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  Pelahatchie mayor, alderman blame each other for paycheck delay

While some employees with the town of Pelahatchie wait for their past due paychecks, town officials can’t give a clear timeline on when those checks will be signed and sent out.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

  Nearly 300 detained in ICE raids released, officials confirm

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

  Turmoil in Pelahatchie: Mayor’s lawsuit against aldermen aims to have them removed

  Clinton police arrest 23 in city’s first ever human trafficking operation

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Emergency Delayed

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  What happened to Ally Kostial? Details start to emerge

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

  Deadly batch of ‘bad’ heroin kills at least 5 in metro area, officials say

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

3OYS investigation reveals accused killer of Celeste McDonald served time for sex crime conviction

Family: Celeste McDonald tried to press charges against accused killer in final days

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

  7 injured in 2 days of jail fighting at Raymond Detention Center

Authorities say gang fights led to the uproar.

  What happened to 8-year-old Drake Ray? Coroner says autopsy is not likely to say his death was natural causes

Drake Andrew Ray’s obituary states that he “went to be with Jesus” on April 25 at age 8. His funeral was two days later. And on June 22, his mother, Dacoda Amber Ray, was arrested.But the charge was sexual battery.

  Documents reveal Hinds Co. sheriff’s settlements will cost more than originally reported

Sexual harassment settlements involving the Hinds County sheriff will cost taxpayers $100,000 more than previously reported because of documents that had not been originally turned over to WLBT as part of an open records request.

  Exclusive: Pelahatchie mayor agrees to pay thousands after settling civil suit

  Business Blooming: Amazon fuels local company’s turnaround

  Alleged Forest cattle thief got away with it - until the cows came home

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Dental Dilemma

  Missing Canton man’s family fears foul play

  Recent development may revive Fernwood, Miss. cold case 24 years later

  Authorities: Legal opioid substitute is dangerous, even deadly

The herbal opioid substitute can be bought at gas stations and vape shops, but it can be as addictive as opioids and possibly more deadly.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Digital Rollbacks - Mississippi

Nearly ten thousand vehicles in Mississippi have odometers that have been altered, according to CARFAX, and federal investigators have charged three people in the last two years for committing this federal crime.

  Grandparents face more restrictions than rights when it comes to protecting their grandchildren

Many grandparents face an uphill battle when trying to protect their grandchildren. 3 On Your Side Investigates Grandparents: More Restrictions than Rights in a special report.

Analysis: Capital City sees 56 percent spike in gun violence versus last year

On average, someone in the Capital City is shot every 33 hours, according to a 3 On Your Side analysis of Jackson Police Department news releases, revealing a significant increase in instances of gun violence this year when compared with 2018.

  Exclusive: Sexual harassment cases against Hinds County sheriff settled

Exclusive documents uncovered by 3 On Your Side show just how much sexual harassment lawsuits lobbed against Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason could cost taxpayers.

  More Mississippi officers have died in May than any other month of the year

May is the deadliest month of the year for Mississippi law enforcement.

  Police bonuses undecided after Jackson councilman pulls agenda item

Jackson police officers will have to wait a bit longer to see if city council members will use money to thank them for dealing with the long hours they’ve incurred in dealing with a department that’s short more than ninety active-duty officers.

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

  Police still investigating deadly Madison crash, ten months later

Madison police gave few details for why they still haven’t completed the investigation into a deadly crash between a pickup truck and four motorcycles that took place in July 2018, citing lab results as a contributing factor.

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

3 On Your Side Investigates: State of Corruption

At least once a month, the state auditor says a public official in the Magnolia State gets caught embezzling money -- with demands equaling more than $2.5 million since last July.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

When children die because of abuse or neglect, child protection agencies are often blamed – they are underfunded and overworked. But there are many other culprits who failed children.

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Carfax experts say there are potentially more than one million cars on the roads with false odometer readings - meaning their mileage has been rolled back to make the vehicles look like they have less wear and tear.

  Pattern of Secrecy: Critical Shortage

From less-than-truthful crime statistics to details of high-profile killings intentionally left out, our investigation into the Jackson Police Department has established over the last three months that certain aspects of the department remain shrouded in secrecy.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

  Tensions rise in Pelahatchie: police arrest mayor’s mother, husband on misdemeanor charges

Two arrests over the last four weeks involving members of the mayor’s family have many Pelahatchie residents talking, though no one would do so on camera.

  Jackson touts transparency with new data-driven website

Jackson city leaders unveiled a brand-new website Monday, specifically designed for data on everything from public safety to population, which will eventually include real-time collection of information from every department.

  After two-month delay, JPD begins releasing monthly crime statistics to the public

After two months, Jackson’s police department is now sharing the Capital City’s crime picture online, releasing those February numbers to the public after a 3 On Your Side investigation showed inaccurate statistics had been put out by the department last year on multiple occasions.

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

The Uniform Crime Reporting Act of 1988 requires federal law enforcement agencies to submit information about their cases to a federal database maintained by the FBI; however, those agencies are currently not submitting data, including information about hate crimes.

  Convention center hotel, parking garage wanted for first phase of downtown Jackson revitalization project

Jackson city leaders hope a major developer will help revitalize more than seven acres that sit across from the city’s convention complex, an area regularly used as makeshift parking.

  Information uncovered by 3OYS leads to questions of residency for Hinds County sheriff candidate

An impromptu meeting Friday morning with a Hinds County Democratic election subcommittee -- triggered by information 3 On Your Side discovered -- now raises residency concerns about Colendula Green’s candidacy for sheriff.

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

  JPD cancels crime stats meeting without giving any reason

The Jackson Police Department canceled Friday’s Uniform Crime Report meeting, the second held since JPD decided to end its public COMSTAT meetings amid scrutiny over a 3 On Your Side investigation into the department’s reporting practices.

  Lawmakers pass bill making “external examinations” legal in Mississippi

While critics of Senate Bill 2161 say it’s dangerous and could lead to more unsolved homicides, one supporter believes it will relieve the massive backlog of cases at the state crime lab by redefining the word “autopsy.”

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Measure of Hate, Part II

A 3 On Your Side investigation finds less than nine percent of all law enforcement agencies in Mississippi actually reported hate crime information to the federal government, making it difficult to determine how prevalent they are in the Magnolia State.

HPD chief says ‘temporary refuge areas’ could help Oahu’s homeless problem

Chief Ballard wrote a letter to the state’s lieutenant governor, outlining a half-dozen ideas.

  New parking meters will not debut in Fondren amid “community concerns"

After months spent planning for the city’s pilot parking meter program to launch in Fondren, city officials reversed course and now will debut the tech-savvy meters on a downtown street instead, more than four months behind schedule.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Doctors of Deception

Right now, dozens of physicians all over Mississippi continue to see their patients despite dealing with serious issues that could put your safety at risk.

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

With sweeping tax code changes affecting this year's filings, experts from NerdWallet help explain how the changes will work for different people.

  JPD’s first Uniform Crime Report meeting ends with no clear picture of city’s crime concerns

Officers with the city’s first Uniform Crime Report, from JPD headquarters, failed to disclose any specific numbers that would give residents a better picture of the city’s crime.

  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.

  Links for crime stats removed from Jackson’s website days after 3OYS investigation into JPD’s crime stats

One week after a 3 On Your Side investigation revealed inconsistencies with the Jackson Police Department’s own crime statistics, links pointing to those crime stats have now disappeared from the city’s website.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Searching for Sky Burnley

The disappearance of Skyler “Sky” Burnley of Rankin County is baffling. Two and a half years after his disappearance, there could be new leads in the case.

  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.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Pattern of Secrecy

Over the last year, 3 On Your Side has discovered a disturbing trend within the Jackson Police Department: a lack of transparency that could threaten the safety of those who live within the Capital City.

3OYS investigation helps Florida AG’s office build its case against moving company

A Florida-based moving company with ties to Flowood faces serious charges after assistance from a 3 On Your Side investigation.

JPD identifies victim with possible ties to serial killer

Jackson police now believe that a cold case from more than thirty years ago may be connected to a serial killer whose victims stretch across more than a dozen states.

Jackson’s 2018 homicide rate ranks highest in city’s history, per FBI data

The city of Jackson closed out 2018 with the highest homicide rate per capita in the city’s history, according to data from the FBI, Murder Accountability Project and U.S. Census Bureau.

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.

  Parents beware: Watch out for Fortnite charges on your credit card

An Ohio mom recently got a fraud alert from her credit card company, telling her about $950 in charges on her card were made through her sons' accounts.

Newly-elected Madison County judge told to repay “improper” campaign contribution

Documents obtained by 3 On Your Side show two Madison County judges involved in improper campaign contributions from the November election.

  Cash motivates school, community to recycle

Two years after Madison County began cutting-back its recycling efforts, students in Canton are doing the opposite. They’re taking their recyclables to school.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: The Confessions of a Killer

Over more than three decades, one man told authorities he murdered nearly a hundred people, including ten in Mississippi and one -- a male teenager -- in Jackson.

  Taking Back Our Streets: Back to Casa Grande

Casa Grande, translated, means “big house”. It’s also the name of an abandoned apartment complex in south Jackson and it has become a big mess.

  Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

While many people think about health and wellness resolutions for the new year, financial experts recommend thinking about money goals too.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Bus Stop Beware

Every child in Mississippi who rides a school bus should be able to get on and off those buses getting to and from school safely, but the reality is more and more children are losing their lives because of impatient or distracted drivers.

JPS police remove requirement to track crimes on campus after 3OYS investigation reveals they weren’t doing it anyway

Internal emails obtained recently by 3 On Your Side show the Jackson Public Schools' campus enforcement division removed a requirement to track the district’s crimes after our investigation revealed they weren’t following that requirement.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Risky Business

We're on the brink of the big holiday shopping rush. But before you hand over your plastic, learn where identity thieves are most likely to lurk. They leave their footprint in places you might not suspect,

  3 On Your Side Investigates: The High Cost of Living

How to get control of your medical bills so they don't bankrupt you.

  Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Thousands of nuclear weapons workers are seeking compensation from a federal program that has ballooned far past initial projections - and some say they're being denied based on incorrect information.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Losing Sophia

A Warren County family still hasn’t been able to find closure after losing their five-year-old daughter Sophia earlier this year.

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

A company offering to help people reduce their student loan debt is now under investigation. One St. Louis woman says her debt actually increased after trying to work with the company.

  Mice. Mold. Messes.

Hundreds of Americans live in deplorable rental properties and their landlord is the federal government. The properties need $50 billion in repairs. Uncle Sam now is hoping that private investors will save public housing.

  Watching Your Wallet: Will Social Security be there when you retire?

Research shows many Americans are concerned with whether Social Security will be available when they retire, but many aren’t saving. NerdWallet experts help explain the realities of Social Security and what you can do.

EXCLUSIVE: Newly-released document spells out JPS’ defense of Forest Hill High School band after sanctions

Jackson Public Schools' Oct. 14 appeal to the Mississippi High School Activities Association points the blame squarely at Forest Hill High School’s band director, not the students themselves, in an attempt to reverse the organization’s decision against the band program as a whole.