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WKYT Investigates: The cost of shoplifting

Updated: 12/18/2014 - University of Kentucky Professor Chris Bollinger said the average individual loses about $400 a year because of shoplifters. It’s not something that you would immediately notice, but it is an expense that you absorb every day. Bollinger said it is best to think of shoplifting “kind of like a tax" that is shared by both the consumer and the producer.

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Helping homeless veterans in Lexington

Updated: 12/15/2014 - Ginny Ramsey, who runs the Community Inn said the number of veterans at the shelter has increased from five or 10 a night to about 18 or 20 a night. The Hope Center also reported a similar increase.

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WKYT Investigates: Holiday scam week, gift cards to avoid

Updated: 12/11/2014 - According to the National Retail Federation, 80 percent of those surveyed plan to buy at least one gift card this holiday season. "It's giving the gift of shopping," explained Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau.

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WKYT Investigates: Holiday scam week, empty gifts received

Updated: 12/10/2014 - "There have been stories popping up around the country where people have gone in and bought a high ticket item, taken it home, and found out that the thief has replaced it with bricks or paper and the contents are gone," Heather Clary with the BBB explained.

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WKYT Investigates: Police warn of package thieves

Updated: 12/09/2014 - Lexington police advise to avoid being a victim, don't have packages delivered to your home when you are not home. Police recommend having packages sent to your office, or a neighbor that is home.

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WKYT Investigates: Online scam targeting emails

Updated: 12/08/2014 - The email is set up to look like a receipt from an online purchase. But Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau said if you click on the link, it will take you to a site that will put malware on your computer.

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WKYT Investigates: Kentucky has hundreds of dangerous guardrails

Updated: 11/26/2014 - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet estimates that there are hundreds of ET Plus guardrail heads, alleged to be defective, lining the edges of state roadways. But transportation officials say they don’t know where the ET Plus guardrail heads are located.

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WKYT Investigates: Cracking the price codes to get the best buys

Updated: 11/26/2014 - Kyle James, of ratherbeshopping.com, is in the business of price code cracking. James says he can crack price codes at 15 retailers by zeroing in on the last two digits on a price tag. WKYT attempts to crack the price codes.

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WKYT Investigates: Embryo Donation, A Somerset woman donates embryos

Updated: 11/06/2014 - Donating embryos is a growing trend. Dr. James Akin with Bluegrass Fertility Center said much of the reason is because women are choosing careers before kids. "As women have become more career oriented, they delay child bearing," Akin has found. "And infertility increases as you get older."

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WKYT Investigates: 5 schools with less than 'good' football helmets

Updated: 10/31/2014 - A month-long WKYT investigation discovered five high schools in central, southern and eastern Kentucky with football helmets deemed less than “good” by a rating system to denote their ability to reduce the risk of concussions.

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WKYT Investigates: Political ads, local analyst says negativity works

Updated: 10/13/2014 - Sam Youngman, political reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, said the US Senate race between incumbent Mitch Mcconnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is up to about $70 million in spending. And he said the majority of that money is going straight to the TV.

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WKYT Investigates: The cost of learning, Ky teachers turn to crowdfunding site

Updated: 09/29/2014 - When the cost for teachers is more than they can justify paying on their own, they ask for donations on sites like www.donorschoose.org. "Something like this affords them the opportunity to do something just for their classroom," said Clark County Superintendent Paul Christy.

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WKYT Health Alert: Migraine Relief

Updated: 09/25/2014 - It's estimated 500,000 Kentuckians suffer from migraines. One Lexington woman had severe migraines every day for years. She finally found relief at U.K. Healthcare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.

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WKYT Investigates: born addicted, KY babies born withdrawing from drugs

Updated: 09/22/2014 - The baby has been at Kentucky Children's Hospital for a couple of weeks, under the care of Dr. Henrietta Bada. Bada said in 2000, there were 30 cases of Neonatal Abstinence in Kentucky. In 2013, there were more than 950. "So your incidence has increased almost 20-fold from 1.3 per thousand hospital births to as high as almost 20 per thousand hospital births," Bada said.

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WKYT Investigates: The waiting game, backlog at State Crime Lab

Posted: 09/15/2014 - "Now instead of being four to six months to get that turned around on time, it's six to nine months," explained State Crime Lab Director Laura Sudkamp. "I want to say we're sitting at about 600 backlogged for DNA, 600 to 800."

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WKYT Investigates: the overcrowding issue

Updated: 09/11/2014 - "It's almost uncomfortable crowded in the cafeteria," Owens said. And Superintendent Dr. Tom Shelton agrees that the common areas in the over-capacity schools are the biggest issue.

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WKYT Investigates: Kentucky's rolling meth labs

Updated: 09/02/2014 - "They continue to find these meth labs all the time," Representative Hubert Collins of Johnson County has pre-filed a bill requiring all vehicles that have carried an active meth lab be scrapped. "I think it should be crushed and gotten it off the road."

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WKYT Investigates: Parents' concern over McCreary Co. teacher's past

Updated: 08/29/2014 - Word spread quickly through the McCreary County school district that a new teacher was in town. Brent Sexton teaches English at McCreary Central High School. In 2008, while Sexton was teaching in neighboring Wayne County, the school district claims they found inappropriate text messages exchanged between Sexton and a student at Wayne County High School while he was teaching there.

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