48 Investigates

  Attorney of self proclaimed “whistleblower” speaks to 48 News following Tuesday’s indictment

  Deteriorating animal shelter could get facelift soon

  UAH officers terminated following October traffic stop

  Kitchen Cops find flies in the kitchen and 3 week old sauces

  Russel Erskine Apartment’s elevator out; residents voice concerns

  Madison family still waiting for furniture delivery nine months later

Continued Coverage

  COVID-19 vaccine is coming soon, but could you be last on the list to receive one?

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

  48 Investigates: UAH refuses to share body camera footage of traffic stop involving 17-year-old honor student

  UAH President apologizes face to face with 17-year-old verbally abused by campus cops

  Curbside voting will not be offered in North Alabama

  ADPH: Rapid COVID-19 test could produce false negatives

  ADVA Commissioner speaks with 48 News regarding Tut Fann

In the last 24 hours, ten people have been removed from the active case list at the Tut Fann State Veteran Home.

  More families come forward, upset over conditions at Hampton Cove Funeral Home

Since our story aired earlier this week, families across the Tennessee Valley have reached out letting us know of similar situations.

  Local mausoleum falling short; family wants answers

They want repairs to be made or they plan to take it to court.

  Four million Americans waited more than 4 weeks for their first unemployment check

Millions of Americans have waited more than 4 weeks to get their first unemployment check. State offices, overwhelmed with claims, calls and emails have lagged in processing claims.

  48 Investigation gets results in an “On Your Side” furniture delivery issue

Tut Fann residents: “They are extremely scared.”

Huntsville Woman scammed out of $8K by ‘customer support’ crook

  EXCLUSIVE: Town of Priceville under fire for violating environmental laws

  Decatur City Mayor launches internal investigation over Decatur Housing Authority

  Federal Investigation: White people given preferential treatment at Decatur Housing Authority

  Army veteran says he was assaulted by Florence police while having a stroke

He has spent the last 19 months trying to piece together what happened that night.

Some vacuum cleaners recalled after two reports of fires

Circuit boards in about 38,000 Rainbow SRX brand water-based filtration vacuum cleaners sold between June 2019 and June 2020 can spark and catch fire.

  Huntsville man says his social media was trolled and falsely portrayed as antifa

Benjamin Shapiro said he was never at any of the protests.

  Local Handel’s franchise suspended over owner’s racial slurs from 2015

Jarrell's phone went straight to voicemail each time we called.

Over 520-hours of basic training required in Alabama to protect and serve

Following the killing of George Floyd, who died when a now-former Minneapolis Police Officer held his knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes, protestors are calling for, among several things, more training for police officers.

  Huntsville City Council addresses email concerns of sexual misconduct within police department

Nowhere in the email is it accusing Huntsville police officers of sexual misconduct.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

  Drug Dependence: COVID-19 weakens already fragile U.S. drug supply

Unlike many other countries, the FDA doesn't require a "made in" label on drugs, even though the federal agency estimates 80% of the ingredients and 40% of the finished drugs are manufactured overseas.

Tracking the Coronavirus Crisis: A 48 First Alert

WAFF 48′s Liz Hurley interviewed Huntsville Hospital System CEO David Spillers and Crestwood Medical Center CEO Dr. Pam Hudson regarding preparations for a potential surge of Covid-19 patients in the Tennessee Valley.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Unemployment extensions looming for COVID-19 impacts

People across north Alabama reached out to WAFF with questions about glitches with the system, including not being able to file for an extension.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  Huntsville mom and son stuck in Uganda waiting for visa as coronavirus spreads

Voss along with the WAFF News team have reached out to Sens. Doug Jones and Richard Shelby and Rep. Mo Brooks and Robert Aderholt to bring them home.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  Council members claim city administration is hiding PFAS testing results from the public

PFAS chemicals in Decatur. It’s not the first time you’re hearing this.However, it’s the first time Decatur City Council members are hearing about a secret meeting between Decatur Utilities and the city’s mayor where PFAS test results were discussed.

  Woman’s medical records accessed illegally, blames husband’s ex-girlfriend

A Huntsville Hospital employee still on the job after a patient claims a staff member accessed her records without authorization.

  New details on the home where an escaped murderer was captured

Investigators shared new details about the capture of convicted murderer Daniel Miner.

  First Responders: Breaking down language barriers

We’ve heard the city of Huntsville is on track to becoming the largest city in the state by the year 2024. We can credit that to job growth and industries relocating to the Rocket City.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  48 Investigates: Chairman Dale Strong sheds light on jail computer issues

IT issues at the Madison County jail have been delaying bonds and court appearances.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

  Poarch Creek casino proposal promises $1B for Alabama

Alabama lawmakers are listening but not committing to an offer from the Poarch Creek Indians. Tribe leaders say they will funnel $1 billion to Alabama if the state allows them to add two new casinos, table games like blackjack and craps and gives the Poarch Indians exclusivity.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

  Inside the inspections: A Kitchen Cops special report

We're taking a deep dive into the inspection reports you see every week to find out what they really mean for you and your family's safety.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  Cash or consequences: The fight over unpaid child support

For those dealing with unpaid child support, some say it should be cash or consequences. But both can be hard to come by.

  48 Investigates: Madison County volunteer fire chiefs call out chairman on funding

Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong is a volunteer firefighter for Monrovia. Other volunteer fire chiefs argue he's been using his position to benefit his station at the expense of others. He said the funding comes down to taxes- who pays them and how much.

  Top Alabama scams: What you need to know

You might think you’re too savvy to fall for a scam, but thieves are constantly using new tactics and finding ways to fool even the most skeptical people.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  How school officials handle active shooter training with students

Active shooter drills in schools are becoming as regular as fire drills. But for young children in elementary school especially this can be a scary scenario.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

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

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Cold Case: Huntsville man’s murder still unsolved after nearly 11 years

Nov. 26, 2008 is a day Saheva Davis will always remember. Her husband, Ricky Davis, died a violent death at a business in south Huntsville.

  Morgan County family desperate for justice after man caught on camera peeping on stepdaughter

Two sisters suspected someone living in their house was spying on them. It was caught on camera.

  ‘It’s a crisis under our feet’: Valley nursing homes putting the elderly at risk

Families are raising the alarm on understaffing in north Alabama's facilities.

  Huntsville police asking for help to solve 9-year-old cold case

Investigators are working to solve the nearly decades-old murder of Herbert Gray.

  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.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

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

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

  Cold case: Leads run dry in Huntsville murder case

Dwayne Cook was murdered one year ago. Now police need help to close this case.

  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

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.

  Drug trafficking: Pipeline into Alabama

The DEA sees meth as the long term systemic problem, whereas opioids and heroin are still problems, but not a big as meth.

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.

Study: Ring cameras may not be as good a crime fighting tool as advertised

Ring doorbell cameras provide great video for our newscasts and for local police departments, they’re supposed to provide a deterrent to crime.