Financial assistance for Atrium patient stripped without notice

A statement from Atrium says they rolled out a new program to automate billing and financial assistance services. They waived the bills after WBTV got involved.

  Charlotte tow truck driver facing assault charges for two pepper spraying incidents

  Charlotte tow truck driver admits to operating company without a driver’s license

  Federal investigators seeking a decade’s worth of information, documents in NC-9 probe

  Search warrants offer first details of NC-9 criminal investigation

  Federal investigators issue subpoenas in NC-9 investigation

  Matthews pool company being investigated after dozens of customers complain

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  Fifth arrest made on election-related crimes connected to NC-9 investigation

  Insurance commissioner recorded meeting with donor, NCGOP chairman for FBI investigation

WBTV among media coalition seeking to unseal search warrants in NC-9 investigation

  Church sex abuse survivor speaks out as pastor acknowledges church’s past mistakes

  Four indicted with McCrae Dowless still not arrested

  EXCLUSIVE: McCrae Dowless, key figure in NC-9 election fraud case, speaks to WBTV after release from jail

  Catholic sex abuse survivor breaks silence, calls for action from Charlotte Diocese

An Asheville man who says he was abused by two priests as a young teenager is calling for the Charlotte Diocese to take new steps to publicly address sexual abuse by priests.

  McCrae Dowless indicted, charged with election-related crimes during NC-9 investigation

Dowless, a Bladen County political operative who was hired by Mark Harris to run an absentee ballot operation in Bladen, Robeson and Cumberland Counties in the 2018 election, was also arrested after the indictments became public Wednesday morning.

  Bladen Co. Improvement Association President says he was tipped off about absentee ballot investigation

In an exclusive interview with WBTV, BCIA President Horace Munn says he received the tip before the 2018 primary

  Mark Harris announces he will not run in NC District 9 special election

Harris, who was the unofficial winner of the 9th District election in November, made the announcement just days after a four-day hearing into alleged election fraud held by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

  NC Democrats pledge to support Bladen Improvement Association

  Sealed search warrants show SBI sought bank, phone records of McCrae Dowless in NC-9 investigation

What’s next for NC-09 election?

  State Board of Elections votes unanimously to hold new election in NC District 9

  ‘It’s clear the public’s confidence in the election has been undermined’: Mark Harris calls for new NC-9 election

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

  All-Star Weekend Towing Tips

Parking will be at a premium near the Spectrum Center for All-Star Weekend. For some drivers it might be tempting to roll the dice and park where you’re not supposed to.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

  A Bladen Co. voter died before election day. His absentee ballot still counted

A Bladen County voter’s absentee ballot was submitted and counted in the 2018 general election, even though he died before election day.

  Records show senior VA leadership accessed private medical records of whistleblower employee

A new report obtained by WBTV shows senior staff within the VA’s regional office that covers North Carolina and Virginia, known as VISN 6, accessed the confidential medical records of an employee who has alleged being the victim of harassment, defamation and retaliation.

Cooper administration provides more details on DMV HQ move in private call for Council of State

Leaders from the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management and the North Carolina Department of Transportation provided more details on the proposed move of the DMV headquarters building from downtown Raleigh Rocky Mount, roughly an hour east, in a private call with members of the Council

  New Elections board gets briefing on NC-9 investigation

Members of the newly-formed North Carolina State Board of Elections spent hours behind closed doors on Thursday receiving a briefing from board staff about the results of an investigation into irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

  Reported hate crimes on the rise in the Carolinas as SC lawmakers push for hate crime statute

For the third year in a row South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard is sponsoring a bill to make hate crimes a punishable offense. South Carolina is one of just five states in the country that has no hate crime statute.

  New legislation would give millions to process untested rape kits, require immediate testing of new kits

New legislation proposed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and spearheaded by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein would provide millions of dollars to process previously untested rape kits and seek to prevent kits from ever sitting untested again.

  Father bought pool for special needs child, left with mess. Other customers also complaining

Customers called the WBTV Investigates hotline to raise concerns about Charlotte Fiberglass Pools and warn potential future customers about their problems.

  80,000 driver’s records wrong due to DMV computer glitch

The driving records of tens-of-thousands of North Carolinians are incorrect in the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ computer system, internal documents obtained by WBTV show.

  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Serious hate crimes from murders to attempted bombings do not show up in federal hate crime data, according to analysis by InvestigateTV.

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

Prosecutors say some state hate crime laws are so weak they "aren't worth the paper they're printed on."

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.

  Outgoing VA deputy undersecretary offered last-minute settlement to NC whistleblower

A senior official with the US Department of Veterans Affairs tried to quickly settle a whistleblower complaint from an employee—who alleged retaliation at the agency’s regional office in Durham, NC—just weeks before he left the agency, an email recently obtained by WBTV shows.

  Councilwoman accuses colleagues of misusing public money to try and oust her from seat

A councilwoman in the Village of Marvin, a small town in western Union County, has filed an affidavit in court accusing the village’s mayor and a fellow council member of illegally using public funds to finance a lawsuit to remove her from office.

  WBTV Investigates which airlines are late the most at CLT

Your time is precious so the WBTV Investigatives team went to work finding out which airline is most likely to be late landing at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. For data available in 2018 Frontier and United were on-time the least while Delta, Republic and American has the best on-time per

  Records show Bladen voter’s absentee ballot was turned in but not counted

A Bladen County woman turned her absentee ballot into the county board of elections on election day in November 2018 but her ballot was never marked as having been received, records show.

  VA whistleblower complaints allege abuse, retaliation from regional director

A senior leader with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has been accused of abusing her power, harassing employees and retaliating against other senior leaders who report to her.

  Missing ballot found after WBTV investigation; still no proof vote was counted

The North Carolina State Board of Elections said it had found the missing ballot submitted by a Bladen County voter in the November 2018 general election.

  Attorneys prepare help for Meck revaluation appeals

Local attorneys have decided to team up to help Mecklenburg County property owners appeal their property revaluations.

  Report finds poor communication, insufficient training and lack of staffing in lead-up to Silent Sam protests

WBTV obtained a copy of the report in the days after UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt abruptly announced her resignation and ordered the immediate removal of the pedestal upon which Silent Sam sat earlier this week.

WBTV Investigates questions why credit freeze didn’t help ID theft victim

WBTV Investigates questions why credit freeze didn’t help ID theft victim.

  Documents reveal Cooper used ACP permit as leverage in deal between Duke and solar companies

Documents released by the Cooper Administration last month show senior staff delayed signing off on a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline until Duke Energy, one of the pipeline’s major investors, reached a separate deal with solar companies that would, essentially, result in the utility giant

  McCready, NCSBE ask for judge to deny Harris’ petition in NC09 case

Democrat Dan McCready and the North Carolina State Board of Elections both want a judge to deny Republican Mark Harris' petition to certify the 9th Congressional District race and declare him the winner.

  Voters say date differences on mail ballot ‘innocent mistake’

Only 305 absentee ballots with date discrepancies were uploaded to the North Carolina State Board of Elections as requested.

  In new affidavit, Bladen Elections chairman says staff found forged absentee ballot request forms

The Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections filed a new affidavit, made public for the first time Friday, that said staff at the county board of elections found three absentee ballot request forms submitted in the 2018 general election that had been forged.

  Bladen Co. absentee ballot turn-in log raises new questions about affidavit filed by McCready campaign

A new set of records obtained by WBTV from the Bladen County Board of Elections is raising new questions about an affidavit filed on behalf of a voter by attorneys for the Dan McCready campaign.

  Mecklenburg elections board never reported ballots with mismatching dates

WBTV has learned that the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections did not report or upload absentee ballots when voters and witnesses signed the envelopes on different dates.

  Emergency management claims hurricane recovery work continued despite stop work order

The North Carolina Office of Emergency Management continues to insist that no work has stopped after the office was ordered to cancel a federally-funded contract because it was improperly awarded.

  Exclusive: Documents reveal voters targeted by Harris campaign contractor for absentee votes

Documents obtained exclusively by WBTV are providing the first look inside the absentee ballot operation of a Bladen County political operative hired by Mark Harris’ 2018 campaign for Congress, which is under scrutiny as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged election fraud.

  Senate Republicans question former Elections chairman about contact with Bladen Co. Democrat after WBTV investigation

Two Republican members of the North Carolina Senate are seeking answers to questions regarding communication between the then-vice chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections and a Bladen County Democrat in the days leading up to and on election day in 2018.

  Contract for Hurricane Florence recovery cancelled due to improper procurement process

A seven-figure contract to help repair homes damaged by Hurricane Florence was cancelled in late December, a little more than a month after it was awarded, due to errors in the procurement process.

  Records show NCSBE Chair had frequent contact with figure in NC-09 investigation during ’18 election

Records show the immediate past Chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections had frequent contact in the days leading up to the 2018 general election with a Bladen County Democrat who is among those interviewed by NCSBE investigators.

Watching Your Wallet: How much could you earn if you invested your coffee money?

Financial experts from NerdWallet say saving and investing as little as $20 a week can amount to $170,000 in retirement money.

  Harris plans to file legal action seeking certification in NC-9 election

The campaign of Republican Mark Harris said he plans to file a legal challenge on Thursday that will ask a court to order he immediately be certified as the winner of the 9th Congressional District election.

  Candidates, PAC in Bladen County disagree on meaning of contributions

An investigation by WBTV found that some candidates who donated to the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC failed to report it in their campaign finance disclosures.

  New accusations of election fraud in NC -09 race released by McCready team.

Sworn statements by voters and political power players in Bladen County accuse McCrae Dowless of collecting and trashing absentee ballots in the 9th Congressional District race.

  Elections board: Bladen DA had ‘undisclosed apparent conflict of interest' when he sought investigation info in ’17

Emails released by Bladen County District Attorney Jon David show senior staff in his office aggressively sought information in 2017 about the ongoing investigation into potential election fraud in the county even as staff at the North Carolina State Board of Elections were concerned David had an un

  Bladen GOP chairman previously hired McCrae Dowless but says he wouldn’t now

The chairman of the Bladen County Republican Party issued a press release Thursday afternoon saying he would not have hired McCrae Dowless to coordinate poll workers for the 2018 election had he known of allegations detailed in a new set of released by the North Carolina State Board of Elections on

  Newly uncovered document suggests Bladen Improvement PAC president collected absentee ballots

An “incident report” form uncovered by WBTV at the Bladen County elections office suggests the president of the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC picked up absentee ballots during the 2016 election.

  Investigators in election fraud probe working to identify absentee “helpers”

A Bladen County voter tells WBTV she was visited by two investigators asking her to identify the people who helped her fill out an absentee ballot application.

  Central figure in NC-09 investigation refuses interview with investigators

A key figure in the ongoing investigation into voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District has refused an interview with investigators with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

  NC elections board releases 2016 case file detailing Bladen election fraud investigation

The North Carolina State Board of Elections released its case file from an investigation into voting irregularities in Bladen County in 2016.

Voters and candidates claim election fraud at Bladenboro townhall

Voters, candidates and advocates all demanded action at a town-hall meeting in Bladenboro Tuesday focusing on allegations of election fraud.

  Robeson Co. woman details potential voting irregularities in new affidavit

A new complaint and affidavit submitted by a Republican judge in Robeson County has raised new allegations of voting irregularities in the county, separate and apart from anything to do with absentee ballots.

  Lawyer for central figure in NC-09 investigation releases statement, denies client broke law

The lawyer for a man who has come to be a central figure in the ongoing scrutiny over potential voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District has issued a statement on her client’s behalf.

  Exclusive: Mark Harris addresses voter fraud allegations in race for 9th Congressional District

Republican Mark Harris is speaking publicly for the first time since the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted to not certify the results of his race for Congress.

  Bladen election officials prepare for possible election

The Bladen County Board of Elections is making preparations and decisions as if a new election in the 9th Congressional District was imminent.

NC election fraud: Concerning number of absentee ballots not returned in Columbus Co.

As evidence mounts of election fraud in Bladen County, WECT has learned this may not be an isolated problem. WECT has just uncovered that things in Columbus County may be even worse.

  ‘I haven’t committed any crimes.’ Woman at center of voter fraud allegations breaks her silence

The woman at the center of allegations of voter fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District race is breaking her silence, speaking only with WBTV about the work she did in the 2018 election.

Republicans propose new board of elections bill

Senior Republicans in the North Carolina legislature are now backing a bill that would keep the North Carolina State Board of Elections intact for the near future.

  Democratic Party chair, group’s attorney both deny knowledge of PAC workers collecting absentee ballots

The chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party denied having any knowledge of actions taken by two men paid by a local political action committee in Bladen County at a press conference on Tuesday, despite receiving detailed questions from WBTV roughly a week earlier.

  NCGOP leader says new election warranted based on irregularities with early vote count

The executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party said a new election is warranted in the 9th Congressional District because of questions surrounding the way in which early vote totals were tabulated in Bladen County.

  Bladen Co. Board of Elections vice chairman resigns amid absentee ballot probe

The vice chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections has resigned his position as investigators continue to probe reports of irregularities surrounding absentee ballots in the county.

  ‘I give it to them and they mailed it off’ Bladen absentee voter recounts casting his ballot

A review of absentee ballot covers for ballots cast in Bladen County in the 2018 general election show two people associated with the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC witnessed more than 100 absentee ballots.

  Records point to third coordinated absentee ballot effort in NC District 9

Records released by the North Carolina State Board of Elections this week and campaign finance reports point to a third coordinated effort surrounding absentee ballots in the county’s 2018 elections.

  NC Senators call for creation of committee to evaluate District 9 voting irregularities

Three Republican Senators from North Carolina are calling on Governor Roy Cooper to create a bipartisan task force to investigate voting irregularities spanning multiple election cycles, including the 2016 gubernatorial election.

Criminal investigation into voting irregularities started in January, new reports after primary

State criminal investigators have been probing voting irregularities centered in Bladen County for nearly two years, WBTV has learned.