Live 5 Scambusters: Federal agencies issue new warnings for scams involving masks, contact tracing

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have put out new warnings about coronavirus scams involving masks and contact tracing.

  You Paid For It: Calhoun statue removal

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says job scams target unemployed

  Billions in USDA grants distributed to farmers, ranchers

  Live 5 Scambusters: Dominion Energy says utility scams surge again

  Federal funding helping but not solving rural health struggles

  Live 5 Scambusters: Fake cars for sale

  Charleston protester arrested on Sunday disputes charge

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  62 people arrested after weekend protests, riots in Charleston

  Local summer camps adapt to CDC guidelines

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about two pet-related scams

  Local hospitals receive $84M federal funding so far

  Local attorney discusses baby powder lawsuit

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

  Live 5 Scambusters: Imposter scams target contact tracing efforts

As health officials ramp up contact tracing to identify cases of COVID-19 scam artists are trying to take advantage.

  SC school district being run from three states, inspector general finds

The South Carolina Public Charter School District had members of its staff working from Colorado and Florida, according a newly-released report by the state’s inspector general.

  You Paid for it: $65M CARES Act funding to SC DSS for kids and families

South Carolina’s Department of Social Services received nearly $65 million from the CARES Act to help children and families during the COVID crisis.

  South Carolina OSHA handling more complaints during pandemic

Our state's workplace watchdog has seen an uptick in complaints about safety violations since the COVID-19 crisis began.

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

  SC cattle farmers worry about their future, warn of beef shortage

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB issues warning about retail coupon scams on social media

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

  Restaurants, hospitals top SC unemployment claims

  Live 5 Scambusters: Water slide scams sliding into Facebook Marketplace

  Fact or Fiction: Do you have to pay back the stimulus check next tax season?

It is important to be on high alert for scams related to your stimulus check.

  Drug Dependence: COVID-19 weakens already fragile U.S. drug supply

Unlike many other countries, the FDA doesn't require a "made in" label on drugs, even though the federal agency estimates 80% of the ingredients and 40% of the finished drugs are manufactured overseas.

  You Paid For It: CARES Act Funding for Charleston County

Not only did millions of Americans receive direct stimulus payments because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, but some county governments are also receiving funding.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Lowcountry mother saves son from fake check scam

Scammers are targeting your money even if you've been hit hard by the coronavirus shutdown and make sure you read the fine print if you get a check in the mail.

  Hospitals starting to reschedule surgeries from cancellations due to COVID-19

Some hospitals are starting to reschedule surgeries they had to cancel because of the COVID-19 crisis.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Beware of lottery imposters and cash giveaway scams

For millions of Americans now living without paychecks, a five-figure cash giveaway could be enticing. An old scam is circling back during this latest financial crisis.

  Hazard pay for some local county workers

Millions of workers across the country have been laid off or furloughed because of the new coronavirus, while others are working from home if possible

  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.

Dominion Energy warns customers of scam calls as company sees spike during pandemic

Dominion Energy is warning their customers as the company reports a spike in scam calls during the pandemic.

  South Carolina ventilator usage down 6% since last week

The state health department says South Carolina hospitals are using fewer ventilators right now than they were one week ago.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC report details coronavirus-related fraud

New data from the Federal Trade Commission shows a sharp increase in Coronavirus-related fraud and scams in April.

  How Lowcountry counties and cities are coping with COVID-19

Several Lowcountry cities and counties are freezing all hiring during the COVID-19 crisis.They are also spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment for staff and first responders.

  Live 5 Scambusters: New task force takes aim at Coronavirus scams and fraud

Scam artists have been preying on fears of the coronavirus and fraud as been rampant during this pandemic but a new task force has been started to battle the unseen enemy.

  Over half of SC’s child care facilities have chosen to close amid COVID-19 outbreak

South Carolina child care centers do not have to close during the COVID crisis, but can if they choose to.

  Fact or Fiction: African Americans and COVID-19

Early numbers in some cities show the new coronavirus is disproportionately infecting African Americans.

  SC DSS: Child abuse reports down during pandemic

Reports of child abuse are down nearly forty percent in South Carolina from this time last year.Unfortunately, that does not mean abuse is actually down.

  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.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers want your stimulus check as much as you

Scam artists are trying a variety of tricks to get their hands on your stimulus relief check before you do.

Billions of dollars at stake for S.C. in 2020 census

More than 200 South Carolina municipalities are predicted to lose funding based on population decreases, according to the state's Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office.

  36,000 medical supplies delivering to 6 local counties

Counties across the state are getting a second round of medical supplies from the federal stockpile.

  Hospitals report 18% of ventilators in use statewide

The CDC says 20-30% of hospitalized patients who have COVID-19 and pneumonia have to go into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for help breathing.

FACT OR FICTION: Where did the anti-Advil advice really come from?

Usually if you are running a fever, you’ll will reach for an over-the-counter medicine to help get your temperature back to normal.

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.

Live 5 Scambusters: Robocall scams offer fake coronavirus tests, personal protection equipment

While you're sitting at home social distancing yourself, scammers are calling to offer "help" during the coronavirus pandemic.

  FACT OR FICTION: Can mosquitoes spread COVID-19?

Warm weather in the Lowcountry goes hand-in-hand with mosquitoes. The pesky insects are known for transmitting disease such as Zika and West Nile Virus.

FACT OR FICTION: How long can COVID-19 survive on surfaces?

COVID-19 may be a new type of coronavirus, but there are dozens of studies about other known strains and how long they can live on surfaces.

  FACT OR FICTION: Will hot weather kill COVID-19?

Many in the Lowcountry are enjoying the warmer weather this week and having a better appreciation for the outdoors.

  Coping at home and talking to kids about COVID-19

Many families are struggling right now while trying to establish a new normal with kids or grandkids at home.

  FACT OR FICTION: Can pets spread viruses?

Some strains of coronaviruses have been around for years, including those that can make animals sick, according to the CDC.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers create new coronavirus danger

Scammers following the headlines are creating another danger with the coronavirus.

Can you be fired for not going to work during a pandemic?

There’s been a 400 percent increase in unemployment claims filed this week, according to The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

  SC Law: Balancing public meetings with public health

Several local counties and cities are announcing meetings will be streamed online until further notice.

  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.

  FACT OR FICTION: Does wearing masks really help?

The spread of the new coronavirus has unfortunately also prompted the spread of misinformation, especially online and over social media.

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.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Be counted but don’t be scammed by the 2020 Census

It's time to stand up and be counted but don't be scammed by the 2020 Census.

  You Paid For It: Update on REAL IDs

By October, your South Carolina driver’s license must have a gold star on it to meet federal REAL ID standards.

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.

  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.

  Charleston County plans to replace juvenile detention center

The Charleston County Juvenile Detention Center, which opened along Headquarters Road in North Charleston more than 50 years ago, is slated to move roughly half a mile away to 3765 Leeds Avenue.

  Live 5 Investigates: Traffic concerns in West Ashley with new building construction

Many parents and West Ashley drivers reached out to Live5News with concerns about how the traffic will get worse with the addition of three large projects in the next year.

  Update: SC Offenders missing from probation and parole

A Live 5 Investigation found that more than 5,700 convicted criminals in South Carolina were missing in 2018, labeled as “absconders”, from the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (DPPPS).

  You Paid For It: Port security grants

The South Carolina Ports Authority says an average of six vessels sail into our state’s harbors every day, carrying cargo worth more than $150 million.

  New court records filed involving Charleston County school employee accused of assault

New court records were filed on Wednesday in the case involving several young boys who say they were sexually assaulted by a Charleston County Schools employee.

  $150k settlement to CCSD HR chief for board member’s Facebook comments

The Charleston County School District and its insurer paid a $150,000 settlement to its chief human resources officer for a school board member’s Facebook comments, according to documents obtained under the SC Freedom of Information Act.

  SC leader taking Lowcountry nonprofit to court

A South Carolina leader is now taking a Tri-County nonprofit to court after a Live 5 investigation showed it was soliciting donations despite being suspended by the Secretary of State.

  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.

  Live 5 Scambusters: You don’t have to pay for a 2020 Census job

The U.S. Census Bureau is still hiring thousands of workers but you need to recognize the real jobs from the scams.

  You (Helped) Pay For It: New Children’s Hospital

This weekend is the final milestone for MUSC’s new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital downtown.

  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.

  Live 5 Investigates: What’s in the works to fix a dangerous downtown intersection?

After hearing multiple complaints from people who live and work along Calhoun Street and Ashley Avenue, our team staked out to see why people were calling the area dangerous.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Romance scammer reveals tricks of the trade

Romance scams are still some of the most expensive forms of online fraud costing victims more than $200 million in 2019.

  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.

  You Paid For It: Councilmember salaries throughout S.C.

Our local elected county council members make an average of $16-17,000 in pay every year, according to numbers published by the South Carolina Association of Counties.

  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.

  Cane Bay High School student’s family shares story of son’s suicide to help save others

Teen suicides have increased at an alarming rate, according to recent data. One Berkeley County family is living the reality of that epidemic now.