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    The Daily Southern examined Illinois' school funding which has created a wide disparity in spending per pupil across the state; the paper found that despite a call for a high quality education system for all students, lawmakers created a system that does not provide even a minimally adequate education for thousands of children, April - November 1994.
  • Secrets of the Chamber

    The Herald-Journal's 11 - part computer-assisted investigation provided the first detailed account of legislative spending in New York. The best-staffed, best-paid Legislature in the country spends taxpayers' money on everything from popcorn and paper cups to high-speed computers and high-priced Lincolns.
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    Time Magazine looks into the rise in reported cases of domestic violence in military families. Time finds spousal abuse is occurring in one of every three Army families each year--double the civilian rate. Report prodded Congress to boost spending for the Pentagon's domestic-abuse prevention program, 1994.
  • Million Dollar Babies

    WFLA-TV investigates a problem doctor. A group of AIDS patients had complained about him to that state which failed to do anything about him. The investigation finds incomplete medical records, patients were charged for procedures they did not receive and were given medication they did not need. As a result of the story, the state obtained an emergency restriction of the doctor's license and is moving towards suspending or revoking his license, Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, Dec. 8, 1994.
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    The Dominion Post uncovered the fact that one of the poorest colleges in the one of the nation's poorest states had an airplane that woften flew empty at a cost of over $500,000. The West Virginia University used the plane on charter from its foundation which then billed the state for the service and rentals. The State University System eventually ordered full disclosure of the foundation's spending and written guidelines for the use of discretionary accounts. July 25 - 28, 1993.
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    World Watch reveals how the World Bank has failed to significantly reduce the crushing poverty of much of the world's population due to short-sighted policies and disregard of living standards; despite spending billions and significantly increasing world economic output the populations of developing countries continue to suffer, July/August 1994.
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    American Prospect describes how spending to rebuild after disasters has exactly the same economic effect as economic stimulus packages meant to jump-start the economy; shows how politicians who decried the latter as pork barrel politics and unworkable later took credit when the former had exactly the same results that they denied would follow; focuses on the L.A. earthquake in 1994 but mentions other disasters as well.
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    The Independent (Durham, N.C.) profiles the business dealings of Jum Gardner, a Republican guburnatorial candidate who claims his business experience uniquely qualifies him for office; finds that several of his corporations were driven into bankruptcy by his lavish spending while he said 'tough luck' to creditors and employees who lost everything in bankruptcy hearings, April 1, 1992.
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    Common Cause reveals waste in the U.S. Agency for International Development; problems include cutting planning and research projects while spending lavishly for consultants, offices, automobiles and other facilities, May 1994.
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    Roanoke (Va.) Times & World News details how while all state agencies face cutbacks the university system is actually increasing spending on staffs and programs, Sept. 13, 1993.