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.

  No more comp time for City of Charlotte employees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Judge issues, lifts restraining order preventing WBTV investigation from airing

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

  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

  Homeowners, subcontractors take issue with NC lien law

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

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

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

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

  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.

  Unsealed warrants point to more victims of Lincoln Co. principal accused of sex with students

Newly unsealed court records say a Lincoln County principal arrested in June on charges of having a sexual relationship with a student engaged in similar behavior with multiple students.

  Interim UNC System President announces plan to step down after being passed over for permanent job

Bill Roper announced he would step down as interim president of the UNC System on Wednesday, roughly a week after being told he would not be considered for the permanent job.

  NC Insurance Commissioner calls for Blue Cross CEO to resign

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey called on the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to resign on Wednesday.

  Tepper asks Charlotte City Council to fund MLS stadium

Members of the Charlotte City Council got an initial request to fund a new stadium for a Major League Soccer team in Charlotte during a closed session meeting Monday night.

  Charlotte council’s taxpayer-funded travel includes private plane, family visits and mystery trips during football weekend

Half of the members on the Charlotte City Council spent thousands of dollars on taxpayer-funded travel, in excess of the amount they were budgeted, a review of city travel records show.

Charlotte council approves new convention center contract despite cost overruns

At a city council meeting Monday city staff explained the new cost was $114.5 million up from $98 million.

  Charlotte man arrested for rape, incest booked in local jail

Henry Black Jr. was booked in the Mecklenburg County jail late Wednesday night. Black was arrested in North Myrtle Beach on a warrant from CMPD last week.

  Atrium corrects patient’s bill after WBTV Investigates starts asking questions

The patient says that Atrium Health provided the wrong codes to his insurance provider and never corrected the error until they started billing him.

  Charlotte man arrested for rape, incest, more involved at family wellness center than first revealed

A Genesis Project 1 employee told reporters Thursday that Henry Black Jr. hasn’t been involved at Genesis since 2008, but records obtained by WBTV show otherwise.

  Memo to Charlotte council: 911 comms center shelved, convention center over budget

The memo explains that the Joint Communications Center and land acquisition on Providence Road for a new police station are no longer happening.

  Dan McCready loses special election for NC-9 house seat

McCready told his supporters to get some rest but to never stop fighting for their cause.

  ICE: Nearly 500 undocumented immigrants released from NC jails despite detainer

Nearly 500 undocumented immigrants have been released from jails across the state in the past ten months despite administrative detainers filed against them by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  NC National Guard soldiers go without pay, health insurance as they prepare for combat deployment

Thousands of soldiers with the North Carolina National Guard and 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team have gone months without pay since being mobilized in preparation to a deployment to the Middle East.

  Consumer Advice: How to prepare for Dorian

Here’s some advice on what you can do to save money and protect your belongings if a hurricane does hit.

  Local body shop owner faces criminal charge after WBTV investigation

A NCDOI investigation found Son Doan billed an insurance company $828 for repair services that weren’t completed. Doan is facing one charge of attempting to obtain property under false pretenses.

  DA Merriweather: Change in officer-involved shooting protocols not tied to recent shootings

In an interview with WBTV, Merriweather said he had been thinking about making the change for more than a year.

  Investigation: CMS bus drivers still on roster after multiple accidents

While the school district says it has policies in place to discipline drivers, the WBTV investigation found drivers on the roster with multiple crashes.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  Local homeowners claim they’re not safe under their own roofs, because of roofer

The attorney for the roofer says they plan to sue one of the former customers for making false allegations against the company.

  Police, school district alerted to concerns with Lincolnton principal a decade before arrest for sex crimes, records show

A concerned parent called police about interactions between his son and the principal at his son’s school more than a decade before the principal was arrested on charges related to having sex with students, records obtained by WBTV show.

  Lawsuit filed against Kia of Gastonia after WBTV Investigation

The investigation found dozens of Kia of Gastonia customers who had their credit applications for car loans falsified without their knowledge.

Law enforcement video related to Gaston Co. chase that left one dead, one injured to be released

A superior court judge has ruled that law enforcement video will be released related to a July police chase in Gaston County that left one dead and another seriously injured.

  Truck drivers lose licenses after driving school ‘lost’ their records

The road portion of the test records were supposed to be kept by Carolina Truck Driving School but employees there couldn’t produce them during a NCDMV audit.

  With new second-in-command, Charlotte Diocese hopes to increase transparency surrounding sex abuse allegations

The new second-in-command of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte outlined a plan to reporters Monday morning to increase transparency surrounding how the local church handles cases in which priests and other clergy are accused of sex abuse.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

  CMPD unsure how to prevent online rental scams until there’s a victim

Real estate agent asks who investigates online fraud after her complaint fell on deaf ears.