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DCS Scammer Made Connections Via Dallas County Treasurer

DCS Scammer Made Connections Via Dallas County Treasurer

The story on how school bus camera supplier Robert Leonard met California Secretary of State Alex Padilla involves Dallas County Treasurer Pauline Medrano. Read More

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Oct 25, 2018
DCS Swindler Lived High in Hollywood -- At Your Expense

DCS Swindler Lived High in Hollywood -- At Your Expense

In the glittering sun of Santa Monica, Robert Leonard, owner of a school bus camera company, lived a second life. While bribing public officials in Dallas, he rented high-priced property adjacent to Hollywood's elite. Read More

Oct 22, 2018
Former DCS Board President Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Former DCS Board President Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Former Dallas County Schools Board President Larry Duncan has pleaded guilty to tax evasion, NBC 5 Investigates has learned. Read More

Aug 9, 2018
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

Jul 31, 2018
Dallas County Schools Closes Down, FBI Probe, Debts Linger

Dallas County Schools Closes Down, FBI Probe, Debts Linger

It’s been around for 170 years, the last two cloaked in controversy, but Tuesday spelled the end for Dallas County Schools. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

Top Investigations
  • PG&E Shakes Up Management After Regulators Accuse Calif. Utility of Falsifying Safety Inspections

    PG&E says it shook up management in light of what it calls “unacceptable” conduct by unspecified managers who regulators say exerted pressure on crews to falsify “tens of thousands” of gas safety inspections as being on time when they were late. In its statement last week when the falsification allegations were formally lodged by California regulators, the company did not mention any management shakeup. But in a statement posted over the weekend on its website, PG&E said it had carried out a number of reforms in the wake of “unacceptable” conduct as alleged by state regulators in its 811 program to mark and locate gas lines. The state Public Utilities Commission accuses the company of urging crews called out to mark and locate gas lines for construction projects to claim the inspections were done on time, when in fact they were not within the three day regulatory deadline.

  • FedEx Worker Helps Mass. Woman Avoid 'Grandparent Scam'

    When a Massachusetts grandmother picked up the phone, the voice on the other end sounded like her teenage grandson. The caller, who knew Fran Shea's grandson's name, said he was in trouble. He'd been in a car accident and alcohol was involved. He'd also spent the previous night in jail. Begging her not to tell anyone, the caller then passed the phone to a person he said was his public defender.

  • Pepper Spray Use Is on the Rise in LA Juvenile Lockups

    The LA County Probation Department recorded 747 uses of pepper spray in 2017 at juvenile halls and camps, a jump of 154 percent over 2015 when the department used pepper spray 294 times, according to an analysis of department data. It appears that trend is likely to continue, as between January and July of this year the department reported 404 such uses of force. These uses of force were recorded at the county's juvenile halls and camps which house about 800 males and females ranging in age from 12 to 20, with the average age of 16. This is a department that has had this problem before. It was under federal oversight for years for how it has treated juveniles in custody, and the department dramatically dropped its pepper spray use during that time. But once the feds left, the number began climbing again. It's become so troubling that Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Wednesday called for the county's Inspector General to investigate.

  • LA Bus Driver Horror Stories: 'Most People Don't Have Any Idea'

    Retired Metro bus driver Jim Lucitt lost count of the assaults and insults he and other operators were subjected to during his 20 years on the job. The horror stories ranged from unruly behavior to attacks that posed serious safety threats to drivers and passengers. "Most people don't have any idea what the job is like," Lucitt said. "You become the target of somebody’s agitation or aggression,and it's a very dangerous job." NBC4 obtained three years of internal agency reports that show operators were victims of assaults an average of 11 times per month. They document incidents in which they were choked, pepper-sprayed, splashed with hot coffee, punched, struck with bottles and threatened with box cutters and handguns.

  • Hook on Calif. Utility's Tower Eyed as Cause of Deadly Camp Fire

    NBC Bay Area has learned that authorities investigating the deadly Camp Fire have tied its origin to the failure of a single steel hook that held up a high voltage line on a nearly 100-year-old PG&E transmission tower. The fire began at the base of a transposition tower, which serves to redistribute the electricity on the system to balance the load and assure safety. The tower has two arms holding out the “jumper,” a part of the line that’s being shifted to another point at the top of the tower.

  • Work Orders Reveal Mice in White House, Chilly Temps at VA

    Reports of rodents in the West Wing, frigid temperatures at the Department of Veterans Affairs and a bathroom mishap by a Cabinet secretary have prompted repair requests in Washington, D.C. federal buildings in the past two years. The News4 I-Team obtained internal emails and logs of repair needs and maintenance orders at the White House, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters and Environmental Protection Agency headquarters.

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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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