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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 26,000 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.

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  • Nuclear Missteps

    Beginning with his discovery of an internal Air Force admission of "rot" infesting its nuclear missile forces, AP National Security Writer Robert Burns probed to extraordinary depths within this highly secretive, rarely investigated organization for eight months to reveal a series of missteps by men and women with their finger on the trigger of the world's most deadly weapons. Using sources inside and outside the Air Force, in Washington and beyond, Burns documented deliberate safety and security violations, personal misbehavior, training failures, leadership lapses and chilling evidence of malaise among those entrusted with nuclear weapons. Burns peeled away the veneer of Air Force assurances that nothing was amiss, and brought to the attention of the American public a fuller picture of a nuclear missile force facing an uncertain future. His reporting prompted the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, to lament these "troubling lapses" and make a personal visit tot he force to insist they live up to their standards and demonstrate that they can be trusted with nuclear responsibilities.

    Tags: nuclear weapons; air force

    By Robert Burns

    Associated Press


  • Force at the Border

    On Oct. 10, 2012, one or more Border Patrol agents shot an unarmed Mexican teenager 10 times in the back and head, firing through the border fence from Arizona into Nogales, Mexico. Agents said Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez had thrown rocks at them. But their version of events didn’t square with the facts. As Arizona Republic reporters dug further into that killing and into 41 other cases of deadly force by on-duty Border Patrol agents, they found that agents who use deadly force face few if any public repercussions, even when the cases appear dubious. They found that agents who kill are protected by a culture of secrecy at Customs and Border Protection. The country’s largest law-enforcement body, CBP also is among the least transparent – in fact, its policies fly in the face of best practices recommended by national police organizations. The investigation found previously unreported deaths at the hands of agents. It found that hundreds of Border Patrol agents didn’t use deadly force, despite facing the same circumstances as the agents who killed. In addition, it examined why border deaths don't spark outrage and how the Border Patrol is increasingly backing up local police and conducting local police duties.

    Tags: border patrol; customs and border protection; police

    By Bob Ortega, Rob O'Dell, Daniel Gonzalez

    Arizona Republic (Phoenix)


  • Made in Bangladesh

    Following two deadly factory disasters, Fault Lines traces Bangladesh’s garment supply chain to investigate whether U.S. retailers like Walmart and Gap know where their clothes are being made. In November 2012, a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed at least 112 people. Walmart’s Faded Glory brand shorts were among the clothing found in the charred remains. Walmart blamed its supplier, saying the order had been subcontracted to Tazreen without its authorization. But as Fault Lines follows the paper trail of the Faded Glory order, what some call an “open secret” is revealed: that corporations deliberately turn a blind eye to the practice of subcontracting. The owner of the factory at the center of the Faded Glory order describes how it ended up in Tazreen, and an insider explains how retailers cut corners to keeps prices low. To confirm the allegations, Fault Lines visits an unauthorized finishing house, where children as young as 12 are unexpectedly found working on Old Navy products.

    Tags: international retail factories

    By Mat Skene, Paul Sapin, Laila Al-Arian, Anjali Karmat, Tum Gruzca, Andy Bowley, Warwick Meade, Joel Van Haren, Omar Mullick, Laura Gutierrez, Anuradha Hasemi, Masrur Rahman Masud, Nafeesa Syeed, Jonathan Klett, Mark Scialla, David Michaels, Omar Duwaji

    Al Jazeera America


  • Police Misconduct on Long Island hidden by secrecy law and weak oversight

    A nine-month Newsday investigation found that Long Island law enforcement agencies have breached the trust of the citizens they are paid to protect by using New York State’s officer privacy law to hide egregious cases of police misconduct, ranging from falsifying reports and lying to shooting innocent people. Newsday obtained and published portions of previously secret internal affairs investigations, confidential deadly force investigative reports and more than 6 hours of recorded Internal Affairs interviews. The paper’s effort revealed dozens of previously secret misconduct cases and informed the public of the law that helps keep those records hidden from inspection. Without Newsday, the public might never have learned the scope and breadth of offenses being committed in secret by the officers sworn to protect them.

    Tags: foia; police; privacy laws; police misconduct; internal affairs

    By Gus Garcia-Roberts; Sandra Peddie; Adam Playford; Will Van Sant; Aisha-Al Muslim; Matt Clark; Nicole Fuller; Mark Harrington; David Schwartz; Matthew Doig; Jamshid Mousavinezhad; Erin Geismar; Saba Ali; Michael Aguggia; Matthew Cassella

    Newsday (New York)


  • Deadly Delays

    Nearly every baby born in the United States has blood collected within a day or two of birth to be screened for dozens of genetic disorders. Each year, newborn screening is credited with saving or improving the lives of more than 12,000 babies in the United States. The entire premise of newborn screening is to detect disorders quickly so babies can be treated early, averting death and preventing or limiting brain damage, disability and a lifetime of costly medical care. The investigation found that thousands of hospitals — and dozens of state agencies that oversee the programs — are failing America’s children due to an ineffective and unaccountable newborn screening system wracked by deadly delays. As a result, children who should be diagnosed and treated shortly after birth are suffering preventable brain damage, disability and even death — as if they had been born decades before today’s screening tests and treatments were available. In an analysis of nearly 3 million newborn screening tests from throughout the country, the Journal Sentinel found that hundreds of thousands of blood samples from newborn babies arrive late at labs where they are to be tested. Despite very clear and dramatic warnings to send blood samples to state labs within 24 hours, many hospitals don’t comply, and instead wait days and then send blood samples in batches, saving a few dollars in postage. Problem hospitals throughout the country face no consequences and often are not even notified they are putting babies’ lives at risk.

    Tags: newborn; delays; hospitals; blood samples; babies

    By Ellen Gabler; Mark Johnson; John Fauber; Allan James Vestal; Kristyna Wentz-Graff

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


  • Trail of Dirty Deeds

    A 41 Action News investigation uncovered a widespread real estate fraud scheme in the Kansas City area, comprised of forged signatures of both the living and the dead. The investigation exposed how the crime is “shockingly easy” to pull off, leaving victims to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees to fix the damage one forged signature can cause. The ongoing reports later discovered potential changes to Missouri state law that could help thwart the problem of stealing homes.

    Tags: real estate; fraud; signature

    By Ryan Kath

    KSHB-TV (Kansas City


  • Breakdown

    BREAKDOWN was a set of Star Tribune stories examining failures in Minnesota’s public mental health system that have left thousands of psychiatric patients languishing in county jails or discharged without proper care – often with dangerous or deadly results. Four stories were formal, heavily-investigated installments of the series; four others were spot stories written off news related to the core premise.

    Tags: mental health; patients; psychiatric; minnesota

    By Paul McEnroe

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune


  • Trail of Dirty Deeds

    A 41 Action News investigation uncovered a widespread real estate fraud scheme in the Kansas City area, comprised of forged signatures of both the living and the dead. The investigation exposed how the crime is “shockingly easy” to pull off, leaving victims to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees to fix the damage one forged signature can cause. The ongoing reports later discovered potential changes to Missouri state law that could help thwart the problem of stealing homes.

    Tags: fraud

    By Ryan Kath; Melissa Greenstein; Michael Butler; John Woods

    KSHB-TV (Kansas City, Mo.)


  • The Shell Game

    On April 24, 2013, a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas, killing 15 people, destroying scores of homes, and leaving a 93-foot deep crater at the blast site. Among the dead were 10 first responders, including five members of the small West Volunteer Fire Department which protects the town of 2,800 on a budget of about $10,000 a year. Within hours of the blast our investigative team pinpointed state records showing how the Texas State Legislature has denied rural volunteer fire departments access to millions of dollars in tax revenue that was collected specifically to help those departments better train and equip for disasters. Our investigation would eventually find that the West Volunteer Fire Department was among the hundreds of departments asking for help from the state but unable to receive it because of a giant shell game run by lawmakers in Austin.

    Tags: explosion; deaths; public records; fire department; government

    By Scott Friedman; Eva Parks; Peter Hull; Shannon Hammel

    KXAS-TV (Dallas)


  • A 911 Call's Deadly Aftermath

    In 2013 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette followed up on a tip that police visited the house of a woman 24 hours before she was killed in response to her disconnected 911 call. We quickly learned that there were numerous problems with the police response, which we documented in a series of stories. Police never spoke to or saw the caller; they talked only to a man at the house through a window (who turned out to be her killer); they never called a supervisor for guidance; and they could have been more aggressive in their efforts. We also reported that the situation was eerily similar to one 25 years earlier. Our stories led to new police protocols for handling domestic violence and “unknown trouble” calls as well as new powers for the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board to review future police bureau policies.

    Tags: police

    By Liz Navratil; Jonathan D. Silver

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette