The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Apache" ...
The failed investigation of a police imposter who sexually assaulted at least 15 Apache teenagers serves as a window into the breakdown of law enforcement in Indian country. Native Americans suffer from disproportionate crime rates - especially sexual assaults - largely because of a dysfunctional criminal justice system. In this case, two men were falsely arrested and jailed; the real criminal got away and victims saw no justice. The government's own records, obtained through a federal lawsuit, demonstrate that the problem is systemic - a result of overlapping jurisdictions, mismanagement, lack of funding inadequate training and multiple other flaws.
This ongoing series reveals how continuing mechanical problems with both the Army's and Coast Guard's workhorse helicopters are putting pilots, crews and the public at risk. A newspaper data analysis showed that more than half of all Coast Guard aircraft accidents concerned one particular type of helicopter, which also had the most deadly and expensive accidents. In the Army, accidents involving its Apache helicopters have been more costly than any other aircraft over the past two years, with a third of the fleet grounded for maintenance at any given time.
A CBS investigative series examines the reasons for the growing accident rates of the Apache helicopter, "widely toted as the best attack helicopter in the world." The investigation finds that "over the last 20 years the Army has spent $ 14 billion on 700 Apaches" in spite of serious safety problems that the army decision-makers have been aware of. The story reveals that "the Apache's back up control system, thought to be a state-of-art safety device ... was actually being blamed for causing accidents." It also details how the "Apache operation were brought to a virtual standstill when the army grounded nearly the entire fleet just after the Kosovo war, " and how this cessation "forced the army to suspend routine training...." The story depicts the covered-up fears of most army aviators and cites an army top-expert admitting that "the Apache has a nasty history."
"Toxic waste from clandestine (methamphetamine) labs in the rural West is being dumped on the land and into streams, sewage systems and landfills," Snell writes. One third of the chemicals that can be used to "cook" meth are extremely toxic, and some "are also reactive, explosive, flammable, and corrosive." In Apache County, Arizona, the cleanup for one large meth lab took three days of work and $100,000. Smaller labs usually cost around $3,000 to $4,000 to clean up. Meth lab operators often move to the areas where neighbors and law enforcement won't notice the smell of the meth being cooked. These areas, like parts of national forests and lands operated by the Bureau of Land Management, are threatened by the toxic chemicals that meth lab operators often dump in them.
Inside the Army details the struggle of an Army helicopter pilot to save his career after testing positive for marijuana use. Members of the U.S. armed forces must be tested for drugs an average of once a year. Testing positive for drugs generally means the end of one's career. In this case, however, evidence showed the test was badly flawed, a fact the Army refused to acknowledge for almost two years. (June 10, August 12, November 15, 1996)
More than 28,000 metric tons of extremely lethal spent nuclear fuel are currently simmering in steel-lined concrete pools at commercial storage sites spread across 32 states. Rolling Stone magazine investigates plans to dump the nuclear waste on an Apache Indian reservation in New Mexico. The controversy has split Apaches among those who want tribal lands preserved and those who see a tremendous economic opportunity in turning their reservation into a nuclear waste dump. (June 13, 1996)
Public Citizen Magazine (Washington, D.C.) reports on the controversial plan to store thousands of tons of deadly high-level radioactive waste on a Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico; the dispute has split the Apaches living on the reservation between those who want the short-term profit and those who fear that the health threat is too great, January/February 1992.