As people travel home for Thanksgiving, experts warn a negative COVID-19 test doesn’t mean you are immediately in the clear

Experts say the demand for COVID-19 testing is going up right now as many folks try to take a test to see if they are in the clear to head home for Thanksgiving.

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  THE INVESTIGATORS: New Louisiana State Police superintendent promises transparency, accountability within agency

  Second battery case against OLOL doctor being investigated

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Incident report details what led officers to encounter with Koy Moore

  Zurik: Councilmember asks state board to deny Folgers request for retroactive tax exemptions

  ‘GoAuto Guy’ apologizes for VP-elect comment

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Dip in reporting amid pandemic suspected as number of reported child abuse cases drops

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  THE INVESTIGATORS: BRPD legal division says it will take at least 30 days to release any possible video of incident involving Koy Moore

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

  New member of Phi Kappa Psi that was victim of alleged hazing had BAC of nearly 6x legal limit; arrest made

  Penalties at Play: Millions of dollars flow to nursing homes from fines they have paid for poor care

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Law enforcement expert questions police chase that left 2 dead, 3 hurt

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Report shows active hazing investigation at LSU involves alleged alcohol, physical abuse

  THE INVESTIGATORS: New Iberia mom wants answers after son runs away from capital area group home

A New Iberia teen has been missing for almost a week after he took off from a group home in Baton Rouge. His mother now wants to know how he was able to walk right out the front door of the home while he was in the state’s care.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Port Allen woman loses hundreds of dollars in Publisher’s Clearing House scam

A Port Allen woman was swindled out of $939 after she says scammers made her believe she had won big from Publisher’s Clearing House.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Two new investigations involving LSU greek organizations pending while unrelated hazing probes open against other fraternity

While one fraternity is tied up in a hazing investigation at LSU, the 9News Investigators have learned of two more investigations involving Greek organizations at LSU.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: LSU fraternity suspended as campus investigates possible violations; DA calls it ‘unbelievably similar’ to Maxwell Gruver case

Louisiana State University suspended activities for its chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity as campus officials investigate “if violations of the law, LSU policy, or other applicable policies occurred.”

THE INVESTIGATORS: Iberville deputy back on the job after 14-day suspension for allegedly beating inmate

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Man charged in deadly rampage has history dotted with streaks of violence

  THE INVESTIGATORS: BRPD admits no-knock warrant mix up; city to take responsibility for damages

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Member of WBR Chamber leadership team on leave after being arrested on drug charges at US-Mexico border

  AUDIO: Louisiana trooper admits beating, choking Ronald Greene during fatal traffic stop

Profanity laced audio raises further questions about man’s death in Louisiana State Police custody

  THE INVESTIGATORS: EBR Assoc. of Educators raises concerns over school conditions despite large investment by district

Leaders with the East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators are calling on teachers across the parish to stay home Monday, Oct. 5 as a day of action.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: LSU coronavirus dashboard receives lowest transparency ranking in SEC

With campus back open and football set to start up against Sept. 26 against Mississippi State, LSU’s coronavirus dashboard has received the lowest ranking for transparency among SEC schools.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: High-ranking deputy to be suspended without pay after insensitive social media post

Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi tells WAFB he will look into complaints that a high-ranking lieutenant with his department posted an insensitive comment on social media.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Baton Rouge protests against police brutality cost $900k in overtime pay for officers

Did protests calling for reform and defunding the police held this summer actually put more money in the pockets of officers?

  THE INVESTIGATORS: High-price legal team costs city-parish over $170k in lawsuit involving Alton Sterling’s family ahead of expected trial

City leaders are barreling toward a court date for a judge to rule on a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Alton Sterling. The decision imminent now after EBR metro council members chose not to approve a proposed $5 million payout to settle the case.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: LSU student organizations charged with potential COVID-19 violations

LSU interim president Tom Galligan has announced that four student organizations are currently going through the conduct process, meaning they have been charged with violating the university’s code of conduct as it relates to the coronavirus.

  Zurik: Employees say airport contractor forced them to commit unemployment fraud

A group of workers for a national airport services contractor say their employer forced them to work their full schedule but claim unemployment for a portion of their paycheck.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Videos surface online showing wild student parties as COVID-19 cases rise on area campuses

Disturbing videos shared with the 9News Investigators show wild parties allegedly on or near both major universities in the Baton Rouge area. The videos surfaced online as classes get back in session and coronavirus cases are starting to rise on area campuses.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Caterer, client at odds over wedding canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

An area wedding caterer and one of their clients are at odds over how to move forward after a recent wedding ceremony had to be canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Attorneys call for internal investigation into deadly parking lot shooting case

Jace Boyd is behind bars on a $300,000 bond after allegedly shooting and killing a man who was asking for money in the Trader Joe’s parking lot on Perkins Road, but his arrest is only leading to more questions about how the Baton Rouge Police Department handled the case.

  Prosecuted and Paid: Government doles out billions in coronavirus relief money to companies that paid out millions in fraud-related cases

More than 200 companies that paid the federal government for fraud related accusations in the last decade received billions of dollars in unsolicited relief money as part of the coronavirus bailout package.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Man accused of killing girlfriend was due in court over recent alleged abuse

The man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend to death in Zachary early Wednesday morning (Aug. 19) was due in court in a few weeks after being arrested back in June for allegedly attacking the same woman.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Attorneys claim cell phone videos from incident involving WBRSO deputy have been deleted

Lori Wright’s legal team is disgusted after her attorneys claim video of an incident with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office she recorded on her phone July 17 is gone.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Woman, attorneys raise questions after sheriff’s office confiscates phone for weeks amid investigation

Lori Wright calls it one of the worst nights of her life.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Officer renews firearms qualification after questions raised at public meeting

The mayor of French Settlement says she has questions for an officer in the village police department after a resident accused him of being behind on his training.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Records show man killed by law enforcement had previous armed confrontation with police

Hours after the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) released video of a deadly officer-involved shooting near Tigerland, the 9News Investigators have learned more about the man who was killed.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Respiratory therapist speaks out after missing out on front line worker rebates

Some folks who have been keeping the state going during the coronavirus fight can now get a little thank you from the state through a $250 rebate. One front line worker though tells the 9News Investigators she and others she knows were cut out of the program because of the income restrictions.

  BRPD releases videos of 24-second arrest of teen

The Baton Rouge Police Department has released one dashcam and three bodycam videos on Tuesday, July 14 of an incident that occurred on July 6.

Zurik: People tested at state coronavirus test sites wait more than two weeks for results

One couple tested in late June at a Northshore test site are still waiting on their results 16 days after being tested.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Doctors weigh in on antibody testing as results prove widely unreliable

There have been a lot of numbers thrown at folks since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but doctors say they’re paying attention to one set of numbers now more than ever as many places across the country move ahead with reopening.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Colleague reacts as more items revealed in Connie Bernard’s 3-hour shopping spree during board meeting

Now that records the 9News Investigators uncovered reveal EBR school board member, Connie Bernard, was in fact bargain shopping during a board meeting over the renaming of Lee High School, the school board member’s colleague says he’s disgusted, but not surprised.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Despite denial, records show extensive online shopping by Connie Bernard during crucial board meeting

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member, Connie Bernard, was indeed online shopping for nearly an hour during a recent school board meeting that discussed the renaming of Lee High School, a review by the 9News Investigators reveals.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Parents demand refunds, explanation after school announces socially distant graduation plan

Parents of Mentorship STEAM Academy graduates are outraged as the school moves ahead with plans to host a socially distant graduation ceremony for what parents describe as one of the largest classes in the school’s history.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Governor responds to pictures showing lack of social distancing over Memorial Day weekend

All the good news comes on the heels of plenty of pictures shared with the 9News Investigators showing folks jammed into stores and bars over the Memorial Day weekend.

  KIRAN: Second woman files suit against Clerk of Court alleging sexual harassment, retaliation

A second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment within the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Health experts concerned over lack of social distancing in spots over Memorial Day weekend

Experts are concerned after pictures have surfaced online showing several large gatherings in the capital area that show folks partying and crowding businesses with what appears to be a lack of social distancing and few face masks.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Another former Clerk of Court employee claims she was fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment

East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court Doug Welborn now faces a new lawsuit over allegations of sexual harassment.

Baton Rouge area nursing home reports highest cases in the region

The new data released by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) shows nursing homes account for nearly half of the total coronavirus deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish.

BRPD promotion dispute over seniority resolved

A district court judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD), preventing the agency from moving forward with filling a high-ranking vacancy on the force.

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

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Recent officer shooting highlights rise in capital area domestic violence

While tragic in itself, Hutto’s death is now shining a light on a far more troubling issue in the capital city: a surge in domestic violence.

Zurik: Death toll at Lambeth House higher than initially reported by state officials

Initial reports had the death toll at the Lambeth House at 13 people, as of late March. FOX 8 reached out to the families of those who died and reviewed coroner’s documents to show that 23 residents of the Lambeth House died from COVID-19.

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

Unlike many other countries, the FDA doesn't require a "made in" label on drugs, even though the federal agency estimates 80% of the ingredients and 40% of the finished drugs are manufactured overseas.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Advocates sound alarm over rampant coronavirus cases inside La. women’s prison

The 9News Investigators have discovered an alarming number of coronavirus cases inside the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW). Now, advocates say something must be done.

Zurik: Doctor’s drive-thru Coronavirus testing methods, use of controversial drug questioned

Testing has been at the forefront of concerns of getting a handle on the coronavirus outbreak that has sickened thousands in Louisiana and killed more than 1,500 people. But one doctor’s drive-thru testing method and use of a controversial drug has one medical expert saying it is not good medicine.

  KIRAN: Loved ones claim lack of transparency, inconsistencies from Veterans Affairs

The 9News Investigators spoke to three families who recently lost their loved ones at the Southeast Louisiana Reserve Veterans home. All are now asking if enough was done at the home to save lives.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Louisiana receives failing grade for social distancing according to GPS data

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 marks one month since the state of Louisiana has been under a stay-at-home order. The state has received a failing grade according to data collected by a company that tracks cellphone GPS data.

Louisiana veterans home reports 43 deaths in 30 days

One month ago today (April 23), 144 veterans lived at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans home in Reserve, Louisiana. Since then, 43 residents of that home have died.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Temporary loss in sales tax revenue amid coronavirus pandemic could affect MOVEBR plan

One of the most significant road plans in East Baton Rouge Parish history is set to deliver more than 70 projects funded by a half-cent sales taxes from taxpayers over a 30-year period.

  KIRAN: New court filings into Dennis & Cynthia Perkins reveal alleged pattern with child sex abuse

The latest court filing paints a picture of Cynthia allegedly helping her husband as the two played out their alleged sexual fantasies.

  Dennis Perkins secretly recorded woman’s privates during traffic stop, prosecutor says

New court documents outline a traffic stop in which Perkins allegedly secretly recorded a female’s private parts while on duty.

  Dead people receiving $1,200 stimulus checks

While some are still waiting to receive their federal stimulus money, several dead people have already received theirs.

  KIRAN: Undercover camera catches unlicensed salesman trying to sell vehicles; cease and desist order issued

Just three days after the 9News Investigators went undercover at a used car dealership called Auto Trends in late February and early March, the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission (LUMVC) temporarily shut it down.

Zurik: Judge denies injunction over crowded St. Tammany Jail cells, says jail has already taken ’significant’ measures regarding Coronavirus

A federal district court judge has denied a group of attorneys’ efforts for an injunction to stop the St. Tammany Parish Jail’s crowded jail cells. The attorneys filed the request for a temporary injunction citing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana.

  KIRAN: Why the discrepancy between LDH, parish coroners on number of coronavirus deaths?

What caught the eye of the 9News Investigators is why there appears to be a discrepancy between what the state is reporting compared to the parish coroners when it comes to COVID-19 deaths.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  KIRAN: Why are coronavirus test results taking so long?

It’s a question that’s been asked a lot. Many are wondering why are test results for the new coronavirus taking so long?

CORRECTION: DOW not correct site of Turner Industries employee’s claims

On Friday, March 27, WAFB 9News incorrectly identified the name of the plant where a man says he was terminated amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Doctor warns vaping could increase risk of coronavirus in young population

Coronavirus continues to tighten its grip on Louisiana and as new cases flood in daily, one doctor is concerned vaping and smoking could put people at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Participation in 2020 census will not affect potential coronavirus stimulus checks

With lawmakers stalled over whether American taxpayers should get a stimulus check due to the coronavirus, there is a new message going around warning folks may not even get those payments unless they participate in the 2020 Census.

Zurik: Hospitals increase capacity ahead of expected increase of COVID-19 patients

State leaders are very concerned with hospital capacity in the New Orleans area during the novel coronavirus outbreak that is being seen across the state.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Some question selection process amid coronavirus testing kit shortage

As fear over the invisible threat spreads, so does the confusion over exactly who should be tested for the virus and when.

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

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

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.