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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.

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

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Unlocked

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

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

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

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Lax Laws

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

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

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

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

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Surprise Bills

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

  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.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Residency Rift

A dispute over who won the Democratic nomination for a Hinds County supervisor seat could soon be decided by a judge because one of the candidates claims the other doesn’t live in the district he wants to represent.

  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.

  Jackson councilmen approve bid to overhaul downtown parking meters

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Busted Budget

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Preferential Treatment

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Ending the Fight

  New Koch Foods court filing claims ICE raid search ‘illegal', violation of Fourth Amendment

Missing woman reported in Lincoln County, last seen a week ago

  Brandon Theesfeld’s attorneys ask for mental eval, no bond at hearing Thursday

Brandon Theesfeld's attorneys have requested a mental evaluation after a Wednesday night meeting with prosecutors.

  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.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Inside the ICE Raids

While hundreds of undocumented workers face potential charges and deportation following last week’s massive immigration raid, newly-unsealed court documents show a snapshot of the federal government’s case against the four companies also targeted in this investigation.

  Pelahatchie alderman: Mayor’s failure to sign paychecks will delay some employees’ pay until next week

At least five employees with the town of Pelahatchie won’t be paid Friday because Mayor Ryshonda Beechem has refused to sign their paychecks, Mayor Pro Tempore Margie Warren tells 3 On Your Side.

  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.

  Nearly 300 detained in ICE raids released, officials confirm

300 of 680 detained in ICE raids on Tuesday have been released, agents said.

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

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

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

Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem’s latest court filing sends a message to members of the town’s board of aldermen: follow the law or the court will remove you from office.

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

Clinton Police and the Hinds County Sheriff's Department arrested 23 in a human trafficking operation last week.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Emergency Delayed

With each hospital closure, ensuring high quality health care for Mississippi’s most rural residents becomes that much harder, forcing small counties with dwindling tax bases into paying for ambulance service that may not provide the fastest response.

  What happened to Ally Kostial? Details start to emerge

Twenty-one year old Ally Kostial was shot to death, her body found near a remote fishing camp.

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

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

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

Authorities say the victims, most reported to be in their early 20s, may have gotten hold of the same bad batch of drugs.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

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

Out-of-state court documents show the man charged with killing Scott County resident Celeste McDonald in Jackson earlier this year has a criminal past that includes a sex crime conviction.

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

Those closest to Celeste McDonald maintain she went to the Jackson Police Department for help days before her death, wanting to press charges against the man now charged with killing her.

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

Court documents reveal more financial issues connected to Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem, stemming from loans she made on another person’s account.

  Business Blooming: Amazon fuels local company’s turnaround

The next time you buy something on Amazon, you might find it was made right here in Mississippi.

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

One man is charged and police are looking for a second in the theft of 29 calves from a Forest stockyard.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Dental Dilemma

The owner of a mobile dentistry company claims some dentists are breaking their own rules to hurt her business through intimidation and harassment, including a man appointed by the governor to sit on the very board that regulates dental practices for the Magnolia State.

  Missing Canton man’s family fears foul play

For the last week, nobody has seen or heard from 23-year-old Austen Slay.

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

A cold case is warming up after an archaeological dig turns up what looks like human bone fragments.

  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.