MSDH: ‘No evidence’ protests caused spike in Mississippi’s COVID-19 cases

Gov. Tate Reeves continues to stand behind his claim over the weekend that recent increases in coronavirus cases here are tied to protests that happened here, and he says the same is true nationally as well.

  Officer-involved shootings: What’s a justifiable use of force?

Analysis reveals more Mississippians have died from coronavirus than flu

  Senator: MDOC’s new commissioner “exonerated” in Angola investigations, but La. official disagrees

  Police chief: Requiring accreditation for Miss. law enforcement agencies could reduce racial bias, deadly force

  Why dismiss indictment against ex-cop for shooting, killing black man? AG cites ‘lack of evidence’

  Rate of COVID-19 cases in Madison Co. outpaces Hinds by nearly 60%

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  As daily average COVID-19 cases trend upward, Gov. Reeves calls seven-day averages “relatively flat”

  Analysis: Percent of hospitalizations from COVID-19 dropping in Miss.

  Reeves’ new pick for MDOC commissioner has controversial past

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

  Greta Bully’s attorney calls killing ‘justifiable’; reports from scene suggest otherwise

  Analysis: Five Jackson metro cities see sales tax revenue drops in April

  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.

  Reeves: Replenish state’s unemployment trust fund with CARES money or small businesses will suffer

Gov. Tate Reeves urged lawmakers to consider using some federal CARES Act money to restore the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

  3OYS investigation reveals name of JPD officer arrested for child exploitation

A 3 On Your Side investigation confirms the identity of a Jackson Police Department patrolman placed on administrative leave following his arrest on a charge of child exploitation.

  JPD releases incomplete incident report in Bully murder investigation

  DHS audit: Relatives, former football greats got their share of welfare dollars

  State auditor details $94 million in ‘questionable spending’ after releasing in-depth audit of DHS

  MSDH: No confirmed transmission of coronavirus in Miss. poultry processing plants

  Exclusive: Investigation reveals April as deadliest month in Jackson’s history despite stay-at-home order

  Nearly 10% of state’s total COVID-19 cases come from long-term care facilities

  ATF cracks down on series of gun dealer burglaries in 2020

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there were no burglaries of federally licensed firearms dealers in the Southern district in 2019. So far that’s not the case this year, and authorities are cracking down.

  Ban on elective procedures/surgeries impacts rural hospitals already at risk of closure

Gov. Tate Reeves’ temporary ban on elective procedures and surgeries in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus has challenged many rural hospitals financially, with patient numbers dropping and some facilities dipping into their own reserves to keep doctors and nurses on staff.

  MSDH keeps some details on Mississippi’s health care readiness, capabilities from public

Over the past three days, state leaders have been holding daily news conferences to keep the public informed during this coronavirus pandemic, yet also reveal the Mississippi State Department of Health keeps some details to itself, citing privacy and panic as primary reasons for the move.

  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.

  Institute estimates Miss. could have 918 COVID-19 deaths by early August

Of the 26 deaths from COVID-19 thus far, 85 percent were people over the age of 60.

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.

  High demand for unemployment claims outpaces state’s ability to keep up

Mississippi’s unemployment claims are nearly six times higher than they were earlier this month, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor, which reflect layoffs across the state in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Analysis: Higher coronavirus case rates, fewer critical care options for rural counties than Jackson metro

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, there could be greater cause for concern in Mississippi’s rural counties.

Law expert: In Miss. it’s a felony to violate a quarantine order, but good luck enforcing it

In Mississippi, violating a quarantine order could mean a fine and possible prison sentence, according to state law.

  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.

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.

  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.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Dangerous Conditions

Mississippi’s correctional system has already seen 25 inmate deaths this year -- six of them ruled homicides -- but the state agency in charge of solving those killings has yet to release any information in those cases more than a month later.

  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.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: A Plea for Justice

Since 2016, more than three hundred families in the Capital City have had to deal with a loved one being killed.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Alleged Baptist Hospital shooter had murder, domestic violence in arrest record

On Jamal Holmes’ Facebook page, his friends called for compassion for those with mental illness.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

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

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Documents: Tens of millions in taxpayer dollars flowed into nonprofit at center of state’s largest embezzlement scheme

Some federal money intended to help poorest Mississippians lined pockets instead.

  ‘You don’t replace those people that easily': Morton businesses still struggling six months after ICE raids

The shelves are beginning to get a bit empty and there is still a need for money to help with bills until families can find another source of income.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Man allegedly shot by police has been accused of murder 3 times

A man shot by police Wednesday is a known criminal, accused in three homicides in the last 20 years.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Pivoting Out of Poverty

It’s a one-of-a-kind pilot program to get women and children out of poverty and it is only happening in Jackson, Mississippi.

  Man with felony record hired by JPD, then charged with stealing ten days later

Documents show assistant chief authorized felon’s hire over deputy chief’s rejection

  Out on bond after six trials, what’s next for Curtis Flowers?

Out of jail, but not free: that’s the reality for Curtis Flowers, who is out on bond but still charged with murder in the deaths of four people at Tardy Furniture in Winona in July of 1996.

  Analysis: In 2020′s first two weeks, Jackson sees 67% spike in gun violence over last year

In the first thirteen days of the new year, the Capital City has seen a surge of gun violence eclipsing last year’s numbers for the same time period: A 67% increase.

  Inaccurate gang names in MDOC database lead to questions

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has a gang database that lists errors in gang names that may have been there for years.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Cooking the Books

Despite investigating public officials in twenty-two counties and demanding $5 million of your tax dollars be paid back in 2019, State Auditor Shad White believes his investigators are winning the fight against corruption in the Magnolia State.

  Investigators say Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords fighting in state prisons

The violence in state prisons is, for the most part, related to a feud between the Vice Lords and the Gangster Disciples.

  Jackson sees 60 percent jump in female shooting victims over last year

As 2019 comes to a close, a 3 On Your Side analysis of Jackson Police Department news releases finds the number of female victims has increased 48 percent over last year.

  Families of alleged rape victims inside Yazoo Regional Correctional Facility want justice

Two women allege that they were sexually assaulted by three guards in the Yazoo County Regional Correctional Facility. The guards are on leave, and the women's families are on a mission.

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

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  Former JPD officers talk about area where 2 children were shot on Medgar Evers

Two former JPD officers tell us about the area where two children were shot in a drive by on Tuesday. It's known for a high crime rate, drugs, and gangs.

  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.

  U.S. Attorney chastises Jackson officials, judges over crime in the capital city

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst had strong words for criminals, but also for officials he said are not helping the problems.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: The Future of Farish Street

Over nearly four decades, developers, elected officials, and community members have tried -- and failed -- to fully revive a dying street in Jackson.

  3 days, 2 shootings, 1 dead: Related shootings at Warren County apartments worry residents

The shootings of two teens shot three days apart in an apartment complex in Warren County are related, the sheriff says.

MHP: 2019 Thanksgiving period ranks deadliest in state’s history for travelers

More people died from vehicle crashes this year during Mississippi’s five-day Thanksgiving enforcement period than any other time in the state’s history, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

  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.

  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.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Jailed and Abused

The Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond has been a source of frustration for decades, and now it is once again the subject of a lawsuit.

  EXCLUSIVE: Documents reveal sexual harassment settlement against Hinds County tax collector will cost $110K

Exclusive documents obtained by 3 On Your Side reveal a sexual harassment lawsuit against Hinds County Tax Collector Eddie Fair has been settled for $110,000, most of which will be paid by the county’s insurance provider.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Unlocked

A key duplication company highlighted two years ago by 3 On Your Side for security concerns has now expanded its services to include electronic keys, drawing more criticism in the process.

Unidentified man dies in JPD custody over the weekend, coroner confirms

Medics responded to the scene after police were called for a disorderly individual who was foaming from the mouth.

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.

  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.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Lax Laws

A 3 On Your Side investigation into Mississippi’s election laws reveals a lack of enforcement and transparency governing candidates that run for municipal and county offices, leaving those voters far more vulnerable to potential corruption than those who run for statewide office.

Twenty-five current and former agents file lawsuit against Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics over experience pay

Twenty-five agents have brought a lawsuit against the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics asking for backpay allowed them by Senate Bill 2500.

  Embattled officers, victim’s family both suing the City of Jackson

The city of Jackson seems to be in an odd spot.

  Indictment reveals driver had synthetic cannabinoid in system when he struck, killed two motorcyclists

A newly-released grand jury indictment from Madison County gives insight into the investigation law enforcement officers have been working for nearly 15 months, detailing the charges against the man responsible for striking and killing two motorcyclists on a Madison highway.

  Jackson Police Dept. releases first updated crime statistics in eight months

The Jackson Police Department posted its first updated crime statistics since February, a move that came after questions from 3 On Your Side to members of the JPD command staff over the department’s eight-month delay in providing them to the public.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Surprise Bills

Hometown pharmacies are disappearing and part of the reason, says one owner, is a complicated payment system that needs regulation.

  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.

  Attorneys: JPD overlooking findings of its own Internal Affairs Department, endangering community

Attorneys for 11 current and former Jackson Police officers filed in court yesterday, requesting a jury trial for their clients who have been involved in use of force incidents and have been investigated under the James Davis administration.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Chief of Staff resigns under pressure

A top official at MBN was told to resign or she would be fired, and WLBT obtained her resignation letter.