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TikTok Challenge warnings

A new viral video challenge on social media is getting the attention of parents and fire fighters.

Protect your family from an estimated 1.6 million cars with tampered odometers

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

Southern University, LSU report dozens of items that went missing in recent years

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

La. governmental agencies point fingers over accidental $26M issued in double tax refunds

  Bossier City jailer among 11 arrested on prostitution charges

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OIG questions whether Audubon Nature Institute used public funds for parties and Saints tailgating

Parents warned of free child safety kit scams

  Internal audit shows someone outside City Hall ordered changes in City of Shreveport’s insurance coverage

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

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

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

  Convicted cop killer testifies during penalty phase of his trial

Grover Cannon tells jurors they made “a big mistake convicting the wrong man”

THE INVESTIGATORS: La. secretary of state accused of violating state law, endorsing other candidates

Less than a week before voters head to the polls for the Non. 16 runoff election, questions have now been raised over whether Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin broke the law recently in his comments at a Republican rally in Monroe on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Public warned about counterfeit prescription pills laced with fentanyl coming from Mexico

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public about mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is lethal in minute doses, being manufactured by Mexican drug cartels and distributed in North America.

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.

Romance scams are a growing problem in Alabama

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

KIRAN: Thousands of dollars missing from fundraiser meant for St. Jude’s Hospital

  KSLA INVESTIGATES: Preparing your kids for a school emergency

THE INVESTIGATORS: More than 1,800 weapon-related incidents reported in 2018 in La. schools

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

  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.

  New software leads to “wrong arrest” of innocent woman

It happened in Bossier City; and she’s afraid another person could wind up in jail just like her

  SPD: By the Numbers

A look at the total force and number of officers placed on departmental leave.

  SPD responds to KSLA story on stolen police unit, investigation ongoing

The Shreveport Police Department has responded to questions asked about a stolen police unit discovered in East Texas.

  SPD car found in East Texas but never reported as stolen

“They apparently did not even know this car was missing,” Bowie County sheriff’s lieutenant says

  East Texas mother demands trial of man accused of killing two of her daughters 3 years ago

“We’re not seeking revenge, we’re seeking justice. We want it not to be hanging over our heads any longer; it’s just torture.”

BBB: Voice-mimicking software could be used in scams

As authorities investigate what could be the first case of scammers using voice-mimicking software for a major theft, the Better Business Bureau is sounding the alarm, hoping awareness will be enough to prevent other members of the public from becoming victims.

  Louisiana congressmen give their staffers thousands of dollars in bonuses annually

All six congressmen who serve Louisiana in the House of Representatives hand out thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staffs each year, a researcher says

Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain facing 16-count federal indictment

Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain now faces a 16-count federal indictment. He's accused in a kickback and bribery scheme.

  Trash dump draws complaints from residents

The pile of trash has drawn complaints from residents in Bossier Parish.

  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.

Former State Police superintendent cleared of misconduct allegations

Former superintendent of Louisiana State Police, Mike Edmonson, was reportedly cleared of any wrongdoing by the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

Calculator%, Tiktok flagged among 15 apps that can be used to target minors, sheriff’s office says

In 2018, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida made national headlines after releasing a list of nine apps that predators could be manipulating to solicit children to commit sexual acts. The sheriff’s office released an updated list on July 26, 2019.

  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.

Several children’s products recalled this summer

A.G. Jeff Landry wants to remind parents of summer safety recalls.

  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.

  Some Louisiana state lawmakers use campaign cash to lease high-dollar cars

“This is just Louisiana politics at its worst," professor says

  Louisiana OMV rewrites policy after KSLA investigation

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has entirely re-written a policy after a KSLA investigation revealed the state was misreading its own policy since 2015 - which forced drivers to pay for a service that should be free.

  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.

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.

  KSLA INVESTIGATES: OMV gets own policy wrong, denies free taxpayer service

Having to stop at the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) can be a frustrating hassle for many drivers throughout Louisiana. However, for Jeffrey Giffin, his gripe has nothing to do with long lines and prolonged waits. He just wants a straight answer.

KIRAN: Sheriff Cazes says ‘I made a mistake. I’m sorry.’ on interrogation tape

Investigators interviewed West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes about a week after the 9News Investigators uncovered an inmate doing private work at the sheriff’s home. The WAFB 9News Investigators requested the entire case file, as well as the interrogation tapes.

  Girl’s father furious after accused child rapist freed on bond - twice

Man suspected of raping a preteen, molesting 2 others faces new charges of child pornography, sexual abuse of an animal

  Proposed bill could reduce incarcerated children across state

A proposed bill swiftly making its way through the State Legislature could soon reduce the number of juveniles placed in youth detention centers across Louisiana.

Shreveport mayor, 3 other NWLA politicians face ethics fines

All 4 elected officials are asking the Ethics Board to waive their fines

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.

  Louisiana teacher on paid leave for allegedly hitting student with Off can

It reportedly left a mark on the boy's stomach

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

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

  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.

KSLA obtains police dash cam video of fatal officer-involved shooting

Watch the chase, hear the gunfire that led to Shreveport man’s death

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.

How jury selection works in a Louisiana death penalty case

Since courts consider death the ultimate punishment, selecting a legally fair and proper jury takes on a heightened sense of importance in capital murder cases.

  Officials say former Bienville fire chief misused public funds

He’s working to repay thousands of dollars; whistleblower fears he is getting off easy

  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.

  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.

  Family member of Nathaniel Code’s victims speaks to state panel

A man who lost three family members in a quadruple murder about 34 years ago spoke to state officials on the death penalty.

Shreveport death penalty case at heart of debate over Louisiana executions

Shreveport's first convicted serial killer is at the heart of a hearing Tuesday over delays in Louisiana enforcing the death penalty.

  EXCLUSIVE LOOK: KSLA Investigates 80 harrowing minutes

“I’ve got gunfire coming. He’s firing at me,” the first officer on the scene says as bullets ricochet off trees outside the home where the Facebook Live killer slayed Rannita "NuNu" Williams.

  KSLA Investigates: Confessions of a killer

Convicted killer Johnathan Robinson, 37, admits to police he planned his attack in a recorded statement. Here is his conversation with Shreveport police.

  KSLA Investigates: State finds numerous violations at youth detention center following suicides

A state investigation into the Ware Youth Center uncovered a series of infractions, after two boys, a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old, committed suicide at the juvenile detention center within 72 hours of each other in early February.

  WEB EXTRA: Officers describe the harrowing moments of April 12, 2018

On April 12, 2018 just after 11:00 a.m. dozens of Shreveport police officers swarmed a home on Natalie Street in the Caddo Heights Neighborhood. For the handful of officers who were first on the scene, what unfolded during the next 80 minutes would be nothing short of harrowing.

  Payroll fraud, theft among crimes LA investigators say DeSoto deputies might have committed

A year and a half after the Louisiana Legislative Auditor launched an investigation into whether DeSoto Parish Sheriff deputies abused a ticket writing detail known as LACE, the agency finally released its official report.

  Body camera could have given answers in fatal police shooting

KSLA Chief Investigative Reporter Stacey Cameron takes a closer look at a deadly officer-involved shooting. Through a public records request, KSLA Investigates learned the officer's police unit was equipped with a dash camera, however he was not assigned a body camera.

  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.

  Shreveport Mayor taps Raymond for longer term as Chief of Police

Ben Raymond is still the top cop in the city of Shreveport, but earlier this week his job title shifted.Raymond is now the provisional Chief of Police, following Mayor Adrian Perkins decision to change his appointment status.

  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.

  Making the grade: KSLA Investigates school cafeteria inspection reports

On a recent evening, while fixing her two kids’ dinner, Tabitha Trudnak spoke about the lunches where her daughter attends school, and her confidence in the cleanliness of the cafeteria serving those meals.

  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."

  KSLA Investigates: School cafeteria health inspections

But are school kitchens and cafeteria’s as clean as they look? Wanting to find out, KSLA Investigates looked at inspection reports from the Louisiana Department of Health, covering all the public schools in each parish school district in our viewing area.

  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.

  Grieving aunt still seeking justice in nephew’s tragic hit-and-run death

“I will not give up,” said Katie Cross. “I just want to hear something, know something.”

  Affidavit: Murder suspect “romantically involved” with slain police officer

The cousin of a suspect accused in the murder of a Shreveport police officer admitted to being present and took investigators to the murder weapon, according to SPD documents provided to KSLA Investigates.

KSLA Investigates: Mayor of Clarence calls it quits

The Mayor of a small Natchitoches parish village and the subject of multiple KSLA Investigations, Tommy Evans, has quit.

LA domestic violence services jeopardized by government shutdown

“A lot of the domestic violence services offered in Louisiana are very reliant on federal funding that originates out of the Department of Justice."