Investigations

Investigative journalism is vital to a healthy community.

From exposing the identity of a notorious white nationalist trying to launch a newspaper in Lancaster County, to analyzing the effects the PA Farm Bill will have on Pennsylvania farmers, to reporting on misconduct among our state representatives, our gritty, award-winning reporting informs the citizens about issues affecting life in the communities we serve.

By working to expose as many facts as possible, our tenacious journalists are able to provide readers with a more nuanced and complete picture of how government, at all levels, is operating and to hold our elected official accountable.

One example of our team’s commitment to bringing sunlight to the issues: annually, our team files dozens of official requests under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law and the federal Freedom of Information Act. Providing the public with a common set of facts and information is imperative in the course by which communities self-govern. Bringing such information to light would not occur if not for the journalists and employees of LNP Media Group.

Our reporting has made a tangible difference in our community and our work has been recognized with prestigious awards. Our publications are a shining example of the influence a newspaper committed to quality local reporting can have in enriching and helping to protect the community it serves. LNP Media Group also serves local businesses through a robust array of print and digital advertising options designed to draw customers in the door.

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Audit Vote Data

A resident of Loose Caboose Campground site No. 3 cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential election. Lancaster County voting records show that.

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Carlisle Proud Boy Member targeted

Federal investigators obtained a search warrant targeting a Central Pennsylvania man who they believe may have evidence documenting how a far right group planned to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Militia, ‘patriots’ met in Lancaster County

On a cold January day last year, more than two dozen people gathered inside a meeting hall at the Solanco Fairgrounds in Quarryville, a wide-open room that typically hosts the local fire company’s …

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Water Quality Report

A year-long investigation into the quality of drinking water in Lancaster County. This series covered lead levels, municipal water treatment plants, private wells, legislation, and water quality in schools.

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DA Office Use of Public Funds

Discovery of misuse of public drug forfeiture funds by a local government official, to pay for a rental car.

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Lancaster Patriot

An investigation into the identity of the person attempting to start The Patriot publication in Lancaster. The person was revealed as an avowed racist and conspiracy theorist and the publication did not go forward.

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Bucks County Inventor Turns Hay into Heat

In 2008, Michael Kramer came up with a plan to build his own biomass boiler, so he turned to the Mailbox Markets in Lancaster Farming to piece it all together.

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Pennsylvania School Whole Milk Bill May Not Hold Water

A plan to allow whole milk in Pennsylvania schools has farmer support and momentum in Harrisburg. What it might not have is the ability to hold up in court.

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Boyertown Farmer’s Stream Alterations 

BOYERTOWN, Pa. — The stream on Jay Smith’s farm that runs under Longview Road doesn’t look like much. It’s about six feet wide and a few inches deep where it passes through the culvert.

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The Plight of Hemp Growers

An exploration into the complexities of growing hemp profitably, from a legal and competitive standpoint.

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PA Farm Bill

An examination of funding decisions in the $11 billion PA Farm Bill, including the loss of $6 million dollars for dairy grants which will impact struggling dairy farmers.

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Taxpayers foot huge bill

Over the next year, The Caucus and Spotlight PA will examine and make public specific areas of spending by the legislature as part of their ongoing efforts to follow the money and track taxpayer dollars.

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How much lawmakers have spent on food, travel, lodging and others perks

The little-known, taxpayer-funded yoga room in the capital that is inaccessible to taxpayers.

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How one PA lawmaker billed taxpayers $1.8 million in expenses

HARRISBURG — The legislature was on break. Policymaking in the Capitol had ground to a halt. But State Rep. Chris Sainato was about to cash in — again.

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Harassment in Harrisburg

Sexual harassment and intimidation by PA lawmakers results in a toxic culture.

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Taxes for yoga

The little-known, taxpayer-funded yoga room in the capital that is inaccessible to taxpayers.

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Lt. Gov. Mike Stack 

Investigation into the alleged verbal abuse of state employees by Lt. Gov. Mike Stack.

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