Media coalition sues N.C. Gov. Cooper, cabinet agencies for COVID-19 records

  Charlotte tow truck driver facing lawsuit revives old business

  Meatpacking plant COVID-19 outbreak information limited, as confirmed case numbers grow

  Woman goes to hospital, billed thousands for services supposed to be free

  Several parents file complaints over refunds from local youth soccer academy

  Senate leader demands answers after report about prison nurse’s COVID-19 death

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  Former employee, leader at CPCC sues college for discrimination

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

  Nurse’s COVID-19 death raises questions about delayed testing at NC prison

  RNC delegates still coming to Charlotte despite pandemic

  NC lags in testing for COVID-19 in prisons. Experts say more will die unless that changes

  Employees asked to take pay cut when headed back to work

  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.

  Mecklenburg Co. courts improving virtual court access after public shut out of hearing

Mecklenburg County court officials said they would take steps to increase the public's ability to access virtual court proceedings on Thursday, after questions from WBTV prompted by the public being shut out of a hearing earlier in the week.

  ‘Please call back another time’ - North Carolinians still struggle to get unemployment claims processed

A theme among some of them is that they don’t work typical 9-to-5 jobs but when they call the department of commerce to try and explain that they can’t get through.

  Records reveal data gaps in one of NC’s key COVID-19 metrics

New data released by NCDHHS show some hospitals across the state inconsistently reporting patient counts for COVID-19, resulting in skewed numbers published by the state. Health officials are working to streamline the reporting process.

  Woman claims apartment has mold, mildew and gaping hole

  The pandemic will drive up election costs. So far NC isn’t ready

  AARP responds to Huntersville Oaks nursing home transfers amid pandemic

  No timeline for mass coronavirus testing in NC’s prisons

  Before lawsuit, tow truck driver had history of skirting the law

  Inspection reports show past problems at nursing homes hit hardest by coronavirus

  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.

  Charlotte tow truck driver sued by Attorney General for price gouging during pandemic

The complaint alleges that A1 Towing Solutions owner David Satterfield was charging truck drivers upwards of $4,000 after booting their vehicles and, in some cases, booting on properties where he did not have a contract to operate.

  NC care facilities, counties inconsistent in reporting outbreaks

The way in which outbreaks of COVID-19 are reported from nursing homes and other congregate living facilities to county health departments and, eventually, to the state are inconsistent, according to a statewide survey by journalists from a six-newsroom collaborative.

  Salisbury woman asks WBTV for help after she says apartment owner avoided making repairs

Cathy Stephens says the hole in her bathroom started as a water leak in the ceiling, but it’s turned into a massive hole with liquid dripping all over the floor.

  North Carolinians finally receiving federal PUS benefits

So far DES reports paying nearly $49 million in claims for the PUA program.

  Small business owners struggle to get access to capital

Small business owners say that requirements on some loan applications freeze them out from getting capital.

  Huntersville Oaks residents forced to leave to make room for those infected with COVID-19

Huntersville Oaks residents forced to leave to make room for those infected with COVID-19.

NC health officials to identify locations of nursing home outbreaks, reversing stance on patient privacy

Under pressure from advocacy groups and media organizations, North Carolina health officials said they would release details for the first time Monday on the locations of dozens of nursing homes and other group living facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks across the state.

  Parents, students want refunds for canceled school field trips

Many school field trips aren't organized by the school districts but travel agencies.

  75-year-old woman gets help removing hospital bed from home after reaching out to WBTV

What started out as an act of kindness with a rented bed for her dying husband ended in a nightmare and a plea to WBTV Investigates for help.

  Unemployment claims denied but updates in state and federal law could change that

More than 630,000 people have filed for unemployment insurance in North Carolina since March 15th but it’s unclear how many of those people have been denied.

  Coronavirus is tearing through NC nursing homes, but the state won’t say which ones

The state Department of Health and Human Services reported 40 outbreaks at nursing home facilities in 26 counties as of Thursday morning but the state is refusing to identify which facilities and many counties won't share the information, either.

Mecklenburg County ‘Stay At Home’ order in effect until May 8, leaders look at re-opening businesses

County Commissioner Mark Jerrell is now leading a roundtable of business and health leaders to discuss a soft re-opening of the economy.

  State officials won’t answer questions after Coronavirus deaths at state-owned veterans home

Leaders at the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs won’t answer questions about what, if anything, they are doing to provide oversight of the four veterans nursing homes owned by the agency during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Official coronavirus death counts may give incomplete picture of virus’ toll

The official count of deaths due to coronavirus in North Carolina does not include all people who have died due to the virus, a review of thousands of death certificates has found.

  McCrae Dowless indicted for collecting social security benefits while earning political campaign income

McCrae Dowless, a Bladen County man at the center of the election fraud controversy in the 9th Congressional District, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

  Ticketmaster to offer refunds for Billy Joel concert

WBTV confirmed Monday afternoon the new policy would apply to the Billy Joel concert scheduled at Bank of America Stadium scheduled for last weekend and postponed until April 2021.

  Charlotte-area travelers struggle to get refunds from canceled cruise trips due to COVID-19

In the wake of the outbreak, thousands of passengers in Charlotte and across the country who put down deposits for upcoming cruises are wondering if they will ever get their money back.

  Woman charged nearly double on AT&T bill; WBTV steps in to help

A local couple called WBTV after they tried to reduce their monthly phone bill, but instead of having it reduced, it more than doubled!

  Waiting on a stimulus check? Here are some reasons it hasn’t arrived.

A WBTV Investigation found that some people who take advantage of bank products such as advances on tax refunds have not had the stimulus money deposited directly into their bank accounts.

  For prison officer cadets, a final exam. Then a warning they’d been exposed to coronavirus

Cadets in a NCDPS corrections officer basic training class were exposed to a classmate who tested positive for COVID-19 but were not immediately notified.

  North Carolinians stuck waiting for unemployment insurance

Many of WBTV viewers have reached out saying that they’ve waited weeks for answers after filing an unemployment claim.

  US Military sold ‘surplus’ ventilators, face masks as coronavirus spread across the country

The US Department of Defense sold hundreds of items that could be use as personal protective equipment and thousands of pieces of medical equipment used to help patients breath in February and March, as the novel coronavirus spread across the country.

  Charlotte faces revenue shortfall amid coronavirus pandemic

They could dip into their reserve funds to bridge the gap but it could come at a cost.

  Limited data makes it tough to model coronavirus’s spread, experts say

The limited testing for COVID-19 has made it difficult for scientists to accurately predict the spread of the virus, two professors at UNC Charlotte told WBTV on Monday. That same day, lawmakers announced the first random sample testing in North Carolina.

  Woman billed for COVID-19 test until WBTV starts asking questions

After the WBTV Investigates team started asking questions the bill was reduced but a patient advocate says it should still probably be free.

  NC lags other states in releasing Coronavirus-related information

As North Carolina health officials battle the outbreak of the Coronavirus across the state, the state has tightly controlled access to information related to the pandemic, providing some data but refusing to share others, even when requested.

  Legislative leaders say DMV deadlines will be changed after questions from WBTV

North Carolina’s legislative leaders signaled Wednesday that lawmakers would retroactively ease deadlines and regulations surrounding the state’s motor vehicle laws.

  Atrium employees denied hazard pay despite safety concerns

Atrium employees reached out to WBTV to express their concerns about how Atrium management is handling the COVID-19 crisis.

NC’s prisons curtail inmate transfers after WBTV investigation

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety announced on Monday it would curtail the movement of inmates between prisons and stop accepting new inmates from county jails for two weeks. The move comes days after a WBTV investigation.

  NC’s prisons have continued transferring inmates, holding worship services during coronavirus pandemic

The North Carolina prison system continued transporting prisons between facilities as recently as Thursday, even as positive cases of the Coronavirus were being confirmed in and staff.

  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.

  ‘We need the armor to fight it': Governor asks for NC manufacturers to assist in creating protective equipment

The governor is asking state companies to assist in creating masks, gloves, gowns and other needed materials.

  Hospitals worry about staffing as providers prepare for surge of coronavirus patients

As hospitals across North Carolina prepare for a possible surge of patients infected with the Coronavirus, it is not clear whether enough medical staff are available to provide adequate care or whether the state has enough equipment, including hospital beds and ventilators.

  North Carolina only receiving fraction of masks, gowns it’s requesting

County and state health officials say medical personnel are burning through personal protective equipment (PPE) and they’re only receiving a small fraction of what they’re requesting from the Strategic National Stockpile.

  Employees fear being fired for staying home due to COVID-19

Charlotte employment attorney Josh Van Kampen says local workers need more protection from state government.

  Disabled but working, denied unemployment in North Carolina

Two people tell WBTV they were denied unemployment benefits after they were fired because they used to receive disability payments.

  Coronavirus test data only tells part of virus’ spread, state expert says

The number of confirmed positive tests of COVID-19 only tells part of the story of the virus, North Carolina State Epidemiologist Zack Moore said on Monday. But the state has yet to fully implement the additional surveillance methods that would help give a more complete picture.

  State health officials behind their own timeline on a COVID-19 surveillance plan as testing still lags

North Carolina health officials are behind their own previously-announced timeline to implement a new method of tracking the number of cases of the Coronavirus across the state.

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.

  Some workers have to wait months for unemployment

More than 150,000 North Carolinians have applied for unemployment over the last two weeks.

  Supply shortage prompts NC to limit coronavirus testing

North Carolina public health officials are moving from a model where every patient who might have Coronavirus is testing to a surveillance method, similar to what epidemiologists use to track the flu. Despite that, some people across North Carolina are still waiting a week or more for test results.

  Healthcare workers worry hospital policies putting employees, patients at risk

Healthcare workers at both Atrium Health and Novant Health have reached out to WBTV with concerns about whether the hospitals policies are putting employees and their families at risk.

  Meck Sheriff not enforcing evictions, some sheriffs are

A WBTV Investigation is asking why an order from North Carolina's Chief Justice came Thursday after people have been evicted across the greater Charlotte area.

  Mecklenburg Sheriff not enforcing evictions, some sheriffs are during COVID-19 outbreak

The order will remain in effect until April 17.

  Workers question whether they were fired illegally during COVID-19 pandemic

Employment attorney says Governor Roy Cooper could issue an executive order making it illegal for companies to fire employees who self-quarantine.

  As coronavirus ramps up in North Carolina, many questions still left unanswered

As testing for the novel coronavirus increases across North Carolina, it remains unclear how many tests are available, where testing is being conducted and how accessible tests are in each county.

  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.

  ‘Shelter-in-place’ a possibility in Mecklenburg Co. as gyms, health clubs, theaters ordered to close for 4 weeks

Addressing county commissioners Tuesday night, Mecklenburg Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said a “shelter-in-place” order might not be too far off in the future.

  Charlotte city employees worry about sick time during pandemic

A WBTV Investigation finds that many City of Charlotte employees have questions about whether the paid time off policy will cover them if they must take extended time off from work.

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.

  Parents left frustrated, helpless by Cardinal Innovations’ denial of care for their children

Three calls to the WBTV Investigates tip line reveal three families struggling to cope with children in need of critical care that is being delayed or denied by Cardinal Innovations. The agency is currently under fire by Mecklenburg County officials for delayed or denied care to mentally ill clients

  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.

  Panthers-MLS talks started in 2018, email shows

The email shows that both Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones and Mayor Vi Lyles were scheduled to be at the meeting.

  Two companies investigated by WBTV also investigated by EPA

A recently released search warrant executed by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that Restoration Contractors of America and United Atlantic Public Adjusters are under investigation for the way they’ve handled asbestos claims and testing.

  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.

Judge wins re-election despite scrutiny over handling of cases

A Mecklenburg County District Court Judge won re-election Tuesday night, despite weeks of scrutiny over her handling of cases.