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:
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:
Search results for "United Property Owners" ...
With major corporations now involved, timeshare buyers face "high-pressure sales tactics, expensive financing, convoluted reservation systems, volatile and steep annual fees and questionable management and a dismal resale market in which owners virtually must give away their units in order to get rid of them." Even as major lawsuits have been field in recent years on behalf of timeshare buyers, "most states do little to regulate the industry and ensure that timeshare units are accurately represented and that the reservation systems are fairly administered."
These stories look at various aspects of Native American gaming. Specifically, the reporter chose to focus on how Foxwoods casino in Connecticut affected that community. The reporter drew parallels to Brownsville, PA to show how a potential Indian casino would affect her own town. She looks at property values, small- business owners and taxes.
Pure Greed: Why are so many San Franciscans losing their homes to the Ellis Act? So their landlords can make even more money.
According to the article, "When the Ellis Act was winding through the state legislature in the late 1980s, no one except the most seasoned tenant activists saw the danger....And while property owners may claim that the act simply allows them to get out of the landlord business, one thing's for sure: the more money they can make, the more owners take advantage of it. Between 1988 and 1995, San Francisco landlords used the law to take 25 buildings off the rental market. Between 1996 and 1999, as property values rose, they emptied 305 buildings -- evicting tenants from more than a thousand units."
Texas Monthly looks at the risk of depleting the Ogallala Aquifer, "a vast underground reservoir that stretches from the High Plains of Texas all the way to the Dakotas" and the "largest single groundwater source in the United States." The story exposes the plan of Boone Pickens, a former "oil tycoon and a feared corporate raider," to pump up water from Ogallala and to sell it to "cities like San Antonio and El Paso that are running out of water." The reporter finds that the dangerous approach of treating water like a marketable commodity results from a Texas law, which allows a property owner to "pump as much as he wishes ... no matter if he dries up his own water and his neighbors' water along with it."
WSOC-TV investigated the United House of Prayer for all People, which as several churches in the Charlotte area. One of them sits next to a two-million dollar mansion used only when the bishop comes to town. The investigation revealed that the church isn't paying some of its debts and some small business owners are on the losing end.