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 "Pensacola" ...
This series detailed how high levels of radium 226/228, known human carcinogens linked to bone and nasal cancers, contaminated public drinking water wells that provided water to thousands of people in Northwest Florida between 1996-2000. The public utility responsible for water safety resisted state efforts to clean the radioactive material and inform the public, because it cost too much money. The Utilities Authority conducted tapwater samples that measured high concentrations of radium coming out of fountains at an elementary school, regional airport, government offices, and the tourist welcome center, but the results of these samples were never made public.
Tags: radium; human carcinogens; bone cancer; nasal cancer; contaminated drinking water wells; radioactive material; Escambia County Utilities Authority; drinking water; Agrico Chemical Co. Superfund hazardous waste; U.S. Florida Department of Environmental protection; radium-tainted water; Escambia County Health Department; Pensacola Regional Airport; Santa Rosa Island Authority; Cordova Park Elementary School; Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water; American Agricultural Chemical Co.; U.S. Geological Survey; maximum contamination level; MCL; Northwest Florida Management District; water cleanup; Environmental Protection Agency; "limited action" cleanup DuPont; ConocoPhillips; Conoco Inc.; The Williams Co.; Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
The story explains how some Florida contractors [involved in highway construction] "have used the claims process to re-engineer the low-bid system" because "they underbid to get the job and then try to make their profits with supplemental claims and lawsuits." From 1995 to 2000, Florida road builders demanded more than $185 million in claims from the State's Department of Transportation. Anderson Columbia Co. and White Construction were two of the companies that accounted for most lawsuits filed from 1995 to 2000 (18 percent and 13 percent), respectively.
Tags: Anderson Columbia Co.; White Construction; JB Coxwell Contracting; Florida Department of Transportation; Florida Transportation Builders Association; Pensacola; Tallahassee; Dispute Resolution Board; Florida Legislature
From IRE Contest entry form: "This series, for the first time, brought to light the staggering volume of toxic chemicals released each year into the air, water, land and underground, and the possible contribution of this pollution to the high rates of cancer and other health problems. We found that industries in Escambia County, which includes Pensacola, emitted the highest total volume of toxic pollution in Florida in 1998, the latest year for which federal statistics were available. The county ranked No. 22 nationwide, with industries here emitting more toxic pollution than the entire state of New Jersey. One month after the series was published, federal statistics for 1999 were released, ranking the county No. 18 nationwide."
The Post's article concerns the fatal shooting of a doctor and his unarmed escort at an abortion clinic in Pensacola, FL. The article details how the suspect had espoused violence and had been arrested at the same clinic prior to the shooting, July 30, 1994.
Tags: FL James Crime 4 pages
Pensacola (Fla.) News-Journal articles outline the history of a con man, indicted in a $6 million counterfeiting ring, October 1983.