On Your Side Investigations

  ‘It’s Russian roulette,’ says Alabama paramedic recovering from COVID-19 & pushing for workers’ comp

She worked for months transporting and treating COVID-19 patients while carefully wearing layers of PPE and following all of the protocols to protect herself from the virus, but then it happened.

  When what looks like local news isn’t

  Will the Pfizer vaccine work for everyone? UAB doctor examines diversity in trial

  On Your Side: Three years later, Jefferson County cemetery board still hasn’t met

  Cold Case in Lincoln: Forensic lab gives new hope for identifying woman

  On Your Side Investigation finds more than 70 near misses for drones at Alabama airports

  Housing Market: Is refinancing worth it?

Continued Coverage

  Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Int’l Airport CEO: ‘We are open’

  Should charter schools get PPP loans?

  Housing Market part 3: A look at how many homes are selling right now

THE INVESTIGATORS: Incident report details what led officers to encounter with Koy Moore

  COVID Stimulus money went to companies with record of federal fines

  Data suggests COVID-19 racial disparities impacting decisions about education

  On Your Side: What makes a good offer when buying a home in a hot market?

We’re continuing to take a look at the housing market and why many homes are selling fast.

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

Nurse practitioners are questioning their own education at some colleges. There’s no national standard on how to educate nurse practitioners, while medical education for doctors was standardized more than 100 years ago.

  On Your Side: Why is the housing market so hot right now?

The housing market is red hot right now. We dig into why and offer tips to buyers in this "seller's market".

  How secure are Alabama voting results?

After hackers hit a technology company who helps some states aggregate and release election results, we're investigating how Alabama makes sure your vote is counted and reported accurately.

  ADPH preparing for COVID-19 vaccine: ‘It’s a Herculean task’

Birmingham PD identifies victim in Titusville shooting Tuesday evening

Investigators say DNA links Nashville murder victim to Chilton County

  Alabama voter discovers he’s registered to vote in NY

Teen injured during shooting at a party in Jefferson County

Homicide investigation underway in Birmingham

  Over 520-hours of basic training required in Alabama to protect and serve

Following the killing of George Floyd, who died when a now-former Minneapolis Police Officer held his knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes, protestors are calling for, among several things, more training for police officers.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

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

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

On Your Side: Can’t pay your bills because of COVID-19?

Many vendors are working with their customers during this unprecedented crisis. For example, many utility companies will provide some form of forbearance. Call the companies you owe money and see how they are willing to assist you.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

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

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

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

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  Tips limited despite dozens of witnesses in Birmingham man’s murder

Birmingham Police found Ki'Juan Harrell shot and nearly dead in a car in the parking lot at Fox Valley Apartments on Valley Drive early the morning of June 23, 2018.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

Protecting personal information while job searching online

The BBB says before you apply for a job, make sure it’s a legit company. You can also contact them directly to make sure they’re actually hiring.

‘Without access to public records, there is no accountability’: A denial for ShotSpotter requests

The city has spent $2.6 million on something to fight crime but won’t allow media (or citizens) to access the data the system collects.

  FEMA grants not affordable for many devastated by Lee County tornado

WBRC FOX6 On Your Side Investigators spoke with several people who live in the area devastated by the storms and found many were unable to afford the grant.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

Mother demands answers on Madison County Jail ‘IT issues’

Friday marks one week since the sheriff's office announced it had "IT issues," and still no elaboration has been given.

  Who’s carrying a gun on your child’s campus?

Alabama's SENTRY program armed some school administrators, but we know very little about how many and who.

  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.

Poarch Creek casino proposal promises $1B for Alabama

Alabama lawmakers are listening but not committing to an offer from the Poarch Creek Indians. Tribe leaders say they will funnel $1 billion to Alabama if the state allows them to add two new casinos, table games like blackjack and craps and gives the Poarch Indians exclusivity.

  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.

  TikTok App Can Be Meeting Place for Predators and Your Kids

“I discovered it when my daughter was asleep.”

  Chief: Brookside kidnapping suspect wanted to die

"I believe God put everybody who was there on the scene that day."

  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.

  Drug court’s liquid loop

You can produce a dilute sample on drug tests for several different reasons: one of them could be trying to hide the drugs you’ve taken, but there are more innocent explanations.

  Who’s really monitoring your home security system?

The “do it yourself” home security market is booming right now.

  Project aims to find, close gaps in protections for domestic violence victims

Part of the project is identifying where gaps exist in the enforcement of laws, and in communication between the court, law enforcement and victim advocacy groups.

Nearly a year later, family still searching for answers in 23-year-old’s death

It’s been nearly a year of agony for the family of Deanthony Amari Cooper-Cain.In February 2019, police say the 23-year-old was one of two people shot while driving along Avenue W near Pratt City. The case remains unsolved.

CARFAX customers say company’s incomplete vehicle reports cost them thousands of dollars

Several customers bought used cars with clean CARFAX customers but CARFAX reports run at later dates showed significant issues with the cars.

  Whistle while going through airport security? TSA is watching you closely

Taking off your shoes, belt and unpacking the laptop are common things we do when going through security at the airport. Specially trained Transportation Security Administration officers are also looking at the expression on your face and you probably don't even realize it.

  Bail: The balance between rights and public safety

The murders of Blanchard and McKinney and the criminal records of those accused prompted the court of public opinion to question why Yazeed and Brown were allowed bond.

  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.

Can Good RX Save You Money?

Good RX claims it can save you potentially $100's, but an Alabama healthcare advocate says you need to be a smart consumer.

  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.

  Two years later and the Jefferson County cemetery board still hasn’t met. What’s the hold up?

Over the past three years, we've received complaint after complaint about unkempt cemeteries in Jefferson County.

  Birmingham police taking scientific approach to fight crime

We recently sat down with Birmingham police to take a more in-depth look into how the department is now taking a scientific approach to fight crime.

  Toys that can watch you: Protecting your child from hackable toys

Internet-connected toys can be great Christmas gifts, but you may need to think twice before putting them under your tree.

Most law enforcement agencies in Jefferson County using Narcan, except where deaths are highest

One person died every 45 hours in Jefferson County, on average, from an opioid overdose over a five-year period.

  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.

  Birmingham Water Works: “Our Billing System is Adequate”

The Birmingham Water Works Wednesday defended its billing practices amid new questions about the accuracy of some customers’ bills.

  Bogus Bills?: Birmingham Water Works Customers Seeing Strange Bills

Birmingham Water Works customers complained to us about unusually high bills, now our questions are prompting some action.

  Scientists developing ‘smart toilet’ to collect health data

The toilets of the future might be able to analyze urine samples and explain health behavior.

The Price of Air: The R-22 ban is approaching, how will it impact your air conditioner?

Turning on your air conditioner isn’t probably on your mind right now but come January, you could be paying a lot more for coolant. The coolant, R-22, will soon be phased out. Starting January 1, 2020, the Environmental Protection agency is banning the production of R-22.

  Read or Repeat: Concerns about Alabama’s new literacy law

Alabama's new literacy law is meant to solve a big problem, but could create a few others.

  Genetic testing scams targeting seniors

A scheme targeting seniors is happening all around the country where scammers often times show up at health fairs or assisted living facilities offering free genetic DNA tests. Seniors are also receiving calls about it.

  Social Studies: The digital world and the toll on our children

Social media is a daily part of life for teens and their constant posts on Instagram or Snapchat could take a toll on their mental health.

Top Alabama scams: What you need to know

You might think you’re too savvy to fall for a scam, but thieves are constantly using new tactics and finding ways to fool even the most skeptical people.

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.

  The ridesharing impact on drunk driving

Are ridesharing services having an impact on drunk driving? The Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama gives us a look at the numbers.