KSLA Investigates

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.

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

Continued Coverage

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

  New software leads to “wrong arrest” of innocent woman

  SPD: By the Numbers

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

  SPD car found in East Texas but never reported as stolen

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

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

Former State Police superintendent cleared of misconduct allegations

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

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

Several children’s products recalled this summer

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

  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."

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.

107-year-old NY man is the oldest working barber in the world

Anthony Mancinelli, 107, still works full time, he lives on his own, and drives himself to work every day

  Where is your DNA going? The pros and cons of purchasing DNA kits

Many are surprised to learn companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe don’t keep DNA private if you give consent for the companies to share it.

  Overturned: Case against convicted child killer moves forward

Convicted child killer Brian Horn was back in a DeSoto Parish courtroom on Thursday.

  Handicap parking abuse on the rise

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of people acknowledge seeing an able-bodied person park improperly in a spot designated for someone with disabilities.

  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.

Zurik: State senator’s sick time use is ‘criminal,’ law expert says

A statement from from La. Sen. Wesley Bishop's public relations representative raises serious questions about use of sick leave.

  Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Thousands of nuclear weapons workers are seeking compensation from a federal program that has ballooned far past initial projections - and some say they're being denied based on incorrect information.

  Local mayor embroiled in controversy in new lawsuit

Nestled in Natchitoches Parish, near the intersection of Highways 84 and 71, you’ll find Clarence. A quaint village of about 500 people. But, according to residents, this sleepy village has a big problem: Tommy Evans, the mayor.

  KSLA Investigates tragic hit-and-run

A 23-year-old man with special needs, Moss loved walking everywhere, and his typical route home from work took him along Highway 6 East toward downtown.

Zurik: State senator pocketing money while calling in sick

Documented proof has been discovered that a Louisiana state senator may be breaking the law.

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

A company offering to help people reduce their student loan debt is now under investigation. One St. Louis woman says her debt actually increased after trying to work with the company.

  Mice. Mold. Messes.

Hundreds of Americans live in deplorable rental properties and their landlord is the federal government. The properties need $50 billion in repairs. Uncle Sam now is hoping that private investors will save public housing.

  Watching Your Wallet: Will Social Security be there when you retire?

Research shows many Americans are concerned with whether Social Security will be available when they retire, but many aren’t saving. NerdWallet experts help explain the realities of Social Security and what you can do.

  The Price of Life: Trauma surgeon, shooting survivor reflect on gun violence

After a shooting, KSLA unfortunately has to often report a piece of information that’s become all too common: “the victim was taken to the hospital where they later died.”

You’re in a political ad. (But you don’t know who’s behind it)

Political organizations with shadowy origins are spending millions on Facebook ads, and some people featured in the ads don't know who the groups are either.