Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

End may be in sight with proposed liquidation plan for RDAG bankruptcy

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

  Proposed settlement would release Rick Dykes in RDAG bankruptcy case

  Another RDAG employee pleads guilty in auto giant criminal case

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Bankruptcy judge approves Vista Bank’s $7.5M settlement with RDAG estate

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

RDAG Complaint: Smith told FirstCapital exactly what he was doing

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

Wednesday RDAG bankruptcy hearing continued until March

Vista Bank agrees to pay $7.5M, drops all claims and demands in RDAG case

Vista Bank has agreed to settle with RDAG and pay $7.5 million to the RDAG bankruptcy estate.

Attorney General weighs in on Reagor Dykes case

On the eve of a court hearing that may decide whether the Reagor Dykes estates stay in reorganization or are liquidated, new filings in the RDAG bankruptcy case by the Texas Attorney General reveal that Reagor Dykes has “resolved approximately 90 percent of the initial consumer issues.”

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

FirstCapital asks judge to end RDAG reorganization plans, forcing liquidation

  ‘Vista Bank aided and abetted’ RDAG CFO’s fraud

All 3 January sentencing hearings in RDAG criminal case cancelled

Reagor-Dykes Criminal Charges Growing

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

Five down, 167 to go for NAAG cases at Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office

It may be small, but 5 families will be receiving death certificates after months of waiting. The Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s office has completed five of the 172 cases NAAG Pathology Labs left unfinished.

11 people plead guilty in Reagor-Dykes floor plan fraud scheme

Eleven people have pleaded guilty for their role in the Reagor-Dykes “fraud scheme.” The investigation reveals more than $40 million worth of “collateralized inventory that RDAG was unable to produce for inspection,” according to court documents.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott And Faith Leaders Announce GRACE Initiative To Combat Human Trafficking

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott hosted a listening session with faith leaders from across the state to discuss strategies to end child exploitation and sex trafficking in Texas.

  Medical Examiner report: Initial backlog complete, NAAG backlog remains

During the Lubbock County Commissioner’s meeting on Monday morning, the Chief Administrative Medical Examiner Dr. John Lang gave a report on the state of the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Former RDAG CFO Shane Smith’s executive assistant pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy

Ashley Nicole Wood was hired by Reagor Dykes Auto Group to be the executive assistant for former Chief Financial Officer Shane Smith in 2014.

Lubbock judge orders Bart Reagor to pay Vista Bank nearly $1.8 million

A Lubbock District Judge has ordered Bart Reagor to pay Vista Bank $1,792,605.39. The order was granted by District Judge Ruben Reyes on Monday, Dec. 2.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  KCBD Investigates: Grievance filed against public defender alleging disturbing behavior

Brownfield resident Jannie Vieres was appointed a lawyer after she recently found herself in legal trouble. But documents we have obtained suggest her court appointed attorney actually came at a cost.

8th person pleads guilty to fraud in Reagor-Dykes federal case

A total of eight people have now pleaded guilty for their role in the Reagor-Dykes “fraud scheme,” according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. The investigation reveals more than $40 million worth of “collateralized inventory that RDAG was unable to produce for inspection,” ac

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

2 more Reagor-Dykes employees plead guilty in ‘fraud scheme’

A total of seven people have now pleaded guilty for their role in the Reagor-Dykes “fraud scheme,” according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

  Lubbock County reaches deal with NAAG to release backlog of medical records

The 172 families waiting on death certificates from the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office are one step closer to getting their cases resolved.

  NAAG cites ‘toxic political environment’ as reason to not renew contract with county as Medical Examiner

Two days after KCBD published a report on the 172 families stuck in limbo without death certificates in Lubbock County, National Autopsy Assay Group (NAAG) sent a media release and a letter saying, “It is important that the public get the whole story.”

Hearing set for Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, FirstBank & Trust settlement

The Federal Bankruptcy judge granted a request for an expedited hearing on Reagor-Dykes Auto Group expedited motion for approval of compromise and settlement with FirstBank & Trust.

  KCBD Investigates: New Medical Examiner responds to 172 families waiting on death certificates

Lubbock's new medical examiner is promising to help 172 families who are still waiting on death certificates.

  KCBD Investigates: Landlord responds to accusations of threatening, harassing tenants

The KCBD Investigates Team has been keeping an eye on rent-to-own landlord Jerry Lopez. While KCBD was waiting at the courthouse on a dispute resolution with his tenants, we bumped into Lopez.

  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.

  KCBD Investigates: Lubbock families warn of “nightmare” landlord

There are over 60 pages of criminal complaints dating back to early 2017, all under the same landlord. These documents reveal a pattern of disturbing claims including harassment, destruction of property, and assault.

First Bank & Trust urges court to move forward with liquidation of Reagor-Dykes

First Bank & Trust has filed a motion asking the court to move the Reagor-Dykes companies from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, aimed at restructuring and preserving the dealerships, to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which would liquidate all the assets and end Reagor-Dykes as a going concern.

2 female employees plead guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud in RDAG case

Two more Reagor-Dykes Auto Group employees have pleaded guilty to fraud for their role in a $23 million check kiting scheme, allegedly under the direction of the auto group’s former Chief Financial Officer, Shane Smith.

Wife of slain TTU Police Officer sues accused shooter for more than $1 million

Nearly two years after a Texas Tech police officer was shot and killed inside of the Texas Tech Police Department, the wife of the slain officer is suing the accused shooter for more than $1 million.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Lubbock County Commissioners to consider new acting medical examiner on Monday morning

Lubbock County may have a new medical examiner Monday, following the resignation of Dr. Sam Andrews.

Judgement: Bart Reagor owes Ford Motor Credit $53,759,450.96

Lubbock’s federal district court convened Thursday to formally determine the amount of money Bart Reagor owes Ford Motor Credit.

Federal judge issues gag order in Ford case against Bart Reagor

Bart Reagor has been barred by a federal judge from commenting on a current case against Ford Motor Credit to the public. This gag order, as it’s known, was issued today, Oct. 3.

Ford takes Reagor to court to find out how much he owes

Ford Motor Credit and Bart Reagor were in federal court on Wednesday, to try and determine how much Bart Reagor owes to Ford Motor Credit.

Sentencing rescheduled for Shane Smith, former Reagor-Dykes CFO

The sentencing hearing for Shane Smith, the former CFO for the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group who pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Jan 7.

Creditors set to vote on RDAG reorganization plan

A federal bankruptcy court approved a Reagor-Dykes disclosure statement on Tuesday, laying out a timeline for creditors to file objections and vote on the proposed reorganization.

Judge unseals whistleblower lawsuit seeking ‘billions’ from Covenant in alleged healthcare scheme

A whistleblower suit in federal court filed by Dr. Howard Beck again St. Joseph Health System, Covenant Health System and its subsidiaries, alleges Medicare fraud and seeks to recover damages for the government that could amount to billions of dollars.

  Texas Rangers, FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office raid Lubbock Co. Medical Examiner’s Office

Officials with the Department of Public Safety say State Troopers, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were at the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office early Monday afternoon serving a warrant, according to Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parish.

  2 Reagor-Dykes employees plead guilty to bank fraud conspiracy

Two former employees with the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group pleaded guilty for their role in a $23 million check kiting scheme, allegedly under the direction of the auto group’s former Chief Financial Officer, Shane Smith.

  Experts: Human trafficking is hidden tragedy of broken immigration system

Many are hoping to find a better life in the United States, but even once they make it across the border, many may find themselves in a world they could not have possibly imagined.

RDAG proposes $13 million reorganization plan to re-establish dealerships

A second reorganization plan has been submitted to a federal bankruptcy court that would allow a Reagor-Dykes Auto Group plan sponsor $13 million for re-organizational operating costs. This has yet to be approved by the court.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

Texas man arrested for possession and promotion of child pornography

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit of his office arrested 32-year-old Camron Lee Wood, of Eagle Lake, Texas, on one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography.

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

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

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

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

Bank sues Ford Credit in connection to Reagor-Dykes bankruptcy

As the calendar inches closer to the one year mark since the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group’s bankruptcy, a bank that backed the group for millions of dollars is suing the company they say started the chain reaction of events.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

Hearing rescheduled to see how much money Ford Motor Credit can get from Bart Reagor

A reorganization hearing in the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group bankruptcy case was scheduled to take place Thursday, July 11, but was rescheduled.

Reagor-Dykes submits reorganization plan ahead of July 11 hearing

As of July 1, Reagor-Dykes Auto Group exists basically on paper and in the memories of West Texans. On Monday crews could be seen taking the familiar ‘RD’ logo off the company’s headquarters in downtown Lubbock.

  Migrant surge strains resources along the border

Along the Southwest Border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection took 133,000 migrants into custody in May.More than 11,000 more were deemed inadmissible at ports of entry.That’s a spike of about 32 percent from the month before.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

Lubbock County DA asks judge to seal details of ME contract

The Lubbock County District Attorney has asked a district court to seal the details of the Medical Examiner’s contract in the case of Ortiz vs. National Autopsy Assay Group, saying that having the contract public puts them at a “competitive disadvantage” as they try to work out a new contract for me

Medical board rejects allegations that doctor practiced without license in ME’s office

The Texas Medical Board will not take action against Dr. Evan Matshes, who was accused of practicing medicine in Texas without a license alongside Lubbock County Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Andrews during an autopsy.

  Graves case against NAAG Pathology Labs, Matshes, Andrews dismissed

A case involving the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office has been thrown out of court. District Judge Ruben G. Reyes today announced the plaintiffs in the case had “failed to establish a prime facie case by clear and specific evidence for each essential element of Plaintiff’s claims.”

  Bart Reagor breaks silence on fraud allegations: “I had no idea”

It's been almost a year since Bart Reagor last talked with the media, but Monday he broke his silence on his terms.

AG Paxton launches new citywide immersive training initiative to combat human trafficking in Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the launch of new partnerships between his office and cities across the state to educate and mobilize Texans in the fight against human trafficking.

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Are the ice cream trucks in your neighborhood operating legally?

They sell your children sweet treats in the summer, but how do you know they're safe? This summer more than 50 ice cream trucks will be hitting the road here in Lubbock, but not all are legally allowed to be here.

Attorneys for Reagor-Dykes hope reorganization plan to be finalized by September

A plan has been drafted to conclude the bankruptcy case for the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group. The hope is it will be completely prepared by the end of July and confirmed by September.

Former Reagor-Dykes CFO Shane Smith to be sentenced in October

One day after former Chief Financial Officer for the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, Shane Smith, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud by getting money through false documents, the court has scheduled the sentencing for October 1 at 9 a.m.

  Shane Smith, former Reagor-Dykes CFO, pleads guilty to wire fraud

The former Chief Financial Officer for the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, Shane Smith, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud by getting money through false documents.

Court date set for Reagor-Dykes damages settlement, though Reagor disputes amount owed

July 11 is the date set for Ford Motor Credit Company and Bart Reagor to settle the amount owed to Ford after the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group filed for Bankruptcy on Aug. 1.

  KCBD Investigates: Questions on Lubbock County discretionary budget

As Lubbock County’s discretionary funds have been earmarked for certain projects, questions have surfaced on what that could mean for the county’s bottom line.