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Winners of APME Public Service Awards Named

October 28, 1995

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Associated Press Managing Editors association presented its 1995 Public Service Awards to The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and the Virgin Islands Daily News.

The Times-Picayune in the 50,000-and-over circulation category, was selected for for its series ``Stacking the Deck: The Birth of Louisiana Gambling.″ An eight-month investigation of Louisiana’s unregulated gambling industry revealed that the governor and his allies intervened in the decisions of public agencies that were supposed to be independent, influencing everything from video poker license applications to riverboat licenses worth millions.

The Virgin Islands Daily News won in the under-50,000 circulation class for its series, ``V.I. Crime: Who’s to Blame,″ which revealed the extent of corruption, cover-up and wrongdoings by the institutions responsible for dealing with crime in ``America’s Paradise.″ The paper’s obstacles were enormous, including death threats against the lead reporter. Major reforms are taking place because of the series. The series also brought the newspaper the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism.

Rich Archbold, managing editor, the Press-Telegram of Long Beach, Calif., and chairman of the judging panel, presented the plaques at the APME convention here on Friday.

The other judges were Larry Beaupre, vice president and editor, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and current APME president; Sue Reisinger, assistant managing editor for news, The Miami Herald, a past president; and William E. Ahearn, vice president and executive editor, The Associated Press.

The other finalists in the 50,000-and-over category were The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., The Kansas City (Mo.) Star, The Miami Herald, The Deseret News of Salt Lake City, The Orange County Register of Santa Ana, Calif., The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash. and the Syracuse (N.Y.) Herald-Journal.

Under 50,000-circulation finalists were The Bay City (Mich.) Times, the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire, Wis., The Daily Courier of Forest City, N.C., The News-Star of Monroe, La., the Muskogee (Okla.) Daily Phoenix & Times-Democrat, The Day of New London, Conn., the Tribune Chronicle of Warren, Ohio and the Vero Beach (Fla.) Press-Journal.

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