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.

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

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

  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

  DAYCARE DANGERS: How to prevent your child from becoming a victim

  Three routes through the Suncoast - which is the quickest?

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Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

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

  Digital Dangers: You may be putting yourself at risk for electronic identity theft without even knowing it

  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

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

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

The Uniform Crime Reporting Act of 1988 requires federal law enforcement agencies to submit information about their cases to a federal database maintained by the FBI; however, those agencies are currently not submitting data, including information about hate crimes.

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

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

  ABC7: Representative Greg Steube with Bill Logan

ABC7′s Bill Logan spoke with representative Greg Steube on Friday.

  Radon, described as “The Silent Killer,” found in 1 out of 5 Suncoast homes

  Why do you see so many speeding drivers on I-75? Florida Highway Patrol staffing issues could be to blame

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

One year after Parkland: How has school security changed on the Suncoast?

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

  Home security systems continue to evolve with the time, but does they also become more affordable?

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

Serious hate crimes from murders to attempted bombings do not show up in federal hate crime data, according to analysis by InvestigateTV.

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

Prosecutors say some state hate crime laws are so weak they "aren't worth the paper they're printed on."

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.

  Numerous customers of Exclusive Kitchens (Floors) and More are coming forward with new allegations against the company

Numerous customers of Exclusive Kitchens (Floors) and More are coming forward with new allegations against the kitchen remodeler company

  Sarasota kitchen remodeler accused of taking customers for hundreds of thousands of dollars

Sarasota kitchen remodeler accused of taking customers for hundreds of thousands of dollars

“Pod” program works to alleviate overcrowding in Sarasota Jail

Instead of spending $103 million in taxpayer dollars for a new jail, the Sheriff’s Office has taken a different approach to jail overcrowding: the “pod” program.

  Sarasota County has highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in Florida

Sarasota County has highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in Florida

Millions of federal dollars set aside for suicidal veterans goes untouched in 2018

Millions of federal dollars set aside to help suicidal veterans went untouched in 2018. Now Congressman Vern Buchanan is calling for answers and local veterans are calling for change.

  Generation Z brings unique perspective to the workplace

If your child was born between 1995 and 2010, they’re technically part of Generation Z. That means the oldest members are graduating from colege and working alongside Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers.

  Benefit bill could help firefighters during life-threatening cancer battle

Firefighters put their lives on the line around the clock to protect families. Surprisingly, it’s not always the direct flames that injure or kill the first responders. Firefighters may not learn about the true dangers associated with their battles for years.

  America says goodbye to The Greatest Generation

We can credit journalist Tom Brokaw for first describing World War II veterans as the greatest generation, but we’re slowly losing them to sickness and old age. The men and women grew up during the great depression, and they’ve done a lot more than just serve during the second world war.

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

Financial experts from NerdWallet say saving and investing as little as $20 a week can amount to $170,000 in retirement money.

  What’s next for the greyhounds now that racing is coming to an end?

What is going to happen to the greyhounds now that racing will be illegal by the end of 2020?

  How to avoid becoming a victim of a charity scam

How to avoid becoming a victim of a charity scam this holiday season.

  Social media and the First Amendment

Where is the line with the First Amendment and social media?

  The reason why FDOT won’t add netting to prevent suicides on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

In between the thousand of cars that drive the four mile stretch of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge daily, at least one dozen people have jumped from the top in 2018.

  Domestic violence numbers around the holidays

How domestic violence numbers look around the holidays compared to the rest of the year.

  Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

While many people think about health and wellness resolutions for the new year, financial experts recommend thinking about money goals too.

  Can Veterans Affairs take away a vets’ benefits if cannabis is detected?

Can Veterans Affairs take away a vets’ benefits if cannabis is detected?

  Owners of Trademark Pavers arrested for embezzlement, scheming to defraud

Owners of Trademark Pavers arrested for embezzlement, scheming to defraud

  Reforming our criminal justice system

President Trump is giving a plan put together by his son-in-law Jared Kushner and some members of congress a thumbs up.

  Posts on social media come back to haunt those in politics, sports on the Suncoast

What happens on the internet will always stay on the internet, but some people don’t think twice before making an inappropriate post.

Cracking the case: New DNA technology solves murder, rape case in Sarasota

Genetic genealogy has solved twenty rape and murder cases to date, in just the six months it's been used as a tool by law enforcement.

  Clean hits in high school football

New rule changes and technology are helping to make the game of football safe.

  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.

How local political ads are popping up on your Facebook feed

What you like on Facebook, websites you visit and videos you watch all play a role in how ads are targeted for you.

  The Rise of Antisemitism

The horror inflicted in Pittsburgh last week, shattering the lives of eleven families, the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and the entire city.

  Candidates for Florida House District 71 Debate

The final debate at the trapezoid before the midterms taking place Tuesday night for the Florida House District 71.

  The candidates for House District 74 Debate

The debate featuring State House 74 candidates James Buchanan and Tony Mowry.

Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

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

  FL-16 Congressional debate on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - One of the most highly anticipated races in the country is right here on the Suncoast in Florida's 16th Congressional District. Rep. Vern Buchanan is being challenged by a well-known and accomplished trial attorney David Shapiro who is looking to be the first democrat elected to Congress in the district since 1983.

  Careful where you swipe: Risky places to use your debit card

(CNN) - In some cases, it's easier to get fraudulent charges dropped from your credit card than your debit card.

  Sarasota group pushes to move city commission race from spring to fall

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Voters in Sarasota: get ready to mark your votes on a crowded ballot next month. If some leaders in the city get their way, you'll have to vote on even more candidates in the upcoming general elections.

  ABC7 at 7 - Customers say a local contractor is on the run with thousands of their dollars

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - In September, ABC7 aired the story of a contractor who customers said has disappeared with thousands of their dollars.

  ABC7 at 7: SCF eliminates dual-enrollment classes on high school campuses

SARASOTA/MANATEE COUNTIES, FL (WWSB) - Some big changes for high school students in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

  SCF eliminating dual-enrollment classes on high school campuses discussed on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA & MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Many high school kids on the Suncoast were taking college classes while they were still in high school. Now, the State College of Florida is stopping this, but still allowing the dual-enrolled students to take the classes online or on the college campus.

  Manatee County School Board District 4 candidates debate on ABC7 at 7

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Last year, Scott Hopes was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to finish the term of Karen Carpenter. He was quickly made chair of District 4 of the Manatee County School Board. He's now being challenged by Joe Stokes for the chair.

SRO background checks discussed on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA & MANATEE COUNTIES, FL (WWSB) - In the weeks after the Parkland massacre, the state legislature passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act which, among other things, requires a school resource officer in every school. School districts across the state, including Sarasota and Manatee, had to scramble to find and hire qualified candidates.

  House District 23 Debate on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA & MANATEE COUNTIES, FL (WWSB) - The House District 73 race will be between Democrat Liv Coleman and Republican Tommy Gregory. The race started off with a bang before the primary even started when Republican Melissa Howard was forced to drop out of the race after lying about having a college degree. That cleared the path for attorney Tommy Gregory who is squaring off against Liv Coleman, a Professor at the University of Tampa.

ABC7 at 7: Scammers targeting vulnerable home buyers

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - About a quarter of homeowners spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs, making it one of, if not the biggest purchase in someone's lifetime. Unfortunately, some scammers are targeting vulnerable home buyers.

  ABC7 at 7 - Candidates for Governor have vastly different views for the future of education

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Two candidates for Governor are running with two very different visions for public education in Florida.

  The Future of education discussed on ABC7 at 7

FLORIDA (WWSB) - The two gubernatorial candidates released their education plans if elected a few weeks ago. Democrat Andrew Gillum wants to increase on public education by a billion dollars by raising taxes on corporations and raising teachers' wages to at least $50,000 a year. Republican Ron DeSantis also wants to put more money into classrooms by looking for efficiencies while also expanding school vouchers which would help lower income students attend private schools.

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.

  ABC 7 at 7: The race for Florida Governor

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - It's a Florida governor's race unlike any other. Establishment candidates are a thing of the past. This year a far right republican is taking on a left-wing democrat.

  ABC7 at 7 - Sarasota’s City Manager turns in 2,500 emails from private email account for court to review

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota's City Manager is the most recent in a slew of people in power under fire for using a private email account for work related business.

  Debate for State Senate District 23 on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The retirement of Congressman Tom Rooney set a whole lot in motion. State Senator Greg Steube is running for the open seat in Congress and republican State Representative Joe Gruters is running for Steube's seat against democrat Olivia Babis.

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.

  The candidates for House 72 debate on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - On November 6th, voters on the Suncoast will vote for who they want to represent House District 72. Earlier this year, State Representative Margaret Good won the seat in a special election. Will she get re-elected when she faces off against former State Representative Ray Pilon?

Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

Internal documents show lax enforcement, missed opportunities by the federal government.

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