Last summer, while casting about for a news story, Gary Hill called up the Hennepin County Taxpayer Services Department and requested a digital copy of the county's property-records database. As director of the investigative unit at KSTP-TV (Channel 5), Hill knew the information he was looking for was a matter of public record. With a decade's experience in computer-assisted reporting, Hill figured the county's techies could supply him with everything he wanted on a... More >>>