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9 Investigates: Who’s driving you around?

Thousands of people are hopping into the cars of complete strangers to get around town.             They're using ride-sharing programs Uber and Lyft.             The ride sharing companies are like taxi companies, except drivers use their personal cars.   Their standards for safety are up to Uber and Lyft -- ...

9 Investigates Charlotte pedestrian deaths

9 Investigates Charlotte pedestrian deaths

A new study says the Charlotte area is one of the most dangerous in the United States for pedestrians. A group of road planners, the National Complete Streets Coalition, released the report, listing Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord tenth worst in the country. One of the report's authors, David Goldberg, told Action 9 that ...

9 investigates: Cancer mystery in Huntersville

Is there a cancerous secret hidden in Huntersville? “I don't want to create a scare. But now there's five women that we know of in the area that have ocular melanoma,” said Janie Blackstock. Blackstock has reason to be scared. Her daughter, Summer, was diagnosed a year ago with an ...

9 Investigates: CFD headquarters behind schedule

The Charlotte Fire Department's new headquarters in north Charlotte is now 307 days overdue. It was supposed to be in September. Work on the $11 million headquarters on Statesville and Graham started in March 2012. Channel 9 has learned its shiny, glass-covered facade of steel-framed windows has slowed down the ...

9 Investigates: Used-car interest rates

Talk about sticker shock: North Carolina used car dealers can charge you 29 percent interest.  South Carolina ones can charge whatever they want.  But now, because of this Action 9 investigation, the law may change.   Madonna McCree had bad credit, so she settled on a car that was 11 ...

9 Investigates: Restaurants exempt from health inspections

A new law is keeping county health inspectors out of the kitchens of local bars and clubs. Channel 9 uncovered a legal loophole that allows businesses permitted by the ABC as "private clubs" to avoid the required health inspections. Mecklenburg County Health inspector Lynn Lathan told Eyewitness News, "There's nothing ...

9 Investigates: Cannon’s former company still making money

It's been nearly four months since former Charlotte Mayor Pat Cannon resigned.   Since then, he's pleaded guilty to corruption charges but his former company is still making big profits from taxpayers.   Channel 9 investigated and found E-Z Parking has contracts with city and state agencies.   One of ...

9 Investigates allegations of embezzlement by local fire chief

A 9 investigation is uncovering allegations of embezzlement at a local fire department. Channel 9 anchor Blair Miller spent months tracking down the financial records. What he found has town leaders angry and now state agents are also investigating. Miller went to Morven in Anson County after a whistleblower came ...

9 Investigates: Elderly drivers on Charlotte roads

Just a few months into their marriage, Nick and Brittany Schmidt have already made good on their vows to love each other in sickness and in health.   “Having to help bathe, help transport to the shower, help get on and off the toilet,” Brittany Schmidt said.   The two ...

9 Investigates: Family torn apart by prescriptions

In the quiet moments, Darlene Hudson remembers her son Will's smile and spirit, seen in the photos that decorate her Albemarle home.   Will struggled with addiction that started with his own medication.   "He did get a prescription for hydrocodone along the line for some gout problems he was ...

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