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  Florence behavioral treatment facility under fire for mistreatment, other violations

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

  It’s Your Money: Myrtle Beach spends thousands on law firms each month

  SLED investigates NMB vacation rental company accused of owing thousands to renters, owners

  MOVE OVER: Tow trucks considered emergency vehicles but drivers not defined as emergency personnel

  MOVE OVER: Story of survival from MBPD officer hit twice; Life after LPD officer was killed on I-95

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  It’s Your Money: Conway’s Downtown Alive uses funds to attract business and visitors to the city

  MOVE OVER: Low number of traffic tickets issued reveal challenges in Move Over Law

  MOVE OVER: HCFR firefighter describes the seconds that changed her life in exclusive interview

  It’s Your Money: Cities pay Horry County to house inmates

  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

  It’s Your Money: The cost of preserving Myrtle Beach’s military history

Myrtle Beach will spend $86,000 this year to repaint the planes at Warbird Park.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County budgets nearly $90,000 on speed humps

Fees Horry County residents pay on their registered vehicles each year create a fund for the county to use to maintain and improve roads.

  Surfside Beach residents say they are owed money, work from a local contractor

Multiple Surfside Beach residents are speaking out after a local contractor took their money but didn't deliver all the work.

  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

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

  It’s Your Money: Inside the multimillion dollar trash business

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Statistics show stereotyping, targeting in traffic stops

  It’s Your Money: The cost of marketing and promoting a city

WMBF INVESTIGATES: What traffic stops say about race and law enforcement

  It’s Your Money: Horry County School District Salaries

The school district spends around $150.8 million for its 2,295 highest paid employees. Most of the top earners in the school district work at the district's office.

  WMBF Investigates: What happens when school lunches go unpaid

Horry County School District accumulated more than $43,000 in unpaid school lunches at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

  It’s Your Money: Conway hired a real estate broker to help with redevelopment goals

Conway pays around $200 an hour to a contracted real estate broker to find and acquire land for the city to use for its development goals.

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.

  It’s Your Money: Funding holiday spirit

North Myrtle Beach spent close to $4,000 this year on Christmas decoration for Main Street. The city said this is a small price to pay for the business the decorations attract.

  Woman shocked after receiving unexpected holiday surprise

The woman thought she had to give up on the Christmas gift idea for her husband after she was owed money and work, but then a local business called her with a surprise.

  Employees seeking answers and pay after company abruptly closes

Financial challenges caused the Canadian-based company, DME, to close it's facilities, including one in Loris, on Nov. 26. Weeks later former employees are left without thousands of dollars.

  It’s Your Money: North Myrtle Beach pays $50K for employee physicals

North Myrtle Beach said the physicals are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for all employees who wear a respirator on the job.

  Robeson Co. woman details potential voting irregularities in new affidavit

A new complaint and affidavit submitted by a Republican judge in Robeson County has raised new allegations of voting irregularities in the county, separate and apart from anything to do with absentee ballots.

  WMBF Investigates: Statewide discrepancy between absentee ballots returned, votes counted

South Carolina's number of absentee ballots returned doesn't match the number of ballots counted. WMBF Investigates looked into why and the impact on election results.

  It’s Your Money: Myrtle Beach paid more than $100,000 for tree maintenance in 2018

Myrtle Beach paid more than $100,000 to Parkman Tree Service for trimming and removing trees in 2018.

  Former Socastee Montessori School parent concerned over school’s deficiencies

A woman who had a son who was enrolled in Socastee Montessori School says she is concerned about the school’s deficiencies after her son went through an incident she thinks never should’ve happened.

  Customers claim local business took money without delivering work

WMBF investigates a Myrtle Beach web design company with a pattern of complaints claiming the business took money but didn't deliver work.

  WMBF Investigates: Lack of regulations, aging maps affect perception of radon risk in South Carolina

Radon is a colorless, odorless and radioactive gas that can only be detected by testing buildings.

  It’s Your Money: Monitoring the quality of river and ocean water

Horry County's Stormwater Department allocates $580,000 each year for programs that monitor the quality of river and ocean water.

  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.

  WMBF Investigates: Did poor planning lead to flooding in a Longs community?

WMBF investigates the factors that led to the widespread flooding in Polo Farms, including Horry County's decision to develop the land in the first place.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County spends millions on inmate medical services

The J. Ruben Long Detention Center used ten percent of its 2018 budget to fund health care for inmates.

  WMBF Investigates: Weather radar beam blocked by trees, impacting its ability to detect storms

The National Weather Service’s radar is a powerful tool, but only if it can get the information it needs to help predict the weather.

  It’s Your Money: The Myrtle Beach lawsuit that is costing you

The city paid more than $100,000 for its lawsuit with the NAACP in order to make its court documents meet federal court standards.

  Fundraising can come with a cost to charities

WMBF Investigates found local charities only kept around one percent of money donated when working with a professional or paid fundraiser, according to details of the “2017-2018 Wise Giving & Professional Solicitor Report.”

  It’s Your Money: The price of keeping pests away

Hurricane Florence led to a record number of residents calling Horry County's Mosquito Control Program and that came with a cost to the county.

  Flood victims search for answers after hurricane recovery efforts halted

Residents in Lee's Landing demolished their homes weeks ago. The owners were told FEMA would pick up the debris, but steel frames remain in front yards uncollected.

  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.

  WMBF Investigates: What’s the impact of changing flood maps on Horry County’s future?

Changes to flood maps and increased development regulations mean increased cost to the consumer. WMBF Investigates looks into the cost of changing flood maps for Horry County.

  Former HCSO officer disputes facts in report into drowning deaths of two mental health patients

Former Horry County correction officer Stephen Flood wrote, "the facts in this report are not true" in response to the detailed disciplinary report on the night he drove around flood barriers.

  It’s Your Money: The cost of funding fitness trails in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach paid more than $30,000 to replace equipment on its oceanfront fitness trail.

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.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County allocated $90.4 million for salaries in 2018

WMBF Investigates obtained the salaries for all Horry County employees and breaks down the numbers.

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.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

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

  'This is a big, big win for South Carolina:’ How a winning ticket impacts the state

South Carolina will receive millions from the Mega Millions winning ticket sold in Simpsonville.

  It’s Your Money: Highest paid city employees

WMBF Investigates reports the top city employee salaries in Myrtle Beach, Conway and North Myrtle Beach.

  FCSO reports detail multiple domestic incidents at the home of alleged law enforcement shooter

WMBF News Investigates looked into how many calls the Florence County Sheriff’s Office received to respond the Hopkins Home on Ashton Lane since January 2017.

  It’s Your Money: Inside Horry County Coroner’s Office

WMBF Investigates looks into the cost of employing a coroner and pathologist to find out just how much Horry County is spending on autopsies.

  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.

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.