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  • PUSHING PAIN: PROFITS BEFORE PATIENTS

    The amount of painkillers dispensed in the U.S. nearly quadrupled from 1999-2010 even though the amount of pain Americans have reported has not changed, resulting in what the Centers for Disease Control and prevention calls an epidemic which takes over twenty thousand lives each year. This was an impetus for Reporter Dina Gusovsky to investigate a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company called Insys Therapeutics, which is accused of contributing to these grim statistics. It’s main revenue generating drug is a highly addictive opiate one hundred times more powerful that morphine, which the FDA says should only be used for late stage cancer pain; however, the company is now being investigated in at least six states for pushing the drug far beyond cancer patients, engaging in kickback schemes, off-label marketing, and other illegal business practices all in attempt to grow profits. Two days after our report first aired, which included exclusive interviews with whistleblowers and investigators, the company’s CEO resigned. http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000444339&play=1 http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000445892&play=1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9Uy3eDqzUc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP28vnux3yI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXFetMnNJSk
  • Insult to Injury: America’s Vanishing Worker Protections

    Driven by big business and insurers, states nationwide are dismantling workers’ compensation, slashing benefits to injured workers and making it more difficult for them to get care. Meanwhile employers are paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp insurance since the 1970s. http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/workers-compensation-benefits-by-limb http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/workers-comp-reform-by-state https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/workcomp-company http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/workers-compensation-premiums-down http://www.npr.org/2015/03/05/390930229/grand-bargain-in-workers-comp-unravels-harming-injured-workers-further
  • Exxon: The Road Not Taken

    Our investigation reveals an early, little-known chapter in Exxon's history, when the company conducted rigorous climate change research from the late 1970s to mid-1980s. Not only did Exxon accept the reality of global warming, its scientists and executives recognized the risk global warming posed to the planet and to its core business. This posture toward climate change contrasts sharply with the company's role as a leader, funder and architect of climate disinformation in subsequent decades.
  • The Tax Windfall

    These reports uncovered how subtle changes in contracts and secret business relationships with government officials led to the elimination of competition for a major vendor in the county’s new tax assessment program. We found that one former tax commissioner, who was integral in creating the program, later became an owner of an assessment firm that benefited from the contracts. A second insider firm, who had hired the father-in-law of the chief county assessor, won 90 percent of the contracts for the towns in the county required to revamp their assessments. That same company also had on its payroll the very same assessor who would be supervising their work in the various towns.
  • Blood Lions

    BLOOD LIONS is a journey to the heart of darkness that lies within the predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. The film follows Ian Michler, a South African environmental journalist and safari operator, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter as they explore the reality of the multi-million dollar canned hunting business. It is a story that blows the lid off the claims made by operators in attempting to justify what they do in the name of conservation. https://vimeo.com/137413334
  • Towers of Secrecy

    Secret buyers, many of them foreign and superrich, are using shell companies to cloak their purchases of expensive U.S. real estate, allowing them to flout building codes and local laws, defraud people of their homes and shield huge cash purchases, raising questions of whether they are seeking to hide suspiciously obtained money.
  • The 45-minute mystery of Freddie Gray's death

    In the days after Freddie Gray died — and with the nation’s attention focused on Baltimore — many questions remained about his arrest and ride in a police transport van. The Baltimore Sun sought to answer those questions, by re-creating the crucial minutes during which Gray sustained a severe and ultimately fatal spinal injury. Reporters hit the streets of West Baltimore, beginning at the spot of Gray’s arrest on April 12. They used video to highlight key intersections and give viewers a look at the neighborhood, and interviewed residents and business owners whose accounts raised questions about the official version of events, including a police account that Gray was arrested "without force or incident." The reporters also revealed that police investigators had missed important evidence. Sun designers used this material to create a video timeline highlighting key moments from the “45-minute mystery,” distilling in-depth reporting that would become a 2,200-word story into a dynamic, six-slide interactive, which succinctly and dramatically laid out the disparities between the police and residents’ accounts of Gray’s much-discussed arrest and van ride. http://data.baltimoresun.com/freddie-gray/
  • Downtown Reno blight

    Downtown Reno, Nev. was devastated by the recession and though the recession is considered over, much of the city's core remains vacant and blighted. A three-part series - preview video, call to action and investigative piece - published throughout a week in November addressing the issue of downtown blight. http://www.rgj.com/videos/news/2015/11/16/75602720/ http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/11/19/why-so-long-clean-up-downtown-reno-blight/75627500/ http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/11/17/how-fight-blight-reno/74288332/
  • The Double-Dealers Behind China's Counterfeiting Industry

    Drawing on exclusive sourcing and hundreds of pages of legal documentation from four countries, this AP investigation examines why counterfeiters in China, the source of most of the world’s counterfeit goods, are winning the costly fight against fakes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxwJ1DLuveM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0KhDejOWkg
  • Allentown FBI investigation

    On July 2, FBI agents raided Allentown City Hall, looking for documents connected with a host of businesses and other entities that received city contracts. It was clear that agents suspected a pay-to-play scheme had been in the works for several years. The first thing The Morning Call’s city hall reporter, Emily Opilo, did was cancel her plans for the Fourth of July holiday, since she knew this story needed her complete attention. For the next six months, Opilo – along with reporters Scott Kraus, Matt Assad and Paul Muschick – scrutinized each entity on the FBI’s subpoena list. Going contractor by contractor, they used the state’s Right-to-Know Law to gather bid sheets, requests for proposals, meeting notes and contracts. Using state and federal campaign finance reports, they matched each contractor against contributions made to Allentown’s mayor when he ran for re-election in 2013, for governor in 2014 and for U.S. Senate in 2015. In each case, contractors also were donors. Often, those that didn’t get contracts were found not to have donated to the mayor’s campaigns.