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  Geared Up: Questions about police militarization arise again

Since 2008, the U.S. military has sent more than 1,000 mine-resistant vehicles to local police departments at their request. Now, some are questioning the optics.

  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

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

Continued Coverage

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

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

  Planning to replace Smith County Courthouse includes lessons from downtown Tyler’s most difficult day

  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.

Appeals court upholds conviction in Sheryia Grant case

An appeals court has upheld a 10-year prison sentence for a man in prison for tampering with evidence connected with a missing Kilgore woman and her unborn baby.

  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.

  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

  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

  Questions linger after Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

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

  7 Investigates: Nursing home fined for deficiencies creating ‘immediate jeopardy’ for residents

Nelson and her family were at a crossroads this past spring, one that is familiar to many American families: How to care for an elderly, aging parent.

  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.

Tyler-area doctors charged with opioid-related crimes

The medical licenses of two doctors employed by UT Health Science Center in Tyler have been suspended following an opioid prescription investigation.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  7 Investigates: How chemicals infiltrated Craft-Turney Water Supply

Finding out what was in the water and how it got there would take a team of investigators nearly four months.

  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.

  7 Investigates: Demoted Texas Ranger suggests Horaney murder may have been hired hit

The murder of Longview businessman Ronnie Horaney may have been a hired hit, according to testimony of a former Texas Ranger who was investigating the case when he became intimately involved with Horaney’s widow.

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.

Lawsuit against DPS alleges corruption, claims cover-ups compromised Longview murder case

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Texas Department of Public Safety alleges “a culture of cronyism and outright corruption.” The suit claims policy violations have led to crimes being covered up and impacted high-profile cases, including a Longview murder case.

  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.

Texas Rangers investigating Wood County DA after allegation of official oppression

Former Wood County District Attorney Jim Wheeler is the subject of a criminal investigation for the offense of official oppression, according to a Texas Rangers investigation report.

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.

  7 INVESTIGATES: Chemical in Craft-Turney water called NeXgen

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is working to uncover the source of the contamination and who may be at fault.

  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.

Attorney representing families in case against accused nurse speaks out

An East Texas nurse charged with the murder of a patient now faces more charges.

  Texas nurse gets new charges of capital murder, aggravated assault

A nurse already charged with murder of patients now has an indictment of capital murder.

  7 On Scene: Murder suspect Gustavo Zavala-Garcia in court for hearing

In this pretrial hearing, Judge Jack Skeen heard from DPS forensic expert Kristen Cossota via telephone.

  21st century home construction materials cause shorter escape times during house fires

No one wants to prevent a house fire more than firefighters. A recent fire dynamics study shows our modern home construction may be decreasing the amount of time it takes a structure to become fully engulfed.

  Nurse indicted for murder, aggravated assault of patients at Texas heart hospital

A nurse who was charged with murder has now been indicted by a Smith County grand jury.

  Jury awards $41M to family of East Texas woman whose murder led to ‘Kari’s Law’

A jury deliberating a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of an East Texas woman who murdered in a Marshall motel room has ruled in favor of her family.

‘Kari’s Law’ back in court as family seeks damages against hotel chain, murderer

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of an East Texas woman murdered in a Marshall motel room is being heard in Harrison County this week. Kari Hunt's father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her convicted killer, Brad Dunn, as well as OM Lodging, Wyndham Hotel Systems, and the Baymont Franchises.

  Official: Nurse charged with murder previously worked at Longview hospital

A hospital official says a Tyler nurse who is accused of murder previously worked at a Longview hospital.

What happened to Rachel Rhoads? Capital murder complaint provides insight into investigation

A court document is providing new insight into a murder investigation after a 24-year-old woman was found dead.

  CHRISTUS Mother Frances patient crisis line for questions regarding former nurse

A crisis line has been set up by CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances for people to call with questions regarding former cardiac nurse William Davis.

East Texas nurse charged with murder, Tyler PD discuss investigation

Tuesday night William George Davis, 34, was booked into the Smith County Jail on a charge of murder. His bond is set at $2 million.

7 Investigates: Tips to keep medical expenses from breaking your budget

The cost of health care can be significant, even more so when those expenses arrive unexpectedly. This season's influenza epidemic is forcing millions to seek medical care. The KLTV Investigative team decided to find some helpful tips viewers.

East Texas family in Washington DC to witness President Trump sign Kari’s Law

Four years after witnessing her mother's murder, an East Texas girl will now get a chance to see the results of her grandfather's determination to honor her mom's memory.

Kari’s Law: Father of victim discusses long journey to see bill become law

Hunt promised his granddaughter that what happened to her would never happen to another person. And so began a grassroots campaign for legislation that is now headed to the White House.

Former county judge to pay fine for open meetings act violation

Former East Texas County judge Joel Baker entered a no contest plea deal Monday on one of the three charges brought against him.

Smith County commissioners accept judge’s formal resignation

Smith County commissioners have formally accepted the resignation of ex-Smith County Judge Joel Baker during a Tuesday meeting.