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.

  SCDNR: Serious problems with Charleston’s flood program

CCSD board names law firm, addresses Gethers investigation

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

You Paid For It: More than 100 price gouging complaints in SC so far

Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

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  State lawmakers demanding answers after Live 5 CCSD Investigation

Records: CCSD promoted employee despite discovery of child porn on district laptop

Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers are targeting new Medicare cards

Live 5 Scambusters: Mother and daughter "escape" kidnapping scam

Live 5 Scambusters: A warning from victims of jury duty scams

You Paid For It: Top state salaries

  Live 5 Investigates: School lunch crunch

With a new school year about to begin, school leaders know lunchrooms can rack up large lunch debts when student lunch accounts become delinquent, taking a bite out of school expenses.

Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers impersonate lottery jackpot winner

As the country waits for the winner of July's Mega Millions jackpot to claim the half-billion dollar prize, scammers are waiting too.

  You Paid For It: Port access road on schedule to meet deadline

This week, construction workers hit a milestone building the Port Access Road: the project is now halfway complete.

Live 5 Investigates: Solitary for social media

Inmates like Derrick Williams, Jason Mathis, Jamaal Mack and Jose Rivera are all serving years in South Carolina prisons for crimes ranging from drug dealing to weapons charges.

  Live 5 Scambusters: ‘Sextortion’ scams target online dating apps

Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers disguised as tech support

Former BCSD superintendent paid more than $371K to consult district

Live 5 Investigates: Law and Order at School

Live 5 Scambusters: How to spot phishing emails

Live 5 Investigates: Rare, but deadly brain-eating amoeba

  Live 5 Investigates: Hundreds of politicians not paying fines to SC Ethics Commission

Hundreds of people who run for political office to represent you owe millions of dollars in unpaid ethics fines to the state of South Carolina.

Live 5 Scambusters: Military targeted by imposter calls

July is Military Consumer Month and the Federal Trade Commission is posting weekly alerts about scams targeting service members, veterans and their families.

Live 5 Investigates: 750 deficient bridges identified across SC

On May 14, Charleston's usual rush hour traffic turned into a driving nightmare when thousands of cars came to what was essentially a standstill that stretched for miles.

Records: 41 civil rights violation cases investigated in Tri-County school districts

Tri-County school districts are among thousands across the country being investigated by the US Department of Education for alleged civil rights violations.

Live 5 Scambuster: Phone call claims to be from Berkeley Co. deputies

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says you may be getting a phone call that appears to be from one of it's deputies, but it won't be a real deputy on the other end of the line.

Live 5 Investigates: Solar Sales

In sunny coastal cities, solar can mean savings. But it can also ignite problems.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Facebook phishing messages

Facebook is not only a way to communicate with friends, it's also a source of your identity scammers are trying to steal.

Live 5 Scambusters: Woman scammed paying rent for Summerville home

A woman in Summerville says she is the victim of a home rental scam that cost her more than $3,000.

Live 5 Scambuster: Jury duty scam

Jury duty is a civic responsibility and should be taken seriously, but so should scammers who may be threatening you when you've done nothing wrong.

Live 5 Investigates: Choosing Uber over an ambulance to get to the ER

Picture this: you're in an emergency, you need to get to the hospital but you can't drive yourself there.

You Paid For It: Gas Tax will increase next month

South Carolina has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country, but the state will continue collecting more at the pump to help pay for better roads.

Live 5 Investigates: Officers pose as prostitutes in undercover sting

Two undercover North Charleston police officers took on the roles of prostitutes as part of an undercover sting.

Live 5 Investigates: Assaults on Teachers

Bites, slaps and kicks to the face - all happening in the classroom to teachers.  Live 5's Carter Coyle investigates what's being done to protect Lowcountry educators from their students.  Assaults on Teachers, a Live 5 News investigation, airs Thursday at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: Retailer of Last Resort

A rent to own contract sent a single mom and her kids into hiding. As part of a nationwide investigation, see why signing on the dotted line keeps you under a company's thumb and how they use a legal loophole to take election tactics to the extreme. Retailer of Last Resort, a Live 5 News Investigation, airs Tuesday at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: Control in the Classroom

Bad behavior in Lowcountry schools may be keeping your child from learning. Many teachers says it's getting worse.  Carter Coyle investigates the policy change they say is to blame. We find out why it was made and what the district is doing to make it work.  Control in the Classtoom, a Live 5 News Investigation, air Thursday at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: Danger at Lowcountry Schools

Danger at Lowcountry Schools, a Live 5 News Investigation, airs Wednesday at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: Lowcountry Treasure

A priceless piece of Lowcountry History was lost for generations. Live 5's Debi Chard reveals the story of a real-life treasure that was uncovered right here in the Lowcountry.  Lowcountry Treasure, a Live 5 News Investigation, airs Tuesday at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: Search and Seizure

Thursday at 11 p.m., Live 5 News has exclusive access to a national study of traffic stops, including South Carolina.  Live 5's Carter Coyle and Aaron Maybin spent weeks analyzing the data for millions of traffic stops. They are getting the facts on who and why people are being pulled over in the Lowcountry, how it compares to the rest of the nation and what local troopers have to say about it.  Search and Seizures, a Live 5 News investigation, airs Thursday at 11 p.m...

Live 5 Investigates: Dump Truck Dangers

The only thing worse than getting in an accident, is getting into an accident with a truck that's bigger and heavier than you. In Charleston County, it's happening more than anywhere else in the state. Live 5 News' Debi Chard Investigates why some believe a paycheck could be driving dump trucks right into deadly accidents. Dump Truck Dangers, a Live 5 News investigation, airs Thursday at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: Road to Recovery

Something as small as a matchstick could be a game changer in fighting opioid addiction - increasing the odds of a successful rehab. The first place to use it is right here in South Carolina.  On Thursday, join us at 11 p.m. to learn more about how this new medical breakthrough could revolutionize the road to recovery. Road to Recovery, a Live 5 News investigation, airs Thursday at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: Sofa Super Store Tragedy

"Somebody's going to die if we ever have a fire in this building." The day the Sofa Super Store caught on fire, tragically, nine firefighters died in that store building. It was a heart breaking experience for the brave fire men and their families.  Live 5 News investigates how the fire could've been avoided. On Tuesday, find out what has changed to make sure nothing like it ever happens again.  Sofa Super Store Tragedy, a Live 5 News investi...

Live 5 Investigates: Dangerous School Bus Defect

There is a dangerous defect in hundreds of South Carolina school buses. Your child may be riding in them.  These buses are causing serious burn injuries to students. On Wednesday at 11, Live 5 Investigates what's being done to keep your child from getting burned on the bus.  Dangerous School Bus Defect a Live 5 News investigation, airs Wednesday at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: House Fires

Live 5 News put today's modern furnishings and building materials to the test. The dramatic results and what you need to know to keep your family safe from a fire. Live 5 Investigates, Thursday at 11.   Copyright 2017 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: Opioid Crisis

Overdoses are happening from drugs you probably have sitting in your medicine cabinet right now. It is claiming the lives of more than 90 people every day across the Lowcountry.

Carriage industry provides inside look amid questions about animal safety

Carriage tours have rolled along the streets of Charleston since the 1940s. But recently after a video of a horse lying on the streets downtown came to light, there have been questions surrounding the industry and if the animals are equipped to handle the growing city.

Live 5 Investigates: Carriage Horses - how are they treated?

Charleston's most controversial sightseeing experience is under attack. Ever since a carriage horse collapsed in downtown Charleston in early April, animal activists are enraged.

Live 5 Investigates: Texting Tickets

It is illegal to text and drive in South Carolina and we all know it’s dangerous. In the Lowcountry, Live 5's Carter Coyle saw drivers taking both hands off the wheel to use their phone on a major highway. Carter Coyle Investigates to find out if our laws are being enforced and are they strict enough? Watch on Live 5 News Friday night at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.

Live 5 Investigates: Laced Heroin

Two drugs that are taking the Lowcountry by storm are killing people who are addicted to painkillers. One of these drugs is so powerful, it's used to tranquilize elephants!

Live 5 Investigates: In-Home Daycares

Many families prefer the benefits of in-home daycare, where a caretaker can give more individual attention. In-home daycare workers who register with the state and can be paid to keep up to six children in their home. However, over 70% of local home daycare facilities are breaking the law and there's no way to shut them down.

Live 5 Investigates: Stolen Guns... In the Hands of Criminals

Many in the Lowcountry are making this big mistake - putting guns in the hands of criminals. Thieves are getting easy access to hundreds of guns in places where you think you feel safe.

Live 5 Investigates: 911 Delay

When we call 911, you expect an operator to pick up quickly. Sometimes, 911 calls are not answered right away - not a good to know that the ones you call for help don't answer you immediately.

Live 5 News Investigates: No Belts on Board

You make sure your kids are buckled up in your car, but on a school bus - there are no seat belts. In some states, bus seat belts are required - in South Carolina, they are not required by the state or federal law.

School Bus Stake Out

Driving is a responsibility - being a school bus driver is an even bigger responsibility. Accidents, especially one that involves a school bus, would make anyone's heart drop.

Mail Order Overdose

A deadly new drug is causing overdose deaths right here in the Lowcountry and anyone can get it- even your kids. Experts say this potent drug is seven times more powerful than morphine. Live 5’s Liza Lucas investigates why it’s so difficult for drug agents to track and why even doctors have a hard time identifying it in patients. Mail Order Overdose, a Live 5 News Investigation, air Friday at 11 p.m. Copyright 2017 WCSC All Rights Reserved.

School Bus Safety

Photos from the horrific Tennessee bus crash shocked many, especially parents in the Lowcountry. Here at Live 5, we were concerned about how our local schools are keeping kids safe to and from school.

Cafeteria Report Card

It's taken social media by storm- pictures and posts of school lunch food that parents deem "disgusting" in other parts of the country. So, Live 5 News digs in to find out if Lowcountry schools are serving safe foods to your students. Live 5's Carter Coyle sorted through hundreds of state health department inspection reports to see which schools make the grade, who's keeping track and how can you check for yourself. Cafeteria Report Card, a Live 5 ...

Live 5 Investigates: Cost of Living and Working in Paradise

Living in Charleston comes at a price - someone working minimum wage would need two and a half jobs.

Live 5 Investigates: Cost of the Roof Trial

As jury selection continues in the Dylann Roof federal murder trial, the cost continues to grow.

  Live 5 Investigates: Dangerous intersections

A population boom is making roadways busier than ever. Thousands of wrecks happen across the tricounty each year and some spots see more action than others.

Live 5 Investigates: Airbnb

Many are always finding ways they can make extra money, especially if it's easy. Over 700 Charleston locals that live on the peninsula are doing just that. Peninsula homeowners are easily make money by renting out their homes for tourists and out-of-towners through the popular rental site, Airbnb. However, what they are doing is illegal. Monday night on Live 5 news at 11, Liza Lucas explains how short-term rentals have become illegal in Charleston due to breaking tax laws.

Live 5 News Investigates: Police Training Trouble

According to the U.S. DOJ, the national average for the length of basic law enforcement training is 21 weeks. In South Carolina, officers are only getting 12 weeks. The Academy is seriously underfunded compared to other states. In fact, the budget is so tight they’re clipping coupons just to put food on the table for recruits. Live 5 News’ Carter Coyle investigates why they can’t afford longer training and what they say they need to give your officers the best educ...

Protecting our Players: Helmet ratings weigh concussion risks

According to a 2014 study released by the Journal of Neurosurgery, no other U.S. sport accounts for more concussions than football.

Live 5 Investigates: Trains carry deadly chemicals through Tri-County

Dangerous and deadly chemicals come through Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties regularly, but the state keeps no records of what exactly they are.

Live 5 News Investigates: Predicting Emergencies

Charleston County EMS are using a cutting edge technology that can predict where and when an emergency will happen.

Out-of-state campaign donations coming in for some Charleston mayoral candidates

So far, almost every candidate in the Charleston mayor's race has received some contributions from voters outside Charleston, or outside South Carolina.

Water expansion project key to Dorchester Co. development plans, leaders say

Crews working in the Seven Mile Road area of Harleyville are prepping the ground to lay a water main that will pump water into rural Dorchester county towns.

IRS using social media to warn of telephone scam

For almost a year and a half now, the Internal Revenue Service has been spreading the word about a telephone scam that cheated taxpayers out of more than $14 million. The agency is even taking that message to social media.

Six damage claims filed after Live 5 News investigation into James Island Connector

Six drivers have filed damage claims after a Live 5 News investigation into blown tires on the James Island Connector.