Investigations

  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.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

  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

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Continued Coverage

  Failed and Forgotten

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

  Potentially dangerous antibiotics

A grieving family is on a mission to warn everyone they meet about potentially deadly or debilitating side effects.

  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.

  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.

  ‘My father was a serial killer’: Robert Brashers’ daughter speaks out

The truth about his past changed her life.

Face To Face: How science and police work identified a serial killer

  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Watching Your Wallet: How much could you earn if you invested your coffee money?

  Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

  Heartland Unsolved: Wall of Silence

Felice Patton is a grieving mother, but she’s also a woman on a mission. She wants all of Cape Girardeau to know and care about the unsolved murders of nine men from the city’s south side.

  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.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

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

  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.

  Heartland Solved: Serial killer identified

Robert Eugene Brashers. He’s the killer investigators have searched for since March 28, 1998.

  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.

  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.

  Former MO DPS Director talks firing, Greitens resignation

Make no mistake, Juden says he got fired, and he thinks he knows why.

Heartland News I-Team: Pill Mill

Move aside, meth. Missouri is now the capital of a different kind of drug abuse.

I-Team Special Report: Cape Girardeau mail delay

How do you feel when we tell you local postal workers say your mail is being intentionally delayed? And it's not to save money.

Street Crimes Task Force making an impact

It's clear the Street Crimes Task Force made an impact in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Charleston, and Poplar Bluff over the past several weeks. This week, I sat back down with some of the leaders behind the effort to find out what worked, what didn't, and what's next.

I-Team Investigation: New chief, new challenges

How do you solve a crime when the victims themselves won't work with police?

I-Team: Mangum speaks

Charged with recklessly exposing others to the virus that causes AIDS, a Dexter man worries his illness is getting worse behind bars.

I-Team Investigation: Repeat Offenders

It takes hundreds of thousands of dollars in food and medical bills to care for the hundreds of inmates moving in and out of our county jails.

Missouri Highway Patrol confirms no active investigation of Poplar Bluff city manager

The Missouri Highway Patrol confirms there is no active investigation involving Poplar Bluff City Manager Doug Bagby.

I-Team: Belts on Buses

We've all likely been on a school bus at some point in our lives. Did you feel safe?

Tonight at 10: I-Team investigation of sex assaults on campus

One in five college-aged women will deal with some form of sexual assault on campus. And what's even scarier is dozens of universities stand accused of not doing enough to help those student victims.

IL Supreme Court suspends law license of Marion Attorney Josh Bradley

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Monday to suspend the law license of  Marion Attorney Joshua M. Bradley.

I-Team Update: Sikeston attorney named as Scott Co. public admin

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed a Sikeston, Missouri attorney as the new Scott County public administrator on Thursday, June 4.

I-Team: Cause for alarm

If you are counting on your home smoke alarms to save your family from a fire, you might want to think again. The I-Team put the detector to the test.

I-Team: Ending MO's run as America's 'Pill Mill'

Six million dollars. That's what the Missouri Senate suggests it will cost to track highly addictive narcotics while still keeping your medical information safe.

I-Team: Train operators at risk for fatigue related accidents

A National Transportation Safety Board report found crew member fatigue played a major role in the collision of two trains near Chaffee in 2013.

I-Team: Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary

An investigation at Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary raises questions. Supporters call it an attack, while those who agree with the state's involvement say it's about time.

I-Team: New business in Ste. Genevieve County now operating despite opposition

Some Ste. Genevieve County homeowners continue to fight a change in landscape. They are worried about whether a new business will impact the environment and their properties.

  I-Team Report: Street creep, who's responsible?

Street creep occurs when a concrete street expands and contracts in different temperatures and actually moves.

I-Team Update: What's in the water?

Clean water is something most of us take for granted. However, in one Cape Girardeau County neighborhood it was a constant concern.

I-Team: Homeowners feel their neighborhood is washing away

It's been a problem for decades, and neighbors say it's only getting worse. Homeowners in one Cape Girardeau neighborhood worry more than some every time it rains. The city, at this point, is not willing to get involved due to potential liability issues downstream.

I-Team report sparks federal investigation into gun show deal

A Butler County man has been in the ATF's cross hairs for years, suspected of selling guns illegally. Now, authorities believe he broke federal law at our region's biggest gun show and we've got the exclusive details.

I-team: Street Crimes Task Force

It looks like it could be another long weekend for lawbreakers in southeast Missouri.

I-Team Investigation: 2 Families, 1 Question

A year after two young men died just feet apart from each other, their families came together in a surprising show of unity and determination.

I-Team reports on the Molly Young Death investigation

It is a case that continues to make headlines not only here in the Heartland, but across the nation.  What exactly happened to Molly Young? Did she take her own life, or was she murdered? The I-team digs deeper, and gets reaction from all sides.

ITeam: Concerns over a popular form of permanent birth control

Essure is a form of permanent birth control. Some women love it, while some say it's ruining their lives.