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  Reverend still looking for answers after arrest in daughter’s 2018 Slavic Village murder

  Nursing home advocates speak out against state bills that would allow legal immunity during pandemic

  Apartment building without hot water for weeks during COVID-19 crisis

  Death toll from COVID-19 in Ohio nursing homes reaches more than 1,200

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

  UPDATE: ‘A victory for domestic violence survivors across Ohio’: Aisha’s Law moves forward after Ohio House approval

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  Push for mass testing at Ohio prisons as COVID-19 continues to surge

  Crackdown on bars and restaurants not following new safety protocols

  Nearly 700 Ohio nursing home residents died in past four weeks from COVID-19

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

  Ohio state bill would shield businesses, health care providers from COVID-19-related lawsuits

  Concerns grow following attacks on corrections officers at Cuyahoga County Jail

  More than 2,800 layoffs in northeast Ohio in last two weeks, many furloughs extended

Last week, unemployment numbers slowed down across the U.S. and here in Ohio. But the pain is ongoing for families in every corner of our state.

  Lorain corrections officer says guards are being short-changed by the state

It's been reported nationwide that several of Ohio's prisons have more positive cases of COVID-19 concentrated in one place than anywhere in the country.

  Public companies with big salaries cashing in on small business loans in Ohio

19 News has uncovered local public companies with hefty salaries cashing in on low interest loans intended to keep small business operating during the COVID-19 crisis.

  Nearly 1,100 business complaints over not complying with coronavirus orders called into Cuyahoga County

The calls started around the time Governor Mike DeWine issued a stay-at-home order in mid-March and all non-essential businesses were ordered to close.

  19 Investigates: COVID-19 testing availability in nursing homes not always equal

  Bay Village couple one of many fighting for a refund from United Airlines

  Inspection reports show COVID-19 cases affect one star and five star nursing homes

  Dataminr analysis predicts 3 Ohio counties will be next coronavirus hotspots

  Perspective on the numbers after 276 nursing home residents die from COVID-19 in two weeks

  276 Ohio nursing home residents have died in 14 days, according to the state

  19 Investigates, tracks cases of COVID-19 at local police departments

19 Investigates wanted to know how many police officers in northeast Ohio have contracted COVID-19. So we checked in with local police departments for a look at the numbers.

  19 Investigates: how many first responders in Ohio have contracted COVID-19?

How many first responders in Ohio have contracted COVID-19 since the virus first hit?19 Investigates found there's no easy way to get an answer, and no public database is leaving many police and fire departments in the dark.

  ODJFS has approved 400,000 Ohioans for unemployment; 250,000 more claims pending

Ohioans who have successfully filed for unemployment are beginning to see bigger amounts deposited in their accounts.

  Ohioans wondering whether state’s reorganization of filing weekly claims will help expedite approval process

The unemployment office is reorganizing the way people file their weekly claims.

  Are new call takers at Ohio’s unemployment offices proving effective?

In the last few weeks, the state has gone from having a couple hundred employees answering the phones, to nearly a thousand.

  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.

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.

  Warning for parents: More kids online means risks for child predators are up

An important warning for parents right now. More kids are home, passing their time on tablets, computers and playing video games after Ohio issued a “stay-at-home” order due to the coronavirus. 19 Investigates found more child predators may be taking advantage of them during this time.

  Northeast Ohio construction worker says no precautions being taken against coronavirus

Industries and businesses across Ohio and the nation are on hold due to the coronavirus. So why are construction projects in Northeast Ohio still in full swing?Some workers worry their health is on the line.

  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.

  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.

  19 Investigates: do schools know who’s driving your kids to school?

19 News Investigators have uncovered a disturbing trend that could be putting the safety of your children at risk on their bus ride to school.

  Evidence photos reveal exclusive new details in murder investigation linked to Cleveland mayor’s grandson

19 News investigators have uncovered never-before-seen evidence from a homicide investigation involving the grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

  Newly obtained body camera footage shows response to Cleveland mayor’s home during homicide investigation

After more than six months of repeated public records requests, 19 News investigators just obtained portions of police body camera footage showing the initial police response to the Cleveland mayor’s home in connection with a homicide investigation.

  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.

  Tallmadge school bus aide facing sex charges had criminal past, why did he get the job?

Police say Howard Franklin Jr. allegedly touched five girls between the ages of 6 and 9 inappropriately on a school bus last September.

  Uncovering lies to solve a cold case: Experts reveal challenges at CrowdSolve

Cold cases present many challenges for investigators. Uncovering lies from decades ago is one of them. 19 News caught up with a former US Marshal and FBI agent at CrowdSolve to ask them how they detect deception.

  Novice detectives and experts come together to tackle Newburgh Heights cold case at CrowdSolve: Chicago

Imagine crowdsourcing to solve a crime.Law enforcement officials, criminology experts and professors think this could be a model for the future. They gathered with true crime fans at CrimeCon CrowdSolve in Chicago this weekend, presented by the Oxygen network, to focus on a local cold case.

  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.

  Old Brooklyn Winery owner faces criminal charges after couple claims he ripped them off

Old Brooklyn Winery owner faces criminal charges after couple claims he ripped them off

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Protect your family from TV tip-overs before the Big Game this Sunday

It's a popular time of the year to buy a TV as we get closer to the "big game."But sadly, in the time it takes to watch the game eight children will be rushed to the emergency room.

  Debris pile at recycling center called ‘hazardous’ by Ohio Attorney General

The Ohio Attorney General is calling a massive pile of debris at a local recycling center hazardous, a year after a fire on that same property.“This mountain of debris could at any second become the fuel for a raging inferno,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said.

  ‘Our number one goal is to get people to pay their child support’: Authorities arrest parents accused of not paying thousands

19 News followed investigators as they searched for parents accused of not paying thousands of dollars in child support

  Prosecutors track down NEO parents accused of not paying thousands in child support

Tonight at 11: In a search to find wanted criminals, 19 News got the chance to show a behind the scenes effort to track down wanted criminals.

  Poll: President Trump faces uphill climb in 2020 in four key states including Ohio

A new Baldwin Wallace University poll just released predicts President Trump faces an uphill climb in the 2020 presidential election to win four key Midwest states, including Ohio.

  Community Police Commission to hold listening session on pursuits following death of 13-year-old East Cleveland girl

A family is demanding Cleveland police stop pursuits after a 13-year-old girl was killed and a commission is set to talk about the impacts of chases.

  Cleveland mother vanishes in 1997, never to be seen again. Now, Cleveland Police are turning up new leads in the case

It's been nearly 23 years since two young daughters were left without their mother.

  Daughters fight for answers 23 years after mother’s disappearance; Cleveland detectives revisit case

Detectives could be making progress on an unsolved missing persons case from 1997.

  ‘The CSI Effect’: Women flock to forensics after TV shows depict women in lead scientific roles

Crime scene analysts are front and center in hit crime shows like CSI, uncovering evidence to solve the case. But does real life match the TV shows?

  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.

  Cleveland homicides once again top 100 as city battles gun violence

The number of homicides in Cleveland dipped just slightly compared to 2018.

  4 of the top 5 repeat drunken drivers in the state are from Northeast Ohio

One of the most dangerous times to be on the road is during the New Years holiday, as scores of drunken drivers get behind the wheel.

  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.

  City must recognize PTSD for Cleveland EMS crews, judge rules

Cleveland EMS crews have been fighting the city for more than a year now to recognize PTSD as a part of their union contract. On Friday, a judge ruled in the union’s favor.

  Victims sue hotel chains, saying they ignored the signs of human trafficking

Some human trafficking survivors are going after hotels, saying they profited from their suffering. Thirteen women are suing major hotel chains for allegedly turning a blind eye to the warning signs of sex trafficking.

  Child exploitation arrests rise in Cleveland as federal agents crack down on predators

Federal agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations caught 47 accused child predators in Cleveland this year, as part of an international effort called Operation Predator.

  Scam Squad of Cuyahoga County warns of fake online companies selling puppies

It starts with a cute face and ends with you getting scammed out of both the puppy and thousands of dollars.

  Ohio sex assault survivors will soon be able to anonymously track their rape kits in continuing fight for justice

There has been a huge step forward for sexual assault survivors in Ohio.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  Woman falls victim to ‘minister scam,' and now she’s speaking out

She was scammed out of hundreds of dollars. Now, a local woman is sharing her story in hopes that no one else falls for this tricky scheme.

  NEO communities could be getting thousands of lawsuit dollars for drug treatment and prevention programs

Northeast Ohio communities could be getting thousands of dollars for drug treatment and prevention programs. It’s part of a class action lawsuit against pharmacies and drug makers blamed for the opioid crisis.

  Millions of elderly Americans targeted every year for fraud

Thieves prey on the elderly, targeting millions of people every year, stealing their hard-earned cash and life savings.So how do you protect yourself or a loved one from becoming a victim?

  NEO landfills and quarries vulnerable to flooding from climate change, new report finds

Six Superfund sites in Northeast Ohio could be at risk for flooding, according to a new non-partisan report. It says climate change could damage these contaminated hazardous waste sites across the country.

  19 News introduces you to the Scam Squad

They call themselves the scam squad. It’s an organization right here in Cuyahoga County working to make sure your cash and identity are protected.

  Portage County Sheriff provides blank disc when jail assault video was promised

Still no video of inmate allegation that he was beaten at the Portage County Jail.

  Despite new law, Ohioans struggle to get lifesaving prescription refills: ’I shouldn’t have to beg for a drug that’s going to keep my daughter alive’

One family’s heartbreak is now helping to save the lives of thousands of people, and they’re hoping for more awareness about a life saving law.

  Families want awareness of lifesaving prescription law

Tonight at 11: After an Ohio law was passed, families are hoping to spread awareness to help save lives.

  Tracing serial killer Samuel Little’s Northeast Ohio roots: ‘They didn’t know who the hell was doing it’

Little confessed to killing 93 victims across the United States.

  The making of a serial killer: Tracing Samuel Little’s Northeast Ohio roots

Confessed serial killer Samuel Little was raised in Lorain and throughout all of the killings, he kept coming back home. 19 News is tracing his first steps into crime right here in Northeast Ohio.

  Video shows incident outside police station involving Cuyahoga County employee

A Cuyahoga County worker was caught on camera getting physical with a woman outside of a police station right as she was heading in to file a domestic violence report against him.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.