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  • What Trinity Toll Road Backers Didn't Tell Us

    In 2007, Dallas voters rendered a judgement on the largest public works project in city history, casting ballots in a referendum that had become a surprisingly close, all-in-battle between grassroots activists and the Dallas business and cultural establishment. The question- should the city's multi-billion plan to transform Dallas' long-neglected riverfront into a massive series of parks, forests, white-water rapids, and other natural wonders be built, as planned, with a $2 billion high-speed toll road running right through it?
  • A Matter of Risk: Radiation, Drinking Water and Deception

    You probably use it every day. And you probably think it's relatively safe. But imagine if your home's tap water was actually: making the plumbing so radioactive it could set off a Geiger counter, releasing a dangerous gas whenever you took a shower or ran a dishwasher, exposing you to a 1 in 400 chance of cancer just by regularly drinking it. And imagine if the people who were supposed to protect you from this situation not only knew about it and failed to do much of anything, but instead spent decades covering it up. That's exactly what the KHOU I-team discovered to be the case for half a million and more Texas consumers during its 12-month investigation into the quality of the state's drinking water.
  • Secret Spills?

    The investigation exposed a disturbing secret about the oil and gas industry: spills, leaks, fires, explosions and emissions that are putting lives at risk, polluting the air, contaminating drinking water, destroying land, causing injuries and even death are happening all the time, nearly everyday in the U.S., and no one is keeping track.
  • Washed Away

    This investigation revealed the "huge environmental risk to North Carolina's lakes and rivers when you combine a poorly run state restoration program with state and federal rules that do not stress water quality improvements." It was found, among other things, that the state spent $140 million on faulty water projects.
  • Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit

    The book examines the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig accident and puts it in context of BP's failures and maintenance lapses. It reveals how BP's culture of cutting corners led to the disaster.
  • Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture

    The narrative history of the bitter struggle between Richard Nixon and journalist Jack Anderson exposes corruption by both men and illustrates a larger story about the price of power in politics and journalism alike.
  • Renegade Refinery

    Just weeks after the Deepwater Horizon disaster began, an analysis of inspection data obtained from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that two oil refineries owned by BP accounted for a staggering 97 of the most flagrant violations found by OSHA inspectors. Most of these citation's were categorized as "egregiously willful."
  • Blackwater 61

    The story investigates the plane crash that killed six people in Afghanistan, including three American servicemen. The flight should have been routine, even insignificant. A cockpit voice recorded revealed incompetence among the pilots involved.
  • "BP Oil Spill coverage"

    MotherJones.com published "more than 500 articles" and related posts to their website during the coverage of the 2010 BP oil spill. Reporters broke news stories on the ground in Louisiana and all along the Gulf, while a Mother Jones West Coast reporter kept tabs on "what BP and its contractors knew and when they knew it."
  • ABC News Partnership: Better Business Bureau Investigation

    The ABC News Investigative Unit along with six ABC local affiliate stations conducted an unprecedented investigation of the Better Business Bureau.