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  • Unholstered - When Texas Police Pull The Trigger

    The Texas Tribune combed through six years’ worth of records from the state’s 36 largest cities to produce Texas’ first-ever accounting of its police shootings.
  • State Police Secrets and Surveillance

    The Texas Department of Public Safety and politicians for years worked behind the scenes to create a system of surveillance, casting a net that included potential criminals and everyday innocent citizens. DPS, the state police, began covering up secrets and limiting media access when The Dallas Morning News Watchdog Desk began investigating. That led to the agency sending private memos to state legislators and staff in an attempt to stop or discredit The News', and other media outlets, story publications.
  • State of Neglect

    A 30 minute KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered a dramatic rise in abuse inside Texas nursing homes and a state agency allowing it to happen. While facilities receive millions from taxpayers, investigative reporter Andy Pierrotti found regulations hamstring the state's ability to hold nursing homes accountable for continued neglect. The investigation also exposed thousands of medication errors, including nursing homes over-prescribing antipsychotic drugs more than any other state, increasing patients’ risk of death. https://vimeo.com/130982371
  • Chronic wasting disease impacts captive white-tailed deer in Texas

    The state of Texas has a multi-billion dollar deer hunting and breeding industry. When we first heard about the discovery of a disease that could impact thousands of people's livelihoods and all the deer herds in Texas, we wanted to tell our viewers the scope of the problem. We also wanted to know what could and should be done to contain or eradicate the disease and how it could change the industry.
  • With a Little Help from... Adderall and Vyvanse

    This story focuses on how Texas Tech students use prescription study drugs, legally and illegally.
  • The State of Our Children

    Texas has a lot to brag about: It’s a leader in job growth, energy production and building. It’s also near the top of another list, but it’s not something you’ll likely see shared often on social media: child poverty. 1.7 million children in Texas living in poverty. TEGNA Media stations across Texas teamed up to expose this problem, and ask questions as to why this is the State of our Children.
  • Changing a Culture of Assault

    This is an in-depth piece about rape culture on college campuses, especially Texas Tech. It includes stories from survivors of sexual assault and extensive data to provide insight.
  • The Bandidos and the Waco Melee

    After rival bikers and police engaged in a deadly shootout at a Waco restaurant, many questions lingered about what prompted the fight, who fired the fatal shots and why so many were arrested - even seemingly innocent. But police and prosecutors stopped talking and a judge imposed a gag order Most reporters let the story drop - but not Houston Chronicle Reporter Dane Schiller, a long-time organized crime specialist. His doggedness resulted in a series of stories – significant take-outs and regular blog posts - that shed light on the bad blood between biker gangs, raised questions about how police overreacted to the gathering and exposed the weaknesses of the charges against many of those arrested.
  • A Sticky Mess

    “A Sticky Mess” tells the story of how Blue Bell, a 108-year-old ice cream company in Brenham, Texas, failed to handle a listeria outbreak at its facilities, or to test the ice cream for listeria when it was initially found in the plant in 2013. Blue Bell was forced to issue a full recall of its products in April 2015. By then it was known that 10 people had contracted listeria and three of them had died, but the town of Brenham has continued to maintain that Blue Bell officials didn't do anything wrong. While most of the rest of the media was joining in the chorus about “poor Blue Bell” and the “poor people of Brenham,” we considered it was equally important to look at the people whose health and lives had been jeapordized by the company's continued refusal to address its problems or be forthcoming to the public about its seriously flawed sanitation measures.
  • Sandra Bland jail suicide

    When Sandra Bland died in a jail cell in a rural Texas county, the Houston Chronicle was the first to report the suicide – an issue that had already been on the radar of Chronicle crime reporter St. John Barned-Smith. He’d already been writing about lesser-known suicides of inmates, who can be jailed in Texas on the whim of a traffic cop and kept there by Justices of the Peace without any law degree. Chronicle journalists were the first to report on Bland’s previous suicide attempt, they quickly requested and posted key documents and video, produced a more detailed profile of Bland and put the issue in context with the larger problem of jail suicides all across Texas.