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  WDAM Investigates: Contractor troubles

When James and Lisa Cowart found their new home in Perry County, they were hoping a remodel would be simple. More than $25,000 later, the remodel is far from done.

  WDAM Investigates: Teacher paychecks

  Failed and Forgotten

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

  WDAM Investigates: A lesson in home education

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Continued Coverage

  At least 22 families currently without water in Perry County

  WDAM Investigates: Cashing in on child care

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

  Tasing by Waynesboro officer leads to investigation

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

Hub City looking at potential hefty HUD payback

  WDAM Investigates: Credit scars

Whether it’s a house, a boat, a car, a credit card or even a job, if money is attached, so is your credit score. That number comes from your credit reports, which reflect your financial history. But that history could be wrong.

  WDAM Investigates: Hate crime numbers don’t add up

Mississippi is one of 17 states that has some type of hate crime law, but does not require data collection on those hate crimes. Looking through the last few years there are only a handful of Pine Belt law enforcement agencies that are part of the reporting program.

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

With sweeping tax code changes affecting this year's filings, experts from NerdWallet help explain how the changes will work for different people.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

  WDAM Investigates: Expensive taxpayer-bought equipment sits around

  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

  WDAM Investigates: Scoring coaching supplements

  WDAM Investigates: Work detail escapees

Watching Your Wallet: How much could you earn if you invested your coffee money?

Financial experts from NerdWallet say saving and investing as little as $20 a week can amount to $170,000 in retirement money.

  WDAM Investigates: Contractor troubles

Opening his door, Michael Selakovic says he walks into a nightmare, supposed to be his first home.“It’s a living hell, you know, a nightmare is putting it lightly,” said Selakovic.

Jasper County woman assaulted, beaten

Family offering reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for assault and beating of 62-year-old relative.

  Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

While many people think about health and wellness resolutions for the new year, financial experts recommend thinking about money goals too.

  WDAM Investigates: Unclaimed cash in Pine Belt

It's just a website or phone call away, money, waiting to be claimed by agencies in charge of spending your money.

  WDAM Investigation: Your care and where you live

No one likes to think they’ll need it, but when there’s an emergency, where you live matters. Your lifeline is often one of two resources, hospital or ambulance, and timing is everything.

Church to name Alabama, Mississippi clergy accused of abuse

Roman Catholic church offices in Alabama and Mississippi will publicly release the names of clergy members accused of sexually abusing minors over decades, church leaders said.

  Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Thousands of nuclear weapons workers are seeking compensation from a federal program that has ballooned far past initial projections - and some say they're being denied based on incorrect information.

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

A company offering to help people reduce their student loan debt is now under investigation. One St. Louis woman says her debt actually increased after trying to work with the company.

  Mice. Mold. Messes.

Hundreds of Americans live in deplorable rental properties and their landlord is the federal government. The properties need $50 billion in repairs. Uncle Sam now is hoping that private investors will save public housing.

  Watching Your Wallet: Will Social Security be there when you retire?

Research shows many Americans are concerned with whether Social Security will be available when they retire, but many aren’t saving. NerdWallet experts help explain the realities of Social Security and what you can do.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

Brad Barrett took $4,000 Disney trip for a family of four for only $150. Seriously.

  WDAM Investigates: Policing Dabbs Street

It’s only .7 miles long, has four stop signs, about 50 homes and just a few businesses with addresses putting them on Dabbs Street in Hattiesburg. That less than one mile of road has the attention of Police Chief Anthony Parker and folks who call Dabbs Street home.

  Watching Your Wallet: Budget now for holiday spending

Planning travel and shopping months in advance can pay off in the long run, financial experts say.

How to keep your child safe while surfing the web

Even though social media is continuing to grow in users, the Internet is becoming even more dangerous every day for children.

  Report: Customers are overpaying on a quarter of all prescriptions

A new study shows patients are overpaying on prescriptions sometimes because they are using insurance, rather than paying the cash price.

  WDAM Investigates: Mississippi’s prison population

On any given day in Mississippi there are more than 19,000 people locked up, in custody of the department of corrections. It’s an agency that spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and when you start looking at the breakdown of race behind bars, advocates say there’s a problem.

  Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

Internal documents show lax enforcement, missed opportunities by the federal government.

  You can help uncover political ad targeting on Facebook

Use the Facebook Political Ad Collector to help categorize ads and understand why they are targeting you.

  WDAM Investigation: Balancing care and safety in Petal neighborhood

Tucked away in a neighborhood, inside the city of Petal, a home on Yellow Pine Drive is causing concern among neighbors, filtering to the police department and city hall.

  Non-criminal litigation still pending against Greg Burroughs

Gregory Burroughs is a free man after a jury found him not guilty of manslaughter Tuesday in the death of his then-girlfriend 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair.

  Investigation: Illegal spending at the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission

Every restaurant and hotel bill in the city of Hattiesburg comes with an additional 2 percent sales tax. That money is handed over to the Hattiesburg Convention and Tourism Commissions.

  Miscommunication allowed rape suspect to be released from jail

"It upsets me in the worst kind of way, to know that if just a few people had done their job, this wouldn't have ever happened to me," said Britni Cole.