Investigations Blog

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

    Posted by Steve Riley on September 4, 2014

    Our new series, “Contract to Cheat”, published online Thursday, reveals widespread tax cheating in the construction industry in North Carolina and beyond. In North Carolina, in fact, we estimate $467 million a year in annual state and federal tax revenues lost through companies misclassifying workers as independent contractors.

    The series is unusual for us in a couple of respects. Our typical investigative series publishes nearly simultaneously in print and online and, while we have the occasional collaboration with our friends at The Charlotte Observer, that’s where the sharing usually ends.

    This time, however, we published first digitally. And we published it all. You can find five days’ worth of coverage, considered in the traditional print sense, all at once online, along with video, interactive graphics, documents and stories. Our print series starts Sunday and runs through Thursday.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Root for Ghana to Advance

    Posted by Joseph Neff on June 16, 2014

    While the United States might not like the looks of Ghana on the soccer pitch, there’s plenty to root for in the West African nation.


  • Anti-pension spiking measure not in House budget

    Posted by Dan Kane on June 12, 2014

    The measure, which shifts the cost of pension spiking from the retirement system to government agencies, is headed to the House floor as a separate bill next week.


  • House committee passes pension reform bill

    Posted by Dan Kane on June 4, 2014

    The legislation would shift the cost of late, large pension increases for well-paid officials to the government agencies they work for, sparing the pension system.


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