Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:02:33 GMT
JOPLIN, MO (RNN) - Two years after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, new landscape is emerging, but there is still work to be done. Joplin was hit by an EF-5 tornado on May, 22, 2001, thatFull Story >
Two years after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, new landscape is emerging, but there is still work to be done.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:58:16 GMT
Della Mae prepares for album release with free music Della Mae, a country band comprised of five multitalented women from all over the U.S, developed a following through their high-energy performancesFull Story >
Is she or isn't she? Who knows? But new Beyonce music is here. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:47:02 GMT
There may be a few light thunderstorms Wednesday evening but severe weather is not expected. On Thursday, a few spotty light showers or sprinkles may develop during the afternoon. Full Story >
There may be a few light thunderstorms Wednesday evening but severe weather is not expected. On Thursday, a few spotty light showers or sprinkles may develop during the afternoon. Click here for your Memorial Day Weekend forecast. Full Story >
A House committee taking Congress' latest look at the Internal Revenue Service's mistreatment of tea party groups will apparently have to do so without input from the star witness.Full Story >
At the center of a political storm, an Internal Revenue Service supervisor whose agents targeted conservative groups swore Wednesday she did nothing wrong, broke no laws and never lied to Congress. Then she refused to answer...Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:28 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:28:55 GMT
As tornado survivors in Oklahoma gather a more clear idea to the extent of damage from Monday's twister, relief continues to pour in from all over the country, including the Tri-State. On Wednesday, thereFull Story >
As tornado survivors in Oklahoma gather a more clear idea to the extent of damage from Monday's twister, relief continues to pour in from all over the country, including the Tri-State.Full Story >
From rising healthcare costs to high deductible insurance policies to unforeseen accidents or illnesses, many people are left with medical bills they can't afford to pay.
In the past, some in need have turned to bake sales and car washes to help raise funds. These days, all you need is a computer and a little kindness from strangers.
Born with a rare genetic disorder, little Madden needs multiple surgeries just to stay alive. The costs are overwhelming for his family.
"ER visits, medication, he's on a special formula," said Madden's mother, Mandy Sheridan.
Madden's mother is not the only one facing tough calls when it comes to medical costs. Health care expenses in the US continue to rise, according to a recent study by the Health Care Cost Institute. And even those with insurance are often strapped with high deductible plans and out of pocket expenses.
"In 2011 we watched out of pocket spending rise for the commercially insured by 4.6 percent. Those would be things that are like over the counter drugs and medical devices that weren't prescribed," explained Carolina Herrera from the Health Care Cost Institute.
Now thousands are getting help online. Their stories shared on crowdfunding websites where friends, family and even strangers pitch in.
"It was so exciting…the first donation that came in, and then by the end of the day there were so many. It was inspiring."
Crowdfunding has been used in recent years, mostly to finance creative startup projects, such as video games or movies. Now experts say it's exploding in the nonprofit sector as well.
Brad Damphousse is the co-founder and CEO of GoFundMe, one of several online fundraising sites.
He says last year people raised more than eight million dollars for medical causes on GoFundMe alone.
"Our medical, illness and healing category is the most popular area of usage," said Brad Damphousse, co-founder and CEO of GoFundMe.com.
Suzanne Revell started her campaign after a gymnastics injury left her needing a wheelchair that her insurance company refused to cover.
"If I'm going to have to pay for the chair out of pocket, then maybe I could get friends and family members to help donate," said Crowdfunding participant, Suzanne Revell.
She was shocked by the response, not only from friends and family, but strangers, raising more than eight-thousand dollars in just a week.
Anyone can set up a campaign for free. Just write up your story, add photos or video, then send out the link to your social media contacts.
"As a campaign grows in popularity, other people begin to show their support," said Damphousse.
The money is collected through the websites, which take a small cut per transaction. In addition to donations, people can leave messages of support.
"To see all the words of encouragement, that was the biggest part of it. It wasn't just the financial part," explained Sheridan.
While the sites have systems in place to prevent fraud, it's still possible for scammers to slip through the cracks. Damphouse recommends you donate only to registered charities and to friends or friends of friends.
More than $11,000 has been raised for Madden so far. His mom says she can't wait to tell him the story someday.
"I will tell him that strangers came together and helped save his life," said Sheridan.
Unlike other crowdfunding websites - where you have to meet your monetary goal before the project is funded and you get your money - with cause related crowdfunding the money is available for immediate use - even if you don't reach your goal.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:53 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:53:49 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetFull Story >
British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:38:38 GMT
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation. Jeremy Collett, 30, of Winchester, Ohio was arrested and charged with two counts of Trafficking Drugs prescription pills toFull Story >
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:47:42 GMT
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge David Bunning sentenced Lee Moore, 43,Full Story >
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison.Full Story >