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  • Pounding the Pavement

    An investigation into why trucks, overloaded or just too heavy, are being allowed to tear up the state of North Carolina's roads and bridges driving up maintenance costs.
  • School Bus Bloat 2005

    For over fourteen months the reporters investigated the Cleveland Municipal School District's transportation department, producing 25 stories. The reports examined extensive waste of resources, mismanagement, and fraudulent use of inflated data. Reporter Tom Merriman used records, surveillance video, and interviews with ex-employees to document the district was inflating rider numbers to get more funding. School administrators blamed the mid-level bureaucrat they fired, but Merriman used internal documents to show he was ordered to inflate the numbers. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of dollars were being spend on luxury coaches for athletes. The investigation lead to the resignation of a top official in the organization.
  • High Dollar Highways

    This on-going investigation looks at the money spent on local highway contracts. Hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts were awarded to some companies, and other companies were threatened and discouraged from submitting tenders. Many FOI requests were used to get information from the Department of Transportation.
  • Greene County Prison Land Deal

    Using a multitude of public records, the News & Observer uncovered how a "politically connected state transportation official and two state correctional officials" influenced the sale of land for a new prison for their own personal benefit. The resulting series of stories shows the political influence exerted by the transportation official not only on the matter of the prison sale, but on other matters as well such as hirings and promotions within the Department of Corrections. Among other things, at the same time the department wanted to "eliminate the positions that oversee construction, purchasing and personnel," even the state's own legislators had no idea their budget proposal included paying off three top officials ready to retire with nearly $200,000. The paper was also able to track -- and subsequently expose -- the intricate web of transactions designed to hide the massive profit the three were making from the prison land deal.
  • Bridging the gap

    "One out of four bridges in Western Kentucky are deficient and need to be replaced, but state transportation officials say they cannot afford the $1.08 billion price tag."
  • Driven to Distraction

    A survey conducted by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety indicates as many as 8,000 accidents are caused daily by drivers who are distracted. ... This series explored the extent of the problem in Iowa, what lawmakers, state transportation officials and law enforcement are doing to help reduce distracted driving and how the insurance industry views the problem.
  • Cashtown Road

    "'Cashtown Road' exposes and powerful politician using his position as a member of the State Transportation Board to influence and profit from state road projects. The I-Team found that veteran board member Max Goldin voted to widen a two-lane country road called Cashtown Road. The vote went unnoticed because it was buried in a statewide road building plan that included more than 70,000 miles of new roads. But our investigation uncovered how the board member failed to disclose that he and his family own more than 150 acres along the road and stood to reap a financial windfall from the improvement."
  • Cross At Your Own Risk

    Reporters looking into railroad crossings in Lehigh Valley found that, of the 750 crossings found, less than half are marked with signs. From 1989 to 1998, there were 76 accidents and 23 deaths at these unmarked crossings. The state transportation agency keeps no priority list of dangerous crossings and frequently spends money earmarked for such improvements on other projects.