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  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Long-term substitutes in Pima County

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

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

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

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

Official: Arizona corrections officers vacancy rates on rise

Continued Coverage

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

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Battle over conditions inside Arizona prisons heating up

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

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Understaffed prisons in Arizona leave system at risk

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

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Arizona taking steps to end nursing shortage

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

  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

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

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

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Arizona attorney general accuses Insys of fraud

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

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.

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.

  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.

  UPDATE: Are immigrants afraid to call 911?

They generally serve the same population, but some of southern Arizona's top lawmen don't seem to agree on their image within the immigrant community.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Suicide rate at Pima County Jail increasing, part of national rise in numbers

Inmates are trying to kill themselves at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex at an unprecedented rate. The spike in jail suicides isn't just a local problem, it's a national trend but we even double those numbers. So, why is this happening and why is this happening more here?

  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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Unruly passengers in Tucson

Instances when police have had to go "hands on" with someone are rare at TUS.


The Transportation Security Administration estimates more than 2.5 million passengers will be screened daily in the days leading up to, and directly following, Thanksgiving.

  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.

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.

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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Arizona politicians fueled by out-of-state money

The general election is just days away and the political ads are running non-stop on every possible medium.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

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

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Who’s funding Arizona’s political ads?

Watch the full story Thursday at 10 p.m..

  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.

  New surge of asylum seekers arrive at Nogales port

More asylum-seeking families have been arriving at the DeConcini Port of Entry in the recent weeks.

  Murder suspect Christopher Clements had multiple run-ins with Tucson police

The Tucson Police Department has released documents detailing their multiple run-ins with Christopher Clements, the man accused of killing Isabel Celis and Maribel Gonzales.

  KOLD Investigation into the safety of I-10 has local lawmaker demanding action

In it, he writes that ADOT should “revisit its position on refusing to install median cable barriers.” He also asked ADOT to get “more public input, more factual data, and more inclusion and regard for the victim’s families.”

  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.

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

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

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Is ADOT putting lives at risk on I-10?

Now Ten years later, white crosses remembering Pam and Ann still stand alongside highway I-10 on mile 171. Humphrey's still fighting to put something else in the middle of the road - cable median barriers.

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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Hospital in jeopardy

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.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Inside Tucson’s child immigrant holding facility

KOLD Investigates looked into Southwest Key, a controversial child immigrant holding facility in Tucson.

KOLD INVESTIGATES: Fundraising group to stop collecting donations in Tucson

The man behind fundraising efforts that claim to support foster children in southern Arizona said Tuesday that he has suspended operations of any donation tables in Tucson.

KOLD INVESTIGATES: Red flags, admitted mistakes and proposed changes for Tucson fundraising group

Established agencies that serve the foster and adoption community in the Tucson area are warning families and individuals to be wary of a group that has been collecting donations.

KOLD INVESTIGATES: GAO report on border wall construction

Customs and Border Protection is missing some importation information as it moves forward with plans to expand the border wall in parts of the United States, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  KOLD Investigates: Ground soaked, flooded before train derailment NW of Tucson

While federal teams and Union Pacific investigate the train derailment northwest of Tucson earlier this month, Pima County has compiled a report on storms that hit the area with a powerful one-two punch in 48 hours.