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Investigating after an industrial explosion

A chemical plant explosion in Geismar, La. has injured more than 30 people and killed at least one, according to Louisiana State Police. It's the first major explosion since the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people. When a major plant explosion happens, how do you figure out what went wrong? Journalists have been asking that question and getting answers in Texas, some of which might be helpful for reporters starting to gather the facts in Louisiana. IRE compiled some of those stories, some IRE resources and some helpful databases for investigating after an industrial explosion.

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Award-winning journalists and live performances as IRE Conference returns to Texas

We hope you’ve already made plans to join us at San Antonio’s Riverwalk on June 20-23 at #IRE13 where for the first time in seven years, Investigative Reporters and Editors will bring its amazing annual conference back to Texas.  http://ire.org/conferences/ire-2013

The line-up already includes prominent Pulitzer-prize winners, like the bilingual bicultural team that brought you the Mexico Walmart investigation – Alejandra Xanic Van Bertrab and David Barstow, who published a joint investigation of corporate corruption in The New York Times. There will be legendary editors like Leonard Downie Jr. and ProPublica’s Steve Engelberg, as ...

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San Antonio withholds employee identifiers, with backing from Attorney General

By Joe Yerardi

Back in September, I filed a public records request with the City of San Antonio asking for their last five years of payroll data. When I received the responsive records earlier this month, I was surprised to find that the data did not include employee identification numbers.

As any data journalist worth their salt knows, employee identification numbers are the most reliable way to match individuals who appear in multiple records--both within the same table and across multiple tables. People change job titles. People change departments. They even change their names when they marry. But an employee ...

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