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KPIX 5 Investigates

Recology truck. (CBS)

Jury Orders Recology To Pay $1.3 Million To Ratepayers After Whistleblower Brings Lawsuit

A verdict has been reached this week in a fraud case against San Francisco’s garbage company, and both sides said they’ve won. A whistleblower brought a lawsuit against Recology, in a story that KPIX 5 first reported earlier this year.

06/17/2014

Billy Ray Brown Jr., son of the owner of the local B and B Livestock auction, is accused of sending a horse called Lacey out of state to slaughter for human consumption. (Madera County Sheriff / CBS)

Auctioneer 1st Man Charged Under California Law To Protect Horses From Slaughter

They were called Lacey and Squirt, two professional rodeo horses and beloved pets. But they ended up sold for meat on someone’s dinner plate overseas. In a landmark case, a suspect has been charged with delivering at least one of them to slaughter.

06/05/2014

An open air pit used to burn trash at a base in Iraq. (Gwen Chiaramonte)

Veterans Returning Home From Iraq, Afghanistan Point To Open Air Burn Pits As New ‘Agent Orange’

Hundreds of veterans coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are falling ill and many are dying of what’s being called the new “Agent Orange”: open air burn pits.

05/20/2014

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer seen "ghost voting" for Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal. In 2013, KPIX 5 caught Jones-Sawyer casting a vote for Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez. (CBS)

After KPIX 5 Exposes ‘Ghost Voting’ In California State Assembly, Members Continue Practice

One vote per person: That’s the way it’s supposed to work. Yet last year, KPIX 5 showed you members of our State Assembly casting votes for other lawmakers. It’s called “ghost voting.” The practice is against the rules, but it’s still going on.

05/09/2014

Website advertising "birth tourism" in the Bay Area. (CBS)

Women From China, Taiwan Pay $30,000 To Give Birth In Bay Area, Get U.S. Citizenship For Child

A growing number of women from China and Taiwan are coming to the Bay Area to have their babies and get U.S. Citizenship for their children. So-called “maternity homes” have popped up in Foster City, Fremont, and San Jose.

05/09/2014

BAE shipyard in San Francisco. (CBS)

Black Workers From Bay Area Shipyard Allegedly Called ‘Aunt Jemima,’ N-Word Refuse Cash Settlement Requiring Silence

A San Francisco shipyard that gets big defense contracts with the Navy is now under fire for alleged racial harassment and discrimination.

04/29/2014

A KPIX 5 crew captured this video of Bakken crude oil getting unloaded from a train at a rail yard in Richmond. (CBS)

Lawsuit Filed Over Fracked Oil Trains In The Bay Area After KPIX 5 Report

Two weeks ago, KPIX 5 discovered trains carrying explosive fracked crude oil have been rolling into the Bay Area under everyone’s radar. On Thursday, four environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over it, calling the crude by rail terminal illegal.

03/28/2014

Rancho Feeding Corporation slaughterhouse in Petaluma. (CBS)

USDA Inspectors’ Role In Petaluma Slaughterhouse Recall Questioned

New questions are being raised about the role of federal inspectors in the recall of 9 million pounds of beef from a Sonoma County slaughterhouse. With USDA inspectors on site, how could a year’s worth of beef have been contaminated?

03/26/2014

A KPIX 5 crew captured this video of Bakken crude oil getting unloaded from a train at a rail yard in Richmond. (CBS)

California May Not Be Prepared For Disasters Involving Fracked Oil Trains

After KPIX 5 uncovered trains carrying fracked oil are rolling into the Bay Area, state officials are worried that they are not prepared enough if something goes wrong.

03/20/2014

Rancho Feeding Corporation slaughterhouse in Petaluma. (CBS)

Grass-Fed Beef Ranchers Dealt New Setback Over Petaluma Slaughterhouse Recall

Federal officials have dealt a financial blow to some of the Bay Area’s top grass-fed beef ranchers caught up in massive recall involving a Petaluma slaughterhouse, ordering a complete ban on the sale of their meat.

03/19/2014

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