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Search results for "FOI" ...

  • Bad Medicine

    "This series details the history of a Kansas City area neurosurgeon who has a long history of malpractice cases involving paralysis, disfigurement and deaths yet maintains a spotless Kansas medical license."

    Tags: FOI; malpractice; Department of Health and Human Services

    By Alan Bavley

    The Kansas City Star

    2011

  • Gauging FOI Worldwide

    "On a year-long stint in Mexico, Mendoza learned to use the country's new freedom of information laws. This inspired her to find out what other countries had similar laws and to encourage other reporters to use them." What came out of this were 140 AP reporters from around the world filing FOI reqeusts.

    Tags: FOI; worldwide; AP

    By Martha Mendoza; AP reporters worldwide

    Associated Press

    2011

  • The Fed's Trillion-Dollar Secret

    "Bloomberg News sued the Federal Reserve under the FOI Act, seeking disclosure of its loans to banks during the financial crisis. The central bank fought the release of the data for more than two years, during which time congress and the courts both weighed in on Bloomberg's side."

    Tags: FOIA; Federal Reserve; foreign banking; central bank

    By Bradley Keoun; Phil Kuntz; Bob Ivry; Craig Torres; Scott Lanman; David Yanofsky; Donal Griffin; Greg Stohr; Christopher Condon

    Bloomberg Business News (Princeton, N.J.)

    2011

  • "Superfund Project"

    This project was reported by a group of interns at The Oklahoman who wanted to investigate the effects of toxic areas on Oklahoman residents. They revealed that the government had been trying to "stimulate activity to clean up the sites" by just transferring wastes from one place to another. It was also found that "little had been done" on several federal Superfund projects, and many were "underfunded."

    Tags: FOI; EPA; database; Tar Creek; Environmental Protection Agency; toxic waste; lead; cadmium; Picher; G&J's Gorilla Cage; National Priorities List

    By Hailey Branson; LeighAnne Manwarren; David Wolfgang; Matt Carney; Dusty Somers; Nathan Poppe; David Hertz; Miranda Grubbs; Tetona Dunlap; Samantha Bohn; Mariah Gearhart; Blair Tomlinson; Mitchell Alcalo

    The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)

    2010

  • "Confidential Informants"

    NPR investigates the world of confidential informants and the partnership that forms between them and the U.S. government. This specific case involves an informant who was moving up in the ranks of a notorious Mexican drug cartel. At the same time the informant was getting paid to provide crucial information to the U.S., he was also helping capture, torment and kill drug rivals. The U.S. was aware of his actions and did nothing.

    Tags: Mexico; drug cartel; FOI; U.S. Immigration; ICE

    By Carrie Kahn; Marisa Penaloza; Philip Bruce; Andrew Becker; Michael Montgomery

    American Radioworks (NPR)

    2010

  • Watchdog website and its web pages

    The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com started this project in 2008 with the Right to Know page, a collection of databases developed internally to go along with stories and links to relevant public information. That site became part of the Watchdog page in 2009. In 2010, the staff continued to evolve the Watchdog page with "mini-sites" of investigative topics, such as a political corruption case at the Oklahoma Legislature; the staff's FOI fight over the birth dates of public employees; and allegations of bid-rigging with a married lawmaker and lobbyist for a private company seeking a state juvenile justice contract. Other "mini-sites" under Watchdog include ongoing coverage of the state Department of Human Services and the federal stimulus package.

    Tags: continuous coverage; online; watchdog; bid-rigging; Department of Human Services; federal stimulus; FOI; Right to Know

    By Oklahoman Watchdog Staff; Oklahoman Online Editors; Joe Hight; Paul Monies

    The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)

    2010

  • Murder Mysteries

    Schripps Howard News Service has conducted the most complete accounting ever made of homicide victims in the United States. Aggressive use of state and local Freedom of Information laws allowed the wire service to assemble a database of 525,742 homicides, including records of 15,322 killings never reported to the FBI. The "Murder Mysteries" project calculated the homicide clearance rate for every police department in the U.S., prompting four departments to promise reforms. Scripps also developed an algorithm that identified 161 suspicious clusters of unsolved homicides involving women of similar age killed through similar means. Authorities in Gary, Ind., and Youngstown, Ohio, Launched new investigations into possible serial murder in their communities as a result of this project.

    Tags: Murder; mystery; FBI; homicide; killings; serial killer; police department; investigation; FOI; algorithm; computer-assisted reporting;

    By Thomas Hargrove; Jason Bartz

    Scripps Howard News Service

    2010

  • "Murder Mysteries"

    The Scripps Howard News Service has compiled an extensive database of homicide victims in the U.S., by using state and local Freedom of Information laws. The project revealed records of more than 15,000 murders that were "never reporter to the FBI." As a result of the series, several police departments "promised reform," and new investigations into old murders were launched.

    Tags: FOI; FBI; Uniform Crime Report; serial killer; database; freedom of information; violence; criminologist

    By Thomas Hargrove

    Scripps Howard News Service

    2010

  • "Welfare Waste"

    Welfare funds can be, and often are, misused. A review of "two million state welfare transactions" by the KSTP-TV team reveals that EBT cards were used more than 100 times in liquor stores during the course of one month. They also found the money was spent on things like lottery tickets and tattoos, and the practice is entirely legal.

    Tags: FOI; Department of Human Services; EBT; Minnesota; Virgin Islands; Data Practices Act

    By Mark Albert; Mike Maybay; Lee Zwiefelhofer; Jim O'Connell

    KSTP-TV (Minneapolis)

    2010

  • "Derailed - A Star Tribune Speical Report"

    The Star Tribune and ProPublica revealed that the nation's "second-largest railroad company," Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), has gone to great lengths to cover up its legal mishaps and wrongdoings. In addition to losing evidence, the company and its lawyers worked to gain "unfair advantage "over opponents in "more than 20 court cases."

    Tags: railroad; BNSF; FOI; trains; crash

    By Paul McEnroe; Tony Kennedy; Paul Levy; Richard Meryhew; Sharona Coutts; Lisa Schwartz; Kitty Bennett

    The Star-Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN)

    2010