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:
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:
Search results for "land acquisitions" ...
"A four-month investigation into the redevelopment of a 235-acre Navy boot camp in the heart of San Diego revealed a lopsided deal that put cash in the pockets of developer Corky McMillin Cos. executives and left taxpayers footing the bill. The City of San Diego probably won't see any money from a promised 50-50 profits split, the investigation showed."
"Three and one-quarter acres. That's what the Missouri Department of Conservation has acquired in Jasper County since the passage of a...sales tax in 1976." The Joplin Globe found that while residents of the southwest Missouri county have generated millions of dollars for the Department of Conversation through such sales taxes -- they receive almost none of the benefits that were supposed to come with public lands. "No other county has less department-owned land," despite Jasper County ranking ninth out of Missouri's 114 counties in terms of sales-tax revenue generated for the Department of Conservation. This series takes a look at this disparity, and what is -- or is not -- being done about it on the state level. Officials with the Department of Conservation say their "aggressive acquisition phase has come to an end," and that they are more concerned with maintaining existing land they already own in the state -- leaving Jasper County in a position of continuing to foot the bill for benefits it will likely never see. The series also examines the pressure facing local landowners from urban residents looking for a place to hunt; with no public land in the county, many residents find themselves constantly "chasing away people who are hunting on their property" without permission.
The investigation found that people who contributed to Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign and major donors to the Republican Party of Florida were far more likely to get plum appointments to the state's powerful boards and commissions during the Bush tenure than those who contributed t the Florida Democratic Party of Bush's opponents.
Tags: Governor Jeb Bush; Republican Party of Florida; Florida Democratic Party; appointees; elected officials; Commission on Ethics; Division of Elections; Common Cause of Florida; Florida Prepaid College Board; Judicial Qualifications Commission; Land Acquisition and Facilities Advisory Board; Miami-Dade County School Board District; Governor's Mansion Foundation; Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Prison Rehabilitative Industries; Diversified Enterprises Board
Fortune examines the difficult task of Sandy Weill, the CEO of Citigroup, to "run this globe-girdling, product packed, merger-made monster, with its 240,000 employees and striking propensity for landing in hot water." The report looks at the mammoth bank as the "Sandi Weill's business," managing $270 billion in deposits. The story reveals that if Weill "gets hit by a truck," the bank lacks any "fail-safe succession plan." Fortune attempts "at constructing an organization chart of Weill's management team," depicting his longtime lieutenants. The report questions the Citigroup's strategy to continue to grow by acquisitions, and sheds light on the company's coming investment deals and variety of "e-efforts."
WTVT-TV found that millions of dollars of taxpayer's money was wasted. In fact, nearly as much money was spent on land acquisitions and paying attorneys to handle eminant domain cases as actually building the highway, a road now seen as nothing more than a cash cow with little ridership. (Feb. 6, 7 & June 27, 1995)
Appeal Democrat (Marysville, Calif.) finds conflicts of interests by Reagan appointees on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Trust for Public Lands; board members decide what land tracts will be purchased by the federal government, and then buy the land themselves and sell it to the government, thus making personal profit.
Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times 14 - story investigation finds suspicious land acquisition and demolition contracts for a trash recycling and incinerating plant for the city of Chester; finds that favored contractors received no-bid work; city officials paid to buy homes they could have condemned as unfit, and negotiated purchases that produced windfalls for some speculators; they paid twice for property appraisals and demolished houses the city did not own, June 12 - 20, 1989.
Tags: PA Getek Feeney
WSYR Radio (Syracuse) looks at a major construction project originally envisioned as a jewel of that city's urban renewal program; development was delayed by lags in financing and land acquisition; the contractor for this project is the one responsible for $50 million project in Florida that is also marred by serious construction delays, Nov. 28 - Dec. 1, 1983.