Monday, December 21, 2015
40 reasons why Joplin area needs the Turner Report
Inside Joplin now brings in 1,500 to 2,000 readers on an average day and provides records material, including arrests, accidents, dissolutions, and marriage licenses, as well as news about Joplin and the surrounding area. Inside Joplin Obituaries continues to offer free obituaries without requiring people to pay for them,
The Turner Report, meanwhile, has continued, year after year, to bring this area investigative reporting and commentary that are not available from any other source.
In this post, links are provided to 40 stories that either were reported in the Turner Report and nowhere else, were not covered until much later by the Joplin Globe, or featured information that never surfaced in the Globe or any other media outlet. This collection covers January through June 2015. On Tuesday, I will post links to Turner Report exclusives from July through December.
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Company that won Joplin skating park project facing $10 million fraud suit
This was never mentioned in the Joplin Globe
Joplin mayor on Wallace-Bajjali: People just don't understand how master developers work
No mention in Joplin Globe of Mayor Michael Seibert's comments, which came at a time when it was becoming obvious that Wallace-Bajjali was never going to do anything for Joplin.
Wallace and Bajjali resigned to keep from repaying $1.2 million to investors.
The Turner Report was the first news source with this story.
Billy Long raises $4,720 in five weeks, spends $5,307 on meals
Nobody is writing about the amount of campaign money Billy Long burns through for meals and Las Vegas trips.
Joplin Globe, city officials ignored 2013 report that Wallace-Bajjali was $6.5 million in debt
CART leaders tried to derail Wallace-Bajjali investigation
This has never been addressed by any media other than the Turner Report.
Wallace-Bajjali abandoned another town before Joplin, Amarillo
Master developer's ex-wife: You're not getting out of alimony, David
Joplin R-8 borrows $28 million; Globe doesn't mention it
Lawsuit officially concluded: How much did Mike Johnson cost R-8 taxpayers?
Ex-Joplin master developer completes project- $84,000 pool at his home
Million dollar lawsuit filed against Joplin R-8 School District
As far as I can remember, this lawsuit has never been mentioned in the Globe.
C. J. Huff kept board, public in the dark for months about need for $29 million
R-8 Administrator: We have no idea if laptops have helped students
Sharp, Huff use teachers for campaign video
Electrical contractor hits Joplin R-8 with $7 million dollar bill for work on JHS
State auditors unable to review more than $4 million in Joplin R-8 donations
Nancy Good, under penalty of perjury, Bright Futures USA received nothing from Joplin Schools
C. J. Huff: Jennifer Martucci is a snob who doesn't love kids
Jennifer Martucci responds to C. J. Huff attack
Joplin R-8 paying $100,000+ for educational consultant
David Wallace: I'm unemployed and living off my wife's income
Trips to Atlanta, Vegas casino on tap for R-8 officials
Child pornography controversy erupts at Joplin High School
This one was certainly swept under the rug after a few days.
C. J. Huff: A coward who bullies women?
New lawsuit filed against C. J. Huff, North principal
Cozy relationship between Banwart, commissioner spells conflict of interest
Judge revokes former Sarcoxie board member's probation
Killer's uncle: If MSSU coach had been a gentleman, he would be alive today
Tina Smith denies wrongdoing, accuses former R-8 employee of sexual harassment
C. J. Huff recommendation letter: Joplin is "unengaged, apathetic community."
R-8 taxpayer money used to promote C. J. Huff for national awards
C. J. Huff' We'll twist FEMA's arm; they may give us what we need
Landis contacted Darieus Adams before he resigned
Administrator's husband rips Fort, Koch, Martucci, calls me a character assassin
Anson Burlingame offers County Commission benefit of his wisdom
Video- C. J. Huff directs his last tantrum at R-8 teachers
Sarah Stevens: teacher morale will suffer if expensive consultant not retained
Documents: Landis in touch with Dankelson, Bartosh, Adams days before decision
Seven R-8 administrators made $100,000+ last year