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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:
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Loose restrictions in state law and scant oversight by regulators have allowed people to hijack Oregon’s medical marijuana program for purposes voters never intended, The Oregonian’s investigation revealed. Most patients are using the drug to treat chronic pain rather than terminal illness, far more marijuana is grown than patients consume, and traffickers ship the excess out of state for profit. At the heart of the yearlong investigation was a wide range of public records. First there were written documents: court records and police reports on medical marijuana growers; disciplinary actions against doctors who admit patients to the state program; internal policy manuals; and correspondence between regulators and doctors. Then there were electronic data. Through months of negotiations, the paper persuaded state health authorities to release a database of participants in the marijuana program that protected patient confidentiality. A separate database on Oregon State Police traffic stops helped us to demonstrate the widespread diversion of medical marijuana to the black market. Among the investigation’s original results, published as an occasional series: Communities in southern Oregon have concentrations of marijuana patients 10 times the statewide average; Police patrolling Oregon’s highways now seize more West Coast medical marijuana than pot grown outside the program; The state places few limitations on felons participating in the program, and dozens of trafficking prosecutions involve medical marijuana cardholders with existing criminal histories; Fifty-two children are legally permitted to use pot under the state program, with limited input from pediatricians or specialists treating their underlying illnesses; Nine doctors signed off on more than half the patients in the program, and 75 percent of patients used doctors with improbably high caseloads.
This report showed that high-ranking state officials destroyed and otherwise shielded from public view documents pertaining to sexual harassment allegations against other high- ranking officials.
A team of 52 Journal News reporters gathered evidence through a FOI audit of 121 agencies in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. The audit revealed that school districts and counties generally received an A for their compliance of FOI law. But police departments failed miserably, with a mere 37 percent of them giving out arrest data. Worse, New York's toothless Sunshine Law stifled access to public information and provided little incentive for government agencies to comply.
The billions of dollars poured into Homeland Security since Set. 11, 2001 has not made Texas communities significantly safer. Instead Homeland Security has evolved into a massive spending spree undertaken with inadequate planning, coordination or accountability. A good portion has been wasted on high-tech gadgetry that is of minimal practical use in real emergencies. A 2004 chlorine gas spill outside San Antonio showed that emergency response efforts have not improved since the 9-11 attacks.
The author found that thousands of Maryland workers relied on the Maryland Employment Standards Service to help them file claims for unpaid wages. The office's funding was cut in 2005, and many workers who need to recoup unpaid wages do not have any where else to turn for help.
This WMAR investigation into the amount of crime on Maryland college campuses was prompted by the stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins University student while he slept in his dorm. The TV station wanted to take a more in-depth look into campus crime, so it analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education's Clery Act to determine a rate of crime at state college campuses. The investigation also showed footage of campus crimes after a series of challenging negotiations with some college campuses to release surveillance video under state open records laws.
A classic case of negotiating over public records, this series of stories chronicles the legal battle between the University of Louisville and the Courier-Journal. Since filing suit in 2001, the newspaper maintained that the public needs to know the donors who contribute to the McConnell Center for Political Leadership, which was founded by Senator Mitch McConnell. The donor list to the McConnell Center includes some of the largest corporate names in Kentucky, names that also rank among the top donors to McConnell's political campaigns. The stories even uncovered legislative attempts, by Sen. McConnell and his allies, to block access to foundation documents. In November 2004 the courts ruled in favor of the newspaper.
Tags: FOIA; University funding; University of Louisville; McConnell Center for Political Leadership; Senator Mitch McConnell; donors to campaigns; donations to universities; public records; data negotiation; political fraud