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  • Pork barrel rolls along

    Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record takes a hard look at pork-barrel spending by sifting through four years worth of special interest appropriations; finds an expensive pattern of political favoritism, regional inequity and lack of fiscal control, February, June and August 1987.
  • School Reform

    Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette publishes series that uses information gleaned from Michigan Department of Education computer tapes; data suggests other factors, such as classroom size and graduation requirements, are more important to education quality than levels of spending, Aug. 19-24, 1987.
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    Business Week uncovers a pattern of bad management practices at Pittsburgh appliance manufacturer Allegheny International, including low interest loans to executives, lavish spending and risky investments, Aug. 11, 1986.
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    Wichita (Kan.) Eagle-Beacon runs a special reprint on the declining quality of higher education in Kansas; looks at open admissions policy, industry's influence on research, university spending and other universities' approaches to similar problems, 1986.
  • Trouble!

    Business Week finds evidence of lavish spending and questionable investments by top management at Allegheny International, despite a 70 percent tumble in market value of public shares.
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    Idaho Statesman (Boise) finds evidence of illegal travel and spending by staff of the Western Idaho Fair Board, Dec. 21-22, 1986.
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    Dallas Morning News covers the extent of hunger and homelessness in Dallas, a city traditionally among the nation's most frugal in social services spending, targeting the mentally ill, families, single mothers, the elderly and alcoholics, 1986.
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    Atlanta Journal/Constitution examines city spending of federal Community Development Block Grant funds to provide jobs for residents of low-income neighborhoods; finds that few new jobs ever materialized, March 2, 1986.
  • The Cost of a Legislature

    Columbia (Mo.) Missourian investigates the Missouri state legislature; the five-part series looks at "how well Missouri's senators and representatives manage the tax money they spend to conduct the public's business." The four-month investigation involving thousands of pages of documents and numerous interviews revealed money spent on redecorating expenses, travel expenses and salaries of representatives and senators. Also, missing inventory and nepotism revealed.
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    Wall Street Journal finds congressmen use campaign funds for country club outings, football tickets, etc.; by calling almost any activity "political," politicians can get around campaign spending law requirements, Dec. 3, 1985.