CFCC provides heavily redacted legal bills after WECT hires attorney

After repeatedly refusing to provide itemized bills for the college’s legal expenses, insisting the bills from their attorney were protected by attorney-client privilege, CFCC changed course and gave those documents to WECT at the end of June.

  NHRMC releases COVID-19 data as state rep. demands NC harden virus directives to hospitals

  As COVID-19 patients increase, hospitals prepare for surge

NC kept moving hundreds of inmates during pandemic. Experts say that increased risks.

  How do cops use force in NC? Most agencies won’t say

  Experts, judge voice concern as NC’s prisons resume moving inmates amid COVID-19 spread

  Embattled professor responds to questions about discrepancies on his resume

Continued Coverage

WPD Interim Chief Donny Williams addresses the death of George Floyd

Brunswick County Sheriff expresses disgust over the actions that led to George Floyd’s death

  NC limits information on meatpacking plants’ COVID-19 outbreaks as case numbers grow

Media coalition sues Cooper, cabinet agencies for COVID-19 records

EPA regional staff was ‘unaware’ of GenX consent order, probe finds

  CFCC refusing to disclose itemized bills or reason for recent spike in attorney’s fees

Senate leader demands answers after report about prison nurse’s COVID-19 death

Barbara Anne Stewart died May 7 at a Danville, Virginia, hospital at the age of 57, about a month after she tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

Nurse’s COVID-19 death raises questions about delayed testing at NC prison

One week after the nurse died, prison officials began offering a limited run of free testing to staff members at off-site locations across the state.

  Federal grand jury declines to bring charges against Chemours regarding Clean Water Act

An investigation into the conduct of Chemours at its Fayetteville Works plant did not result in federal criminal charges.

  Canceled by COVID: Loss of 2020 Azalea Festival will cost Cape Fear economy millions

Experts: Without more COVID-19 testing, “more people will die” in prisons

  Work to repair an ‘inactive’ dike could pick up this week after decades of neglect

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

Records reveal data gaps in one of NC’s key COVID-19 metrics

  WPD: Man charged with Monday night shooting on Princess Place Drive

  The pandemic will drive up election costs, and so far NC isn’t ready

Despite the urgent need for funding — the 2020 general election is less than six months away — North Carolina lawmakers have yet to substantively address requests made by the state board of elections.

Elizabethtown police investigating fatal shooting

After a shooting that occurred May 4, Elizabethtown police has launched a homicide investigation.

  History of deficiencies at many NC nursing homes with big outbreaks

Statewide, cases at those facilities account for nearly 18% of all laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus and more than half of the total deaths reported in the state.

  Drug Dependence: COVID-19 weakens already fragile U.S. drug supply

Unlike many other countries, the FDA doesn't require a "made in" label on drugs, even though the federal agency estimates 80% of the ingredients and 40% of the finished drugs are manufactured overseas.

UPDATE: City manager authorized to look into allegations within police department

When council came out of the closed session, Mayor Craig Caster stated, “In our closed session, our manager was given authorization to look into the allegations presented in the special meeting about the police department.”

  Officer alleges police chief made lewd remarks to women; closed meeting scheduled

Boiling Spring Lakes Commissioners have called a closed session meeting to discuss personnel, just days after receiving a complaint from a member of the police department alleging sexual harassment and uneven discipline polices by the new chief of police.

Coronavirus is tearing through NC nursing homes, but the state won’t say which ones

Nursing homes and other congregate care facilities are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19

  Official coronavirus death counts may give incomplete picture of virus’ toll

With continued testing shortages, it may be some time before a clear idea of the death toll emerges.

  Attorneys launch new civil suit regarding former NHCS band teacher arrested for sex crimes

Attorneys have filed a new lawsuit against NHCS regarding the alleged actions of a former teacher.

  Additional victims added in Mike Kelly lawsuit

An amended complaint was filed Thursday, April 16.

NCDEQ requiring Chemours to make extensive changes to Corrective Action Plan

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday that it is requiring Chemours to make extensive revisions to the proposed Corrective Action Plan the company submitted in December.

  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.

  Hospitals worry about staffing as providers prepare for surge of coronavirus patients

Ventilator and equipment shortages have been the primary topics of conversation around COVID-19, but there appears to be a shortage of personnel as well.

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.

State Rep. Smith to make 50% more than predecessor in interim EM role

State Representative Carson Smith will serve as interim Emergency Management Coordinator for at least four months in Pender County.

Tracking coronavirus: A look at COVID-19 testing in Southeastern NC

WECT has joined with several other media outlets around the state to take a look at the testing process for COVID-19 as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus grows.

  As coronavirus ramps up in North Carolina, many questions still left unanswered

Statewide reporting collaborative tracking COVID-19 testing in N.C.

  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.

Search warrants are powerful. Yet few N.C. courts track how often they’re kept secret

Making the warrant public acts as a check on the incredible authority of the state. It's a testament to the value we put on our right to unreasonable search.

  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.

Charter school administration responds to lawsuit from former employee

Attorneys have responded to the suit filed in December.

  CFCC leadership concerns make state, national headlines

In addition to the Martin Center report, the New York City-based National Review Online has now picked up on the story, calling the situation at CFCC an “abuse of power.”

  Search warrants detail alleged sex act by former band teacher with NHC middle schooler

WECT has obtained search warrants that appear to detail the crimes against a seventh victim in the Peter Frank case. The alleged incidents happened prior to those that first reported against other students, and appear to be more serious.

  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.

  Judge Ray files counter complaint against people behind unflattering political flyer

A New Hanover County judge has hired a law firm to go after political opponents of hers for distributing campaign materials about her past controversies. Judge Sandra Ray says the campaign flyers do not have the proper campaign advertising disclosures, and are factually inaccurate.

‘A display of soft pornography’: 47 North Carolinians complain to FCC about J-Lo, Shakira Super Bowl halftime show

Despite a thrilling second half resulting in Kansas City’s first Super Bowl win in 50 years, it’s safe to say one of the most talked about aspects of the big game was the halftime performance featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

  Elections intimidation complaint filed against Judge Sandra Ray

According to complainant Mike Korn, Ray confiscated campaign material Korn had handed out to a voter, including a pamphlet discouraging people from voting for Ray. Additionally, Korn indicates that Ray threatened legal action against him.

  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.

  Hazing, alcohol violations reason for disciplinary actions taken against 4 UNCW Greek organizations

Six of UNCW’s 30 Greek organizations are not in good standing with the university.

  Bladen County Commission approves agreement for repairs to White Oak Dike

Nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Florence dumped catastrophic rainfall on Southeastern North Carolina, leaders in Bladen County are moving to prevent future damaging flooding in at least one part of the community.

  Middle school band teacher charged with sex crimes fired by New Hanover County Schools

Peter Frank's employment has been terminated by the board of education.

  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.

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

Mark Ruffalo, star of ‘Dark Waters,’ expected to visit Wilmington for a screening of film

The movie is about DuPont’s contamination of drinking water in West Virginia; it hits very close to home for people in southeastern North Carolina worried about GenX contamination

  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.

  WECT Investigates: County preparing for potential claim in death of inmate Nicholas Oates

The family of Nicholas Oates has filed a claim against New Hanover County, apparently stemming from Oates death late last year while in the custody of the New Hanover County Jail.

  WECT Investigates: Culture of retaliation, mismanagement alleged at troubled charter school

A lawsuit filed in New Hanover County Superior Court alleges a charter school has not only skirted federal law, but retaliated against those who pushed back against school leadership.

  WECT Investigates: Penalties for contractor who ruptured utility lines, snarled traffic

Contractors determined to be at fault for a line break are sent an invoice for the repair costs including time and materials.

  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.

  CFCC Board shares confidence in president’s leadership following employee complaints

It was an unusually full board meeting at CFCC on Thursday night. Many faculty attended to see what would happen when the Board of Trustees met for the first time to discuss recently disclosed concerns about President Jim Morton’s leadership by two executives who just resigned.

  CFCC faculty asks board of trustees for help, citing concerns about President Morton

Some faculty seek to remove Faculty Association President following his statement of support for CFCC President Jim Morton at the College Council meeting.

Documents: Slaughterhouse union officers spent funds on all-inclusive vacation, trip to SeaWorld

The former two top officers of the union representing thousands of workers at Smithfield Foods siphoned off hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds for personal use.

  Outside investigation launched into handling of case involving WPD lieutenant’s child left alone, naked in car

State agencies and state lawmakers are taking action in response to body camera video show in a WECT News exclusive report

  Judge orders release of body camera video in case of WPD lieutenant’s child left alone, naked in car

We fought in court for the release of body camera video that shows what happened when Wilmington Police Lieutenant Matthew Malone’s daughter, who was left naked under a blanket and alone in a car in a bar’s parking lot, cried out for help

  Board chair responds to story about alleged mismanagement, retaliation at CFCC

While David says the board only has one anonymous letter, during the last several weeks, WECT has spoken to more than two dozen current and former employees of CFCC who voiced similar concerns about CFCC President Morton.

James Sprunt Community College’s incubator kitchen missed out on nearly $100K in revenue due to poor oversight

In an investigative audit of James Sprunt Community College’s incubator kitchen, the N.C. State Auditor’s Office found the college lost nearly $100,000 in revenue over a three-year period due to poor oversight of the program’s operations.

  WECT Investigates: Top executives at CFCC say President Morton has created toxic culture

Two former executives at Cape Fear Community College are speaking publicly about why they recently left their jobs with the college. Several others at the highest levels of the college echoed their concerns.

  Final Flight: A look at the investigation into what brought down National Airlines 2511

WECT Investigates the Jan. 6, 1960 plane crash that killed 34 people and launched a federal investigation.

  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.

  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.

  Double Dipping: the nail trend that could leave you at risk for infection

Dip powder manicures have become a popular staple at most nail salons. The hot trend is said to make color last longer than gel manicures.

  PFAS detected in New Hanover County compost

New Hanover County’s compost facility tested positive for low levels of 16 different types of PFAS.

  Understanding the gridlock: WECT talks to Wilmington traffic light engineer

Major road improvements are planned some of the city’s busiest intersections, but traffic tie-ups likely to get worse before they get better.

  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.

  ‘Stuck between a rock and a hard place’: Her home was damaged by Florence but woman says a roofing company has been the real nightmare

Customers of a local roofing company report leaky roofs, and few answers.

  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.