In its continuing series of investigative reports on gun crimes, Seattle’s KING TV found that police departments have not only been taking firearms off the streets with gun buyback events – some departments have been putting more firearms into circulation.
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The Washington Post
Review of FBI forensics does not extend to federally trained state, local examiners
The Washington Post reports that thousands of criminal cases at the state and local level may have relied on exaggerated testimony or false forensic evidence to convict defendants of murder, rape and other felonies, according to former FBI agents.
The Journal News
The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood
“In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and amid renewed nationwide calls for stronger gun control, some Lower ...
"While most departments said kits are rarely tested when the victim knows the suspect, one police department said these rape kits were prohibited from being tested due to state and federal law."
The Indianapolis Star
Star Watch Investigation: Vectren's costly coal deal is a profit for company, pain for ratepayers
“At a time when coal prices were at record highs, Vectren locked into expensive, multiyear agreements to buy almost all of its coal supply from its own wholly-owned mining subsidiary, Vectren Fuels. And ratepayers paid the price. Experts say Vectren disregarded the common industry practice of staggering its coal purchases through shorter-term contracts to hedge against unusually high prices.”
The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Highway Patrol discipline problems go beyond Lisa Steed
“While the case of Cpl. Lisa Steed, the one-time ...
A KCRA Investigation following missing parolees found a serious flaw in the state’s prison realignment plan.
Sexual predators are supposed to be monitored by GPS under California’s Megan’s Law. But KCRA has obtained a wanted list of parolees who either cut off or never showed up to wear their GPS monitor. More than a thousand are missing and 900 of those are sex offenders.
Under California’s realignment plan, even if the predators are caught it’s not a felony to cut off your GPS. Last year, you’d serve out all of your sentence in the ...Read more ...
"A 41 Action News investigation went undercover to learn about private club, the Global Information Network. After speaking to diehard members and vocal critics of this worldwide club, the questions turned to the leader of this secret society that claims to put thousands of dollars in your pocket."
"Using sourced internal memos and lists of parolees KCRA was able to determine that the 3-phase program would review everyone from minor offenders to those accused of the most violent offenses were in a hurried review that would end before July of next year. If the prison system doesn’t discharge them, the warrants all end up in the hands of the county."
In an investigation by Alex Cameron, director of the Oklahoma Impact Team, "it has been found that a job incentive program that has created tens of thousands of good-paying jobs in Oklahoma has also rewarded companies that cut jobs and even exported jobs overseas."
"A three-month investigation by Wendy Halloran, KPNX-Phoenix, revealed that a state funded juvenile treatment facility fired employees accused of sexual misconduct with patients before police were called.
"It was found that fired employees were able to keep their fingerprint clearance cards and obtain employment at other treatment facilities with children."
Investigative reporter Jennifer Loren of the Oklahoma Impact Team at KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City and KOTV News on 6 in Tulsa, Okla., found rampant fraud in the Lifeline “free cell phone” program in Oklahoma. Loren found little oversight of the federal program, and showed how companies are flocking to Oklahoma because much of the state is eligible to receive an extra subsidy because of its history as former tribal land. Loren was able to obtain a phone without proving she was eligible, in violation of the program’s rules.