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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:
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A Las Vegas-based gaming company purchased an option to buy a plot of river-front land partially owned by a Pennsylvania state senator and his family. Controversy ensued when it was found that the state had sold water rights valued at $1.5 million for $100,000. Federal prosecutors subpoenaed documents on the sale, and real estate option from the state government and the gaming commission. The company reconfigured the option to exclude the senator and his family and then dropped the deal altogether.
Although Arizona has received more than 1,000 complaints about the private company they hire to take care of the mentally ill, Value Options continues to be paid millions of tax-payer money each year. In response to the KNXV investigation, Arizona announced a ground-breaking plan to improve the mental health system--including better housing, supervision and care.
"'Anatomy of a deal' and the series that followed covered the operation of the Fort McClellan Joint Powers Authority (JPA) in its mission to transform the former Fort McClellan Army base into part of the city of Anniston. The title story examined the specifics of the sale of the fort's prime real estate, the Buckner Circle area, to a group of developers with inside connections at the JPA. The story revealed the JPA gave the groups favorable treatment especially in neglecting to have the property appraised. The series that followed covered the JPA's response to the public fallout over the deal. Most residents of the area consider the redevelopment of the Fort McClellan of premier import, and the backlash over the deal reflected their concerns. Eventually the JPA was forces to open its meetings and records to the public."
Tags: real estate; historic preservation; former military base; development; option to buy; loophole of unincorporated nonprofit not subject to fair market value; property appraisal; cronyism; conflict of interest
"Air travelers resigned to suffering may be surprised to discover that they have alternatives to long lines, long treks, and long delays at big, traffic-chocked airports. But in major metropolitan areas from Boston to Miami ... some two dozen smaller airports are now competing for customers by offering lower fares, greater convenience, and more amenities. Our report helps consumers take advantage of their new airport options and shows that, by shopping wisely for the best deals in price, time, and convenience, they'll not only gain more control over their total travel experience, but they'll better protect the rest and relaxation value of their vacation.
Wall Street Journal looks at possible conflicts of interests resulting from university researchers holding equity or options in drug companies for whom they perform research; reveals some researchers manipulate their studies and results to help increase the value of their stocks, Jan. 26, 1989.