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  • Tangled up in debt

    In late 2017, The Hechinger Report began a deep dive into cosmetology education in Iowa, an education marketplace that has long eluded scrutiny and whose graduates comprise a poorly paid and “invisible” workforce. For-profit beauty schools have maintained a near-monopoly on the sector and kept state regulations to their liking, and where, despite the schools’ hefty price tags, student earnings years after graduation often remain low. The story was a collaboration with The New York Times.
  • APS employee drafted anti-solar letter signed by AZ congressmen

    A fight that’s been brewing for years between Arizona’s largest, monopoly energy utility and third-party solar companies has largely taken place behind the scenes or at the state’s energy regulating commission. But in late 2014, Arizona Public Service used its political connections to get members of Arizona’s congressional delegation to sign letters urging the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to scrutinize and possibly penalize the solar companies over allegations of wrongdoing. What was left out of the letters is that they were written by an Arizona Public Service employee, and that the utility had also previously pumped tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign coffers of those congressmen and congresswomen. The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting used digital breadcrumbs combined with traditional shoe-leather reporting to uncover this classic case of pay-to-play political maneuvering.
  • Motorola's Reign is Taxpayers' Bane

    These stories examined how a single company, Motorola, has gained a vise grip over the nation’s multibillion-dollar emergency two-way radio market, which is financed solely by taxpayers. The cumulative cost of this near monopoly is easily in the hundreds of millions of dollars and more likely in the billions of dollars.
  • Norwegian Government investing in Betting Companies

    A stabbing, based upon betting debt, gave VG the idea to investigate the betting companies and the people in the "industry". In Norway they have a betting monopoly, organized at "Norsk Tipping" ("Norwegian Betting"), but the monopoly has faced competition from foreign companies regarding online betting. Even if the government has have forbidden the banks to make transmission to these companies, the players are finding the way around.
  • Marriage Monopoly

    A hidden camera investigation exposes a judge using her position to monopolize the wedding business in Indianapolis, which resulted in her resignation, sanctions against the judge, and new rules for the courts.
  • Come About

    An AWIN investigation into the Navy destroyer fleet and its accompanying combat systems strongly suggest the service will have to upend its plans for their development, effectively solidifying the grip of incumbent contractors on the work at the very time the service is trying to break such monopolies.
  • Bomboozled, a Story of Liquor and Money

    Profits from North Carolina's monopoly on retail liquor are supposed to flow back to the state. However, the investigation uncovers waste and corruption are causing the liquor boards to lose money.
  • The Partners Effect

    The Partners Effect is a series that "focuses on an out-of-balance healthcare finance system that rewards a few big hospitals and pays them far more for work, even when there is no evidence that the higher-priced care produces healthier patients. The stories detail how New England's biggest healthcare network, Partners HealthCare, is increasingly using its marketplace clout to export its expensive brand of medicine into the suburbs, imperiling community hospitals, and how its cozy relationship with the state's largest insurer has helped to trigger a healthcare cost crisis.
  • 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.
  • Big Fish in a Big Pond

    "An investigative profile of Frank Dulcich's Pacific Seafood Group, which reavealed a crippling monopoly that has overtaken the West Coast seafood business, affecting fishermen, smaller seafood buyers, the prices consumers pay for wild seafood and the availability of the product"