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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 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:
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While the Obama administration declared care for returning U.S. military personnel to be a top priority, reporter Aaron Glantz found something entirely different when he drilled down in the San Francisco Bay Area – home to more than a quarter-million veterans. In a series of stories for The Bay Citizen, which is part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, Glantz exposed an alarming failure inside the Department of Veterans Affairs, where mistakes and massive delays in processing disability claims for ailing veterans were the norm, sometimes leading to tragic consequences. Glantz was the first to detail this trend, finding that tens of thousands of Northern California veterans had been waiting an average of 313 days for a decision from the Oakland office on compensation claims for conditions as serious as traumatic brain injury. The Oakland regional office ranks fifth in the nation for number of veterans served – nearly 1 million veterans from the Oregon border to Bakersfield. The story was so shocking it prompted 16 members of Congress to demand immediate help for veterans filing through Oakland. More action quickly followed. Glantz had found through his reporting that the problem was not limited to the Bay Area. Next he set out to show it. The decision to dig deeper – to go beyond the local story – helped bring greater context to such a critically important issue. Through rich storytelling and clear writing, Glantz ably captured the plight of our veterans in his series, Returning Home to Battle.
Farmers in Colorado have to fight for water with developers even when the weather is good. But this summers' draught has compounded the problem. The farmers along St. Vrain river can see the precious commodity flowing past their dry fields to some developer who has paid more money for the water rights. Many had to sell their farms and cattle as it was becoming tough to survive.
The Post magazine found that a number of internal documents from the Washington office of Phillip Morris Cos. Inc. have turned up at the Houston office of a small anti-smoking doctor's group called Doctors Ought to Care through anonymous sources. The documents are concerned with the company's struggle to prevent the government from legislating or regulating cigarettes out of profitable existence. The article provides unusual insight into the lobbying methods, campaign funding, policy priorities and advocacy of leading company in the American tobacco industry. Article includes actual text of memos. (Dec. 3, 1995)
Detroit Free Press reports on parolees from the Michigan Department of Corrections and how only 6.3 percent of convicted felons serve their full sentences, compared to 17 percent nationally; finds that the parole board frequently breaks the law by releasing inmates without jobs or educational plans; finds the easing of prison crowding is a priority over public safety; budget cuts have reduced the number of parole officers and the psychiatric treatment of violent criminals, July 18 - 19, 1992.
Rocky Mountain News (Denver) runs series on people betting for the Denver Broncos in the largest betting binge in Colorado history; federal and state officials have given sports betting a low priority, allowing a reported tenfold increase in the number of bookies, May - August 1987.