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 "Five Rivers" ...
The 1988 brutal rape and murder of a young mother and her daughter has left the child's grandmother, Phyllis Little, with 21 years of questions. In 2009, the NYPD announced they had arrested a man and charged him with the double-murder. Reporter Joshua Kors provides a detailed look at the lives of the murdered mother, as well as the man accused of killing her. Kors also describes the pain and guilt felt by Little for more than two decades.
An investigation into Five Rivers, a nonprofit meant to help find jobs and buy homes for those with low to moderate incomes, found that there was mismanagement of money. The majority of the revenues during the past 10 years "went towards the salary, health and life insurance, travel, meals and other expenses that benefited Five Rivers' executive director and her children."
How Corps Turned Doubt Into a Lock: In Agency Where the Answer Is 'Grow,' A Questionable Project Finds Support
A Washington Post investigation reveals that the Army Corps of Engineers may have ordered one of its study teams to make like lock improvements on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers seems cost-effective, even though an earlier study by the Corps found the costs outweigh the benefits. Donald Sweeney II spent five years studying the economic benefits of making lock improvements, and when he found it didn't make sense financially, the Corps re-assigned him because "he was working to slowly." The Washington Post reports that Sweeney "filed a detailed request for an investigation with a federal whistleblower agency, alleging that Corps leaders illegally manipulated a rationale for construction. The officials deny the allegations... Still, at a time when pressure is building for the Corps to curtail its historic penchant for massive spending on environmentally insensitive projects, this dispute has cast new light on an apparent agency-wide strategy to 'grow' the Corps."
"Twenty-five percent of Minnesota's bridges and 28 percent of North Dakota's bridges are older than their designed life span of 50 years... Across the United States, one bridge in nine needs to be replaced." Federal funds are available once a bridge scores a sufficiency rating of less than 50 (out of one hundred.) In the Grand Forks area, aging bridges pose a problem for farmers who can't move new, heavy farm machinery across them to their farms. Another issue is the fact that even though federal funds are available for as much as 80 percent of the cost of a replacement bridge, often poor counties have trouble paying the balance.
The Philadelphia Inquirer investigates a five part series on the Delaware River Port Authority becoming a a prime repository of political jobs. The Authority is a recession-proof patronage machine where the right references, or relatives, can be a lot more important than a resume. (Sept. 12 - 16,1995)