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Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Enters Guilty Plea on Bribery Charge

Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Enters Guilty Plea on Bribery Charge

Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, the second most powerful official at city hall, is headed to federal prison after admitting to receiving nearly $500,000 in bribes and kickbacks tied to the Dallas County Schools scandal. Read More

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Saturday, Jun 16, 2018
Behind the Cameras: The Fall of Dallas County Schools

Behind the Cameras: The Fall of Dallas County Schools

In this one hour special, learn how money that was supposed to keep children safe wound up in the pockets of a public official and cost hundreds of people their jobs. Read More

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Judge Approves Dallas County Schools' Payment Plan

Judge Approves Dallas County Schools' Payment Plan

Embattled Dallas County Schools received some good news Tuesday - court approval of DCS' plan to pay off more than $100 million in debt. Read More

Monday, May 14, 2018
DCS Plans to Sue for Lost Tax Dollars

DCS Plans to Sue for Lost Tax Dollars

There’s a new plan to recover money for taxpayers in the wake of the scandal at Dallas County Schools. Read More

Monday, May 7, 2018
Feds Expand Investigation of Dallas County Schools

Feds Expand Investigation of Dallas County Schools

Another federal agency has joined the FBI in investigating the financial disaster at Dallas County Schools, with the focus being on whether investors were misled into believing they could profit from buying DCS bonds. Read More

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018
NBC 5 Honored With Peabody Award for Dallas County Schools Bus Investigation

NBC 5 Honored With Peabody Award for Dallas County Schools Bus Investigation

KXAS-TV was awarded a 2017 Peabody Award for its extensive NBC 5 Investigates series, “Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride,” the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication... Read More

Monday, Apr 2, 2018
Former DCS Super. Rick Sorrells Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Former DCS Super. Rick Sorrells Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Former Dallas County Schools Superintendent Rick Sorrells could face 10 years behind bars after admitting in court documents he received $3 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for school bus camera contracts. Read More

Monday, Mar 5, 2018
Stacks of DCS School Bus Cameras Remain Unused

Stacks of DCS School Bus Cameras Remain Unused

In a large warehouse on the south side of Dallas, millions of dollars in unused camera equipment remains stuffed in boxes – row after row – all paid for by taxpayers. Read More

Friday, Mar 2, 2018
Emails Tie Dwaine Caraway to Failed DCS Real Estate Deal

Emails Tie Dwaine Caraway to Failed DCS Real Estate Deal

Records obtained by NBC 5 Investigates raise new questions about Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and his relationship with two men at the center of the FBI corruption investigation at Dallas County Schools. Read More

Monday, Feb 26, 2018
DCS' Budget Shortfall at $16M is Double Expectations

DCS' Budget Shortfall at $16M is Double Expectations

Big buses, bigger money troubles for the committee that's working to shut down Dallas County Schools. Read More

Top Investigations
  • Tesla Solar Panel Mix-Up: What Went Wrong

    Tesla builds fast, energy efficient cars and the company is becoming a force in making homes greener by producing and storing solar energy. But an LA man accuses Tesla of damaging his home, saying the company agreed to pump the brakes on installation of a solar energy system when the price suddenly increased by thousands of dollars.

  • Mich. Restaurateur Fighting Deportation for 10 Years Allowed to Stay in US

    Michigan restaurateur Ibrahim Parlak received welcome news late Tuesday, as an immigration judge agreed with his argument that he faced a reasonable fear of harm if deported to his native Turkey—paving the way for him to stay in his adopted United States for the foreseeable future. Parlak, who runs the popular Cafe Gulistan in Harbert, near New Buffalo, has been fighting deportation for more than a dozen years. Parlak came to the United States in 1992, but was accused of lying on immigration documents about alleged past associations in Turkey with the Kurdish separatist group PKK. He was arrested and served 10 months in custody before eventually being released in June of 2005. Since that time, he has fought repeated deportation efforts.

  • Hinckley, Who Shot Reagan, Seeks Unconditional Release

    John Hinckley, the would-be assassin who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan, has asked for his unconditional release, according to new court filings from the United States Attorney’s Office for D.C. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for mid-December in Washington, D.C. Hinckley was transferred from a mental health hospital in 2016, where he’d served a 35-year commitment, to serve time in "convalescent leave" at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia. The leave requires Hinckley regularly report to court officials about his treatment and support.

  • Calif. Man Pleads Guilty to Opening Social Media Accounts for ISIS Sympathizers

    A young East Bay man, who federal prosecutors say spoke of unleashing a wave of violent terror attacks across the Bay Area, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization by opening multiple social media accounts for two ISIS sympathizers. Berkeley High School graduate Amer Sinan Alhaggagi, 23, entered the guilty plea in a federal courtroom packed with family members – almost a year after originally pleading not guilty last August. Alhaggagi’s attorney, Mary McNamara, said under the law, any support to a terrorist group – no matter how minor – makes a person guilty. She said there is no defense for her client’s decision to open the social media accounts but stressed all he did was open the accounts. She said he never planned to carry out any attack.

  • Mich. Restaurateur Fighting Deportation for 10 Years Allowed to Stay in US

    Michigan restaurateur Ibrahim Parlak received welcome news late Tuesday, as an immigration judge agreed with his argument that he faced a reasonable fear of harm if deported to his native Turkey—paving the way for him to stay in his adopted United States for the foreseeable future. Parlak, who runs the popular Cafe Gulistan in Harbert, near New Buffalo, has been fighting deportation for more than a dozen years. Parlak came to the United States in 1992, but was accused of lying on immigration documents about alleged past associations in Turkey with the Kurdish separatist group PKK. He was arrested and served 10 months in custody before eventually being released in June of 2005. Since that time, he has fought repeated deportation efforts.

  • SF Mayor: 'There’s More Feces ... Than I’ve Ever Seen'

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed, in her first one-on-one interview since taking office, said homeless advocacy groups that receive funding from the city need to better educate the homeless to "clean up after themselves." "I work hard to make sure your programs are funded for the purposes of trying to get these individuals help, and what I am asking you to do is work with your clients and ask them to at least have respect for the community — at least, clean up after themselves and show respect to one another and people in the neighborhood," Breed told the Investigative Unit, referencing her conversations with nonprofit groups aimed at serving the homeless. When pressed about whether her plan calls for harsher penalties against those who litter or defecate on city streets, Breed said "I didn’t express anything about a penalty." Instead, the mayor said she has encouraged nonprofits "to talk to their clients, who, unfortunately, were mostly responsible for the conditions of our streets."

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Awards

2017 Peabody Award
Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

2017 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award
Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

2017 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Television
Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Investigating DCS

2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Television
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award
News Series - Large Market Television
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Continuing Coverage - Large Market Television
"Fire in the Attic"

2015 The RTDNA Gannett Foundation
Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism
“Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”

2014 National Sigma Delta Chi Award - SPJ
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Station
“Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”

2013 National News and Documentary Emmy Award
Outstanding Regional News Story - Investigative Reporting
"Driven to Distraction"

2012 National Sigma Delta Chi Award - SPJ
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Station
"Critical Delays: Dallas County's Response to the West Nile Epidemic"

See all awards won by NBC 5 Investigates here.

 

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