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Tips to make your holiday gift return process run smoothly

State poison control experts warn of holiday dangers

Post Office: Send your packages early this holiday season

Study: Tri-County one of the most expensive places to live in S.C.

  Mt. Pleasant kicks off 10th annual Business and Community Expo

  Amazon hosts virtual career day for hiring and job search training

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  New Lowcountry businesses help to grow the economy

  North Charleston family adjusting to life after pandemic forces adult children back home to live

  New text messaging scam includes recipient’s name and potentially dangerous link

  “Lifeboat Jobs” will help workers stay afloat and find new career opportunities amid pandemic

Casting agency warns of scam involving Netflix show ‘Outer Banks’

Authorities warn of Facebook Marketplace scam involving phony preowned vehicle ads

ALDI sets opening date for 4th Charleston-area location

The grocer ALDI will open its newest store in North Charleston later this week.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC warns about new round of COVID-19 relief scams

As Congress considers another economic relief package to help during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Trade Commission has put out another warning about potential scams.

  Hundreds of evictions filed in the Tri-County since moratorium lifted

It’s been more than two months since the moratorium on evictions in South Carolina was lifted and requests for help are still coming in.

  New interactive map launched to help find free food giveaways

People and families in need of food now have an easier way to find out where food giveaways are happening.

S.C. health officials: Respond to legitimate COVID-19 contact tracers, but watch for scams

South Carolina’s 72-hour Sales Tax Holiday Weekend starts Friday

  South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday Weekend is this weekend

Angie’s List: Project Planning July 2020

Angie’s List: When to repair and when to replace your windows

  Live 5 Scambusters: IRS investigator highlights ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of top tax scams

City of Hanahan warns of scam involving bills for COVID-19 testing

Some people who were tested for COVID-19 at the Hanahan Fire Department wound up with bills for $99.

Walmart to bring 1,000 new jobs to Dorchester County with new distribution center

Walmart confirmed Monday it will build a $220 million distribution center in Dorchester County near Ridgeville.

iPhone owners can submit claims for Apple settlement over phone throttling

Millions of iPhone owners can submit their claim for part of a $500 million lawsuit settlement.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Vacation rental scams popping up on Lowcountry beaches

The Lowcountry is always a popular tourist spot, even during a pandemic, and scammers are using enticing offers to cash in on eager travelers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Reports show military more vulnerable to employment scams

As the COVID-19 pandemic creates new financial challenges, scam artists are targeting members of the U.S. military.

Kroger cashiers to stop giving customers coin change

If you go to Kroger, for now you can forget your change purse.

S.C. summer gas price surge may have hit wall because of COVID-19

The pace of gas price increases over the past few weeks may have slowed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Federal authorities seize more than $80,000 tied to COVID-19 unemployment scheme in N.C.

Federal authorities have seized more than $80,000 tied to a coronavirus unemployment scheme in North Carolina.

  Billions in USDA grants distributed to farmers, ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given billions of dollars in CARES Act money to farmers who are struggling during the pandemic.

Publix recalls some of its salad products in several states

One of the South’s largest grocery store chains is announcing a recall of some salads sold in its stores. Publix announced that Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Fresh Express 11.5-ounce Southwest Chopped Kit.

S.C. uneployment rate in May showed slight improvement over April

South Carolina’s hard-hit hospitality industry has clawed back some of the jobs lost amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to newly-released numbers.

S.C. unemployment filings surpass 600K mark as pandemic continues

The state of South Carolina reported a drop in first claims for unemployment last week compared with the week prior, but the total number of people who’ve filed since the coronavirus pandemic begins surpassed 600,000.

  Council votes in favor of prohibiting pet stores from selling dogs, cats in unincorporated Dorchester Co.

Dorchester County Council has approved an ordinance making it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs or cats in unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance passed Monday night following a third and final reading.

Don’t throw away stimulus debit cards

Are you still waiting for your stimulus money? The latest payments are causing a lot of confusion. In fact, some people think the new envelope looks like junk mail and tossed it in the garbage.

Total new S.C. unemployment claims reach past 550K-mark

The latest numbers of initial unemployment claims show filings are still slowing even though the total count continues to grow.

Federal government says some nursing homes are stealing relief checks from elderly residents

Some nursing homes are stealing relief checks from elderly residents

New uptown Charlotte restaurant to utilize thermal camera to check customer’s temperature

Restaurant owners continue to say your safety is their top priority as they get ready for the chance to re-open in North Carolina. When that happens, there’s one restaurant that’s doing something many of us have never seen before to protect you.

Virus unleashes wave of fraud in US amid fear and scarcity

Federal officials say the COVID-19 outbreak has unleashed a wave of fraud.

  Thousands, possibly millions, haven’t received stimulus check because of IRS error

Some of the eighty million stimulus checks that went out last week weren’t received by people in desperate need.

  LOOKING TO HIRE: Lowcountry detention and correction facilities have dozens of openings

With thousands impacted by the coronavirus in terms of job losses, several Lowcountry detention centers say they are hiring employees.

BBB: Stop sharing senior pictures on social media

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising against sharing senior photos on social media.

  COVID-19 impacts SC aerospace, Boeing to implement voluntary layoff plan in pandemic

Boeing notified its employees that it will offer a voluntary layoff plan to its employees as the aerospace industry begins adjusting to its “new reality.”

S.C. unemployment claims double over previous week

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says the number of initial unemployment claims doubled in the week ending March 28 over the previous week.

Home interest rates drop to to historic lows in pandemic

If you are thinking about buying a house, believe it or not, now may be a great time to do it.

  Resources for restaurant, service employees who have been affected by COVID 19

The coronavirus is having a big impact on hospitality workers.

  Financial planner says despite the impact of the coronavirus on the stock market, stay calm

“The stock market is very forward looking, a lot of what’s happening right now is based on fear of what might happen in the economy, not on what actually has happened yet,” Clay Abel said.

Deputies warn of scam involving fake cashier’s checks

The Colleton County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about scammers handing out fraudulent cashier's checks.

Customers say fake Dominion Energy calls continue, demanding money, threatening to end service

This week is considered the time to better understand your consumer rights, and learn ways to improve your spending habits for National Consumer Protection Week. Some state officials are also taking this time to warn consumers about the continued problem of scams.

Son-in-law prevents 87-year-old from falling victim to sweepstakes scam

Had it not been for her son-in-law’s suspicions, an 87-year-old Rowan County woman might have gotten scammed out of all the money she had. It’s another example of someone saying they are with a popular sweepstakes but are really targeting the elderly in a scam.

SCDPS: 200,000+ defective airbags on S.C. roads, recalled vehicle owners to receive letter in mail

A defective part inside the airbag can explode when the airbag deploys, potentially shooting sharp metal fragments at the driver and passengers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FedEx delivers scam warning about phishing texts and emails

FedEx has put out a warning about a scam that may be targeting your phone.

FedEx is warning customers about a text, email scam

Don’t click on the link! That’s what FedEx is telling consumers dealing with a text and email scam.

  Bosch Charleston plant plans 400+ job cuts over 2 years

Bosch Charleston confirmed Thursday it will reduce its workforce by approximately 430 from mid-2020 through 2021.

Subaru recalls over 250k cars that could lose power while driving

Many newer Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, and Impreza vehicles are included in the recall

  Last-minute shoppers: Here’s when stores close on Christmas Eve!

If you haven’t finished checking everyone off of your Christmas shopping list or still have a few items you need to purchase for Wednesday’s Christmas feast, here are store hours you’ll need to know about.

  Doctors report increase in HPV-related cancers

Doctors at Trident Health say they are seeing a significant rise in patients with cancer related to the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV.

How to set up two-factor authentication on popular apps, services

Two-factor authentication could prevent you from becoming a victim of cyberattacks.

Don’t let a Grinch steal your Christmas, protect yourself from porch pirates

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community about the rise in porch pirates this time of year.

Taking care of your pets during the Thanksgiving holiday

As many feast this holiday season, it's important to not forget our furry friends. Black Friday is actually one of the busiest days for veterinarians.

Frozen fruit recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination

Frozen fruit is being voluntarily recalled because the mixes could be contaminated with Hepatitis A.

Beware of phone scammers pretending to be with Dominion Energy

Deputies want the public to be on alert for phone calls that appear to come from Dominion Energy, but demand money in the form of gift cards.

Possible Salmonella contamination sparks recall of Great Value breakfast sausage

Officials with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a recall of 6,444 pounds of Great Value brand ready-to-eat pork sausage patty and turkey sausage patty products.

  Study: Toxic workplaces take toll on employees, businesses

Nearly half of Americans have considered quitting and leaving their jobs for good and more than half who actually have did so because of their manager, they say.

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

A total of five medications are on the list.

  Don’t let flu myths keep you from getting a flu shot

So the flu shot is a dead virus or inactivated, so it's not live. So we're giving you dead viruses, so it's not possible for the flu shot to give you the flu. Health care professionals are urging people to get a flu shot now.

Tyson recalls Weaver frozen chicken patties

The frozen, fully cooked chicken 26 oz. items were produced on January 31, 2019.

  A local tech firm uses scientific strategy to help companies find best hourly workers

More restaurants and businesses that employ hourly workers are using a high tech approach to hiring. It's all to analyze applicants' personalities to determine who would make a good employee for a particular company.

RECALL ALERT: Dole baby spinach recalled over salmonella risk

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of baby spinach due to a possible salmonella risk, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Recall: Great Value Taco Seasoning sold at Walmart

Williams Foods LLC has initiated a voluntary recall including Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning Mix (sold at Walmart) and HEB Taco Seasoning Mix Reduced Sodium due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Va. seafood company confesses to selling foreign crab meat falsely labeled as American blue crab

Casey’s Seafood, Inc. falsely labeled over 183 tons of foreign crab meat as American blue crab.

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates.

  Are your kids getting too much screen time this summer?

Millions of kids around the country are on summer break and many of them are spending too much time in front of screens.

Company issues voluntary recall of hamburger, hot dog buns for potential choking hazard

The Carolinas are involved in a voluntary recall issued for hamburger and hot dog buns, along with other foods from Flowers Foods, Inc.

Fisher-Price recalls over 70k infant sleepers due to risk of death

The company's newest recall marks its exit from selling inclined sleep products completely.

Target offering teachers discounts on school supplies

Teachers can get a 15% discount on school supplies at Target.

Newberry County Sheriff’s Office issues warning about telephone scam

Newberry County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning regarding a continued telephone scam involving information about grandchildren.

Flour sold at Target, Walmart nationwide being recalled due to E. coli

E. coli can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

  Classroom Champions: Zucker Middle School girls coach wants better basketballs

Coach Travis Gladden of the Zucker Middle School girls basketball team says the balls they currently have are worn out with no bounce. He's asking for help to get top quality balls for the girls, who had a great season. He says sports helps students on and off the court.