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  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Drug Dependence: COVID-19 weakens already fragile U.S. drug supply

  Dead people receiving $1,200 stimulus checks

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

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  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

Families of alleged rape victims inside Yazoo Regional Correctional Facility want justice

Two women allege that they were sexually assaulted by three guards in the Yazoo County Regional Correctional Facility. The guards are on leave, and the women's families are on a mission.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

Cost of Silence: MHP adding encryption software for communications

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

  WDAM Investigates: Transition of power in Jones County

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  Spotlighting gangs in South Mississippi

“I love this organization and I’ll die for this." Those are words from an inmate inside the Forrest County Jail. That organization he’s talking about is a gang, known as the Simon City Royals. That interview is part of a much longer report, aired by CNN, highlighting something Pine Belt law enforce

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  WDAM Investigates: Increased calls for MHP SWAT team

The MHP SWAT team responds at the request of federal and local agencies, all over the state, when that agency may not be able to handle a certain situation on its own. With only two full-time members of the S.W.A.T. team, when it comes time to call the team into action, it’s a delicate balance

Miss. Supreme Court declines to hear appeals in Senne case

The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied petitions of appeal from Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge and The Humane Society of the United States after Circuit Judge Dal Williamson ruled the 2018 seizure of five personal pets from David and Mary Ellen Senne was unconstitutional.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Lumberton city leaders approve budget with hidden pay raises for themselves

There’s a new budget in place for the City of Lumberton, and with it, city leaders are getting a bump in pay, but how it came about it causing some taxpayers to question city leadership.

  WDAM Investigates: Busted, chipped and cracked

We all know there are hazards on the road, but perhaps the most annoying ones are the ones we don’t see, but hear, when it’s too late. If not taken care of, that chip gets bigger and starts cracking, all thanks to something like a rock, taking perfect aim at your once flawless windshield.

  Tracing pills: DEA database tracks prescribed opioids

It’s a database once out of view from the public, but thanks to a court order, the DEA’s pain pill tracking system is now a bit more open.

  Columbia Police Chief: "It is very rare that we have to euthanize an animal by gunshot.”

Social media post sheds light on Columbia Animal Control and Rescue euthanization process.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

  City cuts budget of Petal Sports Association

An email was sent out to all the parents with kids in Petal Sports Association outlining budget cuts coming from the city.

  WDAM Investigates: Police department woes in Columbia

On the job since March 2018, Kelly said fighting crime isn’t easy, nor is trying to maintain the public image he wants for his department, which is facing some challenges.

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

3 wounded Friday in Marion County shooting

Three shot in Marion County Friday.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

  WDAM Investigates: Pricing the pumps

While gas prices are seeing some decline, making sure you get the best price can be tricky. That’s because prices can be very different, which add up with each gallon.

  WDAM Investigates: Chief concerns in Lumberton

Lumberton has a history of not being able to keep a police chief. Since fall 2017, the city has been through five. Now, there's controversy over the new chief, sworn in just two days ago.

  WDAM Investigates: Cashing in on child care

Even with some child care centers repeatedly failing state inspections, the state still allows those centers to accept the money.

  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.

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  WDAM Investigates: Teacher paychecks

For many teachers across Mississippi, the numbers just don’t add up. At least not enough when it comes to their paychecks.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

When children die because of abuse or neglect, child protection agencies are often blamed – they are underfunded and overworked. But there are many other culprits who failed children.

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Carfax experts say there are potentially more than one million cars on the roads with false odometer readings - meaning their mileage has been rolled back to make the vehicles look like they have less wear and tear.

  WDAM Investigates: A lesson in home education

There’s no school bell inside Christy Criddle’s Lamar County home, but it doesn’t change the fact the school day is underway.

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

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

  At least 22 families currently without water in Perry County

Residents tell WDAM that at least 10 days is how long one Perry County community has operated without running water.

  WDAM Investigates: Cashing in on child care

Some licensed child care facilities in Mississippi continue to operate and accept subsidies from the state despite repeated failed inspections.

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

The Uniform Crime Reporting Act of 1988 requires federal law enforcement agencies to submit information about their cases to a federal database maintained by the FBI; however, those agencies are currently not submitting data, including information about hate crimes.

  Tasing by Waynesboro officer leads to investigation

Video posted on social media, shows a man tased by an officer at a gas station in Waynesboro Tuesday. That man is 18-year-old Gage Cason. The officer is James Kirkley, who News 7 spoke with by phone.

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

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

Hub City looking at potential hefty HUD payback

Hattiesburg may have to repay about $500,000 in federal dollars.

  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

“The Mississippi Development Authority is in the process of selling the Stion equipment. We hope to complete that process soon.”

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

Serious hate crimes from murders to attempted bombings do not show up in federal hate crime data, according to analysis by InvestigateTV.

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

Prosecutors say some state hate crime laws are so weak they "aren't worth the paper they're printed on."

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.

  WDAM Investigates: Scoring coaching supplements

Under the stadium lights, Friday nights in the Fall are largely reserved for football in the Pine Belt. All that action on the gridiron, has a lot of head coaches cashing in off the field.

  WDAM Investigates: Work detail escapees

On any given day hundreds of inmates pick up trash along Mississippi roadsides or work on county and state property.

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.