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  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Is my COVID-19 vaccine effective if it was administered incorrectly?

According to the Immunization Action Coalition’s Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, clinicians who administer vaccine should: Grasp the muscle between the thumb and fingers of your non-injecting hand. The needle should then be inserted perpendicular (that is, at a 90-degree angle) to the skin

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

  ADOT: October is the peak month for crashes

  Jailbreak: Escaped inmate sentenced, accused accomplice’s family speaks out

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Pima County jailbreak raises lots of questions

  KOLD Investigates: Arizona veterans, families out thousands after tour company files for bankruptcy

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

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

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

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

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

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

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

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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Closing Florence Prison could cost taxpayers millions annually

  Concerns escalate as residents wait to hear if Florence Prison will close

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

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

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

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Another crisis at Sonora Behavioral Health uncovered

KOLD Investigates brought several issues to the state’s attention, leading to another investigation for the trouble Tucson hospital.

Arizona could face a new trial over inmate healthcare

On Jan. 10, 2020, parties met to attempt to renegotiate a legal settlement over inmate healthcare within the Arizona Department of Corrections.

  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.

  Report: Group home where teen was body slammed frequently visited by deputies

KOLD News 13 has learned about a major spike in deputy responses to the group home in Tucson where a teen quadruple amputee was body slammed during a November arrest.

  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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: State investigates new claims about Sonora Behavioral Health in Tucson

A whistleblower comes forward with documents, photos

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Portable classroom crisis for Tucson Unified

The KOLD Investigates Team looked into the condition of every portable across the Tucson Unified School District to see what kind of environment students are learning in.

KOLD INVESTIGATES: Amber Alerts in southern Arizona

In the last five years, there have been three abductions in southern Arizona that prompted Amber Alerts. KOLD Investigates found out several issues with two of the three cases.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Little collected from big donations for police support group

Less than a quarter of every dollar donated through tele-fundraisers actually reached the organization.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: An unexpected death sentence

After Luis Caballero died from cancer behind bars, his family wants to know why he wasn't released early to say his final goodbyes.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Arizona taking steps to end nursing shortage

Find out what experts are suggesting on how to tackle the nursing deficit.

  KOLD Investigates: Damage claims cost more than gravel fix for I-10

Calls, emails and social media messages poured into the KOLD news room for months complaining about the condition of Interstate 10 between Sunset Road exit and Miracle Mile exit.

  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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Meet the businesswoman who came out of retirement to save El Tour de Tucson

Money issues plagued El Tour de Tucson, but a new CEO is turning things around for Tucson's largest sporting event.

Arizona Department of Corrections given 60 days to renegotiate settlement

A U.S. District Judge has given the Arizona Department of Corrections 60 days to renegotiate a 2014 settlement

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Assaults on teachers in southern Arizona

KOLD Investigates requested the number of assaults on teachers during the last two school years for a dozen districts across southern Arizona.

  HOSPITAL IN JEOPARDY: New trouble, citations for Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital in Tucson

For the first time, workers at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital are blowing the whistle on what they call dangerous problems as they push for change.

  HOSPITAL IN JEOPARDY: Former patient at Sonora Behavioral Health speaks out about conditions inside troubled facility

KOLD Investigates has told you about the many citations Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital in Tucson received from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Now we are talking with a woman who lived through it.

  HOSPITAL IN JEOPARDY: Sonora Behavioral Health settles lawsuit with family of woman who committed suicide

Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital has settled a lawsuit with the family of Tara Moon, who was patient at the hospital when she committed suicide in 2016.

  HOSPITAL IN JEOPARDY: Family sues Sonora Behavioral Health over daughter’s death

One Tucson hospital stands out in Arizona for its violations. Our investigative team logged and analyzed piles of data from the state department of health services to find out who's to blame and what's being done.

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.

  Lantern festival at Pinal County fairgounds goes off without a hitch

A lantern festival was held at the Pinal County Fairgrounds Saturday. The event comes after controversy surrounding a lantern festival set for Tucson.

  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.

Governor appoints new Arizona Department of Corrections director

David Shinn replaces Charles Ryan

  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.

  CRISIS ON THE BORDER: Crews begin wall construction in Yuma

More than 60 miles of fencing being built

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Long-term substitutes in Pima County

The KOLD Investigates team wanted to know more about long-term substitutes. Where they are teaching and how heavily do school districts rely on these subs?

Arizona fights $1.4 million fine before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Timothy Berg, an attorney representing the ADC, argued Magistrate Judge David Duncan did not have the authority to find the department and its leadership in contempt and impose that fine.

  LOCKED DOWN: Federal judge says ADC’s monitoring of prisoners’ out-of-cell time must be viewed with heavy dose of skepticism

A federal judge ruled the Arizona Department of Corrections must continue to document its monitoring of the out-of-cell time for prisoners in maximum security.

  LOCKED DOWN: Nationwide search underway for director of Arizona Department of Corrections

The Arizona Department of Corrections is without a permanent director as the search for Charles Ryan’s replacement is underway.

Locked Down: Prison reform advocates propose legislation for citizen advisory board

As part of the settlement, the department is required to meet certain healthcare standards for inmates.

Official: Arizona corrections officers vacancy rates on rise

The Arizona Department of Corrections director says vacancy rates for correctional officers increased across the state

  LOCKED DOWN: Arizona prisoners ask court to take control of health care

Lawyers challenging the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons asked a judge to take over responsibilities for providing inmate care and appoint an official to run medical and mental health services

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Battle over conditions inside Arizona prisons heating up

With millions at stake, the battle over conditions inside Arizona prisons is heating up.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Joining the fight to reduce recidivism rate in Arizona

More than half of the 42,000 inmates in Arizona have been to prison more than once.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Understaffed prisons in Arizona leave system at risk

Lawmaker calls for audit to find out why it is happening.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Teachers, staff not required to learn life-saving procedure

Arizona high school students must learn CPR before they can graduate. The same can't be said for teachers and staff at the schools.

  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.

  ONLY ON KOLD: Former Tucson Bishop Kicanas offers solutions for crisis on the border

Former Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas has a message for the country about the crisis on the border.

  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.

  VIDEO: Hero troopers crash into vehicle while trying to stop wrong-way driver in Tucson

A third trooper caught the suspect, but that dash cam video was not provided in a public records request.

  CRISIS ON THE BORDER: Tiny Texas church risks everything to help migrants

One small church in El Paso has risked everything to help thousands of migrants.

  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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Arizona attorney general accuses Insys of fraud

Prosecutors say the drug is highly addictive and contains fentanyl.

  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.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make the most of your summer vacation

A frequent traveler and financial expert give their tips for saving money when booking flights and hotels.

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.

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

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

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: School lunch debt causing problems for southern Arizona’s biggest district

"You don't want to take food away from a child," said Lindsay Aguilar, RD, SNS, and Administrative Dietitian-Coordinator for Food Services at Tucson Unified School District.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Unpaid School Lunches App Preview

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

  Children abused, families move

A federal agency has ignored a 2006 federal law requiring the creation of a national child abuse registry, leaving an untold number of children in harm’s way when their families move to new states.

  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.

  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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Claim of wasteful spending at Southwest Key

A controversial agency that houses migrant children receives hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money. A former employee-turned-whistleblower told KOLD Investigator Craig Thomas that some of that money is wasted.