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  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.

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

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

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

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

iPhone owners can submit claims for Apple settlement over phone throttling

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t throw away stimulus debit cards

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

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.

FDA issues recall of Kroger brand frozen berries over possible Hepatitis A contamination

The FDA has advised consumers to not eat and throw away frozen fruits from Kroger.

Analysts: Gas prices could fall below $2-per-gallon this summer

We may be in for some good news at the gas pump over the summer, analysts with GasBuddy say.

Perdue recalls 31,703 pounds of meat

Some product may be consumer's freezers.

Cooling cap keeps cancer patients from losing their hair during chemotherapy

There’s a new cap in town, but it’s not the kind you wear on a night out; it’s actually helping people through tough times.

  Passion to Paycheck: Courtney Scipio fulfills mom’s passion for event planning after mother killed by domestic violence

A Lowcountry woman was happy getting promotions and making money at a manufacturing company. But her mom kept nagging her about the two of them going into the event planning business.

More than 62,000 of beef recalled due to E. coli concerns

More than 62,000 lbs. of beef has been recalled just before Memorial Day

Planet Fitness offering free summer memberships for teens

Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign up.

Ford recalling Fusion, Ranger models due to transmission issues

Ford is expanding a recall that impacted over 500,000 vehicles in July 2018.

Wheels on popular BOB strollers are coming off while parents are running, but no recalls have been issued

BOB strollers, made by Britax, are the subject of a Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation, but no recall has been issued.

Deputies warn of scam targeting sex offenders

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a scam that targets people listed on sex offender registries.

Child death prompts recall of dressers sold by Amazon, Target, Walmart

The dresser poses a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard if not properly anchored to a wall.

Tyson recall expanded to include nearly 12 million pounds of chicken strips

Almost 12 million pound of chicken strips have been recalled because they might be contaminated with pieces of metal, according to the USDA.

  CDC warns specific age group about danger of contracting measles

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control shows adults born within a 26-year span may be more prone to contract the measles even if they were vaccinated.

FCC warns about calls from West African ’222′ country code

The FCC says scammers are trying to defraud consumers through expensive call backs.

  LIST: Lowcountry restaurants donating portion of sales Thursday to help people living with AIDS

Dining Out For Life is an event celebrated nationally