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Push to improve train tanker car safety after recent explosions

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There's a new push by the National Traffic Safety Board to improve train tanker car safety after several recent massive explosions in North America. More>>

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More rent-to-own property deals falling through

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There are more rent-to-own-type property deals falling through the cracks, which have left some Wyandotte County residents on the street, according to the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department. More>>

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Memo reveals traffic stop quotas set for Kansas City police officers

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Kansas City Police Department officers are now required to conduct a certain number of stops during their shift, according to a memo obtained this week by KCTV5 News. More>>

Missouri woman to pay back $12,000+ in food stamp fraud

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More than one year ago, KCTV5 News discovered that tax dollars for needy families were going elsewhere. Now, one woman will have to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars back. More>>

Security alarm owners at odds over police response permits

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Does your alarm system need a permit in order for police to respond where you live? KCTV5 News explored the issue on both sides of the state line. More>>

KCTV5 exposes the 9-volt battery fire danger

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A video, which shows a house fire being sparked by an ordinary 9 volt battery, has been lighting up social media. You may have watched and wondered if the post could be real. In a KCTV5 Special Assignment Investigation, reporter Eric Chaloux reveals that, while the danger is real, it is also easily preventable. More>>

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Nasty water results from stimulus-funded project

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Some northeast Kansas residents are fed up because they don't know what's going to come out of their faucet when they turn it on. More>>

Missouri state auditor to possibly review Water Services Department

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The state of Missouri's top auditor is discussing a possible review of the Kansas City, MO, Water Services Department after four stories from the KCTV5 Investigations' team exposed major discrepancies. More>>

Slow start for new law aimed to stop Missouri welfare fraud

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KCTV5 Investigative Reporter Eric Chaloux dug through thousands of state records to discover if a new Missouri law meant to prevent the wasteful spending of welfare money is working. More>>

Nursing homes and assisted living centers are not created equal

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Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia is a challenge facing a number of families across Kansas and Missouri. Before making a choice, it's important to understand the crucial differences between nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The two are not created equal. More>>

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Lee's Summit piano man wanted for missing money, instruments

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A piano store owner is responsible for more than 50 complaints filed with Missouri's Consumer Protection Unit. Customers want to be paid for the instruments he sold or have their pricey pianos and organs returned.
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KCTV5 uncovers surprising spending in Kansas schools

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The state of Kansas will spend $7 billion on education this school year for kindergarten through 12th grade. While investigating how that money is distributed, KCTV5 discovered a surprising number of dollars being spent outside classrooms. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Military sexual assault reporting

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Historic changes are coming to the way the US military handles reports of sexual assaults. The Senate is expected to debate new protocols on dealing with the issue this week. While there is disagreement over the details, all want to bring relief and justice to those who've been serving in silence. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: High school football's growing concussion crisis

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Preventing hits that lead to serious brain injuries in football players has become a major focus of the NFL and NCAA. KCTV5 investigates if area high schools are doing enough to protect their players. More>>

Parents, police warn synthetic marijuana easy to find at stores

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Parents and police warn that synthetic marijuana readily can be bought at your local convenience store. KCTV5 went undercover to investigate a tip on the illegal sale of synthetic marijuana, commonly known as "spice" or "incense." More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Schools rarely hold back failing students

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Parents might expect to have a say in their child's academic future if they are struggling in school.  However, an Independence father was shocked to learn that despite his wishes the district refused to hold back his failing student. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Missouri mom fights for answers in son's death

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A Missouri mother claims the Ray County Sheriff's Office has been keeping her in the dark about her son's violent death. She believes her family's fight for answers during a previous death investigation is to blame.
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KCTV5 Investigates: Kansas City's summer curfew

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It has been nearly two years since a summer curfew came to Kansas City's five entertainment districts. KCTV5 reveals exactly who police have caught without parental supervision and raise tough questions about the controversial policy. More>>

Council looks to hire firm for $12 million to fix water woes

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The Kansas City Council will consider hiring yet another consultant to help fix problems at the much-maligned Kansas City Water Department. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Alleged harassment by KCPD officers

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Members of the Kansas City, MO, Police Department swear to serve and protect the public. Most of the men and women on the force carry out that task with honor. KCTV5 investigates whether some officers crossed the line, allegedly launching an online campaign of hate against a woman arrested by the department. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Deceased customer sent KCMO water bills

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Missouri auditor Tom Schweich wants to audit the Kansas City Water Services agency. While waiting to hear if the governor will give his permission and authorize funding for the examination, KCTV5 uncovered a brand new billing problem. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Winners who lose

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When it comes to solving a dispute, filing a lawsuit may seem like a reasonable solution. But getting a win from a civil court judge offers no guarantee of monetary satisfaction. KCTV5 reveals the work required to prevent a legal win from turning into a loss. More>>

Missouri auditor to investigate how money for needy families is being spent

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A KCTV5 News investigation that involves how your tax dollars, meant for needy families and being cashed in at such places as overseas and Vegas casinos, is getting results in Jefferson City. More>>

KCTV5 Special Report: Cautions about child-resistant safety caps

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People may think they are protecting their family by keeping medications in containers equipped with child-resistant safety caps. The experiment conducted in a KCTV5 special report reveals why parents need to take extra measures beyond those special bottles. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Germs growing on soda fountains

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Soda fountains provide refreshment during the long hot days of summer, but before filling up your next cup, KCTV5 discovered harmful bacteria growing on some of these beverage stations across the metro. More>>

KCTV5 Special Report: Frightening consequences of cyber revenge

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Online attacks launched to destroy the reputations and lives of former boyfriends and girlfriends is happening more and more these days. KCTV5 examines the painful and sometimes frightening consequences of cyber revenge. More>>

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KCTV5 food stamp fraud investigation leads to arrest

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An arrest was made after KCTV5 investigated the Missouri welfare system's failure to protect tax dollars. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Fire drill report card

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The piercing sound of a fire alarm is something elementary students across Kansas should be used to. State law requires monthly drills. But a KCTV5 survey of logs from a dozen Kansas districts in the area exposed a number of schools failing to conduct this important lesson. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Kansas City's pricey sidewalk repair program

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Kansas City property owners are learning about a unique city ordinance the hard way. Letters from the city have ordered them to fix their own sidewalks, curbs and driveways. Residents who can't afford to do that are being forced to accept the city's high interest payment plan. More>>

City may head to court over Floyd Mayweather event

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A $15,000 check written by Kansas City to fund a community event that never happened involving a controversial boxer has roiled City Hall. The city is seeking repayment.
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KCTV5 investigates the risk buried below

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According to the Department of Transportation, since 1986 pipeline accidents have killed more than 500 people nationally and injured over 4,000. In the past ten years alone those accidents have taken four lives and injured 20 in Kansas, while one person died and six others were injured in Missouri. More>>

KCTV5 investigates bizarre water bills, questions bring about policy change

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For the past seven months, the KCTV5 News investigative team has exposed one problem after another inside the Kansas City, MO Water Services Department. The reports uncovered millions of dollars in unpaid bills; revealed how taxpayer dollars were being used to pay for pricey public relations personnel; discovered customers without pipes still being billed thousands of dollars. The latest story sparked a big change that could mean money saved for one out of every eight customers. More>>

KCTV5 Special Report: Bridging the digital divide

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Internet service is a luxury many can't afford. KCTV5 News shows you what some big businesses are doing to help some Kansas City students bridge the digital divide. More>>

KCTV5 investigates state agencies failing to collect unclaimed cash

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Missouri's unclaimed property fund is basically a lost and found of unimaginable proportions. Right now it holds $700 million worth of assets like cash and jewelry.  KCTV5 discovered tens of thousands of those dollars wasting away instead of being collected and used by various state agencies. More>>

KCTV5 Special Report: How the controversial sleep aid melatonin is being used locally

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Proper sleep is critical for a child's brain to develop. When one Lenexa, KS mother noticed her exhausted son beginning to miss crucial milestones, she took the controversial step of giving him the sleep supplement melatonin. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Danger of aging tires, how to protect yourself

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KCTV5 News goes undercover to investigate how area tire shops deal with wheels some consider too dangerous to use. Every tire comes stamped "born on" date showing the week and year the tire was manufactured. Learning how to read that number could prevent your family from harm.
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KCTV5 Investigates: Troubled Kansas City area day cares exposed

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Dozens of daycare facilities in the metro have been cited with serious safety and care issues, some of which are still open for business and funded in part with Missouri tax dollars. More>>

KCTV5 Special Report: Debate over drones pits press against privacy

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The University of Missouri's latest journalism venture is taking off. The school is turning unmanned aircraft or drones, equipped with cameras, into news gathering tools. A Missouri lawmaker wants to ground the experiment for violating privacy.  The drone debate heats up in Jefferson City. More>>

KCTV5 investigates benefits for needy families spent overseas, at Vegas casinos

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More than $3.2 million in Missouri tax dollars intended to help struggling families get back on their feet is being withdrawn in exotic places far from home and even inside seedy venues where the children who qualify for the aid are prohibited. More>>

Exclusive look at Kansas City's "hot spot policing" program

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It's been one year since the police department began fighting crime with something the chief calls "hot spot policing." More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Gas line fires

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Fire marshals around the country are sounding the alarm that a form of flexible piping used to deliver natural gas or propane to a home, when combined with severe weather, could ignite a flame. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Issues with reverse mortgages

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Reverse mortgages have become a popular way for seniors to stay in their homes and create an income.  However, to avoid possible financial ruin and heartache, experts and one Kansas widow say the practice must come with a warning. More>>

KCTV5 Special Report: Kansas City doctor discovers 'milk & cookie disease' Video included

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The tightly scheduled lives of American children are being linked to a serious health condition discovered by a Kansas City physician known as the "milk and cookie disease." More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Rogue debt collection practices

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A Butler woman, unable to convince aggressive bill collectors that she actually owes no money, is just one of the many Americans that phantom debt collection agencies are currently chasing down. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Used beds for sale in metro

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A Raytown woman paid for a brand-new mattress but ended up with a used one with yellow stains. KCTV5 discovered the bed never should have been delivered, uncovering the big difference in used mattress rules between Missouri and Kansas. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: New Kansas City water bill issues

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In an ongoing investigation of the Kansas City, MO, Water Services Department, KCTV5 uncovered a brand new billing problem.
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KCTV5 special report explores Kansas City's mob history

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Kansas City's dangerous and thrilling mob history remains intriguing to many and interest is only growing with the debut of CBS' new hit show, Vegas. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's spending

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is known for slashing budgets, but a KCTV5 investigation into his expenditures uncovered about $250,000 in questionable discretionary spending paid for by taxpayers. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Food stamp fraud in Missouri

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A military family in Washington fell on tough economic times and needed food stamps, but discovered someone in Missouri was already collecting their aid. KCTV5 News launched an investigation into the food stamp fraud.
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KCTV5 Special Report: Drought hurting horses in Kansas and Missouri

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The summer drought that dried up America's heartland is now being blamed for another growing crisis. Neglected and starving horses are being abandoned across Kansas and Missouri by owners who can no longer afford to keep them. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: License to Hide

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The Chinese website at the heart of a KCTV5 News Investigation into fake IDs purchased online has now been shut down after pressure from four United States Senators. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Pricey changes at Kansas City water department

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A recent investigation into the Kansas City, MO, Water Services Department exposed how the city decided to tackle unpaid water bills and poor customer service by spending more money. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Missouri's foreclosure settlement money

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When Missouri received $40 million in a foreclosure settlement , the state kept the money from those hurt most in the mortgage mess. It's a decision being questioned by still-desperate homeowners and former lawmakers alike. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Kansas City's unpaid water bills

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A KCTV5 investigation uncovered millions of dollars in untapped revenue; money that could be used to help fix the metro's water woes. Discovered among the 12,000 names on the Kansas City Missouri Water Services Department's list of delinquent bills obtained in late May, some unexpected customers. More>>

KCTV5 Investigates: Circuit Danger

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Circuit breakers are designed to protect your family from an electrical fire. There is one particular brand of breakers that some electricians say they would never trust in the homes where their family members sleep. The experts know these breakers are not reliable but the nation's top safety agency refuses to issue a warning. More>>

KCTV5 undercover investigation exposes home inspector scheme

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An undercover investigation by KCTV5 exposed a scheme in which a Northland home inspector did more than examine vacant houses and take inventory; he advertised the contents online as his own personal belongings. More>>

KCTV5 investigates Prius headlight problems

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KCTV5 exposes the popular vehicle leaving thousands of drivers in the dark and investigates why the government agency set up to protect you from dangerous vehicles decided this is not a safety issue. More>>

KCTV5 News Investigates: Wrecking Rules

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KCTV5 News Investigates how tow companies operate in Kansas City. More>>

Frack or Fiction: Economic Boom or Environmental Bust?

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KCTV5 Investigates: Frack or Fiction.
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Frack or Fiction: The Quake Controversy

Record-setting earthquakes are striking across the Midwest, and some are connected to drilling for gas and oil. More>>

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    Eric Chaloux joined KCTV5 News in December 2002 as a general assignment reporter. He's now a member of KCTV5's award-winning investigative unit.More >
    Eric Chaloux joined KCTV5 News in December 2002 as a general assignment reporter. He's now a member of KCTV5's award-winning investigative unit.More >
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