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Special news series and investigations

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TRIGGERED

A surge in firearm-involved violence is hitting the nation, and Alabama hasn’t been spared. What’s triggered it? Who’s behind the gun? Who are the victims? What is being done? We are diving into this issue with experts, advocates, victims and perpetrators.

GREEN STATE

As new, more cannabis-friendly legislation is considered in a particularly conservative state, Lagniappe will update this series on actions impacting the sale, distribution and farming of cannabis, hemp and CBD products.

PRICHARD WATER BOARD

In February 2022, Lagniappe obtained documents indicating mass financial abuse by former contractors, employees and board members. A multi-agency law enforcement has since began, with arrests already made.

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA SYSTEM

An investigation into the University of Alabama System and the way millions are being spent on exiting administrators and hiring their replacements. The practice not only wastes millions of university dollars on administrators who have resigned or taken lower positions, but also adds an undue burden on the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

LAGNIAPPE VS. MACK

A compilation of stories about the May 12, 2017 shooting of Jonathan Victor by a deputy of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. The stories led to a 2021 Alabama Supreme Court decision which severely restricted public access to records related to law enforcement investigations.

THE TENSAW TIMEBOMB

Lagniappe's series of stories about Alabama Power's plan to "cap-in-place" 21 million tons of coal ash where it currently sits alongside the Mobile River in the Tensaw Delta at the James M. Barry Steam Plant. Tests indicate the ash is already contaminating groundwater, and there are further concerns about the ash pond's location in a flood prone area.