schools across the United States; finds that a change in adolescent attitudes toward life and the lives of others is fueling the rise in violence; profiles one case where a rural Kentucky youth killed his teacher and a school janitor after reading a Stephen King book, Nov. 8, 1993. # NY Toch Gest Guttman
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    Lexington (Kent.) Herald-Leader profiles the problem of child sexual abuse in the state of Kentucky; examines what happens to those who abuse children and finds that many are not punished; looks at what measures the state and law enforcement officials can take to prevent much of the abuse, December 1991. # KY Langfitt
  • Twice Abused

    Lexington (Kent.) Herald-Leader runs series about sexual abuse of children, looking at the problems faced by prosecutors attempting to address the problem, how social services fail to protect children, abusers get light sentences; conducts statewide poll and finds 20 percent of adults in Kentucky were abused sexually as children.
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    Evansville (Ind.) Courier reports on the causes behind the crash of a Kentucky Air National Guard plane, a C-130, in Evansville; blames pilot inexperience; military was reluctant to share information on the crash, calling it "sensitive," February - August 1992.
  • The Humana Cost

    ABC PrimeTime Live looks at the giant for-profit hospital chain, Humana Corporation, and finds the chain marks up more than half its items over 400 percent; Humana has a great deal of political influence in the state of Kentucky, and uses that influence against its critics, Aug. 8 and 15, 1991.