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  • 911 Disconnect

    WTVJ looked into the death of a fire fighter recruit and found that serious safety warnings about fire fighter training were ignored in the months before his fatal "live burn" exercise. A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department captain, and lead instructor, told WTVJ that he notified his superiors about problems with the training tactics that could lead to death. His warnings were ignored.
  • Fighting for Care

    ABC News Prime Time Thursday continued their investigation of veterans' hospitals, which began in 1990. Among the many findings were: a surprising number of doctors still in training were left in charge of operating rooms and diagnostic situations while the doctors who were supposed to supervise them were not around; a disturbingly large number of mistakes and often fatal misdiagnoses; sloppy hygiene and unsanitary conditions; and retaliation against whistleblowers while incompetent administrators were promoted despite gross mismanagement.
  • Cashing in on Disaster

    This investigation started with the observation that many more Floridians were receiving disaster relief funds than were actually affected by the 2004 storms. The story went on to reveal that some relatively unaffected parts of Florida received even more aid than areas that took a direct hit. Residents of Miami-Dade County got more than $21 million, though the actual damage done there was equivalent to a bad thunderstorm. Reporters found that FEMA inspectors often received inadequate training. Results from the story include a state legislative investigation into the hurricane payments and even involvement from the federal Department of Homeland Security.
  • Restaurant UNSATISFACTORY Inspections

    Restaurant inspections in Atlantic City are unsatisfactory--as are the results of these inspections. According to law, restaurants are to be inspected at least once a year, but this investigation found restaurants that had not been visited by an inspector in three or four years. A shortage of inspectors, an outdated logging system and a lack of training contribute to the problem. The article also notes that the quality of inspections varies from county to county.
  • Bucks Unlimited

    This investigation uncovers unfair funding for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Decades ago, the Department fought for a tax to care for the state's wildlife areas; now, the agency's goals have been met but the tax keeps bringing in millions of dollars. In a time where other state agencies are dealing severe cutbacks, the Conservation Department spends frivolously on hotel rooms, conferences, concerts and even motivational training for the employees. The situation is worsened by the fact that the Conservation Department does not report directly to the state legislature. Furthermore, the department auditor, who should be keeping spending in line, went into business with several department employees.
  • Deadly Pursuits

    54 people were killed in police pursuits over the last ten years, including several innocent bystanders. This series "identified and analyzed patterns of reckless pursuit driving by police officers who had little training or supervision." The reporters found that parliamentary orders regarding police pursuit were ignored, and potentially life saving measures had not been implemented. Furthermore, many of the deaths were not even reported to the public.
  • Nursing Home: Frail and Forgotten

    The Kansas City Star investigates eleven nursing homes in the area with a high number of serious violations for harming residents or jeopardizing their safety. Using a database of cases of safety violation in the nursing homes and comparing them with nursing homes in Kansas state, Mike Casey analyzes few of the best nursing homes in these two states. He also looked at why some of these problems arise in these nursing homes including shortage of staff and poor training.
  • "Private Stites Should Have Been Saved"

    Potter examines how well the Army prepares its soldiers to handle combat, and the psychological results of poor training. Potter finds that Army suicides are growing, and that the Army is at least partly to blame for these tragic deaths. Potter discovers that while young soldiers requested psychological counseling, their pleas were ignored. They instead withstood abuse by fellow soldiers and drill instructors. Potter uncovers a shocking Army policy that asks superiors to implement a series of orders "intended to humiliate and ostracize the soldier until he or she stops 'faking' [his or her psychological trauma] and 'gets on with training.' "
  • Mass. defense industry under attack

    This three part series investigates the effect of defense spending cuts on Massachusetts. The state has a multibillion-dollar defense industry, and if cuts continue, the economy in Massachusetts may be in jeopardy. Armstrong examines the trends of unemployment in the defense industry, and what would happen if defence industry workers left the region to find new jobs.
  • Nursing Home Errors Punish the Vulnerable

    This in depth analysis examines Kansas City area nursing homes. It found that 11 homes had serious problems that affected patients' health and could even lead to death. Additionally, 60 percent of the nursing homes looked at had at least one citation for endangering patients or putting their safety at risk. The article looks at the types of problems, cites specific examples and then looks to the legislature to see how the issues could be addressed by lawmakers. The article compares the Kansas City homes to others throughout America, describes the qualities of a good nursing home and offers suggestions for improving the inspection process.