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 "Arizona desert" ...
Four-part series on the medical treatment of immigrant detainees in the United States. Goldstein and Priest exposed the shoddy, unethical and, at times, fatal treatment of immigrants during their detentions and as they were being deported to their native countries. Their stories led readers deep inside America's network of immigration prisons--a world that had grown exponentially in the years since 9/11, yet remained largely unknown and hidden from view. Their stories documented the deaths of 83 detainees. And in one of the most stunning revelation, Goldstein and Priest disclosed the previously unreported scope of a practice of forcible sedation of immigrants with dangerous psychotropic drugs during deportation to their native countries; they found more than 250 instances in which the drugs were used on people with no history of psychiatric problems. Their stories also revealed that the most prevalent cause of death among the immigrant detainees is suicide, including the hangings of detainees known to be in such fragile mental health that they had been assigned suicide watchers. They profiled the slipshod treatment of an ailing Korean immigrant, a legal U.S. resident for three decades detained in a rail in the Arizona desert, with a history of recurrent cancer. And they documented the flawed medical practices, bureaucratic ineptitude, sloppy record-keeping and staff shortages that cause detainees who are sick to suffer and sometimes to die.
LoMonaco and Spicuzza follow the story of Matias Garcia, a chili pepper farmer from Oaxaca, Mexico, who died in the Arizona desert after he crossed the border trying to find work. His family survived the journey, and in this story, they talk about their experience and the ordeals faced by thousands of other migrant workers.
The Wall Street Journal reports on rural sprawl in neighborhoods near Tucson, Arizona. The areas are known as 'wildcat' subdivisions-"sprawling tracts of land divided by a succession of owners in a way that leaves them exempt from basic county building requirements, such as putting in roads, sewers, and sidewalks . . . The problem has spread like cancer through Arizona, largely because of the tremendous demand for land here, and state law that prevents county officials from clamping down on wildcat growth." In addition, "while wildcat residents pay the same property tax rate as others in the county, the per-capita revenue from wildcat areas is far lower " due to the value of lots and the inequality of mobile homes versus Tucson houses. County officials in the area say that "bringing wildcat subdivisions up to code, including land surveys, roads, sewers and all the rest, could cost as much as $55 million a year. . . money the county doesn't have."
Chicago looks at the life of Captain Amy Lynn Svoboda, a U.S. Air Force pilot who died when her jet crashed into the desert during a training mission in Arizona. The story investigates the possible causes, from equipment malfunction to pilot error.
This story unveiled the truth about a lot of Juan Does found dead along desert roads and canals throughout Arizona: Mexican national drug gangsters are killing one another at an incredible rate, and getting away with it. The story reveled that up to 40 percent of homicides in Phoenix and Tucson involve alien drug traffickers -- mostly doing business out of Sinaloa. (November 10, 1996)
Farmers in the Gila River basin have already sucked down $500 million in government pork. New Times investigates how they now want another $20 million for a senseless flood-control project even though the project appears to fly in the face of new federal policies on flood management that discourage development in flood-prone areas. The proposed channnelization would devastate an emerging ecosystem not seen on Arizona's desert rivers for decades. (Nov. 24 - 30, 1994)