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Top 5 of 2011 - #1: How to Expose a Big Money Power Broker

December 31, 2011 - In our final look at Facing South's top stories of 2011, a look at how we helped push North Carolina's secretive but influential conservative benefactor Art Pope into the national spotlight -- offering not only a revealing look at Pope's influence in N.C. but the role of Big Money influence in today's political landscape.

Top 5 of 2011 - #2: Poisoned in the Gulf

December 28, 2011 - Though the oil stopped gushing from the site of BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster last year, Gulf Coast residents are facing an ongoing environmental health crisis from exposure to toxins in the crude and the dispersants used to break up the slick -- one of Facing South's top stories of 2011.

Top 5 of 2011 - #3: The fight to save Troy Davis

December 27, 2011 - On September 21, 2011, Troy Davis was executed in Georgia by lethal injection, capping a 20-year legal battle. In our countdown of Facing South's top stories of 2011, we look at the case that galvanized a national movement and forced questions about race, the death penalty and criminal justice into the national debate.