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  • Dallas' Evil Genius

    In recent years, Texas has shifted responsibility for the disposition of radioactive waste from state agencies to a private entity, Waste Control Specialists (WCS), owned by billionaire Harold Simmons, a major Republican donor.
  • Homegrown Terror

    The Tribune-Review spent a year investigating the changing face of the terrorist threat in the age of the Islamic State. The series documents the ways in which domestic law enforcement, communities and individuals are affected by and adapting to the danger. It examines weaknesses in the ways agencies and communities respond, and gathers together history, research, the opinions of top experts, the capabilities of domestic security agencies and the limits of American law to put this growing threat in context. http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/8489172-74/somali-bihi-minneapolis#axzz3dQ6Qbq3d
  • Cory Briggs

    This series dug deep into the legal and ethical practices of San Diego attorney Cory Briggs who built a business and a reputation suing developers, municipalities and state and federal agencies in the name of the little guy. The results found major undisclosed conflicts of interest (which immediately resulted in a $143,000 reimbursement for taxpayers), a web of more than 40 nonprofits used as shell companies, highly questionable business practices, discrepancies in personal land deals and close business ties to the people he sues.
  • Untested Rape Kits

    In the most detailed nationwide inventory of untested rape kits ever, the USA TODAY NETWORK identified at least 70,000 neglected kits in an open-records campaign covering 1,000-plus police agencies, shedding important new light on the adequacy of police investigations of allegations of sexual assault. http://www.usatoday.com/topic/34f462d0-c9d0-4ee3-86d3-95287b5a286f/untested-rape-kits/ http://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/untested-rape-kits/
  • Environmental Justice, Denied

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights has one mission: to ensure entities that receive EPA funding do not discriminate against communities straddling industry fencelines. Yet time and again, communities of color living in the shadows of sewage plants, incinerators and landfills have found their claims of harm denied or ignored by the EPA’s civil-rights office, a first-ever analysis by the Center for Public Integrity shows. In its 22-year history, the office has never made a formal finding of a civil-rights violation by regulatory agencies or companies operating in U.S. communities. Since our publication, the agency has worked to revamp this program and promised to track progress.
  • Exploding Gas Tank Cover-Up

    CBS News exposes a secret deal between government agencies and the auto industry to deal with a gas tank issue that put the drivers of certain popular vehicles at risk and was responsible for the deaths of children.
  • Corruption at Houston Community College

    Higher Education Reporter Ben Wermund dug into a variety of public records from multiple agencies and from a legal battle to track how the leaders one of the nation’s largest community colleges had wasted millions of a nearly half-billion-dollar bond package. He fought hard for records that the college repeatedly attempted to hide and found ingenious ways to document misspending, secret meetings and illegal or unethical decisions that resulted in immediate response, reforms in open meeting procedures and ongoing investigations.
  • The drug war at Alabama

    This series investigated the uniquely intrusive and harsh tactics the University of Alabama and local law enforcement agencies have employed in their efforts to address drug use and abuse on campus at UA. The first installment was the first in the nation to expose a university engaged in mandatory drug-testing of fraternities. The second looked at an infamous 2013 drug raid that targeted low-level student marijuana offenders and had lasting negative impacts many students' lives. And the third piece focused on the use of UA students as confidential drug informants, including the first-person story of one student who actually served as an undercover informant for the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force.
  • Speaking up for Special Needs

    Investigation found an alarming number of children with disabilities in Wisconsin are dying from abuse or neglect, despite repeated calls to child protective service agencies. Our reporting found cases would be closed or not fully investigated when victims, who had disabilities, had a hard time communicating or couldn’t speak clearly. https://youtu.be/TOivj3kuc7c
  • Investigating Rape

    Much has been written on the topic of rape in America. This series differed in that it focused on law enforcement agencies. We wanted to hold police accountable for their investigations of sexual assault — a crime that annually afflicts hundreds of thousands of victims, mostly women, but has a far lower arrest rate than other violent crimes such as murder or aggravated assault. Through interviews, police reports, public records, database queries and case studies, we discovered simple, immediate techniques that police could use to improve rape investigations. We found that police routinely failed to talk with neighboring jurisdictions in solving rape crimes, even though studies have shown that rapists often have a history of sexual assault. We showed that a simple phone call to check with other police agencies where the suspect lived can turn up corroborating evidence — but that such calls are rarely made.