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President’s program to bring business to poor communities skips over west side SLC neighborhoods
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President’s program to bring business to poor communities skips over west side SLC neighborhoods

The following story was written by Eric Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with the West View Media.   There’s an old gambler’s expression that “Scared money don’t make no money.” Translation: you can’t win, if you don’t play. In 2017 President Trump created the “opportunity zone” program meant to encourage wealthy...

Zions Bank accused of facilitating fraud in California Ponzi scheme
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Zions Bank accused of facilitating fraud in California Ponzi scheme

The following story was written and reported by Eric Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project  in partnership with Utah Stories.   Before he pled guilty to running a $125 million fraud and being labeled a “scammer extraordinaire” by the FBI, Deepal Wannakuwatte was known as a charming entrepreneur who owned his own tennis team....

Big MLM Trouble in Big China
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Big MLM Trouble in Big China

The following story was written by Eric Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project and published in partnership with Utah Stories. Multi-level marketing is as American as apple pie and as Utahn as green jello. But in recent years, some of the biggest MLMs have realized that real growth and expansion means digging the base...

Empty Boxes: How Utah communities adapt when Amazon washes away brick-and-mortar retail
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Empty Boxes: How Utah communities adapt when Amazon washes away brick-and-mortar retail

The following story was researched and written by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with Utah Stories. On January 2, 2018, Amazon announced it had shipped 5-billion items through its Prime services alone in 2017. That year also saw many traditional retail stores washed away by the swift waters of change brought by online...

Death on the Job: Utah’s worker safety agency rejects ‘heavy-handed’ enforcement
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Death on the Job: Utah’s worker safety agency rejects ‘heavy-handed’ enforcement

The following story originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune, March 7, 2017. It was researched and reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune Hypoxia is a medical term for the condition of electrical failure in the brain’s cells from lack of oxygen. It’s a peril common to...