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  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

Arizona could face a new trial over inmate healthcare

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

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

Continued Coverage

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

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

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Portable classroom crisis for Tucson Unified

KOLD INVESTIGATES: Amber Alerts in southern Arizona

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

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: An unexpected death sentence

  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

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

Arizona Department of Corrections given 60 days to renegotiate settlement

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Assaults on teachers in southern Arizona

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

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

  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.

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.

  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.

UPDATE: Longest mystery boom to date reported in Tucson

And so the mystery continues...

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Recycling wrong is actually costing the city money

The city of Tucson actually measures just how much of the recycling is contaminated. A recent audit showed that number is 22 percent, that’s called the rate of contamination.

  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.

  Deadly counterfeit pain pills widely available in Nogales

Counterfeit pills are causing a spike in overdoses among teens in Arizona. The deadly pills make there way into our state through Mexico.

  New efforts to keep consumer crops safe

Many consumers are still concerned about the safety of their produce after widespread e-coli outbreaks linked to lettuce last year.

  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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Is MS-13 a problem in southern Arizona?

MS-13 has been called a threat to the U.S., but just how much of a problem is the gang here in southern Arizona?

  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.

  APP EXTRA: Slow Amber Alerts

KOLD Investigates what it takes for an amber alert to go out and how long that process can take.

  Rural southern AZ experiencing a crisis in mental health care

Cochise County is a perfect example. Only two psychiatrists practice in the entire county that is home to 125,000 people, and there's no mental health facility.

  Pot for pets

As more states legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, some companies are now marketing cannibis products for pets. But experts caution the supplements are not necessarily a good fit for every animal.

  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.

KOLD INVESTIGATES: Opioids take their toll in Pima County

Statistics for 2017, show the number of opioid deaths in Pima County has exceeded 280 for the first time and has grown steadily since 2010 when it was in the low 200's. Pima County is not calling it a crisis but is calling it an epidemic and cause for concern.

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.

  Stories of the year: Dramatic end to two cold cases - Isabel Celis, Maribel Gonzales

"Prosecutors and all of law enforcement never gave up the hunt for the killer of these two little girls. The cases went unsolved but they were never closed,” Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall said during a news conference.

  Stories of the year: New January 8th photos, videos released

And without a doubt - people in our community still feel strongly about one of the most tragic events in our history - the January 8th shooting.