James Eli Shiffer, the Star Tribune’s watchdog and data editor, digs into data and documents to uncover the news. Reach him at 612-673-4116, james.shiffer@startribune.com or follow him on Twitter at @jameselishiffer. Tell us what to investigate. Send your story tips to whistleblower@startribune.com.

Watchdog roundup for Monday, April 28

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer Updated: April 28, 2014 - 9:58 AM

Over and over, BCA probes lead to exoneration of officers>: This report was based on 83 "case closure reports" obtained from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension by reporters Alejandra Matos and Nicole Norfleet. Read a sampling of those reports here

Roadwork costs take a toll on Minneapolis property owners: Reporter Maya Rao obtained data on special assessments, which show a sharp rise in the costs assessed to property owners. Check out the cost of special assessments by neighborhood here.

Caught in a cult's dark embrace: Reporters Jenna Ross, Pam Louwagie and Jennifer Brooks offer a deep look at the River Road Fellowship, whose leader is accused of sexually assaulting girls and young women for years. Includes an interactive map of the compound in Pine County.

Counties failing to enforce law protecting buffers along streams: Reporter Josephine Marcotty examines how aerial images of Minnesota farmland show a failure by farmers to leave pollution-fighting strips of vegetation along streams. 

In fight to control Congress, Minnesota Democrats have fundraising edge: Washington reporter Corey Mitchell examines federal campaign finance filings. 

Photo of Tammy Hegi, whose son was shot to death by Hastings police in the cemetery behind her. (Jerry Holt, Star Tribune)

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