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  • Win, Lose or Draw: Gambling for Jobs

    This series examines Kentucky's economic development program's failure to create jobs and alleviate poverty across the state, and especially in the poorest areas. Incentives given to businesses for more than 14 years did not result in the contractually agreed-upon number of new jobs. The state program was loosely monitored and shrouded in secrecy. Funds allocated for high tech job training were diverted to creation of malls and industrial parks that remained mostly vacant. Overall, after 14 years, Kentucky's poverty ranking was not improved by the development programs.
  • Northwest Prepares for Strike

    The report documents the plans made by Northwest Airlines to hire and train mechanics to replace those who took part in strike action against the company.
  • Toxic Legacy

    The authors investigated the massive quantity of waste produced by Ford Motor Co. The waste has polluted watersheds and other environmentally sensitive areas 25 years after the automaker closed the assembly plant in Mahwah, NJ. The water supply for one quarter of the state's population is threatened by leaching industrial waste.
  • Big Pharma's Shameful Secret

    The story and five sidebars investigate the dangers of privately administered drug trials that are killing otherwise healthy people. Because companies stand to make billions on the next block-buster drug, they are taking more risks with their trials and the people who sign up for them. The story offers an in-depth look of the possibly dangerous practices of the largest test center in the U.S., SFCB in Miami, who pay poor citizens and immigrants to be part of their clinical trials.
  • Waiting for Justice

    After the ethnic slaughter in the Balkans, Bosnia-Herzegovina's state court was going to take over trying war criminals charged with genocide, mass rape and torture. It has not happened. Millions of euros were spent to build a War Crimes Chamber, but not a single trial has been held, and hundreds of suspects live free among the same people they are charged with terrorizing.
  • Special Report: 17 Years of Ocean Dumping

    The KBS team obtained a South Korean government report documenting years of industrial pollution in the East Sea. They interviewed fishermen who said their catches were contaminated. Analysis of sampled crabs revealed high concentrations of heavy metals in them. The story includes on-site examination of a location where pollutants were discharged into the sea. The investigators looked at the British government's solutions to offshore dumping in British waters.
  • Rattlesnake Romeo

    This book tells the true story of a Texas shoot-out. The crime involved two young lovers, who tried to take the blame for each other. The author writes not only about their crime, but also about the waves of publicity and public backlash that followed the trial.
  • On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of WWII

    This book investigates the longest U.S. Army court-martial of WWII, in which 43 African-American soldiers were charged with rioting and 28 were convicted. The author reveals that an investigation done before the trial contradicts most of the testimony given during the court-martial.
  • v. Goliath

    For two years, Karen Donovan had complete access to David Boies, the attorney for many high-profile cases, including Bush v. Gore, Napster against the recording industry and the Justice Department against Microsoft, among others. Donovan's book provides details of legal cases that Boies was involved with, his strategies and skills, and many other details about the mind and works of this infamous man.
  • Justice on the Grass

    Temple-Raston investigates the events leading to the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, and how Rwanda has fared in the aftermath. She details the United Nations' trial of three Rwandan journalists charged with inciting the murder of Tutsis. She follows their convictions for helping to start the RTLM hate radio station in Rwanda. She conveys how ordinary Rwandans felt during the three month-long genocide. She refers to her study as "the most notorious media trial since Nuremberg."