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Cracking Down on Political Corruption in Merced County Doesn’t Come Easy

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Former IRP student Brian Krans’s report on local political corruption in Fresno County ran on KQED’s The California Report. He explored how a district attorney charged two important local officials with bribery. However, the breadth of this issue is much wider than just a few indictments. Click the “more” link below to hear the story in full:

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The Navy’s Terrible Accident Record Is Now Hidden From Public View

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The IRP’s Jason Paladino writes for The Atlantic about the secret removal of safety data on Navy accidents. Although there have been previous reports of high-ranking officials hindering the disclosure of Navy documents, a representative from the agency insists that the removal decision was part of a website redesign.

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Why Did No One Save Gabriel?

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The Atlantic has published an investigation that exposes the failure of Los Angeles County child-protective caseworkers to protect Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old under their watch who was murdered by his mother and her boyfriend in 2013 after suffering months of torture and abuse. Garrett Therolf, who reported on Gabriel’s death for The Los Angeles Times, spent the past year retracing the details of this case.

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Former Fugitive Pablo Duran Sr. Pleads Guilty in Trafficking Case

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Pablo Duran Sr., a central figure in the IRP’s and Investigative Studio’s Frontline documentary Trafficked in America, has pleaded guilty to encouraging illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals, some of them minors, for financial gain. The IRP’s Daffodil Altan and reporter Catherine Trautwein report on the case for Frontline.

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For the Love of the Local Newspaper

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In the wake of a shooting that left five staffers dead at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, IRP Director John Temple writes for The Atlantic about the important role local newspapers play in reporting on their communities.

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Years of abuse allegations reported at Lancaster home before boy died

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IRP and Common Sense News reporter Garrett Therolf’s story in the Los Angeles Times explores the death of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos from head injuries. The boy was never removed from his home despite years of severe abuse allegations against family members by teachers, a counselor, school administrators and relatives.

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“Putin’s Cook” set out to mine gold in Africa

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A story in “The Bell,” published by IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya, details how a November 2017 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir paved the way for gold mining in the Sudan by Russian companies. Evgeny Prigozhin, a businessman connected with Putin whose companies include private security firm the Wagner Group, is a prime beneficiary of these concessions.

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Inside the Tax Bill’s $25 Billion Oil Company Bonanza

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A Pacific Standard analysis by former IRP fellow Antonia Juhasz, finds the oil and gas industry to be among the tax bill’s greatest financial beneficiaries. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is reported to provide a total of $25 billion in direct one-time benefits to 17 oil and gas companies.

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Telegram ban flop calls into question Russia’s internet might

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After interference in the U.S. elections, the West considers Russia to be a serious cyberforce. But can Russia really ban major foreign internet services, à la China? A failed attempt to shut down instant-messenger service Telegram suggests the answer may be “no,” reports The Bell, founded by IRP Fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya.

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