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  WBRC analysis: Every school on “failing” list has more than half of students on free/reduced lunch

There are 76 schools on this year’s list of so-called “failing schools” and they’re spread all over the state, in both rural and urban areas, some are very diverse, others hardly at all.

  Sex offender ruling could mean less information for police

  WBRC gets firsthand look at new camera technology helping Metro Area Crime Center helicopter

  Samford study may unlock secrets to improving your workout

  Birmingham woman wants roof she paid for three years ago to stop leaking

  Is Alabama’s new anti-bullying law working?

  Multiple jurisdictions not reporting hate crimes to the FBI

Continued Coverage

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

  Research shows more Americans are leaving their personal information open to thieves

  Lifesaving devices often locked away in public places

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

  Delaying school start times could help your student

  State officials search for ways to stop robocalls

  Potentially deadly Radon gas levels high in some central Alabama counties

We found potentially deadly Radon gas levels in a handful of central Alabama counties.

  School bus tracking apps: Good or bad idea?

Tracking your child's school bus in real time using GPS and apps is now possible, but is it a good idea?

  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

  Could new tax law increase identity theft fraud cases?

  Four ways to protect your personal data

  Cord blood banking industry expected to grow

  Closing your bedroom door at night could save your life

  Government shutdown stops employers from E-Verifying applicant immigration status

  Medical mission leads White House official to UAB

Matt Might, Ph.D., and his wife embarked on a diagnostic odyssey when their first son was born with a condition never before diagnosed.

  Are extended warranties worth it?

We look into whether or not extended warranties are actually worth the money.

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.

  On your side investigation: Where’s my mail?

Why isn't a Bessemer neighborhood getting mail for days at a time?

  Finance experts advise consumers to freeze credit

A new law makes freezing - and protecting - your credit free and easier than ever.

  5 holiday savings apps and websites that could save you time and money

Trying to balance your budget during the holidays? Try using savings apps that could save you time and money.

  Start the new year with your finances in order

If you start in January, saving just $85 bucks a month will get you to $1,000 by the end of the year.

  How to maximize your end-of-year healthcare savings

Don't lose any of your healthcare savings dollars at the end of this year, here's how.

  Federal program to update public housing will take years in Birmingham

A federal program could one day bulldoze the apartment building to make way for new development by the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District.

Backlog of bureaucracy may be to blame for delay in Veterans Choice Program benefits

Problems with Veterans Choice Program could mean some veterans are stuck paying high medical bills.

  Investigating use-of-force cases in Alabama

Law enforcement experts say different rules in every state allow investigators a lot of latitude in how cases are handled.

  Prisoners used bolt cutters, hacksaw and handgun to escape maximum-security prison in Alabama

It's been almost a year since two prisoners somehow slipped out of a maximum security state prison and since then, no details have been released by ADOC on how the prisoners pulled it off.

  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.

  Why can’t you see the body camera video?

Why can’t we see the body camera video from the officer-involved shooting at the Galleria? That’s the number one question so many of you are asking and the short answer is because of Alabama’s open records law.

  Receive a call from yourself? Don’t pick up

Federal Trade Commission warns about the rise in "neighbor spoofing" and why some scammers are using your own number to call you.

  Realtors, consumer advocates warn of closing funds scam

Consumer advocates raise warnings over an email and wiring fraud scheme

  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?

  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.

Study finds top reported ‘speed trap’ locations around the state and Birmingham metro

Study finds top reported "speed trap" locations around central Alabama.

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.

  First Alabama baby conceived with INVOcell born in Northport

A new treatment for infertility in Alabama helps Tuscaloosa couple conceive their first child.

  Tracking Facebook political ads

New research predicts candidates and Political Action Committees (PACs) will spend $1.8 billion on digital ads in this 2018 midterm election cycle, but tracking who’s paying for these ads and how they’re targeting your Facebook feed can be tough.

  Password Security: New guidelines shift away from traditional wisdom

Most recent guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revise best practices for creating and updating passwords

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.

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

The 6 On Your Side team gets results when viewers noticed a dead tree leaning on phone lines and hanging dangerously over Grants Mill Road.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

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

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

Hundreds of thousands of cars have open recalls in Birmingham.

  Thousands of recalls impact vehicles in B’ham

CarFax reports that southern states like Alabama have some of the highest number of recalls. Birmingham is one of the top offenders.

  Trick or Teeth: How to avoid dental rip-offs

Dental work can be costly. Insiders give WBRC tips on how to protect your teeth and your wallet.

  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 veterans die by suicide at higher rate than the national average according to new numbers released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  Alabama slow in rolling out new anti-bullying law

Despite a big push to update the state's anti-bullying laws and guidelines, our investigation found the Alabama Department of Education is slow in rolling out the new anti-bullying protocols months after the law took effect.

  Is your smartphone listening to your conversations?

Is your phone listening to your conversations? We spoke with a professor who is researching what happens to your information when it leaves your phone.

  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.

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

The state’s largest organization for public educators is calling on lawmakers to repeal the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) in the most recent edition of the Alabama School Journal.

  How to follow your kids on all their social media platforms

Following your teen on Facebook is no longer the responsible way to parent--there's a lot of other platforms you need to be on and monitoring.

  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.