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 "Washington Department of Licensing" ...
In Everett, a vehicle with British Columbia plates struck a young boy and fled the scene, driving across the border back into Canada. Upon realizing the driver was Canadian, U.S. investigators dropped the case and did not ticket the man. An investigation by KIRO-TV finds that it is common for tickets issued to B.C. residents to remain unpaid without consequence because of the lack of a "reciprocity agreement" between Washington and British Columbia.
KIRO-TV used mapping software to prove that more than 600 registered sex offenders in Washington state are living within one city block of a licensed daycare, a state law violation. The reporters found an entire household of pedophiles living two doors away from a daycare. The state knew of this situation, but kept it a secret. KIRO-TV cameras also captured a known child molester living at the same address as a licensed home daycare facility.
Tags: mapping software; registered sex offenders; licensed daycare centers; Department of Corrections felony database; Washington State Department of Social and Health Services database; Washington State Patrol database of registered sex offenders.
How long does it take Washington state to shut down the day care centers who've time and again violated state standards? KING-TV asked this same question and battled three months for access to records. They found that of 60 day care centers shut down in Western Washington in the last three years, one-third of them were allowed to stay open far too long.
Expert auto repair surgeons lure customers into thinking they have a safe car by creating dummy airbags covers, but the bags are not inside. The tape exposes the case of a 50-year-old woman who was in a car accident and her air bag never deployed. The airbag had been cut out by the dealer who sold her the car. Dealers save thousands of dollars and that could cost lives. Many other cases like these are investigated by the news team. The tape shows how to tell a fake from a real air bag. It also holds a few of the liars accountable for making buyers think the cars have air bags.
Tags: TAPE; airbag; car; automobile; auto; auto dealer; car dealer; car accident; accident; fake airbag; Washington State Patrol Fatal Incident Report; Department of Licensing; collision; car crash; missing airbag.
"Operation Enduring Liberty"; "The Cops Are Watching You"; "The Big Chill"; "Vigilante Justice"; "Homeland Security X 50"; "Foreign? Suspicious!"; "D.C.'s Virtual Panopticon"
Series of articles in an issue of The Nation following various aspects of the "war on terror." Dreyfuss details the makeup of Maryland's Joint Terrorism Task Force and local police ties with the FBI field office. Cooper talks to Arabs in California who are seeing their organizations' numbers decline. Bach discusses citizens' groups that are encouraged to act as watchdogs on their neighbors, giving the example of a high school student with an expired visa who was turned in to authorities by his guidance counselor. Pell examines state laws and proposed laws creating new definitions of and punishments for "terrorism." Evans raises the issue of drivers' licenses and documentation of aliens. Parenti follows the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in Washington, D.C., and other cities. Several articles touch on the classification of protest groups in America as "terrorists."
Tags: homeland security; terrorism; police; immigrant; immigration; Ashcroft; civil liberties; Patriot Act; detainees; FBI; ACLU; Arab; Muslim; DOJ; INS; Justice Department; bioterrorism; bioterror; CCTV; surveillance
KIRO TV finds that "the Department of Labor and Industries does not do criminal background checks before issuing licenses to professional plumbers, electricians and contractors. KIRO TV uncovers more than 400 felons, convicted of at least 3500 crimes carrying state badges. This list also includes 45 registered sex offenders who acquired residential permits."