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  • Governor's Travels

    WSMT-TV's "investigation found the governor of Tennessee and his family had taken more than 50 free flights on corporately owned jets over a three-year period. These flights include a trip to a Puerto Rico resort, a trip to a golf resort in California, vacation travel to Wyoming and frequent transportation to the governor's vacation home in Florida. Companies with large state contracts donated many of the trips. The governor also spent hours in the company of lobbyists, including one lobbyist from U.S. Tobacco and another from a nursing home chain coming under scrutiny from state regulators. None of the governor's trips were ever publicly disclosed."
  • Campaign Finance in Queens

    This Times-Ledger series looked "at the campaign finances of political candidates from Queens for the state legislature and Congress." The investigation found that "incumbents who did not face serious opposition" tended to receive the most significant contributions and to spend them on fund-raisers, political consultants and election campaigns of other candidates. The series also revealed some cases when candidates failed to file their campaign finance reports on time.
  • The Imposter

    This story examines Pixelon, "an Internet startup that claimed it had a revolutionary way to broadcast television-quality video on the Net, and it's founder Michael Fenne. "Fenne, it turned out, was a convicted con artist who had bilked the townspeople in a small Appalachian town out of their life savings and then fled before paying restitution. Pixelon's remaining management insisted that they had been unaware of Fenne's criminal background and that the company's finances and technology were solid. The Standard's 'The Imposter,' however, found that Pixelon misled investors about its technology, mismanaged millions of dollars in capital and actively covered up doubts about the true identity of its founder."
  • Bob's Hope

    Nelson investigated "the financial and legal shenanigans he (Robert Burns, a key player in the rise and fall of the Arizona land market and the Arizona Savings and Loan industry in the 1980s) used to survive the last decade and emerge once again as a major player in the Arizona land market. ... It was a story about one somewhat ethically-challeged man's unsinkable will to survive. Our investigation found a decade-long litany of questionable deals implicating RTC, bank and civil officials."
  • Uninsured Families Walk a Financial Tightrope

    The Bee presents portraits of California's uninsured. The story explains how 6.9 million Californians - more than 20 percent of the state' s population - must rely on emergency rooms or on their own finances when they get sick.
  • Trillion-Dollar Hideaway

    Mother Jones tell us how the rich hide their money from IRS and others in overseas bank accounts. Many small nations, such as Bahamas and Nevis, act as tax havens by offering offshore banking. Wealthy Americans open international business companies which are shell companies that often conduct no real business. The setting up of these companies is usually fast and cheap and these countries do not require them to file any annual or corporate reports.
  • A System Padded with Patronage

    This investigation uncovered a corrupt administration which was "operating a closed-door system that allowed City Hall to dole out dozens of teaching jobs to a network of relatives, friends and campaign contributors." In a city that has been notorious for this type of politics, the Republican American began this project by tracked the city's finances through the school department.
  • Shortchanged

    The Riverfront Times investigates violations by the Human Development Corp. (HDC), a private nonprofit agency that administers Head Start in the city of St. Louis. "HDC has been accepting more than $11 million per year from the federal government to serve about 2,500 children but has yet to come even close to serving that many." Since 1997, the US Department of Health and Human Services has been investigating HDC's problems which include its sagging attendance, questionable purchases with federal money and "inability to oversee its finances."
  • In Her Best Interest

    WFLA-TV's inquiry into Florida's guardianship system, a program established to protect the finances and needs of those unable to do so themselves, discovered a system that strips clients of their independence, deprives them of their dignity and robs them of their rights.
  • Medicare: New choices, new worries

    This fall, Medicare, the social-insurance program that finances health care for some 39 million seniors and disabled Americans, will undergo sweeping changes. Consumer Reports looks at the effects of these changes, the most far reaching in Medicare's 33-year history. Includes a rating of more than 200 HMO plans offering Medicare benefits.