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  • The Bishop's Bad Moves

    These stories include online and print coverage of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Diocese of Orange County, California. "Major findings include the diocese paid an admitted child molester $100,000 to stay quiet, that the bishop tried to cover up a molestation allegation in his past, and that he also documented molestations but didn't report them as required by California law."
  • CPS Worker Safety

    KVOA found that Tucson's Child Protection Services employees were being threatened by parents, guardians and family members.
  • E-Z Pass Problems

    Maryland's E-Z Pass system that "signals a computer as the motorists goes through a toll plaza to automatically subtract the cost of the toll from their E-ZPass holder account" has problems. WBAL found that batteries were wearing out but the state didn't send out notices and were denying fine appeals.
  • Target Practice

    A grand jury subpoena requested that all of the Phoenix New Times' notes, tapes, stories and other material regarding Sheriff Joe Arpaio since January 1, 2004 be seized. The prosecutor even demanded names of any person who visited the newspaper's website since 2004 as well. This series tells the story of the New Times' struggle against over-reaching public officials, as well as a larger story about diminishing rights to privacy and freedom of expression.
  • Missing Crime

    This investigation found that Houston police often don't label crimes as crimes. This means that many crimes never end with a criminal investigation. Not only does this practice mean victims often don't receive any closure, but also that Houston has fewer crime statistics to report to the national government. These low numbers are misleading and make Houston look much safer than it really is.
  • The Buried and the Dead

    This series raises questions about Texas' oversight of the gas pipeline industry. The reporters found that state regulators often ignore safety violations because of unethical relationships with the companies involved. Despite several recent fatal pipeline accidents, and federal and industry warnings, conditions in the state have not improved.
  • The Taxman and the Truth

    This investigation explores Texas' high property taxes, which are based on valuation of land by a government appraiser. The investigation reveals that appraisals are often made with incomplete data about home prices in the area. Consequently, appraisal values are often off by as much as ten percent and sometimes more.
  • Speed Unlimited

    In fiscal year 2005-06, only 2.4 percent of people with serious speeding tickets (going more than 55 mph and more than 15 miles over the limit) were convicted as charged. This series reveals loopholes in state law that encourage prosecutors and judges to let speeders get away with their crimes. This sort of leniency is dangerous, as many people each year die from speed-related collisions.
  • Who Deserves to Drive

    This story revealed that thousands of Iowa driver’s licenses were suspended because of unpaid court fines. This story explores the impact of suspended licenses on drivers, the state and insurance companies. The story also delves into key problems that obstruct the collections process from moving forward effectively.
  • The Foundation

    This series focused on a little-known network of privately run government contractors called "quality improvement organizations," or QIOs, that collectively spend about 300 million tax dollars annually. This story focused on an Iowa QIO, but included an on-line report that detailed the spending and complain investigations at every other QIO in America. That report was based on a review of more than 200 public documents.