It’s Your Money: City seeks consultant to study utility rates

Utility rates in Myrtle Beach could go up after a consultant reviews if the city is charging the correct amount in fees to cover operations and projects.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

  Thousands of rape kits logged, tracked one year after N.C. starts tracking system

  ‘There’s always that small little fear of what if I don’t wake up’: The decision to be a medical tourist

  It’s Your Money: How much taxpayer money has been spent so far in hospitality fee dispute

  WMBF Investigates: FBI, federal prosecutors target drug dealers in fight against opioid epidemic

  ‘The bear got us:’ Could proposed flood zones have saved homes from Florence?

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  It’s Your Money: Horry County uses FEMA money to buy new equipment

  One HOA rule requires real estate agents to break state law

  It’s Your Money: New company hired to help attract tourists to Grand Strand

  It’s Your Money: Taxpayers contribute $4 million to local college

WMBF Investigates: Fighting for my life

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Homeowners association issues continue despite S.C. law passing

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Arrests, felonies don’t disqualify teachers from working in S.C. classrooms

Teachers undergo background checks before they are certified and hired but when criminal charges do pop up, it's up to districts and the South Carolina Department of Education to determine if the offense should disqualify a candidate.

  It’s Your Money: School district spends $500k on travel for three months

Horry County monthly expense reports show money spent on hotels, plane tickets, rental cars and conferences added up to more than half a million dollars in three months.

  Horry County Schools reveals number of unvaccinated students ahead of school year

As students prepare to head back to class, WMBF wanted to find out how many students have been properly immunized before the start of the school year.

  It’s Your Money: Lunch debt increases by $14,000 in Horry County School District

  Horry County police chief credits federal partnerships with drop in violent crime

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

  It’s Your Money: Gun violence costs SC taxpayers $293 million, organization finds

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

  Study: Myrtle Beach job growth not keeping up with housing development; leaders disagree

  It’s Your Money: Coast RTA aims to become a ‘big boy transit’ system but money remains a challenge

The public bus system is aiming to upgrade the next year by adding signs along its routes and start planning for new facilities.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: HOA lawsuit complicates condo sales

One real estate expert said a condo unit tied to a pending lawsuit can decrease the pool of buyers by 80 percent.

  It’s Your Money: City’s spending on 5G technology strategy could be at risk

Actions by federal and state leaders could prevent cities from having control over how 5G small cell technology is installed. Myrtle Beach has spent more than $200,000 over the last few years developing a strategy for installing the technology.

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

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

  South Carolina ranks as one of the top states for opioid distribution

The Washington Post analyzed a DEA database that tracked 76 billion pain pills from manufacturer to pharmacy between 2006 to 2012.

  It’s Your Money: Parking costs, revenue across the Grand Strand

Cities across the Grand Strand hire Lanier Parking to manage their parking programs that generate hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

It’s Your Money: Drivers frustrated and fearful of pothole-ridden road

Residents who live off Log Cabin Road in Loris are frustrated and concerned after years of driving on the road with one pothole after another.

  It’s Your Money: Cost of fireworks shows across the Grand Strand

Across the Grand Strand, thousands of dollars are spent on Fourth of July firework shows, but not all are funded by the taxpayers.

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

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

  WMBF Investigates: Customers claim car breaks down between the car lot and their home

The business they bought the car from, Ocean Auto, has numerous court cases detailing similar experiences from past customers.

  It’s Your Money: HCS is ‘hopeful’ new schools reach full energy-positive potential

The CEO for the company that built the schools says the district has faced initial setbacks but all schools should be energy positive by the December 2019.

  Myrtle Beach property manager jailed in Kansas; business left scrambling

Myrtle Beach Rental Connections workers and customers seek answers after business owner abruptly serves jail time in Kansas.

  Local nursing homes could be added to federal list for low ratings

A nursing facility in Conway and Florence were marked as candidates for a federal program that monitors facilities with a history of serious quality issues.

  It’s Your Money: How Myrtle Beach plans to use money generated from increasing solid waste fees

Myrtle Beach's Solid Waste Department hopes additional route will help offset challenges of residential growth and illegal dumping.

  Defense motions want to keep Heather Elvis’ co-workers from testifying in Sidney Moorer retrial

New motions filed by Sidney Moorer's attorney seek to keep certain witnesses and information out of his future retrial in the Heather Elvis kidnapping case.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County libraries launch new interactive summer program

Horry County libraries spent around $15,000-$18,000 on its new hands-on activity boxes that include coding games, robots and building blocks.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Horry County issues pool permits to company without a business license

Horry County official declined an interview to clarify why four pool permits were issued to Premier Pools despite the business not having a license on file with the county. Multiple individuals have told WMBF the company does not finish customer's pools.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County Solicitor’s Office begins renovating former Conway Hospital

The Horry County Solicitor’s Office purchased the former Conway Hospital to accommodate it’s growing staff and programs.

  WMBF Cold Case: Family searches for answers in “The Boy in the Woods” case

A close look at a murder mystery that has haunted Murrells Inlet for nearly 40 years.

  Breast cancer survivor confused after months of bills for prosthesis she already paid for

Susan O'Rear purchased an artificial breast from McLeod's gift shop for cancer patients, Inspirations, but months after paying for the product she received bill after bill stating she still owed hundreds of dollars.

  It’s Your Money: May bike events cost the Grand Strand millions of dollars

North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and Horry County are estimated to spend more than $2 million on services for the May bike events.

  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.

‘That broke me inside:’ Getting justice for rape victims an uphill battle

Out of 1,000 rapes, only 230 are reported. Of those, 46 lead to an arrest and less than five result in incarceration, according to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network.

Current legislation does not address S.C.’s rape kit backlog

Almost half of the United States has passed laws that require sexual assault kits to be tested. South Carolina is not one of them.

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

The Fayetteville Police Department was able to crack a series of cold rape cases through DNA evidence.

Anonymous submissions among reasons why rape kits go untested

The victim refused to cooperate, the case was unfounded, or the case was closed based on information gathered and reported anonymously are some of the reasons given for rape kits going untested.

Hundreds of rape kits go untested in South Carolina

When Ilse Knecht thinks about thousands of untested sexual assault kits, she imagines thousands of people sitting on shelves.

  WMBF Investigates: What’s on your plate?

Seafood lovers across the Grand Strand order fish expecting to receive what is labeled.

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

South Carolina spent around $792,000 to reimburses for forensic exam costs associated with sexual assault kits.

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

In the moments following the assault, as victims attempt to make sense of what happened, crucial decisions are thrust upon them.

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

One of the perks of living on the coast is access to fresh seafood, right?

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

Nail salons are often the luxury go-to place for many women and some men who want to feel pampered and posh.

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

South Carolina lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to give $50 back to state taxpayers, but the plan comes with a few strings.

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

Residential solar energy continues to grow in popularity but can it actually save you money?

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

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

North Myrtle Beach contracted with Nustrat in 2018 to help find businesses and people operating without a license.

  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

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  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.

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

The school board chairman said the bill was higher than he anticipated.

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

Horry County said it doesn't have an active business license on file for the owner of the company, Clear Waters Pools.

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

The Horry County Council on Aging receives nearly $900,000 from resident's property taxes each year.

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.