Asked and Answered: GA retirees not receiving living adjustments

The recently-approved state budget for Georgia includes a two-percent pay raise for state employees. It’s the first in a while for them. However, some former state employees won’t get the same raise.

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

  Thousands of cars sold with bad odometer readings in Georgia, South Carolina

  Savannah River deepening hinges on never-before-used system

  Local rape numbers on the rise

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

  Georgia EPD investigates illegal sewage dumping in Bryan County

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  GA Senate passes bill legalizing cultivation, distribution of medical marijuana

  Lawyers for man wrongfully arrested files notice to sue city of Savannah

  Camden County’s proposed spaceport: Lifesaver or coast-killer?

  Graves found under construction site on White Bluff Road in Savannah

Expansive SCOTUS ruling forces Savannah to abandon panhandling laws

  CBD sales expected to boom in next 3 years

  WTOC Investigates: Pre-St. Patrick’s fire inspections

Learn more about why every hotel, restaurant, and bar is inspected before the City of Savannah’s busiest weekend of the year.

  Numbers show big price tag for city of Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is a decades-old tradition in Savannah. It has become a huge part of the city, and in turn, a vital piece in the tourism industry for the Hostess City.

  New documents show why police arrested wrong person

Newly-obtained documents show an anonymous phone call and a photo lineup landed the wrong man in jail for more than three weeks. Last week, Savannah police officers dropped armed robbery charges on James McGill III.

  Kissing soldiers prohibited in St. Patrick’s Day parade

A military spokesman said it comes down to safety and respect of the military. However, Benedictine Military School is still telling people they can kiss the cadets.

  Savannah father demands answers over son’s wrongful arrest

  GBI needs more money to fight sex crimes with minors

  When are changes coming to the I-16, I-95 Interchange?

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

  The growing sex trafficking problem in Georgia

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

  Georgia, South Carolina two states out of five in U.S. with no hate crime laws

A hate crime in Georgia or South Carolina won’t cost you any more time in state prison than a random crime. The states are two of five that don’t have hate crime laws in the U.S.

  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.

  McIntosh County Superior Court Clerk under investigation

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed an executive order to place the McIntosh County Superior Clerk of Court under investigation.

Sex offenders skirt Facebook ban

1.5 billions users access social media network Facebook every day-however Facebook admits that some of those users are not allowed to be on their platform.

  One year later: CCPD, SPD talk response times and staffing post demerger

The demerger meant the new departments needed new officers who could answer your emergency calls quickly, so WTOC requested staffing and response times for each in the first year.

  Couple on home remodel: ‘We want the dream that they sold us.’

A Hinesville couple said what was sold to them as a dream, turned into a nightmare. They chose Lowe’s for a home re-model over a year ago. They said the work is still not finished – despite forking out over $25,000.

  WTOC Investigates: Cost of healthcare

Hospitals around the country are now required to post the cost of their services online. This comes as the federal government aims to make healthcare costs more transparent.

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.

  Protect yourself from flooded cars

The same streets flood every time there is a bad rain. And every time, some drivers think they can make it through.

  WTOC Investigates: SSU Alumni Suspicions

More changes are being announced at Savannah State University this week. The Dean of the College of Business is planning to retire at the end of this year.

  Asked and Answered: Stopping bad odor from landfill

Residents living around Superior Landfill on Little Neck Road in Chatham County say the landfill and its odors continue to compromise their quality of life.

  Tybee Island included in FBI investigation into bogus bomb threats

The FBI is now investigating hundreds of bogus bomb threats around the country, including several here in the Coastal Empire. That includes the threat that was made on Tybee Island.

  Dozens evicted from Chatham County motel following court order

Dozens have been forced to leave the Thunderbird Motel on Ogeechee Road in Chatham County after a court order.

  Savannah City Council tours new Cultural Arts Center

Savannah Mayor and City Council members took a tour of Savannah’s new Cultural Arts Center on Thursday. It’s been under construction for the last two years and is expected to open in the early part of 2019.

  Another record-year expected in Savannah tourism industry

The city’s tourism industry employs about 27,000 people. The record years we’ve seen allow them to keep their jobs year-round, and it’s allowed the city to see money it had not seen before.

Financial options for Virginia College Students

WTOC is learning more about what options students who were enrolled at Virginia College have when it comes to school credits and student loans.

  Georgia agency investigating two former SSU officers

The Georgia agency that gives law enforcement officers their police powers is investigating two former Savannah State University campus police officers accused of sexual misconduct.

  Savannah Police Director’s progress to become certified as chief

We are learning more about when Savannah Police Department’s Director of Police Roy Minter will officially be certified in Georgia to hold the new title as Chief.

  Local business reacts to President Trump’s decision to postpone tariffs

A local business owner is weighing in on President Trump’s latest decision to postpone the 25 percent tariff increase on Chinese goods.

  WTOC investigates deadly Hinesville bus crash 1 year later

One year ago Wednesday, a school bus full of children was involved in a horrific bus crash in Liberty County.

  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.

  2 charged after Hinesville ransomware attack

Two Iranians are facing federal charges after the FBI says they were behind a nationwide computer hacking scheme targeting hospitals, cities, and public institutions.

  Savannah city leaders set to approve 2019 budget

Next week, Savannah city leaders will officially approve next year’s nearly $200 million spending plan.

  Proponents of jet fuel tax exemption hope it means lower prices for fliers

This month, the state legislature approved Governor Nathan Deal’s executive order to stop collecting sales tax on jet fuel. The move saves airlines millions of dollars which could mean cheaper tickets for you.

  WTOC Investigates: Gangland Rising

There's an old Chinese proverb that, as you're about to learn, can be applied perfectly to Savannah's growing violent crime problems.

  Board of Regents responds to SSU Alumni concerns

WTOC has learned 26 Savannah State University employees have been told their contracts will not be renewed next year. This comes following President Dozier’s announcement last month that they were considering making cuts due to declining retention rates.

  SC Gas Tax increase: Is it working?

According to an update from the state department of transportation, the 10-year goals for the agency are well ahead of schedule with the increased funding from the gas tax.

  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.

  WTOC Investigates: Cold Coastal Housing Market

Unlike many cities in the U.S., where homes are selling within days of being listed, the housing market along the coast seems to be just the opposite.

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 debate over seat belts in school buses

Only one district we checked with has any type of seatbelt, and they are lap belts only in a couple seats on each bus. Outside of buses for special needs students, no other districts we reached out to have any kind of seatbelts.

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.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

Brad Barrett took $4,000 Disney trip for a family of four for only $150. Seriously.

  Tariffs expected to impact local businesses

The tariffs the United States imposed on Chinese goods is already in effect, which means you will start paying more for food, clothing, and technology.

  Watching Your Wallet: Budget now for holiday spending

Planning travel and shopping months in advance can pay off in the long run, financial experts say.

  Memorial Health, BCBS reach new coverage agreement

Memorial Health and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia have reached a new agreement.

  WTOC Investigates: Contract Under Fire

WTOC is hearing from state and local officials who are also calling for answers after a WTOC investigation revealed that tax dollars are not going towards fire protection in the unincorporated portion of Chatham County.

  Six Savannah gang members indicted in five killings

The indictment alleges the six were members of separate Savannah street gangs, and prosecutors say those affiliations led to five deaths.

  Report: Customers are overpaying on a quarter of all prescriptions

A new study shows patients are overpaying on prescriptions sometimes because they are using insurance, rather than paying the cash price.

  GA lawmakers considering pushing back school start dates

Georgia lawmakers are looking to push back-to-school start dates, mandating all public schools start closer to Labor Day.

Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

Internal documents show lax enforcement, missed opportunities by the federal government.

You can help uncover political ad targeting on Facebook

Use the Facebook Political Ad Collector to help categorize ads and understand why they are targeting you.

  WTOC investigates outdated travel costs for city of Savannah

Whether it's for work or vacation, travel websites like Expedia, Travelocity, and Kayak have made it much easier to book a trip, including flights and hotels.

  WTOC Investigates: Receiving a bill for fire protection

A Bloomingdale family who lost everything when their home caught on fire while they were on vacation says Southside Fire Department billed them for $15,000.

  Savannah State sergeant out after harassment investigation

A second Savannah State University police officer is out of a job after an investigation revealed he violated the university's sexual harassment policy.

  WTOC INVESTIGATES: Nationwide EpiPen shortage affects SCCPSS schools

It's back to school season, but a nationwide shortage of epi-pens has thrown parents into a frenzy. Over 6 million kids across the country suffer from deadly allergic reactions.

  Tybee residents, planning commission unsure of new casino boat company

Tybee Island leaders are considering allowing a casino cruise boat to dock and do business off its coast.

  SEC wins $1.8M in securities fraud lawsuit against Moon River Studios

The Securities and Exchange Commission won $1.8 million in a lawsuit against Moon River Studios, also known as Medient.

Lowcountry officer's excessive force record on file after new SC law

The state of South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy confirmed Monday that Johnathon Bates' state employment record has been updated by the Bluffton Police Department to reflect an excessive force incident that happened back in March.

  New SC law aims to stop officers changing jobs after use of excessive force

A new South Carolina law is looking to prevent law enforcement officers from jumping to new jobs after they were found to be using excessive force.

  Trucking company, driver blame Savannah police officer Anthony Christie in fatal accident

Trucking company HSI Logistics and driver Charles Livingston - blamed in a Savannah police officer's death - say the officer is at fault in an official response to the wrongful death lawsuit.

  WTOC Investigates: Vaping in the Boys Room

It's been three months since the sale of Savannah's public hospital, Memorial Health, was finalized to Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

  Former school nurse accused of stealing, switching students' medication at Georgia elementary school

Several parents in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System are suing an agency that hires contracted teachers and nurses after a former nurse allegedly stole medication from students.

  WTOC Investigates: New SCCPSS president taking over dysfunctional board

The newly-elected Savannah Chatham County Public School Board president, Joe Buck, has about five months to prepare for his third term in office.