Investigate

HPD trying to locate runaway Hattiesburg teen

The Hattiesburg Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating runaway 15-year-old who was last seen more than two months ago.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

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

  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

Continued Coverage

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

  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

  Harrison County Youth Shelter finding its footing as number of children in state care decline

  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

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

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

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

  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.

  Costly Crossings: Coast cities pay thousands to CSX railroad, get little cooperation in return

For cities, having to work with CSX Transportation on an infrastructure project can mean huge delays and big money.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

  Will freight traffic be derailed by Amtrak service to Mississippi?

  Investigator searches to identify serial killer victim in Gulfport

  One person dead after Pascagoula home invasion

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

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

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

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

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

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

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

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

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

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.

  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.

  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.

  Widow of Keesler 403rd worker not satisfied with Air Force’s answers

Amy and Sean Delcambre believed his cancer was a direct result of exposure to the potent carcinogen hexavalent chromium on the job at the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base.

  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.

  Dangers in the Air - Part 1: Documents show Keesler workers were exposed to dangerous chemicals

This three-part investigative series by WLOX focuses on maintenance workers at Keesler Air Force Base who say they have become seriously ill after exposure to hazardous materials due to poor safety practices.

  Dangers in the Air - Part 2: Records show conditions that led to dangerous chemical exposure at KAFB existed for years

Workers at the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base are trying to get leadership there to recognize that their illnesses may be related to workplace exposure to hexavalent chromium.

  Dangers in the Air - Part 3: Children of sick Air Force reservists suffer with their fathers

The families of at least six employees of the 403rd Wing Maintenance Group at Keesler Air Force Base are coping with uncertainty while their fathers seek information on what has made them ill.

  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.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Emergency Delayed

With each hospital closure, ensuring high quality health care for Mississippi’s most rural residents becomes that much harder, forcing small counties with dwindling tax bases into paying for ambulance service that may not provide the fastest response.

  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.

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.

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.

  On the Rise: Child abuse in Mississippi increases as advocates fight to give children one voice

One out of seven children across the country will experience child abuse at some point in their childhood. It’s a sobering statistic and, in Mississippi, it’s a number that is increasing.

  Children abused, families move

A federal agency has ignored a 2006 federal law requiring the creation of a national child abuse registry, leaving an untold number of children in harm’s way when their families move to new states.

  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.

  Weeding it out: Are those trucks in New Orleans really selling marijuana?

The bright green vans plastered with colorful images of marijuana and iconic cartoon characters, like Shaggy and Scooby-Doo with blood shot eyes, and signage boasting, “Over a Million Stoned,” may seem out of place in a state where recreational marijuana is illegal.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

You’re in a political ad. (But you don’t know who’s behind it)

Political organizations with shadowy origins are spending millions on Facebook ads, and some people featured in the ads don't know who the groups are either.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

Action Report: Apartment dweller left to deal with no air

An apartment dweller in Biloxi says his air conditioning unit hadn't worked properly since he moved in nearly three months ago.

Action Report: Orange Grove Road doubles as pothole obstacle course

The City of Gulfport started working on a road sewer improvement project in April and the work was expected to be completed at the end of May.

Cold Cases: Can you help identify these victims?

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is teaming up with Pascagoula Police and Crime-Stoppers to help identify the two victims.

Action Report: Don't fall for fake check scams

According to the Federal Trade Commission fake check scams are on the rise across America.

Action Report: What to do if bed bugs invade your home

Over the past decade bed bugs have made a resurgence throughout the United States, including  in South Mississippi.

Action Report: Talley Disposal Landfill Investigation

Landfills across the country are a necessity.  However, residents living near the Talley Disposal Landfill are concerned on what is being dumped at that location.  After hearing complaints from Vancleave residents WLOX began an investigation.

Action Report: Invasion of crazy ants in Waveland

Everywhere you walk, everywhere you step, the ants are all over the place in Waveland.

Cold Case: Who killed Julia Critchfield?

Thirty eight years ago, a woman was murdered and her body was found in Saucier. In a special report, Action Reporter A.J. Giardina investigates this cold case.

Action Report: Numerous complaints filed against Advanced Restoration

Some South Mississippians have been complaining about an air duct cleaning company.

Action Report: Rotting columns a concern at Lexington Park Apartments

Some residents at a St. Martin apartment complex have safety concerns about support columns on balconies that are crumbling. Two people who live at the Lexington Park Apartments called Action Reporter A.J. Giardina.

Action Report: Harrison County residents concerned about plans for a natural gas project

CenterPoint Energy has plans to construct a natural gas regulator station in a Harrison County neighborhood.  Residents are not happy with the proposed project.