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  • Senior Providers Face Financial Crisis As State Funds Run Dry

    Senior Providers Face Financial Crisis As State Funds Run Dry

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:55:18 GMT
    South Carolina government warns "there will never be enough money".South Carolina government warns "there will never be enough money".

    In Laurens County the meals stopped on the last day of June. The kitchen sat empty. Two cooks were laid off. Dozens of seniors who depended on a taxpayer supported non-profit called Senior Options for lunch were cut off.

    In Laurens County the meals stopped on the last day of June. The kitchen sat empty. Two cooks were laid off. Dozens of seniors who depended on a taxpayer supported non-profit called Senior Options for lunch were cut off.

  • Investigation Follow-Up : Cherokee Dispatchers Follow Through With Promise

    Investigation Follow-Up : Cherokee Dispatchers Follow Through With Promise

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:13:52 GMT
    Cherokee County 911 dispatchers said they had plans to save lives.  7 On Your Side finds out what they've accomplished.Cherokee County 911 dispatchers said they had plans to save lives. 7 On Your Side finds out what they've accomplished.
    After a 7 On Your Side investigation uncovered a dangerous computer glitch that could delay first responders during fires, police calls and medical emergencies, Cherokee County 911 dispatchers promised to increase training and introduce new systems to protect people in need. In a follow-up investigation, 911 Director Reggie Petty said his staff was engaged in weekly hands-on training and trying to enroll as many people as possible in a sophisticated new software tool called “Smart 911”. In Fe...
    After a 7 On Your Side investigation uncovered a dangerous computer glitch that could delay first responders during fires, police calls and medical emergencies, Cherokee County 911 dispatchers promised to increase training and introduce new systems to protect people in need. In a follow-up investigation, 911 Director Reggie Petty said his staff was engaged in weekly hands-on training and trying to enroll as many people as possible in a sophisticated new software tool called “Smart 911”. In Fe...
  • Investigating the Safety of Teen Social App Use

    Investigating the Safety of Teen Social App Use

    Thursday, July 10 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-10 13:52:24 GMT
    7 On Your Side Investigates Whether Your Teen Is Safe Using Social Apps.7 On Your Side Investigates Whether Your Teen Is Safe Using Social Apps.
    A man is in jail after deputies say he tried to solicit sex from a 13-year-old girl after meeting up with her through a phone app. 
    A man is in jail after deputies say he tried to solicit sex from a 13-year-old girl after meeting up with her through a phone app. 
  • South Carolina Agency Allows Pollution Permits To Expire

    South Carolina Agency Allows Pollution Permits To Expire

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-01 20:12:29 GMT
    How open is your government?  7 On Your Side puts it to the test.How open is your government? 7 On Your Side puts it to the test.
    More than 100 permits, required under the federal Clean Water Act, have been allowed to expire in South Carolina meaning new standards for pollution control have been delayed and public input required as each permit is renewed is silent.  
    More than 100 permits, required under the federal Clean Water Act, have been allowed to expire in South Carolina meaning new standards for pollution control have been delayed and public input required as each permit is renewed is silent.  
  • Thousands of Upstate Seniors Could Lose Critical Care

    Thousands of Upstate Seniors Could Lose Critical Care

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-07-01 20:06:17 GMT
    How open is your government?  7 On Your Side puts it to the test.How open is your government? 7 On Your Side puts it to the test.
    Millions of state and federal tax dollars intended for vulnerable Upstate seniors was delayed for more than four months by what the Lieutenant Governor’s office called “incorrect invoices”. The funding, through the “Older Americans Act” is intended to keep seniors in their own homes instead of assisted living at a far lower cost.  
    Millions of state and federal tax dollars intended for vulnerable Upstate seniors was delayed for more than four months by what the Lieutenant Governor’s office called “incorrect invoices”. The funding, through the “Older Americans Act” is intended to keep seniors in their own homes instead of assisted living at a far lower cost.  
  • Your Right To Know: How Open Is Your Local Government?

    Your Right To Know: How Open Is Your Local Government?

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-07-01 20:04:48 GMT
    How open is your government?  7 On Your Side puts it to the test.How open is your government? 7 On Your Side puts it to the test.
    7 On Your Side puts your government to the test.  How open are officials with public information? Does everyone obey the law?
    7 On Your Side puts your government to the test.  How open are officials with public information? Does everyone obey the law?
  • 7OYS Investigation Finds Dangerous 9-1-1 Glitch

    7OYS Investigation Finds Dangerous 9-1-1 Glitch

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-07-01 20:02:18 GMT
    A dangerous computer "glitch" left a Cherokee County mother waiting while her three children were trapped by a fire.  A 7 On Your Side Investigation found out why firefighters took so long to respond.
    A dangerous computer "glitch" left a Cherokee County mother waiting while her three children were trapped by a fire.  A 7 On Your Side Investigation found out why firefighters took so long to respond.
  • Flow Of Filth: Investigation Shows What's Really In Your Creek

    Flow Of Filth: Investigation Shows What's Really In Your Creek

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-07-01 20:00:34 GMT
    7 On Your Side analyzed hundreds of federal records and dug through dozens of state documents to find a long history of violations by several Upstate wastewater treatment facilities.
    7 On Your Side analyzed hundreds of federal records and dug through dozens of state documents to find a long history of violations by several Upstate wastewater treatment facilities.
  • 7OYS Investigation: Flow of Filth

    7OYS Investigation: Flow of Filth

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:02:15 GMT
    The water near your home could be dangerous to your health, and what we found out will make you sick.
    The water near your home could be dangerous to your health, and what we found out will make you sick.
  • Monday Night At 6

    Community Watchdog Investigation

    Community Watchdog Investigation

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:00 PM EST2013-11-27 23:00:26 GMT

    A private school collects hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and thousands more of your tax dollars. IRS records show the school is run by a board of directors, but when we checked we found several of those board members have been dead for years. So who’s really in charge of spending the money? After our investigation, the SC Secretary of State is looking into the case.

    A private school collects hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and thousands more of your tax dollars. IRS records show the school is run by a board of directors, but when we checked we found several of those board members have been dead for years. So who’s really in charge of spending the money? After our investigation, the SC Secretary of State is looking into the case.

  • Watchdog Investigation : Emails Show Grade Changing At Upstate School

    Watchdog Investigation : Emails Show Grade Changing At Upstate School

    Wednesday, August 14 2013 12:15 PM EDT2013-08-14 16:15:04 GMT
    At least one Upstate school changed failing grades and gave higher scores than students actually earned, according to emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.At least one Upstate school changed failing grades and gave higher scores than students actually earned, according to emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
    At least one Upstate school changed failing grades and gave higher scores than students actually earned, according to emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
    At least one Upstate school changed failing grades and gave higher scores than students actually earned, according to emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Restaurant Report Cards: Can You Trust The Inspection Score?

    Restaurant Report Cards: Can You Trust The Inspection Score?

    Friday, June 28 2013 4:33 PM EDT2013-06-28 20:33:50 GMT
    Can You Trust The Inspection Score?Can You Trust The Inspection Score?
    7 On Your Side Investigation shows some restaurants maintain "A" rating even after investigators find unsafe or unsanitary conditions.
    The investigation showed some places earn "A"s with what the state calls "Critical Risk" factors, including potentially unsafe food.
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