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  • 12 INVESTIGATES: Towel germs

    12 INVESTIGATES: Towel germs

    We know the world is full of germs, but we don't like it when they invade our homes. A world-renowned germ expert said he's found millions of potentially disease-causing microbes in one of the most privateMore >>
    A world-renowned germ expert said he's found millions of potentially disease-causing microbes in one of the most private rooms in the house.More >>
  • Unsupervised prisoners on public transportation

    Unsupervised prisoners on public transportation

    Wednesday, August 1 2012 7:55 AM EDT2012-08-01 11:55:36 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - In a WMBF News Investigation, we uncover the Federal Government is giving incarcerated prisoners a one way ticket for a bus or plane, without any supervision. Shockingly, theyMore >>
    Over the last three years, the Federal Bureau of Prisons admits it transferred 90,000 inmates unescorted on commercial buses, taxis and planes. Meaning no handcuffs, no guard and no supervision.More >>
  • 12 INVESTIGATES: Gun sales in most of U.S. rising; not in VA

    12 INVESTIGATES: Gun sales in most of U.S. rising; not in VA

    After the Colorado shooting, gun sales have risen around the country — but not in Virginia. The State Police do the background checks when you buy a gun at a store. And in the five days after the theaterMore >>
    Gun sales in Colorado and around the country have reportedly spiked this week — but not in the Commonwealth. The phone lines at the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center haven't been ringing off the hook.More >>
  • 12 INVESTIGATES: VDOT road sign inspections

    12 INVESTIGATES: VDOT road sign inspections

    They tower above, silently leading the way to your destination. And during that daily commute, the last thing you'd expect is a 2,000 pound sign and pole crashing down right in front of you! The mangledMore >>
    VDOT is considering bumping up its inspections on road signs after two signs toppled onto the road within a month of each other. Both signs fell on extremely windy days and in both cases, the anchor bolts failed.More >>
  • NBC12 Investigates: Student loan debt

    NBC12 Investigates: Student loan debt

    Move over mortgages, there's a new growing threat to the economy. Student loans. Americans owe $870 billion in student loans and the number is still growing. That's higher than all outstanding creditMore >>
    Move over mortgages, there's a new growing threat to the economy. Student loans. Americans owe $870 billion in student loans and the number is still growing. That's higher than all outstanding creditMore >>
  • 12 Investigates — Cost of buried power lines

    12 Investigates — Cost of buried power lines

    The prolonged power outages and the heat have frustrations boiling over this week. Many have asked us to take a look at the cost of just burying all the power lines underground so trees would not beMore >>
    Many have asked us to take a look at the cost of just burying all the power lines underground so trees would not be able to take them out. We've discovered — what may sound like a good idea, could cost you a lot of money.More >>
  • 12 Investigates: Brain-eating amoeba

    12 Investigates: Brain-eating amoeba

    Christian Strickland was his step-father's best friend and his mother's heart. "I miss him a lot. He made me a better person," said Amber Strickland. The cycle of life came to a painful and sudden stopMore >>
    Christian Strickland was his step-father's best friend and his mother's heart. Somehow a microscopic and naturally occurring amoeba, called Naeglaria Fowleri, was forced up his nose and burrowed in his brain.More >>
  • 12 Investigates: VCU expert on brain-eating amoeba

    12 Investigates: VCU expert on brain-eating amoeba

    It is a murderer, who's victim died more than four decades ago. The amoebas killed a teenager in Richmond in 1968. They are being kept alive in a VCU Medical Center Research Lab. Dr. Francine CrabalMore >>
    They are being kept alive in a VCU Medical Center Research Lab. Dr. Francine Cabral has spent the last 30 years trying to unlock the secrets of this rare but swift killer... Naegleria fowleri.More >>
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