Investigations

  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.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

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

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

  Memphis nursing home tied to national investigation into patient neglect and mismanagement

  Memphis woman says she was duped by a fake customer service number for Cash App

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

Continued Coverage

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

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

  Mississippi sees major spike in reports of possible child abuse in recent years

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

  Children abused, families move

  Failed and Forgotten

  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.

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.

  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.

  Public charter schools sign ‘morality clause’ with Catholic church

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

  Programs offer resources to make daycare more affordable for TN parents

  Elderly train crash victims highlight severity of collisions in Mid-South

  Pros and cons of concierge medicine: Why experts say it’s not for everyone

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

  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.

  Expanded Shelby County crisis center to offer help to more crime victims

A nearly century-old building full of Memphis history is finding a new identity helping the city's hundreds, if not thousands, of victims of crime.

  Breakthrough medical procedure can help prevent miscarriage

A medical breakthrough is giving hope to pregnant women struggling to carry their babies full term.

  Measure of hate: Statistics on Mid-South hate crimes likely inaccurate

Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation release hate crime statistics to give the public crucial information about the safety of communities. But how reliable is the information in those reports?

  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.

  Kirby High set to reopen after rat infestation

Kirby High School is set to reopen months after a rat infestation closed the school.

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.

  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.

  MAS combats animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect

More than 8,300 animals have been taken in by Memphis Animal Services so far this year.

Arkansas man who had artificial heart receives donor heart

A Mid-South man who was being kept alive by the artificial heart he carried in a backpack now has a real donor heart!

  Positive Parenting: Why spatial skills matter

The words you use during playtime with your baby and toddler do matter.

Failure to Fix: Investigating HUD oversight in public housing

Thousands of Americans live in unsafe and unsanitary homes with mice, mold, and lead paint. They don't have the money to fix the problems, and neither does their landlord.

  Digital Dining: Putting food apps to the test

Delivery apps make ordering from your favorite restaurants easier than ever. But what are you really paying for that convenience?

  Do SkyCop cameras actually reduce crime?

Two-thousand cameras monitoring 500 locations – is it the future of crime-fighting, or do these cameras provide a false sense of security?

  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.

A change of heart: Mid-South teen kept alive with artificial heart

An "artificial heart" is the only thing keeping Chadarius Johnson alive.

  Changing the Game: Middle schooler plays basketball with one hand

A Mid-South middle schooler is changing the game one bucket at a time. She's a standout on the basketball court not only for what she brings to the sport, but also what she doesn't.

  Do red light cameras make drivers safer?

Red light cameras and the tickets they generate make millions of dollars for the city of Memphis. But do they make the streets or drivers any safer?

  Election security top of mind in Tennessee

With early voting underway across the Mid-South, it’s not just candidates looking to secure votes.

  Half of red light camera tickets remain unpaid

Three little words that can make a driver's blood boil: red light cameras. Memphis started the controversial traffic program nearly a decade ago.

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.

  More pet owners turning to cutting-edge pain relief methods

WMC Action News 5 looked into some of the cutting edge medical procedures -- once only considered for humans -- that are being put to use on our four-legged family members.

Dangerous Deliveries: Why are black women dying during childbirth?

Black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related complications, according to the Centers for Disease and Control.

Who’s behind Facebook’s political ads?

This election cycle, thousands of political ads have bombarded our social media feeds, but who's really behind them?

  Scholarships cashing in on e-gaming tournaments

Parents, if your kids are obsessed with playing Fortnite, there's now potential to cash in on the craze.

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.

  Hot Wheels: Where vehicle thieves are striking

Police records reviewed by the WMC Action News 5 investigators point to dramatic increases in the number of vehicles stolen in Memphis, Shelby County and the suburbs.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

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

Warning signs you’re on a phony website

Credit bureau Experian says online shopping fraud is booming, with a more than 30 percent jump from 2016 to 2017.

  MPD issued 50 reprimands after rolling out body cameras 2 years ago

Memphis police have been using body cameras and in-car dash cameras for about two years.

  Breakthrough procedure can provide solution to snoring

There’s now a medical breakthrough helping Mid-Southerners get back to sleep without the sounds.

  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.

  Strict sex education teaching laws could be leading to ‘growing threat’ of STDs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 100 people a day learn they have HIV. But it's new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis doctors are most concerned about. The CDC calls it a "growing threat."

  Memphis working to make streets safer

Walking in Memphis can be deadly. The Bluff City remains atop a national list of metro areas where pedestrians are in danger.

  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.

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

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

  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.

Autopsy identifies officers in Ismael Lopez case

Officials have released the names of two Southaven police officers involved in the deadly shooting of Ismael Lopez last summer.

  Pest-infested high school will be shut down for ‘as long as it takes’

Kirby High School will be shut down for the rest of the semester.

  School board member offers solutions for pest problem at Kirby HS

A Shelby County Schools Board Member took to Facebook to offer solutions to the pests problem at Kirby High School.

  Extent of graveyard misconduct takes center stage at Galilee trial

Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial over a lawsuit that claims hundreds of burials at Galilee Memorial Gardens were mishandled.

  SCS spent $20,000 to eliminate pests from infested high school

A Mid-South school is back in session after a pest infestation shut it down for a week.

  ‘Preying on the poor’: Towing company accused of violating city ordinance

A local attorney claims tow companies in Memphis are preying on the poor, and he said they've gotten away with it for too long.

  Judge scolds crowd on first day of cemetery’s corpse abuse trial

Families whose loved one's remains were mishandled and abused were in court Tuesday suing the cemetery at the center of the controversy.

  Grandmother reveals 50-year-old secret about MLK’s assassination

Rhonda James has been living with a painful secret for 50 years.

Family searches for missing father; minivan found burned days later

A Mid-South family insists hope is not lost in the hunt for a missing father, who disappeared last summer after dropping off food at his children's summer camp.

  Memphis VA cuts opioid prescriptions by 50%

With opioid addiction and overdose deaths increasing across the Mid-South, the V.A. Medical Center in Memphis is countering a trend with veterans by reducing opioid prescriptions.

Just how effective are MPD body cameras at maintaining transparency?

$10 million is the price tag for Memphis Police body cameras, which have been on the street now for just over a year. So, what do those videos show, and how easily are they obtained when an incident is called into question?

  New book provides ‘lessons learned’ from Bain murders, kidnappings

Adam Mayes' actions in April 2012 destroyed a Mid-South family, leaving two young girls without their mother and sister.

  GOODBYE ANDY: The story that made Andy’s career

On his last day at WMC Action News 5, Chief Consumer Investigator Andy Wise looks back on what he calls the proudest story of his career.

  GOODBYE ANDY: The stories that changed public policy

In the course of his 20 years serving the Mid-South, Chief Consumer Investigator Andy Wise's stories often shaped public policy. Andy looks back on the times his stories changed state law.

  GOODBYE ANDY: Helping a vet

As Andy Wise looks back on his rewarding career in the Mid-South, it's not the bad guys he exposed whom he remembers. It's the innocent victims and the partners Andy pulled together to help precious people like Earnest Sanders, Jr.

  Judge issues ultimatum to Southeast Memphis apartments riddled with code violations

Eden at Watersedge apartments has a week to fix all remaining air conditioning, sewage and electrical violations and two weeks to submit a plan to make sure they don't happen again. Chief Consumer Investigator Andy Wise updates his investigation.

  Cracking down on contraband inside Mid-South facilities

Within the past year, almost 1.7 million illegal communication attempts were made from just eight correctional facilities around the country.