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Protecting kids from violent images on family-friendly video app

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:40pm

YouTube kids is very popular with children. It uses an algorithm to filter videos, sorts selections by age, and has a timer to help parents manage their child's viewing habits. But there is one setting parents should use to protect kids.

Traveler calls on KSL to investigate bed bug problem at Murray hotel

Tania Mashburn and Mike Headrick  |  Posted   Apr 10th - 10:45pm

A man who claimed he was bitten by bedbugs at a Murray hotel contacted the KSL Investigators after he says his concerns were ignored.

How you can avoid getting locked into a new carrier when you make the switch

Sloan Schrage  |  Posted   Apr 6th - 11:11pm

In the market for a new cell phone plan? One that might save money? A Utah family contacted the KSL Investigators because they couldn't believe what happened after they got home with their new cell phones.

Major spike in illegal drug sales in Salt Lake City, police say

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:23pm

The Salt Lake City Police Department is facing a huge challenge: how to deal with an explosion of illegal narcotics for sale without being allowed to book buyers into jail. From 2015 to 2016 a crime analysis reveals officers seized 82% more drugs.

KSL Investigates: How safe is your Uber, Lyft or taxi ride?

Tania Mashburn and Mike Headrick  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:42pm

When you hop into a taxi or an Uber, you probably don't think twice about safety issues. But maybe you should. KSL Investigators checked 100 Ubers, Lyfts and taxis to see how many had serious safety recalls.

Police say jail restrictions wreaking havoc in Salt Lake County

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:51pm

Officers in a number of departments have been telling KSL a jail policy has made things so bad that the public needs to know what's going on.

New bill would do away with 'one size fits all' mandatory '25 to life' for child rapists

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 11:17pm

A new bill currently in discussion on Utah's Capitol Hill would do away with the minimum mandatory sentence of '25 years to life in prison' for the most severe child sex abuse convictions.

KSL Investigates: Prison terms too light for sex offenders?

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted   Feb 9th - 8:00am

A Utah woman was shocked to learn her abuser was getting out of prison. Her story led KSL Investigators to look at how much time convicted child sex abusers really spend behind bars.

Drivers in Utah run school bus stop signs nearly 1,500 times in one day, survey shows

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted   Feb 2nd - 11:24pm

In one day, bus drivers across Utah documented that 1,468 drivers failed to stop for school buses that had flashing red lights on and stop signs activated. The survey, and KSL-TV's reporting, has prompted a new legislative proposal on Capitol Hill.

Thousands of hang-up calls to 911 prompt policy changes

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted   Jan 12th - 11:30pm

Hang-up calls to 911 are one of the biggest wastes of a police officer's time. A KSL Investigation found 6,545 such calls in 2016 to Salt Lake City's dispatch center, and the discovery is prompting changes in how police respond to these calls.

New system aims to help track parole violators

Mike Headrick  |  Posted   Dec 6th - 9:20am

When convicted criminals are put on parole, they get an early release from prison under the condition of good behavior. But what happens when their behavior is not so good?

SLC police beef up patrol division to cut response times

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted   Dec 1st - 10:34pm

You call 911 for help, you expect an officer to show up right away, not hours later. In April, the KSL Investigators exposed extremely long wait times in Salt Lake City. The chief promised changes and has increased the number of patrol officers.

Store credit cards: A good deal or discount disappointment?

Debbie Dujanovic and Sloan Schrage  |  Posted   Nov 22nd - 10:37pm

You know the drill: You pile your merchandise near the cash register, pull out your wallet to pay, and the clerk asks if you have a store credit card. Say no, and they offer you a one-time discount to open one on the spot. Should you take the deal?

Is your fitness tracker lying to you?

Tania Mashburn and Mike Headrick  |  Posted   Nov 17th - 10:55pm

A lot of people have jumped on the fitness band bandwagon of late, so the KSL Investigators wanted to find out how accurate the devices really are. We tested three of the most popular brands to see if they're counting correctly.

Auto theft is a growing problem in Utah

Mike Headrick  |  Posted   Nov 10th - 10:28pm

On average, 21 cars are stolen in Utah every single day. That’s thousands a year, and the problem is only getting worse.

Does your child's school have a high crime rate?

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted   Oct 17th - 10:40pm

KSL Investigators look into crime at Utah schools to find out which crimes are happening the most and in which districts.

KSL Investigators examine hundreds of soccer goals, discover many unsafe

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 10:45pm

After a 12-year-old boy was hurt when the wind blew a full-size, portable soccer goal on top of him, KSL Investigators checked out dozens of parks and schools to see how many goals were being properly anchored.

Inside the complicated history of the Hildale infant graveyard

Ladd Egan  |  Posted   Sep 19th - 11:30pm

If you drove by it, you probably wouldn’t notice it. Even from the sky, it just looks like a field. But if you look closely, tiny tombstones come into focus.

How to protect your kids who play online games

Sloan Schrage  |  Posted   Sep 13th - 10:36pm

If you’re a parent of a teenager, there’s a good chance you’ve bought them a gaming console. After all, gaming – as long as it’s not all they do — can be a fun escape for kids. But predators also see it as an opportunity.

How to avoid getting burned when buying a used smartphone

Debbie Dujanovic  |  Posted   Sep 8th - 10:31pm

With Apple's announcement of its new, water-resistant iPhone 7, it may be a good time to buy a used smartphone. There are plenty of great deals online, but before you shop the KSL Investigators have tips so you don't get burned.