Kristin Byrne, TODAY'S TMJ4

Kristin Byrne


Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Past articles by Kristin:

Starting today, manufacturers of baby sleep products held to new safety standard

As of June 23, 2022, infant products intended for sleep that don't already meet a federal sleep standard need to be tested to confirm the angle of the sleep surface is ten degrees or lower. → Read More

I-Team asks economic expert to weigh in on 12 weeks worth of TMJ4 Price Tracker data

TMJ4's I-Team has been monitoring price patterns of several grocery store staples since February 25th. Every Friday, we've been visiting several Milwaukee and suburban grocery stores and checking the price of ground beef, milk, eggs, cheese, bread, and potatoes. → Read More

'Most of the attacks start with email': One click can put financials on your phone at risk

For many of us, our cell phones can serve as wallets as long as we have mobile payment apps connected to our banks or other accounts. For anything financial, keeping our confidential information secure has to be a top priority. → Read More

I-Team helps West Allis mom get refund for broken fridge

When West Allis mom Kristen Payne's refrigerator broke down, storing her twins' bottles became a challenge. Payne paid close to $3,000 for her Whirlpool refrigerator in January. At that price point, she wasn't anticipating any problems, but they came anyway. → Read More

I-Team captures egg prices for months with price tracker project; data shows big recent spike

If you're buying eggs for Easter or Passover, prepare to pay more. Inflation combined with the Avian flu outbreak is driving up prices and in some cases causing shortages. → Read More

Barriers remain in returning furniture to frustrated Cream City Restoration clients

The logistics of getting missing furniture back in the hands of clients is getting complicated for a now-closed Milwaukee storefront. → Read More

'They do this in mass numbers': Cyber security expert discusses strange text surfacing across country

A random text with the same woman's picture on it is popping up on cell phones all across the country. → Read More

Your paid off medical debt that went to collections will soon be wiped off your credit report

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates $88 billion in medical debt is on consumers' credit reports. → Read More

I-Team launches price-tracker to monitor increases of staples at grocery stores

With the cost of food climbing the way it is, our I-Team has decided to start monitoring the price hikes at grocery stores. That way, you can see the change for yourself. → Read More

Skip the meat to lower your grocery bill, and other ways to beat inflation

Pandemic-related problems have created a recipe for inflated food prices at the grocery store. But, you don't have to be a coupon clipper to save money. → Read More

Tooth polish goes viral on TikTok. Dentists say patients should turn to them, not social media

A product called Chrom Toothpolish has captured the attention of curious TikTokers and some influencers. → Read More

Prescription drugs continue to climb in price, hurting patients with and without health insurance

Twice a year, in January and July, we see a lot of prescription drug prices go up. According to the healthcare company, GoodRx, so far this month, more than 650 medications have seen price hikes, both brand name and generic drugs. → Read More

New 'No Surprises Act' won't wipe away all unexpected medical charges

For example, if you visit an emergency room that's out of your health insurance's network, this law says your medical charges have to be covered as if they were in-network. But this doesn't mean unexpected medical charges are a thing of the past. → Read More

Victim blaming prevents consumers from coming forward and reporting fraud

No one likes to admit they're a victim of fraud. It's embarrassing and sometimes that shameful feeling prevents people from reporting the crime. → Read More

Gift card fraud complaints reaching 'staggering new highs' according to Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission or FTC reports in the first nine months of 2021, 40,000 people reported they used gift cards to pay a scammer. In total, consumers reported losing $148 million. That amount is $24 million more than what was lost in all of last year. → Read More

Maker of 'Smart Sock' for infants stops selling product after receiving warning letter from FDA

Thousands of caregivers across the country are signing a petition to get a popular baby product back on the market. → Read More

Report shows 1 in 3 shoppers still hasn't paid off last year's holiday debt

Finance company Nerd Wallet, reports one out of three shoppers still haven't paid off last year's holiday debt. → Read More

Scammers putting a new twist on familiar We Energies spoofing scheme

If your cell rings and the caller ID says "We Energies," you may answer it just like a Brookfield woman did. She asked us not to reveal her identity. → Read More

How hard is it to find hot holiday toys? TMJ4 goes on the hunt for this season's popular gifts

In the middle of November, at a Milwaukee area Target and Walmart, Consumer Investigator Kristin Byrne went on the hunt for four popular toys (priced just under $50 to about $80) that made various "Hot Holiday Toy" lists for 2021. → Read More

Multi-million dollar rental scheme that started overseas has ties to St. Francis, I-Team learns

Law enforcement in our area is warning that anyone looking to rent a house, if you're not careful, could be a victim of an elaborate scheme that stretches across the country and the globe. → Read More