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.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

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

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

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

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

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

Continued Coverage

  Myrtle Beach property manager jailed in Kansas; business left scrambling

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

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?

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.

  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.