FOX 8 Defenders: Many await indefinitely full refunds for cruise trips

Many await refunds for months as cruise lines say they're backed up from a high volume of requests.

INTERACTIVE MAP: COVID-19 Cases in Louisiana Nursing Homes

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

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Zurik: City inspectors under investigation dodge pre-termination hearings with resignation and retirements

  Zurik: State lawmakers adjourned for 49 days due to COVID-19 and were still paid

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

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  Released inmates supervised on ankle monitors but their type of release could make a big difference

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

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

Attorneys ask for former DA Walter Reed’s release from jail for risk of COVID-19 threat

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Zurik: Attorneys ask judge to end St. Tammany Jail’s extended use of holding cells, citing concerns of COVID-19

  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.

Zurik: Attorneys request state, federal investigations into St. Tammany Jail’s cramped holding cells

Attorneys who previously filed a class-action lawsuit regarding the cramped holding cells in the St. Tammany Parish Jail are now seeking investigations into the practice on both the state and federal level.

  Zurik: Healthcare workers among the first to be tested at drive-thru sites have not received results

When drive-thru testing sites were established in New Orleans to test for COVID-19, healthcare workers and first responders were the first to get tested. But a week after those frontline workers were tested, their results are still outstanding.

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.

Zurik: Hundreds of tests taken in the early days of Coronavirus testing are still outstanding

  Zurik: Ventilator supply in New Orleans could run out next week, health leaders compete against other states to get more in stock

Zurik: Lawsuit filed over cramped St. Tammany holding cells, lawyers concerned for social distancing amid COVID-19

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

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

  Zurik: New Orleans continues to be one of the nation’s COVID-19 hot spots, analysis shows

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.

Where are the latest COVID-19 cases in Louisiana?

The latest count of cases from the Louisiana Department of Health

  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.

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  NOPD: 14 vehicles broken into on Louisiana Ave.

The NOPD says 14 vehicles were broken into on Louisiana Avenue.

  Metairie Rd. the latest victims in vehicle smash and grabs

Several Old Metairie residents woke up to find broken glass and stolen items and many we spoke to say they were able to actually catch the suspects on their home cameras.

  Zurik: Jail numbers show crowded holding cells are isolated to St. Tammany jail

When FOX 8 took first exposed the crowded holding cells in St. Tammany Parish that kept inmates well past the 48-hour minimum jail standard, a department official said the problem was “not just in St. Tammany." However, a review of area jails paints a different picture.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  Mother, daughter recount kidnapping during carjacking

A mother says Sunday was the worst night of her life as she watched a stranger drive away with her young daughter.

  Zurik: City to demote Safety and Permits Director following discrepancies by department’s inspectors

The City of New Orleans will be demoting Zachary Smith, the head of the city’s Department of Safety and Permits, the city’s chief administrative officer confirms to FOX 8 News on Monday. The move comes after discrepancies were exposed in a series of FOX 8 Investigations.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Trash left outside home after eviction leaves Irish Channel residents frustrated

New Orleans Code Enforcement says it is aware of a pile of trash in front of an Irish Channel home.

  Zurik: St. Tammany Jail keeping inmates in holding cells for weeks, violating state’s minimum jail standards

Holding cells are meant to hold inmates for their first few days in custody. But a FOX 8 Lee Zurik Investigation found one jail was keeping people in these holding cells for weeks, against state standards.

  Shocking cell phone video catches the moment a burglar shoots man who confronts him

A terrifying scene unfolds in the 4000 block of South Derbigny as a man and his brother confronted someone breaking into their truck early Mardi Gras morning.

  Zurik: Additional discrepancies found in suspended building inspector’s past work

FOX 8 has uncovered additional discrepancies between the New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits inspection logs and GPS data from vehicles in the department.

  Gentilly family returns to find home riddled with bullets

A family in Gentilly fears for their safety after they came home to more than a dozen bullet holes in their home.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Two Safety and Permits Inspectors placed on emergency suspension following FOX 8 Investigation

Two inspectors with the City of New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits have been placed on emergency suspension, following a series of FOX 8 reports that revealed discrepancies between city inspection logs and GPS records of the department’s vehicles.

  Zurik: Third city inspector likely did not visit Hard Rock site when he signed off on work

A third inspector likely did not visit the Hard Rock Hotel construction site despite signing off on work at the site, according to FOX 8′s ongoing analysis of GPS data from the City of New Orleans.

  Zurik: Past chancellors remain on SUNO payroll as college makes cuts amidst financial crisis

A New Orleans university continues to be plagued by a financial crisis they say is due to declining enrollment and cuts from state funding. But FOX 8 News found past chancellors are able to stay on the payroll at the institution and collect paychecks higher than what is stated in their contracts.

  Dong Phuong Bakery, City Park targeted in latest vehicle burglaries

Thieves targeted several vehicles at Dong Phuong Bakery. Meanwhile, a woman says burglaries tried to run over her after she busted them in City Park.

  Judge sentences 3 girls to “juvenile life” for carjacking

An Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judge sentenced three girls to “juvenile life.”

  Zurik: FOX 8 investigation discovers additional discrepancies with more city inspectors at Hard Rock Hotel site

An examination of the City of New Orleans GPS records shows additional discrepancies with more city inspectors at the site of the Hard Rock Hotel. The records were requested by FOX 8 News in December 2019, following the deadly collapse in October that killed three men.

  Zurik: City inspector signed off on Hard Rock Hotel work without proper certification

A city inspector that performed several inspections at the Hard Rock Hotel construction site was not certified during some of those inspections, records obtained by FOX 8 show.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Group of model hopefuls out thousands is far-reaching, could become criminal case

After a FOX 8 Defenders investigation, we're learning the number of consumers who say they didn't get what was promised in their pursuit of a modeling career is far-reaching. Shelley Brown looks into whether what we exposed could be a criminal case.

  Zurik: City inspectors approved work at the Hard Rock Hotel site, but GPS shows they were not there

New Orleans City Hall officials are investigating whether employees signed off on inspections at the construction site of the Hard Rock Hotel without visiting the project. The site collapsed in October killing three men and leaving a scar on the city's skyline.

Sources: FBI, Department of Defense investigating New Orleans pain management office

Federal agencies are investigating a New Orleans-based pain management clinic, sources confirm to FOX 8 News. Agents were seen at the Louisiana Pain Specialists location on Prytania Street in New Orleans on Thursday.

  Zurik: Louisiana lawmakers hope to wipe out ‘Patriot Penalty’ in upcoming session

At least two Louisiana lawmakers plan to address an issue exposed in an InvestigateTV investigation into the so-called ‘Patriot Penalty’ where servicemembers pay more for auto insurance after being deployed.

  Judge rules hearing over Saints emails will be open

As an Orleans Civil Court judge ruled local media will have access to a hearing over Saints emails, in court filings, attorneys for alleged child sex abuse victims claim the team pulled community leaders into the handling of the church sex abuse fallout.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

  Source: Times Picayune-New Orleans Advocate co-owner John Georges involved in communications related to church sex abuse scandal

In a FOX 8 exclusive, a source tells us prominent businessman and Times Picayune-New Orleans Advocate co-owner John Georges may have participated in behind the scenes communications involving the Archdiocese’s release of credibly accused pedophile priests.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Drivers fed up with potholes, flooded ditches on Old Gentilly Rd.

There are potholes, broken up concrete and ditches filled with water on both sides of the roadway.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Jefferson Parish mom spent $15k on modeling investment

After a FOX 8 Defenders investigation, we’re learning of more consumers who say they too spent thousands of dollars hoping to launch modeling careers.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Zurik: Port of New Orleans decides to move mural after FOX 8 report, employees concerns

A mural that cost the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) thousands to purchase and even more to install will be coming down following employee concerns, according to a memo from the agency’s CEO obtained by FOX 8 News.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Model hopefuls out thousands of dollars after cancelled trips

Two young students, who were promised trips to help launch careers and get exposure, say they’re out thousands of dollars.

  Zurik: Mayor says liens are mostly ‘fees’ and ‘penalties,’ tax attorney disagrees

When Mayor LaToya Cantrell went before cameras on Friday, Jan. 31, to explain federal tax liens placed on her and her husband’s Broadmoor home, she repeatedly tried to downplay the severity -- saying it was mostly interest and penalties.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Zurik: Cantrell says she should be judged on work, not back taxes

Mayor LaToya Cantrell spent nine minutes answering questions about a Lee Zurik Investigation that uncovered her and her husband’s taxes that have not been properly filed in eight of the last nine years.

  Zurik: New Orleans Mayor, Husband owe $95,000 in unpaid taxes

As taxes begin to be filed for another year, the Internal Revenue Service is still trying to collect a hefty sum from New Orleans’ top-elected official.

  Zurik: Port of New Orleans shells out $50,000 for painting not easily accessible by the public

The Port of New Orleans installed a new piece of artwork at their headquarters they say is to welcome visitors, but an investigation by FOX 8's Lee Zurik found the painting that costs thousands of public money isn't easy for the public to see.

  ’I’ve already gotten my car stolen here, so it’s not very shocking to me:’ Students at two campuses find cars broken into

Brother Martin and UNO parking lots targeted by thieves within hours of each other.

  Mayor Cantrell denies influence from Hard Rock political contributions

New details emerge about political contributions in the wake of the Hard Rock collapse. For the last several weeks FOX 8 has been looking into contributions made to a political action committee affiliated with Mayor Latoya Cantrell.

  Frustration grows over Smash and Grab incidents across city

Thieves broke into 35 vehicles overnight, breaking windows in Uptown and Irish Channel neighborhoods.

  District Attorney says “the devil is in the details,” in response to two city programs to address juvenile crime

A day after fed up neighbors protested outside City Hall calling for action to address juvenile crime. We're learning more about two programs the City says it's rolling out to combat the problem.

Former State Senator Wesley Bishop pleads guilty to federal charge, resigns from SUNO

Bishop was in Federal Court Tuesday where he changed his plea

  Victim: “I absolutely expected it to happen to me at some point,” at vehicle broken into

A row of vehicles were hit during a 'smash and grab' at Pan American Stadium.

  Air of Uncertainty: New air monitoring technology to be installed

Concerned Citizens of St. John Parish have flown to Japan, staged marches across Baton Rouge and other protests against what they believe is killing them: the chloroprene emissions put out by the nearby Denka-Dupont rubber plant.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  Thieves strike again in frustrating Lakeview car burglaries

Some neighbors are starting the New Year off frustrated after thieves strike again in Lakeview. They hit car after car overnight, smashing windows.

NOPD sees drop in number of murders for third straight year

New Orleans experienced 119 murders in 2019 compared to 146 murder in 2018.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

Three boys arrested in connection with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day robberies

NOPD says the three boys are ages 10, 11 and 12.

  DEA warns of highly potent drug dubbed ‘Super Meth’

Meth, an extremely dangerous and addictive drug, is something the Drug Enforcement Agency has dealt with for years.

Zurik: Father questions whether withheld video, judge’s text messages impacted ‘Stand Your Ground’ case

A father has new questions surrounding the trial for the man who killed his son and claimed self-defense. Fouad Zeton questions whether video not shown during the trial for James Nero would have rendered a verdict other than acquittal based on the state’s 'Stand Your Ground’ Law.

  Zurik: Worker at Hard Rock Hotel site describes warning signs ahead of collapse, calls job ‘rushed’

A person who worked on the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans, said the job was ‘rushed’ and there were warning signs ahead of the collapse on October 12 that killed three men and injured several more people.

  Sen. Wesley Bishop pleads not guilty to federal charge

Sen. Wesley Bishop pleaded not guilty Monday (Dec. 2) to a felony of making false statements to a federal agency.

  Porch Pirates are out this holiday season

It’s a crime that can happen within seconds.

  Medical Waste: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

Two Louisiana men -- one a patient, and the other a pharmacist -- said they found medical waste that is costing every taxpayer in the country.