Investigations Blog

  • Firm charges UNC $1.65 million for PR on fraud scandal, other work

    Posted by Dan Kane on November 18, 2014

    The amount of money UNC is spending on outside public relations in the wake of the academic fraud scandal is crossing past $2 million.

    A copy of the contract provided under a public records request shows Edelman will receive more than $1.65 million for public relations services over the period of a year, ending April 30, 2015. The contract is not specific as to what kinds of services the firm will provide, but UNC officials confirmed last month that at least 14 employees from the firm worked on the public release of former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein’s report on the scandal.

    Wainstein’s report confirmed that the scandal had its roots in keeping athletes eligible to play sports, particularly in the revenue sports of basketball and football. Nearly half of the 3,100 students who took the fraudulent classes in the long-running scheme were athletes.

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  • UNC spending $782K on PR firm helping with academic scandal

    Posted by Dan Kane on October 29, 2014

    UNC has paid Edelman, a major public relations firm, $782,000 for help handling the academic fraud fallout and other communications efforts. A UNC spokesman says the money comes from money that isn’t taxpayer-supported funds.

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  • Another mentally ill inmate died of dehydration

    Posted by Joseph Neff on September 25, 2014

    A North Carolina prison inmate with a history of mental illness died of dehydration in March, according to an Associated Press report. All the details are not yet known, but there are a number of striking similarities to the 1996 of a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post traumatic stress. A subsequent federal audit found a host of problems plaguing medical and mental-health care at Central Prison: inadequate staffing, an out-of-date facility, poor management and overuse of drugs and restraints in the psychiatric hospital.

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  • For N&O, ‘Contract to Cheat’ is a different investigative approach

    Posted by Steve Riley on September 4, 2014

    Series exposes widespread tax cheating in construction nationwide. And it’s truly digital first.

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  • Gov. McCrory signs into law measure to curb pension spiking in NC

    Posted by Dan Kane on July 30, 2014

    Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed into law a measure to prevent highly-paid state and local officials from using the state retirement system to support spikes in their pensions caused by pay hikes as they near retirement.

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  • US Senate hearing on college athletics will feature former UNC athlete

    Posted by Dan Kane on July 8, 2014

    Devon Ramsay, a former UNC football player whose career was derailed by an NCAA violation that was later overturned, is among those scheduled to testify before a committee looking into the well-being of college athletes.

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