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Memo details problems in the Omaha VA police department

A memo obtained by KETV-Omaha helped the station shed light on problems with the police department attached to the VA’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

The document accuses command staff of “unfair and unethical” hiring practices and describes a fight in the police squad room. The station also talked to officers with experience working in the Omaha VA police department.

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Theme park employees caught in sex stings, child porn arrests

A six-month investigation by CNN reveals 35 employees from Florida’s Walt Disney World, five from Universal and two from SeaWorld have been arrested for sex crimes against children, trying to meet minors for sex, or for child pornography since 2006. CNN obtained police interrogation videos, police and court records and interviewed some of the men who were arrested, as well as law enforcement. The investigation has prompted proposed legislation that would allow businesses catering to children to polygraph employees.

Commissioner uses Tennessee state troopers as chauffeurs

Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons is using state troopers as chauffeurs, according to a hidden-camera investigation by WTVF-Nashville.

State officials stand by the decision, saying that the commissioner’s time is valuable and that the drivers provide more time for him to answer emails.

Emails show that troopers drove Gibbons at least 31 times in a two-and-a-half year period.

Racing company pocketed money pledged to military-related charities

When Spartan Race, an international obstacle course-racing company, launched a “Special Ops”-themed race in Tampa, it promised donations to local non-profits as a method of marketing. But months later, WTSP-TV found the race, which cost between $70 and $100 to enter, donated less than 40 cents per person to non-profits in dire need.

The station found that "the primary beneficiary, the SOCOM Care Coalition, received a check for just $2,486. That's less than 47 cents for every one of the 5,312 runners who finished the race; less than 33 cents for every one of the 7 ...

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Is an Arizona prison healthcare provider driving up its profits at the expense of taxpayers?

Arizona taxpayers pay $125 million a year to Corizon, a company contracted to provide healthcare to Arizona's inmate population. A KPNX-Phoenix investigation revealed there are questions about whether the company is driving up its profits at the expense of taxpayers.

What's more, billing records show the Department of Corrections is spending millions more to defend itself from a 2012 class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the Prison Law Office out of Berkeley, Calif. That filing accuses the department of not providing adequate medical care, mental health care and dental care to prisoners ...

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Public isn't told about state probes of police wrongdoing

The Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Program, or POST, is in charge of reviewing allegations of misconduct by police officers to see whether they should retain their state licenses.  Because of the secretive nature of the process, three years later, we don't know if a POST review has or has not been held on the now-former Branson, Missouri officer.

KYTV-Branson has been investigating confidential settlements between police departments and citizens who have accused officers of wrongdoing. The station started looking at this issue after learning about two confidential settlements by the City of Branson.  Both settlements came after ...

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Elderly, mentally ill and children trapped in broken court system

Thousands of Ohio’s most vulnerable residents are trapped in a system that was created to protect them but instead allows unscrupulous guardians to rob them of their freedom, dignity and money. Even judges who oversee the system acknowledge that it is broken, that it has ripped apart families, rendered the mentally ill voiceless, and left some elderly Ohioans dying penniless in nursing homes, a yearlong Columbus Dispatch investigation found.

Children under guardianship are all but forgotten. Adults without an estate are virtually ignored. And those who aren’t really mentally incompetent find it nearly impossible to end a guardianship ...

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Despite law, vehicles often not impounded in repeat DUI cases

A KCRA-Sacramento investigation found that officials often don’t use a law that allows them to impound cars of repeat DUI drivers.

The station obtained statistics on impounds from local police departments throughout Northern California. They found that some law enforcement agencies haven’t impounded a single repeat offender’s car in four years.  By cross-referencing those numbers with arrested drunk drivers who fit the impound criteria, the station learned there were dozens of drivers who could have been towed but weren’t.

Store owners repeatedly have big wins in Florida Lottery

Each year the Florida Lottery pays out billions of dollars in prizes. But records obtained by WFTS-Tampa show some people are winning a thousand dollars or more time and time again.

Of the Tampa Bay area's top 10 winners of scratch off games, nine had something in common. They were all affiliated with retail stores that sell lottery tickets.

Pinellas County convenience store owner Chirag Parmar once claimed five $1,000  prizes in only one day. His mom once claimed 12 wins in a day. Together they had 47 prizes of a thousand dollars or more in just three ...

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Workers complain building maintenance company paid workers improperly, mishandled rape allegations

An investigation by KIRO-Seattle resulted in two stories detailing the mistreatment of workers at ABM, a company that provides janitorial, security, parking and other building maintenance services. Some workers at ABM have complained that the company improperly paid them. Others claim that after they were raped at work, the company either failed to report the incident to police or waited days before contacting law enforcement.

ABM has settled two class action lawsuits related to wages in the state of Washington. And in the past seven years, the company has been sued six times for sexual harassment.