With 2017 coming to a close we continue taking a look back at a year filled with big headlines, many of them due to the work of our KRIS 6 News investigative team.
The 2017 year began with Jessica Savage’s work uncovering discrepancies in then Corpus Christi Mayor Dan McQueen's resume. Discrepancies he refused to acknowledge when she confronted him at city hall.
Soon after, he resigned. Just 37 days into his term.
"It was fortunate that if it was going to happen it happened this quick, so we can get it behind us on move on with pretty much the full term left," said current Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb.
Then, in Robstown, there was a candidate breaking the rules, if not the law, helping people into the polls on election day.
For Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands, the actions posed a clear violation.
"I would call that loitering and electioneering," said Sands.
Meanwhile, back in Corpus Christi, we uncovered tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money spent on the TC Ayers pool restoration project. Money paid out for work that wasn't actually done.
The discovery resonated with city council members, who publicly held city managers accountable for wasting taxpayer money.
That was the last 6 Investigates report before Hurricane Harvey made landfall.
Out of the devastation, came stories of hope.
Like a KRIS 6 Investigation that began in a Leopard Street motel room, where we found Leslie Bradley and her young family running low on cash and not knowing where they would sleep that night.
"We figure that out night by night, usually. So, I'm not sure," said Bradley.
The reporting got the public’s attention, and the family got the help they needed. Gift cards, food, cash, even a place to stay while they waited on FEMA to sort out a problem with their disaster assistance application.
So all in all, a busy year.