Price is Right: How Lowe’s and MLS deals differ for Charlotte

Lowe’s and Honeywell received business investment grants from the city and county that help offset the cost of property taxes they would pay on their new facilities.

  Charlotte prepares for RNC but won’t share details showing how

  Man collapses, lays unattended in Mecklenburg Co. jail for seven minutes in drug overdose

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

  CARFAX customers say company’s incomplete vehicle reports cost them thousands of dollars

  NC House to consider more money to fund scholarship for children of wartime veterans

  WBTV files lawsuit to obtain Cooper travel records

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  Customers stuck with $11,000 filter and questions about water test

  Concerned daughter captures elderly mother’s nursing home abuse on hidden camera in N.C.

  Duke Energy to close all coal ash basins in deal with environmentalists, regulators

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

  Charlotte Diocese releases list of credibly accused clergy

  Construction advocate outlines ways you can protect yourself in a contract

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

  Charlotte releases records related to Danquirs Franklin shooting

Emails related to the officer body worn camera video from the shooting of Danquirs Franklin were released from the City of Charlotte.

  WBTV, Hendrick Automotive partner to get veteran a new vehicle

WBTV partnered with Hendrick Automotive Group and Kia of Concord to get a veteran a new, bigger vehicle that could accommodate the scooter he needed to get around.

  State Superintendent takes K-3 literacy contract fight to court as depositions reveal new information

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson has asked a state Superior Court judge to decide the fate of a contract awarded by his department for software that evaluates the literacy of students in kindergarten through third grade.

  Is this what Charlotte’s future stadium could look like? Is it worth it for taxpayers?

  Speaker, staff ignored requests for additional money for children of wartime veterans scholarship

  MLS announcement doesn’t come with details of taxpayer dollars for soccer project

  Governor directs scholarships for children of wartime veterans be paid at full amount following WBTV investigation

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  Capacity Reached: Questions about Charlotte’s funding of stadium renovations and other projects

Panthers official files for list of potential Charlotte MLS team names

The applications were filed by Panthers Vice President and General Counsel Stephen Argeris on December 6th.

  Children of wartime veterans scramble to repay money after state makes last-minute cut to scholarship

Children of wartime veterans—including children whose parents have been killed or injured in combat—are scrambling to adjust to major cuts to a promised state-funded scholarship weeks before the semester is set to end.

  City of Charlotte can’t answer how tax funds are being spent on big projects ahead of MLS decision

City council members asked months ago for a list of capital projects the city is pledged to but City Manager Marcus Jones has not provided that information as important financial decisions loom over the city.

  New lawsuit alleges Village of Marvin mayor, councilmen harassed, threatened rival mayoral candidate

A new lawsuit filed by a candidate who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in the Village of Marvin alleges the mayor and others threatened and harassed their political opponent because he voiced support for another political rival of the group.

  No more comp time for City of Charlotte employees

The policy change comes five months after a WBTV investigation lead to delaying the new comp time policy.

  Woman questions stem cell treatment advertised on radio after paying thousands with no pain relief

A local woman paid $6,000 for stem cell therapy and other regenerative medicine treatments in hopes it would help cure the chronic pain in her foot. Instead, she says it did nothing. A Charlotte doctor has advice on what to look for when considering whether stem cell therapy would work for you.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  S.C. veteran pushes for change after cancer goes undiagnosed by Army for more than 2 years

A veteran from York County, SC is joining other veterans who are backing proposed legislation that would allow service members to sue for medical malpractice.

  Second whistleblower details allegations of harassment, retaliation by senior VA official amid inaction by whistleblower protection office

A second senior employee in the regional VA office that covers Virginia and North Carolina has come forward with public allegations of retaliation and abuse at the hands of a senior VA official.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  Legislative report: ‘Criminal violations may have occurred’ in Governor’s handling of pipeline permit

A report released Wednesday morning by investigators hired by an oversight committee of the North Carolina General Assembly concluded that “criminal violations may have occurred” in the process used by Governor Roy Cooper and his staff to issue a critical permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

  Charlotte Jiffy Lube customers claim company won’t pay for damage done to their cars

WBTV spoke with several customers who say they were forced to sue the local Jiffy Lube franchise owner, Cisa Lubes, in order to try and get them to pay for damage they did to their vehicles.

  Union County man sues car maker claiming defect caused him to lose control of his car

According to complaints filed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website dozens of other drivers experienced something similar.

  Judge issues, lifts restraining order preventing WBTV investigation from airing

A Mecklenburg County judge issued a temporary restraining order early Wednesday evening prohibiting WBTV and Investigative Reporter David Hodges from airing an investigative story. That order was dissolved following a court hearing Thursday.

  Charlotte company tows, sells soldier’s car while she was deployed

A WBTV investigation into the towing company responsible found that the owner was submitting false information to local courts during the process of selling towed cars.

  Mooresville police chief resigns, NAACP demands department to release findings of workplace investigation

According to Town of Mooresville officials, Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams submitted his letter of resignation to Town Manager Randy Hemann, effective immediately.

  Charlotte councilman forwarded city economic trip details to contracting firm

Emails obtained through the records request show that Mitchell was communicating with Carolina Panthers President Tom Glick about visiting Detroit to tour some of its sports facilities.

  Veteran forced to wait weeks with infection despite new VA program promising faster outside care

A local veteran was forced two wait roughly two months to be seen by a specialist paid for by the VA, despite the implementation of a new program meant to speed veteran’s access to outside care when the VA is unable to see them quickly.

  UNC Health Care board chair took frequent flights on state plane, failed to disclose state business tie

A WBTV investigation has uncovered frequent use of state airplanes by members of the UNC Health Care board, including its chairman, Charles Owen III. The investigation has also found Owen failed to disclose a business relationship between a company in which he's invested and UNC.

  UNC BOG member, attorney invoked legislature in effort to get video of ECU chancellor

A member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and an attorney hired by that member tried to use contacts at the North Carolina General Assembly as part of an effort to obtain video of the then-interim chancellor of ECU, new records obtained by WBTV show.

  Homeowners, subcontractors take issue with NC lien law

WBTV has heard from numerous homeowners and subcontractors who have been in this position. Homeowners, having already paid the general contractor in full, are surprised to find a subcontractor knocking on their door demanding payment.

UNC System lawyer with ties to BOG members told to ‘cease and desist’ following Gerlach investigation

The top lawyer for the University of North Carolina System has sent two cease and desist letters to an attorney who has worked for at least two members of the UNC Board of Governors.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  SC man and mother sue Chester County Sheriff’s Office over wrongful arrest

A Chester County man and his mother have filed lawsuits against the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, following their 2018 arrest by then-Sheriff Alex Underwood.

  NC prison below critical staffing levels at time of deadly attack, sources say

Alexander Correctional Institution was critically short on staff on Wednesday night when one inmate fatally stabbed another with a homemade shank.

  Two senior command staff demoted at Mooresville PD after outside investigation completed

Two senior command staffers at the Mooresville Police Department have been demoted following the conclusion of an investigation of the department conducted by an outside firm.

  Scholarships for children of war veterans delayed amid budget fight

Scholarships intended to help children of North Carolina combat veterans--including service members killed and wounded in action--have been delayed amid the fight between Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly and Democrat Governor Roy Cooper over the budget.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  WBTV Investigates: Construction Corruption

The WBTV Investigates team is looking at some of the biggest, most glaring issues in the construction industry and how they’re leaving consumers vulnerable.

  NC Licensing Board for General Contractors letting criminals, failed businessmen slip through

A WBTV investigation found two separate people provided false information on their application forms regarding bankruptcies and a criminal conviction but were still granted a general contractors license anyway.

  DPI employee leaked details of Read to Achieve software bid, wiped computers, agency says

A former employee at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction leaked details of a bid for software to assess the reading comprehension of K-3 student and wiped multiple DPI-issued electronic devices in an effort to destroy evidence of the leak, DPI officials have said.

  Prosecutors who focus on bad contractors face lack of funding

The Financial Crimes prosecution unit faces an imminent ending as no state or local government has stepped up to secure their future.

Legislative committee wants Cooper, top aides to testify at oversight hearing

A legislative committee investigating the circumstances by which the administration of Governor Roy Cooper approved a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline last year has asked that Cooper appear before the committee to answer questions.

  Watchdog report substantiates claims of whistleblower retaliation by senior VA employees

A new report released by the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General substantiated claims of whistleblower retaliation by senior leaders within the agency, including officials who led the office charged with protecting whistleblowers.

  After calls for collaboration, Sheriff McFadden ignores calls, emails from ICE

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Gary McFadden has not returned calls and emails from leaders with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency said, despite repeated calls from McFadden for he and the agency to sit down together and find a solution to their ongoing problems.

  Licensing Board for General Contractors dodges WBTV questions after customers were ripped off

The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors would not answer specific questions about how a swimming pool contractor, who lied about lawsuits and bankruptcies he was facing, ended up getting a license anyway.

  Pool contractor slipped through NC Licensing Board despite bankruptcies, lawsuit

A WBTV Investigation into how a pool contractor swindled dozens of customers out of thousands of dollars has raised new questions about the process contractors go through in North Carolina to obtain a license.

  Kia of Gastonia sold after mounting legal, financial issues

Kia of Gastonia was facing accusations that employees and contractors for the dealership falsified customers’ income without their knowledge to get vehicle loans approved by lenders.

  WBTV reporter asks judge to hold Gaston DA in contempt for violating body cam order

Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell appeared in court on Monday morning on an Order to Show Cause and Appear, after a WBTV reporter asked he be held in contempt for violating an order governing the release of police video.

  NCDMV waited 21 months to audit truck driving school that was changing answers on tests

The NCDMV found so many problems in its audit with Carolina Truck Driving School that it revoked its agreement for third party CDL testing for truck drivers.

  Cooper, Highway Patrol refuse to provide answers, documents about out of state travel

Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Highway Patrol have refused to provide answers and documents about the Governor’s out of state travel.

  Solar group solicits campaign cash for top lawmaker, tied directly to legislative action

A solar industry group solicited campaign contributions for a senior Republican legislator in an email to its members and tied the request for funds directly to action he had taken days earlier on a bill opposed by the group.

  City withholds records on how city manager spent $23M with new-found purchasing power

Last December Charlotte city council gave the city manager and department heads permission to spend up to $500,000 without their approval as long as the funding was covered in the respective department accounts. Before then anything costing more than $100,000 required council approval.

  Josh Malcolm, former NCSBE chair, leaves UNC Pembroke as WBTV sues for his communication records

Josh Malcolm, the former chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, has resigned from his full-time job as general counsel at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, effective this Thursday. The resignation comes as WBTV pushes for Malcolm's communication records.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  Charlotte tow truck driver arrested for assaulting, pepper spraying trucker

This is not the first time David Satterfield has been accused of pepper spraying someone during a towing incident.

  What does ‘on time’ really mean for CATS?

A vehicle is considered “late” when it arrives five minutes or more after the scheduled time.

Panel finds Charlotte-area financial advisor committed securities fraud, awards punitive damages

An arbitration panel found that a well-known financial advisor in the Charlotte area committed securities fraud. The law firm Goodman & Nekvasil, P.A. announced that they have won a $1.03 million FINRA arbitration award for their clients against James Hal Heafner.

  CRVA not involved in Charlotte’s MLS plans

At a board meeting Wednesday morning Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority CEO Tom Murray told board members that CRVA is not involved with City of Charlotte staff in discussions about MLS or potential renovations to Bank of America Stadium.

  Meck County relents, shows how much tax dollars are being spent on open meeting lawsuit

WBTV Investigates submitted several records requests trying to find out how much attorneys representing the county were being paid defending county commissioners in an active lawsuit.

  Salisbury VAMC chief of staff removed amid ongoing sexual harassment scandal

The chief of staff of the Salisbury VA Medical Center was removed from his position on Friday, amid a sexual harassment scandal that has stretched more than a year.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Former congressman, NCGOP chair Hayes pleads guilty in federal corruption case

Robin Hayes pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the FBI in federal court late Wednesday morning.

  Catawba County roofer moonlights as break-in artist

One of his former customers is left asking how this active criminal was able to start up a construction company in the little time he spent free between prison and jail.

  Former congressman, GOP chair to plead guilty in federal corruption case

Robin Hayes, a former longtime congressman and chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, will plead guilty in a federal corruption case, newly-filed court records show.

  Owner of Charlotte Body and Paint in court after WBTV Investigation

A North Carolina Department of Insurance investigation found Doan improperly billed an insurance company more than $800 for services he never performed.

  NC Blue Cross CEO resigns following DWI arrest, interim CEO named

The CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has resigned at the company’s request, according to a Wednesday night statement from Blue Cross NC’s Board of Trustees.