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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 26,000 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.

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Search results for "Dallas County" ...

  • Critical Delays: Dallas County’s Response to the West Nile Epidemic

    In the summer of 2012, Dallas County became the epicenter of the worst West Nile virus outbreak in American history. This investigation revealed critical delays in Dallas County’s response contributed to the health epidemic, where 15 people died and more than 150 others were left with long-term disabilities including brain damage, and muscle paralysis in Dallas County alone.

    Tags: Health; West Nile virus; epidemic; Dallas

    By Investigative Reporter: Scott Friedman; Producer: Eva Parks; Photojournalist: Peter Hull; Researcher: Shane Allen; Executive Producer: Shannon Hammel

    KXAS-TV (Dallas)


  • Bail Bondsmen: Working the Numbers

    A year-long investigation into the bail bond industry by the Dallas Morning News focused on the relationship between bail bondsmen, the judicial system, and the county government. The investigation uncovered corrupt practices, sweetheart deals, and dysfunctional oversight that cost taxpayers many millions of dollars.

    Tags: Bail Bondsmen; County Government; Judicial System; Sweetheart Deals

    By Kevin Krause, Ed Timms

    The Dallas Morning News


  • Constables Under Fire

    The reporters uncovered evidence of widespread corruption, wrongdoing and incompetence in a series of investigative articles that targeted Dallas County constables, as well as questionable practices by a district attorney who was reluctant to investigate them.

    Tags: constable; corruption; Dallas; county; district attorney; incompetence

    By Kevin Krause; Ed Timms

    Dallas Morning News


  • "Arrested Developments: Crime Streets of Athens"

    The staff of The Red & Black spent several months collecting and compiling crime documents from law enforcement departments throughout Athens, Ga. The student reporters wanted to find and report current information on the "most crime-ridden residential streets in Athens-Clarke County," which is where the University of Georgia is located. The UGA population (students, faculty and staff) makes up a "big chunk" of Athens. The Red & Black takes a look at crime in the area to see whether or not the higher crime areas have an affect on those who "attend and work" at the university.

    Tags: UGA; University of Georgia; Athens; Athens-Clarke County; Athens Housing Authority

    By Jacob Demmitt; Polina Marinova; Carey O'Neil; Dallas Duncan; Mimi Ensley; Paige Varner; Wes Blankenship; William Brown

    The Red & Black (University of Georgia - Athens)


  • "Under the Influence"

    Dallas County has the "third-highest rate" of alcohol-related driving deaths. Reporters for the Dallas Morning News revealed that about "40 percent" of those who are sentenced for "intoxication manslaughter" are given probation instead of serving jail time to ensure treatment. The people of Dallas do not always agree.

    Tags: DWI; manslaughter; drunk driving; probation; Dallas; Texas Department of Public Safety; Lexis Nexis

    By Diane Jennings; Selwyn Crawford; Darlean Spangenberger

    Dallas Morning News


  • "Deporting Justice"

    In an ongoing television series, WFAA-TV reveals that thousands of felons accused of murder, rape and assault are often deported instead of standing trial. In Dallas, many of the accused felons are Mexican citizens who, instead of facing criminal trial in the states, are put on a bus and shuttled back to Mexico where they are set free. Deporting the accused felons also decreases the chance of "jail overcrowding."

    Tags: deportation; Dallas County; immigration; ICE; Immigration and Customs Enforcement;

    By David Schechter; Mark Smith; Kraig Kirchem

    WFAA-TV (Dallas)


  • Property Tax, Appraisals Explained

    When valuing a piece of land the sales price is needed but buyers and sellers of property are required to disclose the price. Appraisal districts must find the information itself but when an outside expert was hired to review the job of the appraisal districts, tens of thousands of errors were found where property values would be up to ten percent off.

    Tags: housing; realty; realtor; Dallas County Chief Appraiser; DCAD; property tax; real estate;

    By Tracy Delatte; Paul Adrian; Kevin Boie; Joe Ellis; Maria Barrs

    KDFW -TV (Dallas)


  • Cell Disease: Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence

    This story focused on the lack of adequate medical and mental health care coverage at the Dallas County Jail. The author chronicled several instances of medical neglect that resulted in very close calls for the inmates.

    Tags: prison; prisoners; health care; medicine; doctors; FOIA; Freedom of Information; public records; mental health

    By Matt Pulle

    Dallas Observer


  • The Price of Prosperity

    Lavigne found that Collin County, a suburb of Dallas, had one of the highest median income rates in the nation, and also one of the lowest median net worth rates among wealthy counties. Upon looking deeper, she found that bankruptcies had doubled in a five-year period, and there had been 3,300 foreclosures on homes, most of them in high income neighborhoods. She interviewed dozens of families, clergy, business people, finance experts and other residents of Collin county for her series, as well as accessing federal, state and local data. She found that many people were living beyond their means to keep up with their neighbors.

    Tags: Personal finance; median income; down-sizing; lay-offs; IT jobs; spending habits; credit card debt

    By Paula Lavigne

    Dallas Morning News


  • Faith amid growing Masses: Collin sees Baptist stronghold fade as wave of Catholics migrates to area

    In the last 10 years in Dallas and Collin counties, a 50-year trend in religious affiliation has been reversed. Catholicism has become the dominant religion in previously Baptist strongholds. The story, based on data from the Census and the Glenmary Research Center in Nashville, Tenn., examines how migration over the years has changed the religious makeup and how that in turn has changed communities.

    Tags: faith; religion; Baptists; Catholics; demographics

    By Linda Stewart Ball and Paula Lavigne

    Dallas Morning News