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  • US Tobacco Industry Settles with States, Smokers

    The series is the exclusive reporting on behind-the-scenes negotiations and the implications of the unprecedented $368.5 billion tobacco litigation settlement between tobacco industry executives, attorneys representing states and smokers, public health advocates, Clinton Administration officials and leading membes of Congress. The story shows how the settlement will lead to sweeping changes in the regulation and marketing of cigareetes as well as the implications for farmers, legislators, companies, shareholders, and politicians.
  • Brooklyn Political Scandal

    The series exposes the Brooklyn New York Democratic machine, using the money of widows and orphans to pay back political favors by manipulating the county Surrogate's Court. Millions of dollars of work had been doled out by the court judge to lawyers who gave money to his election campaign.
  • "Eyes on the Street"

    In the late 1960s, the federal government sponsored experiments encouraging police offers nationwide to spend more time int he communities they protected and served. The movement never caught on, but it did capture the interest of several important academics who continued to study and write about "neighborhood team policing," as they called it then. By the mid-1980s, a new generation of college-educated police chiefs had risen to power, and they began turning to what they had learned in college. At the time, crime rates were skyrocketing all over the country, cities were setting annual records for homicides, and politicians neded a new brant of public policy to offer frustrated residents. Tday, community policing is ubiquitous. Like welfare reform, everybody's got to have it, even if no one knows exactly what it is. This article shows how community policing has worked in Chicago.
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    The Chicago Sun-Times finds that state politicians wee receiving large sums of contributions from tobacco industry firms and then not acting on anti-tobacco legislation. The investigation also revealed that state pension funds were big investors in tobacco industry stock. (April 21, June 10, 1996)
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    The Los Angeles Times reveals a sobering reality about Los Angeles County's swollen jail system: the public's safety, rather than being protected, has been placed at risk because of bad management and timid politicians. The series found that inmates sentenced to county time in Los Angeles do far less time than at any other major system in the nation; that the Sheriff's Department has routinely released thousands of hardened and habitual criminals back into society through a deeply flawed work-release program; that tensions inside the jails have reached a dangerous volatility; and that tens of millions of dollars are being squandered by the Sheriff's Department. (May 19 - Dec. 31, 1996)
  • Florida Scandal Figure Linked to 3 in James' Cabinet

    Mobile Register investigates Fob James, governor of Alabama, and James's Cabinet's dealings with a man named Frank Daniel. Daniel was awarded lucrative state bond work through he governor's office but double-billed the state on both work and travel expenses. While many questioned the quality of Daniel's work, Daniel secured about $300,000 in donations to James before James's 1994 election, including $10,000 from Daniel himself. (May 14, 1996)
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    KOMO-TV uncovers evidence that Ron Taber, a candidate to head Washington's schools, has been operating substandard low-income housing. While running on a platform of safe schools and careful use of taxpayer dollars, he has been operating unsafe housing and keeping government dollars that should have gone to improvements in the housing. (May 20-21, 1996)
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    News 12 Long Island examines the questionable give-and-take between elected officials and special interests. The series reports on how candidates mix with lobbyists and how election laws favor both special interests and incumbents. New York law does little to limit the size or source of contributions to campaigns. (Oct. 29-31, 1996)
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    This series determined that more than $3 billion has been spent since 1980 to rescue Columbia Basin Salmon runs. Yet many fish runs are closer to extinction than ever. The series documented a salmon recovery industry of bureaucrats, fisheries biologists, engineers and politicians earning their living off the continued decline of the salmon. Politics and inside connections determine which scientific studies are funded, and influence the outcome of those studies. Many multi-million dollar schemes such as hatcheries are proven failures, but lawmakers keep pouring money into them because they are politically popular. (July 28 - 30, 1996)
  • Flying High

    KCAL-TV exposed the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars in the use and abuse of government owned helicopters and aircraft by Los Angeles City and County politicians and governmental agencies. KCAL found out just how outdated and disorganized the accounting and record keeping was when it came to determining who was flying in helicopters, for what reasonn and what checks and balances were in place to ensure only proper usage. The investigation found little if any cost controls or monitoring of how the helicopters were used and for whom and what purpose, including a $3,400 flight to Phoenix for 3 DWP officials -- The use of LAPD helicopters to fly a shuttle service for a chili cook-off and the continued use by LA County Supervisor Mike Antonivich of LA County Fire's $1,400 an hour water-dropping helicopter for personal transportation. (May 8, 9 & 10, 1996)