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  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.

  New revelations about alleged sexual misconduct at Indian Springs School and Birmingham church

A former Indian Springs School teacher accused of sexual misconduct also worked at a Birmingham Church where the church is concerned he may have used opportunities there to foster relationships with students.

  Data incomplete when it comes to infant deaths

Infants die at a higher rate in Alabama from Sudden Unidentified Infant Death (SUID) than any other state in the country.

  Abuse of Power?: Power of Attorney

When someone reaches the point in life where making decisions for healthcare, finances and legal matters are beyond his or her control a power of attorney agreement can make sure everything is attended to.

  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.

  Is Birmingham Water Works getting a rebate, and what will they do with it?

A Birmingham Water Works Board member testified in court that his utility is due to receive "hundred of thousands of dollars" in repayment from a contractor as a result of overbilling, but the utility's General Manager says he knows nothing about it.

  Has anything changed at Birmingham Water Works?

We wanted to know what, if any, changes the BWWB has made to their internal spending controls or auditing procedures since Lewis’ arrest or conviction, so we asked General Manager Michael Johnson.

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