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  • Losing Track: NC's Troubled Probation System

    North Carolina's probation system has been in disarray for years. Probation officers are overworked and understaffed, and offenders often receive little or no supervision. Top managers ignored problems for years and killed promising projects to monitor offenders.
  • Dart Travel Spending

    CBS 11 News reviewed thousands of pages of documents pertaining to travel expenses and credit card purchases by executives and staff members who manage Dallas Area Rapid Transit, AKA DART. We discovered dozens trips around the country and around the world for seminars. While traveling, executives enjoyed expensive accommodations. The station also found questionable expenditures on expensive catering, gift cards and purchases from Victoria's Secret. The expenses came at a time when the agency faced a $1,000,000,000 budget shortfall that jeopardized key transportation projects. CBS 11 producers followed a group of executives and board members to a transit junket in California where we watched as many skipped key meetings, attended steak dinners and parties thrown by companies who bid on transit projects. The station also watched as DART executives and staff members violated internal policies by using taxis and shuttles instead of local mass transit, a pattern found while reviewing dozens of other out-of-town junkets.
  • Master's Degree of a Mess; TCC's Money Machine; Illegal to Erase

    These stories were part of a year-long investigation of the Tarrant County College District's four-year mismanaged project to build a long-awaited downtown campus in Fort Worth, Texas. In includes investigation into the roles of the chancellor and the board of trustees in the debacle.
  • Dianne Feinstein Series

    U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein was the chair of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee from 2001 to 2005, and during that time she micromanaged $1.5 billion in construction projects around the world that were contracted to her husbands companies.
  • The Loudoun Network

    "In Loudoun County one of the nation's fastest-growing counties, local officials who routinely voted on billion-dollar building projects worked closely with the developers they regulated."
  • Last Chance

    "The series explains that there's a 10-year opportunity to restore Louisiana's eroding coastal wetlands and shoreline, including barrier islands. If major restoration projects costing billions of dollars are not begun by then, it may be too late to save much of the ecosystem. The series explains the myriad of proposals for restoring the coast, and the bureaucratic, social, economic and scientific obstacles in their way."
  • 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."
  • Secret Political Piggy Bank

    An investigation into member-item spending within the New York State Legislature. With the opening of lawmakers' records "numerous examples of corruption, conflict of interest and self dealing by elected officials" were discovered.
  • Truth Be Tolled

    An analysis of 23 modern toll road projects in Colorado, Texas and South Carolina "found that most badly missed revenue projections in their opening years, leading one to fail and others to either flee default or refinance at less favorable terms." The expected amount of traffic never materialized, causing the shortfall. Further, some of those responsible for the optimistic projections had a financial interest in seeing the roads completed.
  • Connected Company Cleans Up

    Illinois state signed a contract with PWS Environmental for more than $500,000 to pressure-wash the exteriors of state-owned buildings. Most of the work was done for the Department of Transportation. Projects included office buildings, trucks and even cleaning and sealing a salt barn that had never held salt, and had already been cleaned and sealed a few months earlier. The owner of PWS was revealed to be the brother-in-law of the then-IDOT finance and administration officer.