BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - WAFB is proud to host a new Facebook group, the 9News Alert Team, where you will be able to connect directly with our consumer reporting team to seek solutions to issues you may have. Posts in the group focus on the information you need to help keep your family safe, things like the latest product recalls, health alerts, safety tips, and warnings. We encourage members of this community to tell us about the problems they face. We want to find solutions and will strive to connect to and help resolve as many as we can through reporting and investigations. By joining this group, you'll be part of Team WAFB.
- Since 2014, WAFB has been investigating your reports of deplorable living conditions, such as roach infestations, busted pipes, unsafe railings, and no air conditioning at the Elmgrove Garden Apartment complex. Our latest investigation has resulted in The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority applying for 64 tenant protective vouchers to help relocate the residents. Read more here.
- A worldwide recall initiated last month for drugs containing the medication valsartan was expanded by the Food and Drug Administration last week. The spread of the recall is linked to the presence of a possible cancer-causing impurity, a chemical compound known as NDMA. Read more here
- More than two dozen salads and wraps sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's, and Walgreens have been recalled due to concerns over possible parasite infection. All products recalled were produced between July 15 and 18, with sell-by dates ranging from July 18 to 23. Read more here.
- Officials say residents are receiving calls that claim to be the Internal Revenue Service. The caller allegedly tells victims that the IRS will arrest them for fraudulent information on their tax returns. The IRS will not call you demanding payment. The IRS always sends letters about problems with tax returns. The IRS will never call you demanding payment and threatening arrest. Read more here.
- A rapidly spreading, internet challenge believed to have originated on Facebook, but now working within the walls of a smartphone messaging app called “WhatsApp, may be targeting children and encouraging self-harm and suicide. The challenge encourages children to add a contact called “Momo.” When they do, they will come face-to-face with a creepy picture of a Japanese sculpture. Then, “Momo” starts to threaten the child, claiming to know personal information and making clear-cut threats. Read more here.
- Ford is recalling half-a-million vehicles. The recall affects 2013 to 2016 Fusions and 2013 to 2014 Escapes. Read more here.
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