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  • A Forgotten Crisis

    Melissa, Tara and Amanda interviewed dozens of military spouses, across every branch, all over the country. Then they cross-referenced their stories to identify the biggest problems and gaps in the system. Finally, they tracked down domestic violence experts, military leaders and others to add critical context and comment. It took over a year to report. The result was five articles that dug into the challenges faced by domestic violence victims in the military: a structure that favors the abuser in which commanders determine if a crime has been committed, a family advocacy program that, in some instances, upholds outdated beliefs about gender roles, and a lack of support for victims who face enormous financial consequences if they choose to leave their partners. HuffPost’s investigation found that service members are rarely investigated or punished for acts of domestic violence. Because of this lack of accountability, many victims we interviewed are still afraid of their former partners. Some have been unable to get protective orders because there is no official record of their partner’s abuse, as paperwork does not travel seamlessly from the military world to the civilian one.
  • Only in Kentucky: Jailers Without Jails

    Reporters R.G. Dunlop and Jacob Ryan revealed that more than a third of the state's 120 counties elect jailers that have no jails to oversee. Several earn hefty paychecks for little work, putting their cash-strapped counties in a pickle, and hire their own spouses or children as deputies. Only in Kentucky does this curious practice exist. https://soundcloud.com/wfplnews/only-in-kentucky-jailers-without-jails
  • Battered, Bereaved, and Behind Bars

    This story exposes what many believe is a grievous injustice: Dozens of battered women have been locked away for a decade or more because they failed to prevent the men who battered them from also beating their children. BuzzFeed News found 28 cases in 11 states where mothers were sentenced to 10 years or more in prison under "failure-to-protect" laws despite evidence they were battered. More than a dozen are in prison for 20 years or more, and several are in on longer sentences than the men convicted of committing the abuse. And there are likely more out there.
  • Domestic Abuse Inside the U.S. Military

    Domestic violence acts in the Army have been “steadily rising over the last decade, despite Army reports to the contrary”. Many Army spouses’ slain as a result of the domestic violence and many involving soldiers who saw action in Iraq. Also, a level of violence was soaring around some of the largest Army installations “through examination of police records and court filings”.
  • Ghost Tickets

    For decades now city officials, city police, and their spouses and friends are not paying their parking tickets and getting away with it. In this investigation of this secret parking ticket favors, it reveals that “millions of dollars” are lost from these parking tickets and the city must find a way to fix the problem. Further, the city’s government is being ridiculed for their lack of control and supervision over such practices.
  • University of Montana Space Programs

    The University of Montana was granted $3 million in federal earmarks from NASA between 2004 and 2005 to develop space research and create space-related jobs. UM used the money to create a for profit group called Inland Northwest Space Alliance, and a campus group called the Northern Rockies Center for Space Privatization. The majority of the money went to paying six figure salaries to university officials, former Sen. Conrad Burn's staffers, as well as their spouses and lovers.
  • "Travel Costs Mount for Easton Housing Authority"

    Investigation of officials at the Easton Housing Authority, the smallest of the three agencies, found that it spent more of the public's money on travel in 18 months than their counterparts combined. It was also found that commissioners stayed extra days, brought their spouses, and used credit cards issued to them to buy personal items. Further investigation lead to the resignations of commissioners and the executive director.
  • Hidden Wounds: Mark Benjamin's reporting on psychological wounds among soldiers from the Iraq war

    Benjamin's stories were some of the first to report on an incoming wave of soldiers suffering severe mental problems after returning from Iraq. He found that 1 in 5 visits to the VA by returning soldiers were for mental problems, that soldiers in Iraq had disturbingly high suicide rates and that there was a pattern of soldiers coming home and beating their spouses.
  • "City Pensions"

    Reporters from KTRK-TV's 13 Undercover unit go behind the scenes to find out the reason for the increased cost of providing pensions for city workers in Houston. What they found was an extravagant misappropriation of funds, illegal gifts to members of Houston Firefighter Pension Board , as well as the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System. Board members were accused of taking trips around the world with their spouses, using money from the workers' pension funds. As a result of their investigation, Houston's mayor notified board appointees of the consequences of illegal gifts, and an investigation has been initiated for one pension board.
  • AA Unmasked

    The Village Voice examines Alcoholics Anonymous' policy of having members discuss only alcohol addiction, not drug addiction. "Throughout AA's 66 years runs a history of mistreatment of non-alcoholic addicts and dually addicted alcoholics that is not in keeping with AA's own criteria for membership and the spiritual principles the program espouses."