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May 12, 2014 Share
Toxic Plumes: Silicon Valley's Dark Side

Toxic Plumes: Silicon Valley's Dark Side

Silicon Valley is an economic engine with a long history of technical innovation. But there’s a dark side to that legacy in the form of hundreds of old chemical spill sites that still contain toxic chemicals. Read More

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May 12, 2014
Map: The Chemical Legacy of Silicon Valley

Map: The Chemical Legacy of Silicon Valley

Toxic chemicals left by old Silicon Valley companies in the 1980s still remain in the earth. Some of those chemicals are still slowly rising through the soil and groundwater via a process called vapor intrusion. This map shows the... Read More

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May 7, 2014 Share
SamTrans Faces 'Forensic Audit'

SamTrans Faces 'Forensic Audit'

For months, the Investigative Unit has been following the money at SamTrans, the transit district that runs Caltrain and SamTrans buses. As more insiders speak out, so does the tally of money – now topping $2.5M in... Read More

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May 5, 2014 Share
Bypassing Airport Security: Too Easy at SJC?

Bypassing Airport Security: Too Easy at SJC?

NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit found that a single swipe of a badge allows a variety of airport workers to bypass all security through doors off a sidewalk, allowing access to the terminal in a matter of seconds. Read More

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May 1, 2014 Share
Clipper Card Commuters Question Validity of Citations

Clipper Card Commuters Question Validity of Citations

The number of tickets issued by SFMTA for fare evasion has risen every year since Clipper cards were first allowed on Muni trains and buses. We investigate what’s behind the sudden spike and why 99% of the tickets are upheld... Read More

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May 1, 2014 Share
State Toxics Leader Leaving Post

State Toxics Leader Leaving Post

Debbie Raphael says she is leaving the Department of Toxic Substances Control for a job as director of San Francisco's Department of the Environment. This announcement follows a series of NBC Bay Area investigations into... Read More

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Apr 29, 2014 Share
Calls for Police Transparency at SJ Council Meeting

Calls for Police Transparency at SJ Council Meeting

Calls for transparency rang from City Hall Tuesday as San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel presented the agency’s Department Initiated Investigations (DII) statistics for 2013. Read More

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Apr 29, 2014 Share
Colored Health Scores Coming to Silicon Valley Restaurants

Colored Health Scores Coming to Silicon Valley Restaurants

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a restaurant scoring and placarding system on Tuesday. It comes over a year after NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit exposed the county’s inspection system’s lack of... Read More

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Apr 28, 2014 Share
State Law Hides Police From Scrutiny

State Law Hides Police From Scrutiny

When compared to other states, Police Departments in California are among the least transparent in the country. When citizens complain about the conduct of sworn police officers, those complaints might go away and are never... Read More

Investigations
Apr 28, 2014
Police Transparency: How Does California Stack Up?

Police Transparency: How Does California Stack Up?

In California, a state law called POBOR prevents many records of police internal investigations from being made public. Most states have a version of POBOR, but many make records more open. Here's how California stacks up. Read More

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2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award Winner

Investigative Reporting
"Children in the Fields"

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Investigative Reporting
"The Golden State’s Toxic Secret: Inside the Department of Toxic Substances Control"

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