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  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.

  Exclusive: Sexual harassment cases against Hinds County sheriff settled for $230,000

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

  Police bonuses undecided after Jackson councilman pulls agenda item

  Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

  Police still investigating deadly Madison crash, ten months later

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

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3 On Your Side Investigates: State of Corruption

  Failed and Forgotten

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

  Pattern of Secrecy: Critical Shortage

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

  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

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

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

  JPD cancels crime stats meeting without giving any reason

  Lawmakers pass bill making “external examinations” legal in Mississippi

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

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.

You’re in a political ad. (But you don’t know who’s behind it)

Political organizations with shadowy origins are spending millions on Facebook ads, and some people featured in the ads don't know who the groups are either.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

Brad Barrett took $4,000 Disney trip for a family of four for only $150. Seriously.

  3 On Your Side investigation triggers in-depth audit of Jackson Zoo

A 3 On Your Side investigation into the Jackson Zoo’s finances is now prompting city leaders to take matters into their own hands by hiring an outside firm to audit everything.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: The Labor Day Murder

Revolutionary technology finally gave police what they needed to crack a nearly 30-year-old murder case that rocked a north Mississippi city.

Jackson mayor calls DPS decision to stop investigating city’s officer-involved shootings “political”

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said he remains disappointed that the Mississippi Department of Public Safety terminated an agreement Monday to investigate officer-involved shootings in Jackson.

  Watching Your Wallet: Budget now for holiday spending

Planning travel and shopping months in advance can pay off in the long run, financial experts say.

  Taking Back Our Streets: Abandoned home creates vermin problem

WLBT news got a call from a viewer about abandoned property next to hers that is causing major problems, including health hazards.

  Report: Customers are overpaying on a quarter of all prescriptions

A new study shows patients are overpaying on prescriptions sometimes because they are using insurance, rather than paying the cash price.

Exclusive: Timeline for Jackson’s parking meter overhaul revealed

By the end of next year, Jackson city leaders hope a new transportation system encouraging pedestrian-friendly spaces, bike paths and modern parking meters will draw more people into the Capital City.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: The Eviction Trap

A months-long 3 On Your Side joint investigation with Mississippi Today reveals a low-income housing system that disproportionately affects many of its tenants and suggests America’s bipartisan affordable housing efforts -- funded by federal tax dollars -- may be trapping even more within its walls

  Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

Internal documents show lax enforcement, missed opportunities by the federal government.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Costly Habits

When you post a picture, a locator, or any information on Facebook, it then belongs to Facebook. Third party companies can buy access to information you have freely offered. Companies like health insurance providers might be buying that data and using it to help set insurance rates.

  You can help uncover political ad targeting on Facebook

Use the Facebook Political Ad Collector to help categorize ads and understand why they are targeting you.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Road Projects Under Construction

Five major road projects are under construction or planned in the metro area. WLBT looks at what's holding them up.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Justice Limited

A two-year search for justice in 22-year-old Michael Collins' drowning death will come to a close in the coming weeks, even though it's an outcome that worries his father because of so many others who work up and down the Mississippi River.

  Taking Back Our Streets: Shady activity at Shady Creek

The name was pleasant enough -- Shady Creek Mobile Home Park when it was inhabited. Now, it's just shady activity at 3920 I-55 Frontage Road in south Jackson -- staircases to nowhere, trash, discards.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: DNA Dilemma

Tracing the path to long-lost relatives has never been easier. For roughly a hundred bucks, people can unlock information about their ancestors. It's especially useful for adopted children, many of whom believe that knowing the identity of your birth parents is a civil right.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Moving Pains

Dozens of people all over the country say they were charged thousands of dollars more than they should have been by a moving company. Some claim they never got their belongings back. Now, one family's ordeal has drawn the attention of federal authorities, investigating a business that claims to have ties right here in the Jackson metro.

  Digital Defense: Putting personal safety apps to the test

The apps we tested are all free, and they're all designed to protect you when you need help, without opening a contact list.

  Malaco: The Last Soul Company celebrates 50 years

For a half century, Malaco Records' soul, blues and gospel music have made the independent, southern soul label a national success. To the surprise of many, the record company is located right here in Magnolia State.

  3 On Your Side Special Report: Stop Robocalls

Chances are, your phone rings at least once a day with a call you didn't want and didn't ask for, with someone trying to sell you something or otherwise separate you from your money. How do you make the calls stop?

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Out of Order, Two Years Later

In a special investigation, 3 On Your Side broke down just how much the Capital City had been losing on parking meters over the last decade. We examined hundreds of those parking meters back in 2016 to see how many worked, after trying to get these numbers from the city.

  3 ON YOUR SIDE SPECIAL REPORT: Dispatched

Warren County's dispatch centers are getting overwhelmed with callers flooding the 911 line. Here's how you can help

Raycom launches InvestigateTV app on Roku

InvestigateTV is available now on Roku and will be released to other digital streaming services soon. Raycom Media President and CEO Pat LaPlatney made the announcement Thursday at the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Orlando, FL.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Left in Ruins

For years, people who live in West Jackson say they've been passed over and forgotten, just like the dozens of dilapidated buildings that surround the Jackson Zoo.