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  • What's buried at Hercules?

    This investigation of a Hercules Inc. chemical plant showed a history of questionable environmental practices extending back decades, including the burial of drums of chemicals in the company's landfill, an EPA report noting more than 37 acres of contaminated soil, and a host of complaints from residents who feared their health had been compromised from the smoke and chemicals. Company officials say there is no evidence toxic chemicals pose a health threat and any contamination is confined to the plant's site.
  • Toxic air raises unhealthy odds

    This examination centers on an Indianapolis neighborhood that has had more people die of lung cancer than anywhere else in Marion County. The investigation found that residents of the neighborhood, in an industrial part of town, were hospitalized for respiratory problems at rates more than three times the county average. Nevertheless, state and local health officials have done almost nothing to investigate documented risks from air pollution or the health problems they may cause.
  • An American Family

    This year-long series describes parolee Luis Aguilar and his family through his reentry period. Just as the first "chapter" was about to be published, the Aguilar household was raided by the police and Luis was arrested for selling drugs. The reporter found that Luis was wrongly charged and that police had coaxed testimonies from witnesses at the trial. This story describes how the family goes through ups and downs in their effort to rebuild their lives.
  • Navy Proposes Shipbuilding Cuts, Plans to Appeal to Bush for Reforms (Inside the Navy); Collins Warns Navy Not to 'Squander' Shipbuilding Budget Progress (Inside the Navy); Warner Concerned About Possible Carrier Delay (InsideDefense.com); Pentagon Further Curtails Navy Shipbuilding Budget (InsideDefense.com)

    Castelli's investigative series feature in Inside the Navy and InsideDefense.com exposes proposed shipbuilding cuts in the Navy's fiscal year 2006 budget. The series sheds light on how the cuts will affect the Navy, as well as major U.S. shipyards. "With so much at stake, this series of articles gave decision-makers on Capitol Hill the maximum time available to consider policy questions about shipbuilding that could affect national security, the industrial base, politics and state and local economies."
  • Cheated by the Law

    Rolah McCabe successfully sued British American Tobacco in 2002 when the judge "ruled that BAT and Clayton Utz had destroyed internal documents denying her a fair trial." It was overturned on appeal. However after McCabe's win Utz conducted a secret internal investigation. "The Sunday Age published the details of the internal investigation and put the documents online" after they were leaked to Birnbauer.
  • Report Lists State's Toxic - Waste Figures

    According to the Toxic - Release Inventory, Ohio is the fifth most polluted state in America. Toxic pollution levels actually went up in some counties from 1989 to 1990. In some cases, residents say the pollution is so bad they sometimes don't leave their houses. Other residents blame the pollution for the higher rate of respiratory problems and illness in their children. But in Marysville, where the pollution is at its worst, people don't often complain about it. The reporters speculate that this is because the pollution is caused by Honda of America, which brought thousands of jobs to central Ohio in the early 1980s.
  • Show and Tell Tape #1

    2004 IRE National Conference (Atlanta) Show and Tell Tape #1 features the following stories: 1)Phil Williams (WTVF-Nashville) A hidden camera investigation proves that special interest lobbyists are buying Tennessee lawmakers. 2)Stephen Stock (WESH-Orlando) An investigation into new home inspections found inspectors conducting too many inspections daily with a passing rate as high as 99 percent in one county. 3)Anna Werner and David Raziq (KHOU-Houston) Children as young as 11-years-old were being physically abused at the juvenile probation department in Harris County, Texas. 4)Tony Pipitone (WKMG-Orlando)The Brevard School District in Orlando requested additional funding from the federal government for poorer schools but put that money toward helping the district as a whole. 5)Brian Collister (WOAI-San Antonio) A national report claimed that San Antonio police were among the best in the country for not targeting minority motorists, but an investigation proved police officers skewed the data. 6) Jacqueline McLean (KGMB-Honolulu) A cemetery that hasn't been licensed in nine years makes room for more bodies by removing old ones. 7) Chris Halsne (KIRO-Seattle) Mapping software found 605 sex offenders living near day cares statewide. None of the day cares were ever notified. 8) Bog Segall (WITI-Milwaukee) Many inmates use their phone privileges to call their victims, intimidating them in the hopes they won't show up at trial. 9)Larry Posner (Inside Edition) An investigation into Pitts, one of the largest door-to-door magazine sellers in the country, found the company charging high rates, abusing employees and hiring felons. 10)Randy Travis (WAGA-Atlanta) This undercover investigation found a state court judge having 19 drinks and then getting in his car to drive. 11)Jim Strickland (WSB-Atlanta) This investigation exposed forgery and fraud by an Atlanta Booting company. 12)Bebe Emerman (KIRO-Seattle) A problem with the powercord of one brand of oscillating fans was linked to 20 house fires. 13)Elisabeth Leamy (WTTG) This story discusses the lives of those held in concentration camps and the Nazi tattoos they received.
  • Evidence of Injustice

    An exclusive i-team investigation shows how inconsistencies, mistakes and staffing problems are raising serious questions at the Maricopa County Medical Examiners Offices. This is a new forensic science center where coroners perform autopsies on people who have died on unnatural causes in this county. Investigators and legal experts rely on the information provided by this office, but the information is not always correct. Interviewees on this tape say that leads to having innocent people on trial for crimes that do not exist. In one case, the Sheriff's office began using an amended autopsy to defend a mysterious jail death. The Chief Medical Examiner changed his opinion about the jail death two years after the original autopsy, without any new information. Some Medical Examiners are doing many more autopsies per year than what is recommended.
  • "Toxic air: Lingering health menace"

    This ongoing series uncovered the extent of hazardous air pollution in Louisville, the health risks, the source of pollution, and the failure of federal and local regulators to better address the problems. The newspaper's own independent analysis of air sampling data, published months before the EPA's own official assessment was released, showed pollutants in some areas at concentrations hundreds of times higher than established health thresholds. The series also includes a detailed look at the impact of toxic wastes from industrial plants.
  • Law and Disorder: How Oklahoma's Courts Cope with the Mentally Disabled.

    The World details the issue of the treatment of those who mentally challenged defendents who are declared incompetent to stand trial by the court. This report describes as to how these defedents are often released back into the community where they only end up committing new offenses, often sex crimes involving children.Furthermore, "companies paid by the state to supervise the mentally retarded have failed to do their jobs, resulting in criminal charges being brought against their clients. There have also been cases where judges have ordered dangerous incompetent defendents to be placed in nuring rooms.