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  Are Accountability Act scholarships working?

Donors have given millions of tax-deductible donations to Alabama Accountability Act scholarships in the last 5 years, but are these scholarships actually helping students achieve more in the classroom?

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

Mice. Mold. Messes.

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

First Alabama baby conceived with INVOcell born in Northport

Tracking Facebook political ads

Password Security: New guidelines shift away from traditional wisdom

Continued Coverage

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

6 On Your Side Getting Results: Dead tree removed from lines over Grants Mill Road

Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

On Your Side Investigation: Hundreds of thousands of cars with unfixed recalls in Birmingham

Thousands of recalls impact vehicles in B’ham

Trick or Teeth: How to avoid dental rip-offs

  How are your schools protecting what’s on their computers?

A state audit in Mississippi found 20% of randomly-checked school computers had explicit content on them, so how are Alabama schools making sure your children aren't exposed to something similar, and making sure your tax dollars aren't paying for teachers to use school computers inappropriately?

Uber adds ‘panic button’ to app that allows riders to call for help in emergencies

Uber adds 911 button to app to allow riders to call for help in an emergency.

Former ADOC officer faces drug charges as Alabama prison system struggles to combat contraband

Drug arrest of former correctional officer latest in ADOC effort to combat illegal drugs in prisons

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.

  New VA stats show AL veteran suicide rate higher than national average

Alabama slow in rolling out new anti-bullying law

Is your smartphone listening to your conversations?

Report: Customers are overpaying on a quarter of all prescriptions

Education Association calls for end to state “failing schools” list

How to follow your kids on all their social media platforms

  The danger of sharing false alarms on social media

Social media sites are great for sharing good news and pictures, but some law enforcement officers worry the spread of false alarms or misinformation can slow down their efforts to find the real criminals.

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.

Synthetic identity theft

As hard as we work as parents to protect our kids and prepare them for when they become an adult. We found one part of your child’s life you might not even think to protect, and scammers are using it right now to steal billions and potentially ruin your child’s future before it ever gets started - s

Investigators, parents warn of potential dangers with Mappen app

A popular app among teens is raising the alarm with law enforcement. Police say the Mappen app could be another vehicle for sexual predators.

Oak Mountain HS benefiting from decreasing cell phone usage

When Oak Mountain High School decided to limit the use of cellphones in class they expected a fight and what they got was a pleasant surprise.

  New clinic hopes to help rural healthcare shortage problem in Alabama

New data from the Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health shows nearly the entire state of is experiencing a shortage of Primary Care doctors.

Inspecting school cafeterias

You send your kids to school everyday to eat lunch, but how often are inspectors checking up on the cafeteria that prepares that food?

How to opt out of annoying ads

Let's say you're looking for a new suit or dress online then a short time later, you start to see ads pop up in your social media feeds. It's called target advertising.

On Your Side: Roblox Gaming Safety

If you don't know what Roblox is then just ask your child or anyone under 12. It's a gaming app similar to Minecraft that lets players not only build their own characters but even their own worlds and games.

Preventing pain at the pump

We're almost over the summer driving hump which is good news. Gas prices typically start dropping.  Gas prices are up 50 cents though compared to this time last year according to GasBuddy.

Residents want dead power pole fixed

A dead power pole that's apparently been on the ground for years now has a message attached to it.

Local school districts get creative to fill SRO roles

Of the 50 school districts in the FOX6 viewing area, only a quarter of district superintendents report having an equal number of school resource officers (SROs) and campuses.

Sex offender registry: Does it work?

If you're looking for good news, we found some. Alabama is one of only 18 states that the federal government says follows their highest standard of maintaining the registry. The problem is several of our neighboring states, including Georgia, don't.

B'ham police investigating pictures of young boy holding gun

The pictures, which were found on Facebook, identify the boy as living in Birmingham.

Center Point apartment complex shooting under investigation

Sgt. Jack Self says deputies responded to a family argument in the 3000 block of Creek Lane NE, where an adult female was shot once in the leg. Self says the male suspect left the scene.

Pool safety this summer

Swimming in the pool or lake can be one of the best parts of the summer season, but it can also turn dangerous or tragic in a matter of seconds when young kids are close to water.

'Distracted walking' may be to blame for increase in pedestrian accidents around Alabama

We're all probably guilty of walking and talking or texting on our cell phones. In Alabama, researchers found more than 60% of accidents involving distracted walking are caused by pedestrians, not drivers. Our On Your Side Investigators are looking into this troubling trend.

On Your Side: Potential game changer for infertility now offered in AL

Michelle and Chase White of Tuscaloosa are the first couple in the state of Alabama to become pregnant using a new fertility treatment called INVOcell that could be a game-changer for millions of couples struggling to conceive.

On Your Side: The future of shopping

When you shop, what are you more likely to do? Swipe through Instagram, click buy on a Facebook marketplace ad, or drive to a store and touch the merchandise?

UPDATE: Lawmakers working to help veteran mistakenly declared dead

Days after we first told you about a local man mistakenly declared dead by the government, the government is now working to help him.

Pelham residents thankful for help after dealing with water leak for years

Good news for a Pelham subdivision dealing with a water leak for years. Once our On Your Side investigators got on the case, the city fixed the problem in a matter of days.

  College or bust: Do today's kids truly need a four-year degree?

"College or bust." That's the mentality for a lot of Alabama families, but a new study suggests there may be too many of us telling our kids their only ticket to a good future is a 4-year degree.

Cold Case: Detectives close to cracking mother of 3's murder

The life of Ieasha Abrams featured some detours and restarts.  Adopted by her grandmother at a young age, Ieasha was a spitfire in her 34 years of life.  She fought with boyfriends, struggled with drugs and occasionally had trouble with the law.  But she was also a kind woman, trying her best to do right by her children.

Smoking more prevalent in video games than advertised

Advertisers will spend up to $7 billion dollars by 2019 on ads in video games, but your kids may be seeing way more than you realize - secret, unbranded placements of products inside those games.

Bessemer utilities water problems

For Hannah Hollier and her family, the problems with Bessemer Utilities started almost from the moment they moved into their home in 2016. After a couple of months of unusually high bills, she figured out the system had switched the meters for her home water with her sprinkler system.

Retail grocers efforts to reduce food waste both helping, hurting food banks

As technology improves and manufacturing becomes more efficient for grocery stores, food banks nationwide are facing new challenges.

Experts say think before testing makeup in stores

Have you ever wondered how clean cosmetic counters are? A California woman is suing a makeup company claiming she got oral herpes after using a lipstick sample.

New fitness routines can lead to potentially fatal condition

Losing weight and getting into shape top the list of most popular New Year's resolutions year after year, but trying too hard, too soon, could be deadly.

Gun buyer beware

Nearly 6,000 firearms were recovered by law enforcement and traced in Alabama in 2016, according to an ATF firearm trace report.

On Your Side Investigation: Crisis on Campus

Demand for mental health services on college campuses nationwide has grown by 30 percent over five years, according to an annual report by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health.

On Your Side Investigation: Tax truths

You pay your taxes, right? And if you didn't--the last thing you'd expect would be the federal government paying you.

On Your Side Investigation: Storage Problems

Weaver says he came back to check on this stuff a month or two later. "It was just rat poop everywhere. My TV, my big screen TV was pooted on, it was just a disaster."

On Your Side Investigation: Reaching the sex trafficking victim

From Dixie Shannon's wide smile and infectious laugh, you'd never know the trauma she's survived. She escaped sex trafficking twice.

On Your Side Investigation: Robokiller app

What's the best way to fight robocalling automated bots on your phone? How about with more bots designed to tie spamming callers (human or machine) up in knots for minutes, if not hours.

On Your Side Investigation: Birmingham PD shows us ShotSpotter numbers

After sending multiple requests over the past two months to the city of Birmingham and police, we are finally getting a look at how many times ShotSpotter is being activated in the city's three coverage zones.

On Your Side Investigation: UAB's Neonatal ICU treating more infants born with opioid addiction

Between 15-20 percent of infant patients admitted to UAB's NICU are suffering through opioid withdrawals.

On Your Side Investigation: Higher or fired

New federal drug testing standards for some companies are taking effect Monday, testing for more opioids in potential new employees for some federal contractors than ever before.

  On Your Side Investigation: Can you detect a fake social media following?

A dull Facebook page posting mostly static images of poodles and poodle-mixes has more than 1,500 followers. It's associated with a Twitter account that has tweeted only once, yet has more than 640 followers.

On Your Side Investigation: Stop spoofing calls

"Spoofed" calls - those calls from telemarketers or scammers that make your caller ID think they're from a local number, but could be from around the country or overseas - are a growing problem, and many of you are fed up with them.

On Your Side Investigation: Cellphones in schools

What used to be banned in the classroom has become an increasingly prevalent part of the learning environment in Alabama schools. WBRC examined the technology policies for six school systems in our area.

OYS: Millions of dollars available to prevent foreclosure

The U.S. Treasury started a program in 2009, giving a total of $9.6 billion to 19 states most affected by unemployment and declining property values. Alabama received $162.5 million.

On Your Side Investigation: The Missing Piece

Tuscaloosa Police are asking for your help to give them the one missing piece of the puzzle that will help them solve who killed a Cottondale man known for helping strangers.

On Your Side Investigation: Leaky Lease

A Center Point woman says she's been paying more than a thousand dollars in water bills over the past few months for water she's not using.

On Your Side: City hires dozens of seasonal workers as 311 calls multiply

On a humid afternoon in South Titusville, Vermon Kimble and his relatives hustle to finish trimming weeds before an afternoon storm interrupts progress.

Jefferson County inventories sexual assault kits, builds new database

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office is on a mission to identify all unprocessed sexual assault kits countywide.  Through a 3-year, $1.5 million federal grant, from the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, the office will build a database tracking all sexual assault kits.

On Your Side Investigators: Who killed James Hutchins?

Jefferson County Sheriff's investigators are hoping you can help them solve a cold case that's been nagging at one investigator for almost 10 years: Who killed James Hutchins?

Could your kids find pornographic articles on school computers?

A company with a division in Birmingham is under fire from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. The center says your children could see pornographic articles on school computers that are supposed to be guarded by tech products made by EBSCO.

On Your Side Investigation: Lot rent increase jeopardizes Clanton man's home

Michael Knizel bought his brick lakefront home from his father in 1997, and says he's been visiting for many years before.

On Your Side Investigation: How Veterans Court helps military men and women avoid prison

"This is more demanding and more justice for the public than if the defendant goes to prison."

What is spearphishing?

Spearphishing is a relatively new technique hackers are using now to target you in a much more direct and invasive way—and there's a lot of ways you could fall victim.

On Your Side Investigation: Do unregulated rent-to-own contracts deliver what they promise?

Unregulated rent-to-own contracts promise the American dream, but some question how often it delivers.

On Your Side Investigation: Inmate tells all on breaking into cars and homes

After the WBRC FOX6 burglar survey, an inmate contacted us offering his experience with breaking into cars and homes. He was interviewed from prison. His identity is concealed to protect him and his victims.

On Your Side Investigation: Stopping Sextortion

It's the fear all of us have every time we post a pic on social media or get an email from a company we do business with: "Could this come back to haunt me"?

On Your Side Investigators: High utility bill for vacant house

A Bessemer woman says she's been overpaying for water and power service to a house that's been vacant for more than a year.

On Your Side Investigators: Elderly man's AT&T service out for days with little explanation

An elderly man is wondering why his AT&T U-verse service is not working. He says he's called to complain countless times and he's getting no where. He called the On Your Side Investigators for help.

On Your Side Investigation: Birmingham owed millions in unpaid parking tickets

The City of Birmingham is owed more than $2.34 million in unpaid parking tickets. That amount is due on 130,181 unpaid parking tickets.

On Your Side Investigation: Silence surrounds unsolved murder of Birmingham father

It was 10 p.m. on a hot summer night and as three children slept in a back bedroom of a North Birmingham apartment, three men with covered faces walked through the unlocked front door.