After Lowcountry man’s death, Live 5 investigates increase in local ketamine usage

James Britt, Jr. was injected with ketamine by Charleston County EMS outside Mount Pleasant’s Snee Farm community.

  Infectious disease expert calls maskless crowds outside downtown Charleston bars ‘stunningly stupid’

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

  Deadline for Boy Scout abuse claims in bankruptcy court

  Charleston Co. Elections hopes changes will help Election Day lines

  Live 5 Scambusters: A boss in need of a favor may be a scammer in disguise

  25 COVID-19 cases reported at Coastal Center; four dorms quarantined

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  Former S.C. prison warden, associate get thousands in payout after inmate escape

  COVID-19 outbreak causes concerns at Coastal Center in Summerville

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about phony DMV websites

‘I am unrecognizable’: Medical tourist surpasses weight loss goal

  CDC recommendations for trick or treating

  Charleston Co. schools plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccine when available

  Live 5 Scambusters: New study shows COVID-19 scams jumped nearly 50,000% earlier this year

As the Coronavirus pandemic stretches into another month, the reports of COVID-related scams keep piling up.

  Packed Moncks Corner rodeo event raises COVID-19 concerns

A rodeo held last week on public property in Berkeley County drew large crowds, raising questions over how such an event was able to take place in the midst of a pandemic.

  Cardiologist encourages heart checks for some student athletes after COVID-19 recovery

Some health experts are raising new concerns about the lasting impacts of the coronavirus on the hearts of student athletes. Dr. Lanier Jackson, a pediatric cardiologist for the Medical University of South Carolina, is concerned about a potentially deadly complication that can linger long after.

  Residents concerned about plans for new sewage pump station on Thomas Island

Construction on a long-awaited sewage pump station project in Berkeley County is expected to start next week, but some people who live near the site say they just learned about the plans over the summer and are not happy.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Online network provides scam resources for seniors

  Live 5 Scambusters: A package waiting for delivery may be a scam

  At least 400 Charleston businesses have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic

  A local look at college COVID-19 reporting

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about spoofed pages to hide poor ratings

  Four million Americans waited more than 4 weeks for their first unemployment check

  You Paid For It: Charleston Co. schools spent millions protecting students, faculty from COVID-19

School is in full swing and districts are spending millions of dollars making sure students and staff are safe during the pandemic.

  CDC reporting ‘troubling’ drop in vaccinations for kids during COVID-19 pandemic

The CDC reported what it calls a “troubling” drop in routine vaccinations for kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.The agency said while families followed public health warnings about staying home during the pandemic, “an unfortunate result was many missed routine vaccinations.”

  Live 5 Scambusters: Water slides ordered but something else is delivered

Parents looking for ways to keep kids entertained at home are buying water slides and swing sets at bargain prices but something much different is being delivered.

  Teachers: Different strategies planned for keeping attendance this upcoming school year

After thousands of students weren’t heard from when the state went fully online in March, teachers say they have concocted a new plan on keeping attendance.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says sweepstakes scams are using the COVID-19 pandemic, targeting seniors more

If you’ve won the lottery or sweepstakes you don’t have to pay anything to get your money, but some people are still sending thousands of dollars to scammers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Finding free education on a variety of scams

Education is key when it comes to recognizing scams and knowing the red flags can save you from becoming a victim.

Dept. of Consumer Affairs offers free help to spot job scams

Rising unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic has left many people desperate to find work and given scammers more ammunition.

  ’Pandemic Pod’ organizers could face penalties if they operate without SC childcare license

Pandemic Pods have emerged as a classroom alternative for children who will be starting their school year virtually.

  South Carolina disabilities department reports 36 COVID-19 deaths

More than a thousand people who either work for or depend on the services of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Charleston Co. Schools spends $1.2 million on virtual academy they may not fully use

The Charleston County School District spent $1.2 million creating its Virtual Academy, its long-term virtual option, but part of it may now be scrapped for the start of the year.

  You Paid For It: New yard waste process should save county money

The Bees Ferry landfill in West Ashley brought in about 70,000 tons of yard waste alone last year.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Don’t be counted as a victim of Census scams

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the U.S. Census Bureau a curveball and delayed the process, but as the push to finish the count ramps up, scammers may take advantage.

  Charleston Co. teacher: District ‘not being honest’ about letting teachers choose

Some Charleston County teachers are pushing back after school district officials said publicly they have a choice about teaching in-person classes.

  State investigates reports of people ‘double dipping’ in unemployment funds

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce has seen hundreds of thousands of claims for unemployment.

In-person classes to resume at center serving those with disabilities, special needs

Classes will soon be back in session at a Dorchester County facility that serves people with intellectual disabilities.

  You Paid For It: New water well in Awendaw coming soon

After a three-year delay, a project to build a second water well in the Town of Awendaw finally has the green light again.

  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.

  COVID-19 and the Cafeteria: School districts release fall safety plans

Lowcountry districts have been challenged to find a way for kids to return to cafeterias safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, and they are starting to reveal some of their plans for how the new lunch lines will work.

  Parties in the pandemic: What experts and Lowcountry laws say

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some weddings and other large functions are continuing to take place in the Lowcountry.

  Hospitals looking at protocols in place for tropical systems in the midst of coronavirus

Three months into hurricane season and with the most active months still ahead, hospitals around the Lowcountry are not only getting their response plans in place but also figuring out how to deal with a tropical system in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Brushing up on brushing scams

If you receive a package in the mail that you didn't order, you may be part of a scam and not even know it.

  Fact or Fiction: Profiting off pandemic patients?

Some social media posts that are circulating question whether the count of COVID cases is accurate, claiming that hospitals could be inclined to inflate the numbers for financial benefit.

  State addresses COVID-19 and staffing concerns at Coastal Center

In the days since Live 5 News revealed dozens of COVID-19 cases associated with a center for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Dorchester County, more than 15 workers at the facility have reached out expressing concerns.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says moving season is always busy for scammers

As students head back to college and leases come up, people are on the move and scammers are ready to lighten their load and their wallet.

  Teachers face limited options as districts decide school reopening plans

As anxieties soar about a possible return to classrooms next month, teachers are considering their options.

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

Tax scams typically hit their peak around the filing deadline in April, but the IRS says the delayed deadline means scammers are still working several scams to get your money.

  Charleston Co. School District parent survey results for upcoming school year

According the parents, most kids are handling the pandemic just fine. 77% said their child was doing “well” or “extremely well” this summer despite the stress of COVID-19.

  Tri-County families say homeschool is good option for their children

Two homeschool families in the tri-county explain why they choose this educational arrangement, how they make it work, and most importantly, how their kids like it.

  31 Coastal Regional Center employees test positive for COVID-19

A sign outside the Coastal Regional Center near Ladson reads “heroes at work,” but the agency in charge of the facility confirms that a number of those heroes are testing positive for the coronavirus.

Berkeley County says 7 EMS workers have tested positive for COVID-19

After previously declining to disclose how many Emergency Medical Services employees were diagnosed with COVID-19, Berkeley County announced on Thursday that a total of seven EMS workers have tested positive for the virus.

  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.

  Technology a challenge for some rural South Carolina school districts

The South Carolina Department of Education estimates at least 150,000 households with students in our state do not have internet.

  You Paid For It: New healthcare company for Charleston County inmates

The Charleston County jail is working with a new health care company to treat sick inmates.

  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: COVID costs for local cities and counties

Personal Protective Equipment such as masks, gloves and face shield are some of the top expenses for our local counties and cities during the ongoing crisis.

  You Paid For It: Calhoun statue removal

Construction crews removed the statue of John C. Calhoun from downtown Charleston's Marion Square two days ago.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says job scams target unemployed

At a time when so many people are looking for work, the Better Business Bureau says unemployed workers are easy targets for scammers.

  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.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Dominion Energy says utility scams surge again

The paychecks may have stopped coming for a while but the bills haven’t and that could make you a prime target for a familiar scam.

  Federal funding helping but not solving rural health struggles

Hospitals across the country are facing a more than $200-billion financial hit right now, according to the American Hospital Association. And that’s just from the last four months during the pandemic.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Fake cars for sale

If you're in the market for a new car or truck, be careful where you shop because scammers are hiding online scams in plain sight.

  Charleston protester arrested on Sunday disputes charge

A man who was arrested during the protest downtown Charleston Sunday says he doesn’t believe his arrest or others’ arrests were justified.

  62 people arrested after weekend protests, riots in Charleston

Sixty-two people have been arrested so far in connection to the protests and riots this weekend in downtown Charleston, according to Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds.

  Local summer camps adapt to CDC guidelines

Many parents depend on summer camps to help with child care between school years.

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

Whether you're shopping for a new pet or trying to make extra cash pet sitting, the Better Business Bureau says scammers are on the prowl.

  Local hospitals receive $84M federal funding so far

South Carolina hospitals and healthcare providers have received at least $495 million so far in federal stimulus relief as part of CARES Act funding.

  Local attorney discusses baby powder lawsuit

This week, Johnson & Johnson announced that after a "portfolio assessment related to COVID-19" the company will permanently discontinue 100 SKUs, including its talc-based baby powder.

  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.

  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

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.

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

South Carolina farmers are warning of a beef shortage in the weeks to come as many of them are worrying about their own futures.

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

The Better Business Bureau says fake retail coupons are popping up on Facebook again. These fake coupons are trying to steal your identity or put malware on your computer.

  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.