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  • Oil Empire

    As Texas' oil production has boomed and the Craddick family's oil wealth has increased, so has their political clout. When Christi Craddick assumed elected office as that industry's top regulator in 2013, it ensured the Craddick name would be one of the most powerful and widely-renowned in the state's history. KXAN discovered, since the start of 2014, Craddick voted at least 320 times on agenda items brought by companies that pay her and her family royalties or dividends, according to her personal financial disclosures. We also found she cast more than 100 votes on enforcement actions against those companies.
  • Science for Sale

    Corporations facing lawsuits or stricter regulation are steering millions of dollars to scientific consulting firms, to the detriment of public health. As the Center for Public Integrity explains in “Science for Sale,” industry-backed research has exploded — often with the aim of obscuring the truth — as government-funded science dwindles. The effects of this phenomenon are felt not only in courtrooms but also in agencies that issue rules to try to prevent disease.
  • The Genetic Testing Gold Rush

    With billions of dollars to be made and inadequate regulation, the exploding genetic testing industry is a veritable wild west, ripe for fraud. In this six-month investigation broadcast on CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News we sought to expose the charlatans and con men exploiting the industry’s exponential growth—and patients’ trust—for profit.
  • Bled Dry

    When local hospitals shut their doors, communities usually blame poor economics or heavy regulation. But The Dallas Morning News found another reason for closures: Businessmen who bought ailing hospitals and siphoned off their cash, often leaving them vacant hulks in devastated towns. What may seem at first to be an unlikely scenario has played out not just in Texas, but across the country. One owner left a trail of 13 wrecked hospitals in seven states. In Nevada, a doctor who put down $10,000 to take over the only hospital between Reno and Las Vegas pulled out at least $8 million before the cash-starved medical center shut down. Federal regulators and most states don’t vet people who take over hospitals, The News discovered, and there is little financial oversight. Even when patient care suffers at these stripped facilities, regulators seldom hold those who profited accountable.
  • Hidden Dangers on America's Roads

    “Hidden Dangers on America’s Roads” is a compilation of CBS News investigations revealing lax government regulation and the unwillingness of automakers to address potentially fatal issues in transportation safety. Those issues include vehicle defects, outdated federal automotive safety standards and policies surrounding the medical qualifications, or lack thereof, of commercial interstate drivers. These stories exposed weaknesses that inspired members of Congress to push for an upgrade of federal motor vehicle safety standards, forced the National Highway Traffic Safety administration to launch programs to identify potential changes to standards and led to a recall of more than a million vehicles worldwide.
  • Trouble on the Tracks

    The NEWS4 I-Team in Washington, DC uncovered a staggering number of horse deaths at a major thoroughbred racing track in the area. Using never before seen video, surveillance and exclusive interviews the investigation gave viewers an inside look at the dark side of horse racing. The series led to new state regulations and Congressional reaction of what's known as the "Sport of Kings". The digital timeline we created of the deaths from 2014-2016 also became a reference guide for the public and stakeholders in the industry.
  • Toxic Safety

    A child’s car seat is the only consumer product that is required by law in all 50 states and it is crucial to keep a child safe in the car. However, this investigation revealed false advertising, legal loopholes and outdated federal regulations are exposing millions of children to concerning, even known-cancer-causing chemicals, in their car seats with no apparent safety benefit. Over the course of a year, KPIX lit car seats on fire, commissioned lab tests on car seats and the kids who use them, searched public records, mined social media, analyzed national car fire data and interviewed experts from every applicable industry. The resulting series sparked action by lawmakers, industry groups, consumer advocates, federal regulators and car seat
  • Trouble on the Tracks

    The NEWS4 I-Team in Washington, DC uncovered a staggering number of horse deaths at a major thoroughbred racing track in the area. Using never before seen video, surveillance and exclusive interviews the investigation gave viewers an inside look at the dark side of horse racing. The series led to new state regulations and Congressional reaction of what's known as the "Sport of Kings". The digital timeline we created of the deaths from 2014-2016 also became a reference guide for the public and stakeholders in the industry. http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/160-Racehorses-Died-From-Injuries-at-Charles-Town-Races-Since-2014-390369632.html http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Behind-the-Scenes-Disputes-Between-W_Va_-Racing-Officials-and-Charles-Town-Races_Washington-DC-390508531.html http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Renewed-Calls-for-Strict-Federal-Oversight-of-Thoroughbred-Horse-Racing-392941291.html http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Horse-Racing-Safety-Reviews-Ordered-in-West-Virginia_Washington-DC-394516851.html
  • Federal-lands ranching: How grazing fell from its Western pedestal — and fueled Sagebrush Rebellion

    This story goes to the root of Sagebrush Rebellion, the anti-federalist movement that seeks to remove government control of Western public lands. This story seeks to factcheck the stance of infamous Rebel Rancher Cliven Bundy that the federal government has pushed ranchers off public lands through environmental regulation has rekindled an age-old battle. He and his sons have become symbols of the anti-federal government movement that has deep roots in the American West and may be stronger today than ever before. We arrived at two simple questions: How much has the number of cows grazing federal lands in fact declined, and can we illustrate that trend with data?
  • The War on Women Is Over—and Women Lost

    The aim of these stories was to take the effects of five years of severe new abortion restrictions out of the realm of abstraction and show readers how drastically these laws had made the experience of getting an abortion more difficult. This was done primarily through interviews with volunteers who help women secure funding for an abortion and arrange their onerous travel schedules; women who had crossed state lines for their abortion; abortion providers struggling to comply with new regulations; and by analyzing internal numbers from abortion clinics who treat large numbers of women from out of state.