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  A look at the billions of dollars behind beach renourishment: Is it worth it?

Keeping the beaches wide and beautiful within South Carolina has come with a more than $433 million cost. WMBF Investigates looks into where these funds are coming from and is it actually worth it?

  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.

Dozens of Conway homes damaged despite being outside flood hazard zones

Hundred of homes are damaged throughout Conway, but much of the destruction occurred in areas not zoned for hazardous flooding.

WMBF Investigates: Suspected shooter is Vietnam veteran, disbarred lawyer

Suspect in the Florence County shooting is a disbarred South Carolina lawyer, faces previous charges and was injured in the Vietnam War. Deputies identified Fred Hopkins as the suspect who opened fire on law enforcement officers on Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

Inside parasailing accidents: How lack of industry regulation affects passengers

North Carolina did not have any regulations for commercial parasailing in 2009. Years later, the state still does not. In fact, nationwide there is little regulatory government oversight on the water activity.

THURSDAY AFTER FOOTBALL: A look inside parasailing accidents

Up and down the Carolina coast, parasail businesses are able to fly customers hundreds of feet in the sky without much oversight.

Residents voice frustration over unstoppable paper deliveries

Week after week, Dawn Schirnhofer walks through her neighborhood picking up copies of papers and then throws them away.

  UPDATE: Parents fear new bus stop adds danger to neighborhood and children

Residents in a Murrells Inlet neighborhood are scrambling for answers after they discovered a change to their bus stops just days before school started.

WMBF Investigates: Residents concerned that short-term rentals lead to 'fraternity central'

Myrtle Beach resident Lyn Tayloe describes her street in Forest Dunes as "fraternity central" on the weekends.

WMBF Investigates: More than 160 guns stolen throughout Myrtle Beach over past year

More than 160 guns were reported stolen throughout Myrtle Beach from July 2017 to August 2018.

Horry County School District sees drop in behavior counts despite rise in students

Behavior counts against students in the Horry County School District decreased on average for the 2017-2018 school year despite a rise in the number of students.

WMBF Investigates: 'Zombie campaign' gets new treasurer

The son of former South Carolina Congressman Robin Tallon is no longer the treasurer for his father's decades old campaign account.

Boating company involved in accident that left man without his legs has history of injured participants

The Myrtle Beach parasailing company involved in an accident that left one man without his legs has been connected to numerous personal injury lawsuits throughout the years.

Hours between shots fired and police response leave questions

On the morning of July 10, 42-year-old Mark Verhasselt was found dead outside a running car on Bovardia Place in the Myrtlewood community.

Former chief, officers deny allegations of ‘widespread abuses’ in Horry Co. Police Department

The former chief of the Horry County Police Department and other officers are refuting allegations made by a woman suing the department who claims there were "documented widespread abuses" over a 10-year period.

WMBF Investigates: Customers upset over delay in receiving growler chillers

On May 21, 2018, a man from Virginia contacted WMBF News Investigates, asking us to look into a Pawleys Island company selling a product many people seem to want.

‘You feel so much pressure:’ Two of WMBF’s own take part in FBI Citizen’s Academy

Over the past month, WMBF'S Kaitlin Stansell and Audrey Biesk have been a part of a group of Myrtle Beach citizens who have gotten an inside look at the FBI's role in the local community in a very hands-on way.

  WMBF Investigates: How unsafe levels of GenX were found miles from production plant

In April, the Robeson County Health Department said the first unsafe levels of GenX had been found in a homeowner's well in the St. Pauls area. The discovery initiated more testing and a call for the community to come together to talk about GenX's potentially harmful effects and what should be done about it.

WMBF Investigates: The accelerating costs of automobile insurance

Aging roads, more cellphones in the hands of more drivers and vehicles that are just more expensive to repair. These are all factors as to why drivers could be seeing a big increase in their car insurance bill.

WMBF Investigates: Is former SC representative’s campaign account ‘informal retirement funds?’

Former South Carolina Representative Robin Tallon Jr. last served in Congress in 1993. However, 25 years since he last held office, his campaign account is thriving and he's still using this money.

WMBF Investigates - Clearing up the cryptocurrency confusion

For almost 10 years, you've been able to buy something called bitcoin, but for most of us, it's only caught our attention in the past year, as the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrency jumped, before leveling off. Many of us still may not know what it really is.  So we did a little digging, tracked down a bitcoin buyer and a certified financial planner for some answers to our crypto-questions. It's been hammering the headlines, especially over the last year.  Bitcoin, ...

WMBF Investigates: How many schools are lacking school resource officers?

WMBF News looked at the results of a survey conducted by the South Carolina Department of Education to see just how many schools in the area don't have school resource officers.

WMBF Investigates: A look back at past Windsor Green fires

Thursday night's fire at the Windsor Green condominium complex happened more than five years after another, more devastating blaze struck the same complex.

WMBF Investigates: Is a ‘lifetime warranty’ truly for life?

When someone pays for a lifetime warranty, they expect it to last a lifetime. That wasn't the case for the owner of a '65 Mustang. He was having problems with his Midas muffler and the installer wasn't helping.