Investigations Blog

  • 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audit found a host of problems plaguing medical and mental-health care at Central Prison: inadequate staffing, an out-of-date facility, poor management and overuse of drugs and restraints in the psychiatric hospital.

    In March, Anthony Michael Kerr, 53, died of dehydration while in care of Alexander Correctional Institution.

    Here is the article on the previous death.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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