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 "land-use regulation" ...
An ongoing series looking at the recent growth in Wisconsin’s sand mining industry to meet the increased demand from oil and gas drillers. The frac sand industry has created jobs and economic development in Western Wisconsin, but many residents worry that the industry is not properly regulated. Concerns remain about the impact of the mining on human and environmental health, transportation, and land use.
Takings Initiatives Accountability Project: The Center for Public Integrity investigates ballot initiatives that would radically change land-use and environmental regulation in five Western states
The [non-partisan]Center for Public Integrity investigated 2006 "ballot initiatives that were designed to radically change land-use and environmental regulation in five Western states. They discovered that a trio of "secret donors" accounted for 99% of the propostions' bankrolls, and some of the initiatives did not comply with campaign-finance and other regulations. Then the Center revealed that 85 percent of the funding was coming from a single wealthy real estate investor and Libertarian activist, Howard RIch All but the Arizona inititative failed at the ballot. The Center for Public Integrity set up a stand-alone website-- www.takings initiatives.org-- and filed more than 50 articles on it. "Our general practice-- and a novel one as far as we can tell-- was to mount verbatim transcripts of the interviews on our website, including audio recordings where available. We sought to allow proponents, opponents funders and experts to have a chance to present their side of the story in their own words." The Center also checked with state and federal regulators for compliance of relevant laws and regulations.
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"This entry builds on 3 1/2 years of coverage about a web of corrupt dealings involving county commissioners, a defunct golf stadium development, county grants, the PGA Tour, a boiler room stock house and our local state attorney. ... In 2000, Barron's magazine raised questions about the investment claims of David Mobley, a hedge fund manager and Stadium Naples original primary financier. We added to the coverage by confirming that Mobley's trading records had been seized, within weeks he confesed cheating investors out of $60 million to federal regulators." FOIA material used for this report is also included. Also please go through file #16064, and #15021for the complete set of stories.
Common Cause Magazine discusses how the Reagan Administration reinterpreted the Fifth Amendment to require the federal government to pay private citizens not only fair market value for seized lands, but also the value of the lands if they were fully development; the resulting sky-rocketing costs were then used by Attorney General Ed Meese and others in attempts to redefine all aspects of government regulation from public lands use to environmental concerns; Reagan-appointed judges are still carrying out this philosophy, Summer 1994.
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