Dozens of rape kits untested in Florence County, some damaged due to Hurricane Florence

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office is among the agencies with the most untested rape kits reported to the State Law Enforcement Division.

DNA evidence helps Fayetteville Police Department solve decades-old cold rape cases

Anonymous submissions among reasons why rape kits go untested

Hundreds of rape kits go untested in South Carolina

  WMBF Investigates: What’s on your plate?

  It’s Your Money: Cost of compensating sexual assault victims

  ‘I felt like my body was numb:’ Victims reflect on crucial decisions after being raped

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  WMBF Investigates: Does area seafood actually come from the Carolina coast? - Part 1

  Pampered and polished: Is getting your nails done putting your health in jeopardy?

  It’s Your Money: SC lawmakers estimated to spend $660K to mail $50 rebates to taxpayers

  Shining a light on solar power, can it save you money?

  Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

  It’s Your Money: Company uncovers $140K in unpaid business license fees

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

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County residents owe $70.5 million in property taxes

Horry County Treasurer Angie Jones said the department decreased the amount of delinquent property taxes by $18 million since last year.

  Homeowners want to see change after they say disturbances keep them up at night

Homeowners in the Fairway at Wild Wing want to see change after some say they’ve been kept up until the early morning hours due to parties in what they were told was a family community.

  ‘We were trying to fight for a family member’: Family says SC woman sold them a sick puppy

Multiple Horry County residents told WMBF News they purchased puppies from Kimberly Shular only to have their puppies die weeks later.

  Failed and Forgotten

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

  It’s Your Money: Florence School District One owes $71K for referendum

  ‘I gave him everything I had:’ Woman pays $40K to SC pool company, still waiting on dream pool

  It’s Your Money: Horry County property taxes fund meals for senior citizens

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.

  WMBF News investigates SC bill that could let criminals out of prison sooner

A bill in the State House could let prisoners out from behind bars sooner and start allocating more state funds somewhere else.

  It’s Your Money: Municipalities spend thousands of dollars on budget retreats

Raising taxes, adding staff and increasing wages are all decisions local officials must make each year when they set the budget.The question is, how much do officials spend to make those decisions?

NCGOP Chairman, others indicted in federal corruption probe

NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes, who spent a decade in Congress representing a district that stretched from the Charlotte area to Fayetteville, surrendered himself to authorities and made a first appearance at the US Courthouse in Charlotte on Tuesday.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County faces ‘a lot of dollars in limbo’ going into budget retreat

Horry County council will meet this week to begin setting the 2019-2020 budget.

  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.

  WMBF Investigates: Do civil forfeiture cases always hit their mark?

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill to end civil forfeiture across the state, a practice that has allowed three local counties to take more than $2.5 million in recent years. WMBF investigates how this change would impact police and citizens.

  South Carolina DMV selling personal information for millions of dollars

Every day, hundreds of South Carolina residents get in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles and give personal information to the people who work there.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County takes step towards implementing impact fees

Horry County Council approved $156,000 for a study to determine if impact fees are necessary within the county.

  WEDNESDAY AT 11: Do civil forfeiture cases always hit their mark?

WMBF Investigates civil forfeiture cases, an initiative whose aim may be true, but it may not always hit its intended target.

  New emails reveal Horry County Schools employee communicated with contractor months before bid

Emails between the district's former facility director and First Floor CEO date back to six months before First Floor first made a presentation to school board members on constructing energy positive schools.

  WMBF News puts CBD products to the test

CBD products are becoming more and more popular, and it seems that new CBD stores are popping up in the Myrtle Beach area every day.

  It’s Your Money: Conway plans to buy more than 40 homes to prevent future flooding

The city has spent more than a million dollars to buy and demolish flooded homes, however most of this cost will be refunded by federal money.

  Leaders in Nichols fight to keep struggling town alive

In the town of Nichols, leaders are working to rebuild a place that’s been washed out by not one, but two hurricanes in the past two years.

  Florence behavioral treatment facility under fire for mistreatment, other violations

A behavioral treatment facility in Florence is under investigation for numerous staff misconduct, abuse and exploitation allegations.

  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.

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

The city budgeted more than a million dollars for legal services in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

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

Condo owners in North Myrtle Beach said they haven't been paid in months by Keye Beach Rental for vacationers using their units. Renters said they are also owed money and showed up for vacation without a place to stay.

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

For some first responders, one move over violation could be the difference between life and death.

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

In part 3 of a 4 part series on the Move Over Law, we tell you the tragic story of a Lumberton Police Officer who was killed while working a crash scene in December and another story of survival from a Myrtle Beach Officer who has been hit more than once.

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

Conway's contact with the nonprofit organization Downtown Alive for its visitor's center and to market development in its historic downtown.

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

Across South Carolina, the Move Over Law aims to protect first responders but when Horry County firefighter Beth Petty was hit in January, the driver wasn't charged with a move over violation. WMBF Investigates is looking into the law and its enforcement.

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

Across South Carolina, the Move Over Law aims to protect first responders but when Horry County firefighter Beth Petty was hit in January, the driver wasn't charged with a move over violation. WMBF Investigates is looking into the law and it's enforcement.

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

Each month cities within Horry County pay the county's detention center to house inmates that need to stay beyond local jail time limits.

  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.

  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.

  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

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.

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

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority generates around $27 million each year from managing waste and recycling within the county.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Statistics show stereotyping, targeting in traffic stops

WMBF Investigates rode along with local officers and analyzed millions of traffic stops across the state to find out how traffic enforcement intersects with drivers' demographics.

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

Visitors to the beach generate money from the dollars they spend at local businesses but also for the city by the taxes they pay on their accommodations.

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

No one wants to be on the receiving end of a traffic ticket.

  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.