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  • WTVM Editorial 3/25/17: Lifetime companions in dog ownership

    WTVM Editorial 3/25/17: Lifetime companions in dog ownership

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 10:34 PM EDT2017-03-29 02:34:55 GMT
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    National Puppy Day last week gave dog lovers everywhere a chance to celebrate the companionship and lifetime of love that a dog can provide. 

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    National Puppy Day last week gave dog lovers everywhere a chance to celebrate the companionship and lifetime of love that a dog can provide. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/25/17: Student safety should be a priority

    WTVM Editorial 3/25/17: Student safety should be a priority

    Sunday, March 26 2017 7:41 PM EDT2017-03-26 23:41:45 GMT
    (Source: WSFA)(Source: WSFA)

    Surveillance cameras seem to be everywhere, and that can be a good thing when it comes to public safety.  

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    Surveillance cameras seem to be everywhere, and that can be a good thing when it comes to public safety.  

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/17/17: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office audit

    WTVM Editorial 3/17/17: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office audit

    Sunday, March 19 2017 1:51 PM EDT2017-03-19 17:51:07 GMT
    (Source: WTVM File)(Source: WTVM File)

    One of the most important and unsung responsibilities of a business owner or an elected official is keeping expenses in line with the money you receive or create to run your enterprise.

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    One of the most important and unsung responsibilities of a business owner or an elected official is keeping expenses in line with the money you receive or create to run your enterprise.

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  • WTVM Editorial: 3/17/17: Hit-and-run- mayhem

    WTVM Editorial: 3/17/17: Hit-and-run- mayhem

    Sunday, March 19 2017 1:39 PM EDT2017-03-19 17:39:47 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Just in the past two weeks, there have been at least three hit-and-runs, two of them were deadly.

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    Just in the past two weeks, there have been at least three hit-and-runs, two of them were deadly.

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/18/17: Remembering Lt. Gen. Hal Moore

    WTVM Editorial 2/18/17: Remembering Lt. Gen. Hal Moore

    Saturday, February 18 2017 11:04 AM EST2017-02-18 16:04:56 GMT
    (Source: WTVM File)(Source: WTVM File)

    The Army and the nation just lost one of the most famous soldiers of the Greatest Generation, one whose passing all of us from every generation should take a moment to mourn.

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    The Army and the nation just lost one of the most famous soldiers of the Greatest Generation, one whose passing all of us from every generation should take a moment to mourn.

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/18/17: Youth of the Year

    WTVM Editorial 2/18/17: Youth of the Year

    Saturday, February 18 2017 11:03 AM EST2017-02-18 16:03:26 GMT
    (Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)(Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)

    When I sat watching the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year celebration, I was like everyone else in the room: beaming with pride. 

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    When I sat watching the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year celebration, I was like everyone else in the room: beaming with pride. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/3/17: Community stronger after SWGA storm

    WTVM Editorial 2/3/17: Community stronger after SWGA storm

    Saturday, February 4 2017 12:33 PM EST2017-02-04 17:33:58 GMT
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    Last week it was National Signing Day around the Chattahoochee Valley…talented student-athletes made their choices for college and that’s always a big event.

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    Last week it was National Signing Day around the Chattahoochee Valley…talented student-athletes made their choices for college and that’s always a big event.

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/3/17: Let speakers speak

    WTVM Editorial 2/3/17: Let speakers speak

    Saturday, February 4 2017 12:16 PM EST2017-02-04 17:16:56 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    The very vocal protests and political rallies around the country is evidence that everyone can exercise their right to free expression. 

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    The very vocal protests and political rallies around the country is evidence that everyone can exercise their right to free expression. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/13/17: Hidden Figures should inspire students of all races

    WTVM Editorial 1/13/17: Hidden Figures should inspire students of all races

    Saturday, January 14 2017 4:52 PM EST2017-01-14 21:52:54 GMT

    I just saw the new movie Hidden Figures about three amazing African American women whose prowess at math and science made it possible for NASA to launch men safely into space. 

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    I just saw the new movie Hidden Figures about three amazing African American women whose prowess at math and science made it possible for NASA to launch men safely into space. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/13/17: Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

    WTVM Editorial 1/13/17: Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

    Saturday, January 14 2017 4:51 PM EST2017-01-14 21:51:24 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Martin Luther King Jr. would be 87 years old had an assassin's bullet not cut him down in Memphis in 1968.

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    Martin Luther King Jr. would be 87 years old had an assassin's bullet not cut him down in Memphis in 1968.

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/6/17: Nursing shortage creates opportunity

    WTVM Editorial 1/6/17: Nursing shortage creates opportunity

    Friday, January 13 2017 4:07 PM EST2017-01-13 21:07:02 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Our recent report on the local nursing shortage highlighted the growing opportunities for current and future nursing graduates. 

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    Our recent report on the local nursing shortage highlighted the growing opportunities for current and future nursing graduates. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/6/16: Right to try law

    WTVM Editorial 1/6/16: Right to try law

    Saturday, January 7 2017 5:43 PM EST2017-01-07 22:43:48 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Back in October, there was a funeral in Georgia for a very special man.

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    Back in October, there was a funeral in Georgia for a very special man.

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/30/16: Big drug bust is big deal for community

    WTVM Editorial 12/30/16: Big drug bust is big deal for community

    Saturday, December 31 2016 11:23 AM EST2016-12-31 16:23:10 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It was a big deal last week when Columbus police made 22 arrests and recovered more than $100,000 in stolen property. In just six days, Columbus police launched a special operations investigation along with the patrol unit to get it done. 

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    It was a big deal last week when Columbus police made 22 arrests and recovered more than $100,000 in stolen property. In just six days, Columbus police launched a special operations investigation along with the patrol unit to get it done. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/30/16: Debbie and Carrie

    WTVM Editorial 12/30/16: Debbie and Carrie

    Saturday, December 31 2016 11:24 AM EST2016-12-31 16:24:15 GMT
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    The deaths last week of mother and daughter Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, just one day apart, struck many of us as unbearably sad. 

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    The deaths last week of mother and daughter Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, just one day apart, struck many of us as unbearably sad. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/23/16: Racist rants are never OK

    WTVM Editorial 12/23/16: Racist rants are never OK

    Monday, December 26 2016 10:19 PM EST2016-12-27 03:19:26 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It’s a video that has predictably gone viral. Almost 7 million views. It shows cell phone video of an older white woman in line at a JCPenney store in Louisville, KY, as she loses all common decency - to say nothing of holiday spirit.

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    It’s a video that has predictably gone viral. Almost 7 million views. It shows cell phone video of an older white woman in line at a JCPenney store in Louisville, KY, as she loses all common decency - to say nothing of holiday spirit.

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/23/16: 7 GA officers lost in 2016

    WTVM Editorial 12/23/16: 7 GA officers lost in 2016

    Monday, December 26 2016 10:18 PM EST2016-12-27 03:18:11 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    2016 was a terrible year for police officers in Georgia. Seven officers lost their lives this year, most while serving fugitive warrants or responding to domestic disturbances. 

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    2016 was a terrible year for police officers in Georgia. Seven officers lost their lives this year, most while serving fugitive warrants or responding to domestic disturbances. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/16/16: The dangers of social media

    WTVM Editorial 12/16/16: The dangers of social media

    Saturday, December 17 2016 11:37 AM EST2016-12-17 16:37:48 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    There are many teachable moments for parents to share with their children about using social media responsibly. 

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    There are many teachable moments for parents to share with their children about using social media responsibly. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/16/16: Fake news isn’t new

    WTVM Editorial 12/16/16: Fake news isn’t new

    Saturday, December 17 2016 11:36 AM EST2016-12-17 16:36:14 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    We've all been hearing a lot about fake news these days and there are two recent examples that should make us all think twice about believing everything we see online or on the air. 

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    We've all been hearing a lot about fake news these days and there are two recent examples that should make us all think twice about believing everything we see online or on the air. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/9/16: Recognize good young men

    WTVM Editorial 12/9/16: Recognize good young men

    Monday, December 12 2016 8:54 PM EST2016-12-13 01:54:04 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Two local men who played became national championship football players at Georgia, Dale Williams and DJ Jones, once again honored local high school players with well-deserved recognition.

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    Two local men who played became national championship football players at Georgia, Dale Williams and DJ Jones, once again honored local high school players with well-deserved recognition.

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/9/16: Tragedy in Americus

    WTVM Editorial 12/9/16: Tragedy in Americus

    Monday, December 12 2016 8:50 PM EST2016-12-13 01:50:22 GMT
    Slain officers Jody Smith and Nicholas Smarr (Source: Facebook)Slain officers Jody Smith and Nicholas Smarr (Source: Facebook)

    The Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Vernon Keenan calls Minquell Lembrick - the man who shot and killed two police officers last week - a career criminal who “wreaked havoc" on the Americus community.

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    The Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Vernon Keenan calls Minquell Lembrick - the man who shot and killed two police officers last week - a career criminal who “wreaked havoc" on the Americus community.

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/2/16: Roof defends himself

    WTVM Editorial 12/2/16: Roof defends himself

    Saturday, December 3 2016 10:31 AM EST2016-12-03 15:31:29 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    This is the week the trial of Dylan Roof, the man accused of killing nine churchgoers in Charleston gets underway. 

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    This is the week the trial of Dylan Roof, the man accused of killing nine churchgoers in Charleston gets underway. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 12/2/16: Body armor works

    WTVM Editorial 12/2/16: Body armor works

    Saturday, December 3 2016 10:39 AM EST2016-12-03 15:39:10 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Thank goodness Columbus Police Officer Joshua McQuien was wearing his body armor when he was shot during a home burglary on Hilton Avenue in October.

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    Thank goodness Columbus Police Officer Joshua McQuien was wearing his body armor when he was shot during a home burglary on Hilton Avenue in October.

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  • WTVM Editorial 11/23/16: The Sound of Freedom

    WTVM Editorial 11/23/16: The Sound of Freedom

    Friday, November 25 2016 11:24 PM EST2016-11-26 04:24:17 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    President-elect Donald Trump broke every mold of expected political behavior by winning the nation’s highest office with a bold mix of widely televised, stadium-sized rallies that exposed him to new audiences and short tweets that spoke to his base. 

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    President-elect Donald Trump broke every mold of expected political behavior by winning the nation’s highest office with a bold mix of widely televised, stadium-sized rallies that exposed him to new audiences and short tweets that spoke to his base. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 11/23/16: Helping fire victims

    WTVM Editorial 11/23/16: Helping fire victims

    Friday, November 25 2016 11:17 PM EST2016-11-26 04:17:38 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    When a raging fire destroys your home and all your belongings a week before thanksgiving, it is a devastating blow. That’s the situation fifteen families of 35 people who used to call the Woodcliff apartments on Oakley Drive find themselves in, even now, a week and a half later. 

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    When a raging fire destroys your home and all your belongings a week before thanksgiving, it is a devastating blow. That’s the situation fifteen families of 35 people who used to call the Woodcliff apartments on Oakley Drive find themselves in, even now, a week and a half later. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 11/18/16: Who created Thanksgiving?

    WTVM Editorial 11/18/16: Who created Thanksgiving?

    Saturday, November 19 2016 11:35 AM EST2016-11-19 16:35:42 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    During this Thanksgiving week, we hope you and your family enjoy a peaceful and restful few days. Among the people we all may want to thank for the holiday is a woman named Sarah Hale. 

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    During this Thanksgiving week, we hope you and your family enjoy a peaceful and restful few days. Among the people we all may want to thank for the holiday is a woman named Sarah Hale. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 11/18/16: Mannequins for a cause

    WTVM Editorial 11/18/16: Mannequins for a cause

    Saturday, November 19 2016 11:46 AM EST2016-11-19 16:46:00 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Most of the Mannequin Challenge videos exist as a way to top any previous attempt with greater and more elaborate challenges to stay perfectly still. It all started at a Jacksonville, FL high school just last October and is quickly being imitated everywhere. 

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    Most of the Mannequin Challenge videos exist as a way to top any previous attempt with greater and more elaborate challenges to stay perfectly still. It all started at a Jacksonville, FL high school just last October and is quickly being imitated everywhere. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 11/11/16: Salute veterans year round

    WTVM Editorial 11/11/16: Salute veterans year round

    Monday, November 14 2016 4:31 PM EST2016-11-14 21:31:13 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It’s time once again to salute our veterans for everything they have done for us in past combat, current deployments, as reservists, retired or just having served in the many support and technical capacities that make our military the greatest on earth. 

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    It’s time once again to salute our veterans for everything they have done for us in past combat, current deployments, as reservists, retired or just having served in the many support and technical capacities that make our military the greatest on earth. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 11/11/16: Must vote to be heard

    WTVM Editorial 11/11/16: Must vote to be heard

    Saturday, November 12 2016 11:36 AM EST2016-11-12 16:36:02 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Professional political analysts were taken by surprise when Donald Trump won more than the required 270 electoral college votes to become the president-elect. 

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    Professional political analysts were taken by surprise when Donald Trump won more than the required 270 electoral college votes to become the president-elect. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 11/4/16: Cooking up success

    WTVM Editorial 11/4/16: Cooking up success

    Saturday, November 5 2016 2:35 PM EDT2016-11-05 18:35:01 GMT
    Zikei Brooks of LaGrange. (Source: Denise Mosley/WTVM)Zikei Brooks of LaGrange. (Source: Denise Mosley/WTVM)

    Zikei Brooks of LaGrange is the kind of young man we love to feature on the news. He's a smart and talented 12-year-old chef who appears this week on the cable cooking show called "Chopped" on the Food Network. 

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    Zikei Brooks of LaGrange is the kind of young man we love to feature on the news. He's a smart and talented 12-year-old chef who appears this week on the cable cooking show called "Chopped" on the Food Network. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 11/4/16: Talk to elders about driving

    WTVM Editorial 11/4/16: Talk to elders about driving

    Saturday, November 5 2016 2:39 PM EDT2016-11-05 18:39:36 GMT
    (Source: Emilie Arroyo/WTVM)(Source: Emilie Arroyo/WTVM)

    Recently News Leader 9 reporter Emilie Arroyo took an in-depth look at older drivers and how to know when it's time to hang up the car keys for good.  It raises important questions about how to keep elderly drivers - and the rest of us - safe on the road. 

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    Recently News Leader 9 reporter Emilie Arroyo took an in-depth look at older drivers and how to know when it's time to hang up the car keys for good.  It raises important questions about how to keep elderly drivers - and the rest of us - safe on the road. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 10/28/16: Warn the elderly

    WTVM Editorial 10/28/16: Warn the elderly

    Friday, October 28 2016 9:45 PM EDT2016-10-29 01:45:17 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    If you have elderly parents or friends, this is an especially important time to talk with them about phone scams. 

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    If you have elderly parents or friends, this is an especially important time to talk with them about phone scams. 

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    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 8:42 PM EDT2016-10-26 00:42:36 GMT

    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 10/21/16: Voter fraud

    WTVM Editorial 10/21/16: Voter fraud

    Saturday, October 22 2016 5:37 PM EDT2016-10-22 21:37:38 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    WTVM won't be endorsing a presidential candidate, but we do think it’s important for voters to be informed. 

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    WTVM won't be endorsing a presidential candidate, but we do think it’s important for voters to be informed. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 10/14/16: Dangers for pedestrians

    WTVM Editorial 10/14/16: Dangers for pedestrians

    Saturday, October 15 2016 12:55 PM EDT2016-10-15 16:55:46 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    This is a dangerous time of year for pedestrian - vehicle accidents.  

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    This is a dangerous time of year for pedestrian - vehicle accidents.  

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  • WTVM Editorial 10/14/16: Positive police stories

    WTVM Editorial 10/14/16: Positive police stories

    Saturday, October 15 2016 1:02 PM EDT2016-10-15 17:02:40 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It may seem like the only news recently about police officers is negative and usually, features some element of racial bias. But two recent incidents in Georgia tell just the opposite story.

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    It may seem like the only news recently about police officers is negative and usually, features some element of racial bias. But two recent incidents in Georgia tell just the opposite story.

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/29/16: Missing Afghan soldiers

    WTVM Editorial 9/29/16: Missing Afghan soldiers

    Monday, October 3 2016 11:00 PM EDT2016-10-04 03:00:16 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Our community, and this television station has a deep respect and admiration for the soldiers and commanders at Fort Benning. The Fort, its military members and civilian support personnel are a highly valued local asset. 

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    Our community, and this television station has a deep respect and admiration for the soldiers and commanders at Fort Benning. The Fort, its military members and civilian support personnel are a highly valued local asset. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/29/16: Support Urban League's mission

    WTVM Editorial 9/29/16: Support Urban League's mission

    Monday, October 3 2016 8:32 PM EDT2016-10-04 00:32:38 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Two impressive women, with a powerful civil rights message came together to make the 20th annual Columbus Urban League Equal Opportunity Gala an important and meaningful event for Columbus.

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    Two impressive women, with a powerful civil rights message came together to make the 20th annual Columbus Urban League Equal Opportunity Gala an important and meaningful event for Columbus.

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/23/16: Drive-thru flu shots

    WTVM Editorial 9/23/16: Drive-thru flu shots

    Saturday, September 24 2016 11:07 AM EDT2016-09-24 15:07:11 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Drive thru’s - many of us use them every day to pick up a cold drink or grab a fast lunch. Now, the drive-thru concept is being adopted as a new way to get a flu shot, relying on that familiar drive-thru convenience to bring people in. 

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    Drive thru’s - many of us use them every day to pick up a cold drink or grab a fast lunch. Now, the drive-thru concept is being adopted as a new way to get a flu shot, relying on that familiar drive-thru convenience to bring people in. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/23/16: Video should be seen

    WTVM Editorial 9/23/16: Video should be seen

    Saturday, September 24 2016 10:51 AM EDT2016-09-24 14:51:42 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    There are many differences between the recent police shootings of black men in Tulsa, OK and Charlotte, NC.

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    There are many differences between the recent police shootings of black men in Tulsa, OK and Charlotte, NC.

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/16/16: Clown hoaxes in LaGrange no laughing matter

    WTVM Editorial 9/16/16: Clown hoaxes in LaGrange no laughing matter

    Saturday, September 17 2016 2:19 PM EDT2016-09-17 18:19:57 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    The recent rash of alleged sightings of would-be sexual predators dressed as clowns recently hit the LaGrange area. 

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    The recent rash of alleged sightings of would-be sexual predators dressed as clowns recently hit the LaGrange area. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/16/16: Give a few more dollars to the United Way

    WTVM Editorial 9/16/16: Give a few more dollars to the United Way

    Saturday, September 17 2016 2:16 PM EDT2016-09-17 18:16:34 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    $7 million. That’s the new goal set by the United Way of the Chattahoochee valley to fund the important projects that help our neighbors improve their lives and that improves our entire community.

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    $7 million. That’s the new goal set by the United Way of the Chattahoochee valley to fund the important projects that help our neighbors improve their lives and that improves our entire community.

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/9/16: Carbon monoxide kills

    WTVM Editorial 9/9/16: Carbon monoxide kills

    Saturday, September 10 2016 12:29 PM EDT2016-09-10 16:29:38 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    A 2-year old Columbus girl named Emily died last week of carbon monoxide poisoning, one of three deaths at a home on Benning Drive.  All because a gas powered generator was being used inside the home as an alternative to regular electrical power.

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    A 2-year old Columbus girl named Emily died last week of carbon monoxide poisoning, one of three deaths at a home on Benning Drive.  All because a gas powered generator was being used inside the home as an alternative to regular electrical power.

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/9/16: The value of good news

    WTVM Editorial 9/9/16: The value of good news

    Saturday, September 10 2016 12:21 PM EDT2016-09-10 16:21:54 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Some people think the media just likes to focus on bad news. But good news needs to be told and in just the last week - we told a lot of it. 

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    Some people think the media just likes to focus on bad news. But good news needs to be told and in just the last week - we told a lot of it. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/2/16: Helping Louisiana flood victims

    WTVM Editorial 9/2/16: Helping Louisiana flood victims

    Saturday, September 3 2016 11:41 AM EDT2016-09-03 15:41:23 GMT
    WTVM Editorial: Helping Louisiana flood victims. (Source: WTVM)WTVM Editorial: Helping Louisiana flood victims. (Source: WTVM)

    The live benefit concert on Labor Day, produced by our parent company Raycom Media, to benefit Louisiana flood victims is a fine example of targeting a specific need and helping generate donations to a specific charity. 

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    The live benefit concert on Labor Day, produced by our parent company Raycom Media, to benefit Louisiana flood victims is a fine example of targeting a specific need and helping generate donations to a specific charity. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 9/2/16: Kaepernick’s socks

    WTVM Editorial 9/2/16: Kaepernick’s socks

    Saturday, September 3 2016 11:32 AM EDT2016-09-03 15:32:41 GMT
    WTVM Editorial: Socks and Free Speech.  (Source: WTVM)WTVM Editorial: Socks and Free Speech. (Source: WTVM)

    We all know the value of free speech in our democratic Republic: citizens can say or do almost anything to express their opinions, except if it’s libelous…or causes harm to someone else.

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    We all know the value of free speech in our democratic Republic: citizens can say or do almost anything to express their opinions, except if it’s libelous…or causes harm to someone else.

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  • WTVM Editorial 8/26/16: EpiPen price gouge?

    WTVM Editorial 8/26/16: EpiPen price gouge?

    Saturday, August 27 2016 2:05 PM EDT2016-08-27 18:05:47 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Until last week I had never heard of the drug company Mylan, but almost everyone knows what they make: the EpiPen, which now has a price tag of $608 dollars. 

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    Until last week I had never heard of the drug company Mylan, but almost everyone knows what they make: the EpiPen, which now has a price tag of $608 dollars. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 8/26/16: Stay alert to stay alive on Alabama roadways

    WTVM Editorial 8/26/16: Stay alert to stay alive on Alabama roadways

    Saturday, August 27 2016 1:55 PM EDT2016-08-27 17:55:46 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Frequent news stories about deadly crashes, often involving teenagers driving Alabama’s roads are stark reminders that 400 people a year die on Alabama roads and 9,000 others suffer major injuries.

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    Frequent news stories about deadly crashes, often involving teenagers driving Alabama’s roads are stark reminders that 400 people a year die on Alabama roads and 9,000 others suffer major injuries.

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  • WTVM Editorial 8/19/16: Ryan Lochte’s lies

    WTVM Editorial 8/19/16: Ryan Lochte’s lies

    Sunday, August 21 2016 10:18 AM EDT2016-08-21 14:18:02 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Then there is the fact that Lochte is no "kid" - he's 32 years old, and it manages to make his bad behavior seem even worse if that's possible.

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    Then there is the fact that Lochte is no "kid" - he's 32 years old, and it manages to make his bad behavior seem even worse if that's possible.

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  • WTVM Editorial 8/19/16: Let's help Louisiana

    WTVM Editorial 8/19/16: Let's help Louisiana

    Saturday, August 20 2016 7:26 PM EDT2016-08-20 23:26:58 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Catastrophic weather events like the recent South Louisiana flooding are so alarming they can almost seem unreal. 

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    Catastrophic weather events like the recent South Louisiana flooding are so alarming they can almost seem unreal. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 8/5/16: A+ for Phenix City Schools

    WTVM Editorial 8/5/16: A+ for Phenix City Schools

    Saturday, August 6 2016 11:01 AM EDT2016-08-06 15:01:04 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Kudos to the Phenix City School District for giving their high school students the option to use a ChromeBook laptop this year instead of textbooks - making the backbreaking book bag a thing of the past. 

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    Kudos to the Phenix City School District for giving their high school students the option to use a ChromeBook laptop this year instead of textbooks - making the backbreaking book bag a thing of the past. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 8/5/16: Make the NIM No. 1!

    WTVM Editorial 8/5/16: Make the NIM No. 1!

    Saturday, August 6 2016 10:58 AM EDT2016-08-06 14:58:46 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    We often feature stories about the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning and we’re proud to support its many events and exhibits that memorialize the role of the Infantry in U.S. military history. Now the National Infantry Museum is in the running to be the nation's number one free museum in a contest in USA Today. 

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    We often feature stories about the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning and we’re proud to support its many events and exhibits that memorialize the role of the Infantry in U.S. military history. Now the National Infantry Museum is in the running to be the nation's number one free museum in a contest in USA Today. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 7/15/16: The good work of police

    WTVM Editorial 7/15/16: The good work of police

    Thursday, July 21 2016 10:07 PM EDT2016-07-22 02:07:34 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)

    In the wake of the Dallas police massacre, it’s time to reflect on the extremely valuable and selfless work the police do every day, in ways big and small, to keep us safe and able to go about living our lives.

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    In the wake of the Dallas police massacre, it’s time to reflect on the extremely valuable and selfless work the police do every day, in ways big and small, to keep us safe and able to go about living our lives.

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  • WTVM Editorial 7/15/16: Pokemon gone crazy

    WTVM Editorial 7/15/16: Pokemon gone crazy

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:40 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:40:22 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    What is Pokemon Go and why should you care about a smartphone game app that encourages you to collect cartoon characters that pop up almost anywhere? Since Nintendo released the game, it's causing major problems almost everywhere INCLUDING HERE. 

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    What is Pokemon Go and why should you care about a smartphone game app that encourages you to collect cartoon characters that pop up almost anywhere? Since Nintendo released the game, it's causing major problems almost everywhere INCLUDING HERE. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 6/17/16: Pageant builds character

    WTVM Editorial 6/17/16: Pageant builds character

    Thursday, July 21 2016 10:09 PM EDT2016-07-22 02:09:10 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Since 2004, a Miss Georgia pageant contestant has placed in the top 10 or better in the Miss America pageant seven times. That’s a stunning result for any state pageant, and means Georgia is a launching pad for all future contestants eying the big crown. 

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    Since 2004, a Miss Georgia pageant contestant has placed in the top 10 or better in the Miss America pageant seven times. That’s a stunning result for any state pageant, and means Georgia is a launching pad for all future contestants eying the big crown. 

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  • WTVM Editorials 7/1/16: Pat Summitt passes away from Alzheimer's disease

    WTVM Editorials 7/1/16: Pat Summitt passes away from Alzheimer's disease

    Thursday, July 21 2016 10:05 PM EDT2016-07-22 02:05:51 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    There are 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease right now. Pat Summitt, the legendary women’s basketball coach recently passed away from the disease at the age of 64, and that’s young. 

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    There are 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease right now. Pat Summitt, the legendary women’s basketball coach recently passed away from the disease at the age of 64, and that’s young. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 7/8/16: WTVM Fan Club

    WTVM Editorial 7/8/16: WTVM Fan Club

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:39 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:39:43 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    For the past few years, News Leader 9 has been proud to lead a special effort to help the elderly and the poor cope with the deadly effects of our summer heat. We created The WTVM Fan Club to help and it's something almost every one of us can do. 

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    For the past few years, News Leader 9 has been proud to lead a special effort to help the elderly and the poor cope with the deadly effects of our summer heat. We created The WTVM Fan Club to help and it's something almost every one of us can do. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 7/8/16: Senseless tragedies

    WTVM Editorial 7/8/16: Senseless tragedies

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:38 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:38:48 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    No one, no matter how angry or frustrated they become with events should ever take the law into their own hands. 

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    No one, no matter how angry or frustrated they become with events should ever take the law into their own hands. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 7/1/16: Important gun safety rules

    WTVM Editorial 7/1/16: Important gun safety rules

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:37 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:37:30 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    A little 8-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet a few nights ago in Columbus. It happened near the Circle K gas station, near the civic center on 4th street. She wasn’t seriously hurt, but the trauma and fear of the experience is likely to leave more of a scar than the bullet itself. 

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    A little 8-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet a few nights ago in Columbus. It happened near the Circle K gas station, near the civic center on 4th street. She wasn’t seriously hurt, but the trauma and fear of the experience is likely to leave more of a scar than the bullet itself. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 6/24/16: US Attorney General Lynch not very transparent

    WTVM Editorial 6/24/16: US Attorney General Lynch not very transparent

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:36 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:36:53 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Plenty of elected officials like to talk about transparency in government, which means giving it to us straight, warts and all the complete picture. 

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    Plenty of elected officials like to talk about transparency in government, which means giving it to us straight, warts and all the complete picture. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 6/24/16: The mayor’s big court win

    WTVM Editorial 6/24/16: The mayor’s big court win

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:36 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:36:22 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Any chief executive knows they bear the overall responsibility for running their business, especially the finances. And as the chief executive of the city, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson takes that responsibility seriously when it comes to running the city’s business. 

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    Any chief executive knows they bear the overall responsibility for running their business, especially the finances. And as the chief executive of the city, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson takes that responsibility seriously when it comes to running the city’s business. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 6/17/16: Could the Orlando massacre shooter been prevented?

    WTVM Editorial 6/17/16: Could the Orlando massacre shooter been prevented?

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:35 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:35:48 GMT
    (Source: WTVM0(Source: WTVM0

    One heartbreaking fact about the hideous Orlando massacre is that the terrorist killer was able to legally buy a gun. 

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    One heartbreaking fact about the hideous Orlando massacre is that the terrorist killer was able to legally buy a gun. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 6/10/16: TSA still too slow

    WTVM Editorial 6/10/16: TSA still too slow

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:35 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:35:12 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    If you’re planning on flying anywhere this summer, you already know you’ll have to get to the airport early. The Transportation Security Administration says the long lines are finally getting shorter, but the screening process for fliers is still a hassle. 

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    If you’re planning on flying anywhere this summer, you already know you’ll have to get to the airport early. The Transportation Security Administration says the long lines are finally getting shorter, but the screening process for fliers is still a hassle. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 6/10/16: Muhammad Ali's legacy

    WTVM Editorial 6/10/16: Muhammad Ali's legacy

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:34 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:34:34 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Muhammad Ali was laid to rest last Friday. In death as in life, Ali must have known the whole world was watching, because he was always worth watching. From the time he was twelve years old and a bully stole his bicycle, Ali vowed never to be beaten again. 

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    Muhammad Ali was laid to rest last Friday. In death as in life, Ali must have known the whole world was watching, because he was always worth watching. From the time he was twelve years old and a bully stole his bicycle, Ali vowed never to be beaten again. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 6/3/16: No need for graphic video

    WTVM Editorial 6/3/16: No need for graphic video

    Thursday, July 21 2016 9:33 PM EDT2016-07-22 01:33:24 GMT
    Harris Co. Sheriff Deputy Jamie White and his wife, Tami. (Source: The White family)Harris Co. Sheriff Deputy Jamie White and his wife, Tami. (Source: The White family)

    Thankfully, Harris County Deputy Sheriff Jamie White is recovering from a shot to his face fired a close range during a routine Memorial Day weekend traffic stop on I-85 north of Columbus. 

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    Thankfully, Harris County Deputy Sheriff Jamie White is recovering from a shot to his face fired a close range during a routine Memorial Day weekend traffic stop on I-85 north of Columbus. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 5/27/16: Clinton waits for the FBI

    WTVM Editorial 5/27/16: Clinton waits for the FBI

    Friday, May 27 2016 11:53 PM EDT2016-05-28 03:53:30 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    New revelations about presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her classified emails present a very real threat to her campaign. 

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    New revelations about presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her classified emails present a very real threat to her campaign. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 5/27/16: Appreciate employees everyday

    WTVM Editorial 5/27/16: Appreciate employees everyday

    Friday, May 27 2016 11:45 PM EDT2016-05-28 03:45:02 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Successful businesses are built and sustained by outstanding employees. Recently, we held our annual employee appreciation day to thank some of WTVM’s longest-tenured employees for their hard work each day. Here’s a quick look behind the scenes at how we acknowledged some of them. 

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    Successful businesses are built and sustained by outstanding employees. Recently, we held our annual employee appreciation day to thank some of WTVM’s longest-tenured employees for their hard work each day. Here’s a quick look behind the scenes at how we acknowledged some of them. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 5/20/16: Is Bentley using double talk?

    WTVM Editorial 5/20/16: Is Bentley using double talk?

    Friday, May 20 2016 11:55 PM EDT2016-05-21 03:55:35 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is trying to go about his regular routine while the scandal about his allegedly inappropriate behavior with a trusted advisor simmers in the background. You might have missed two new developments that say a lot about how politicians in general and Bentley in particular parse the language to make something questionable sound perfectly all right. 

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    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is trying to go about his regular routine while the scandal about his allegedly inappropriate behavior with a trusted advisor simmers in the background. You might have missed two new developments that say a lot about how politicians in general and Bentley in particular parse the language to make something questionable sound perfectly all right. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 5/20/16: High rank by Forbes for Columbus Regional Health

    WTVM Editorial 5/20/16: High rank by Forbes for Columbus Regional Health

    Friday, May 20 2016 11:48 PM EDT2016-05-21 03:48:41 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    These days it seems everyone loves lists. The internet feeds that love of lists with everything from ranking the best airlines, best restaurants, or best celebrity homes.

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    These days it seems everyone loves lists. The internet feeds that love of lists with everything from ranking the best airlines, best restaurants, or best celebrity homes.

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  • WTVM Editorial 5/13/16: We can't forget Arie Phillips

    WTVM Editorial 5/13/16: We can't forget Arie Phillips

    Friday, May 13 2016 11:21 AM EDT2016-05-13 15:21:11 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 9:52 PM EDT2016-05-14 01:52:30 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    The hit-and-run death of 14-year-old Arie Phillips in March will stay fresh in the mind of her family forever. A family can never forget. But they are worried that Arie's death by a still unknown driver will soon be forgotten, which would truly compound the tragedy. 

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    The hit-and-run death of 14-year-old Arie Phillips in March will stay fresh in the mind of her family forever. A family can never forget. But they are worried that Arie's death by a still unknown driver will soon be forgotten, which would truly compound the tragedy. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 5/13/16: George Zimmerman's infamous gun

    WTVM Editorial 5/13/16: George Zimmerman's infamous gun

    Friday, May 13 2016 11:23 AM EDT2016-05-13 15:23:59 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 9:42 PM EDT2016-05-14 01:42:50 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Hasn't George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin four years ago had enough of the media spotlight? Apparently not. 

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    Hasn't George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin four years ago had enough of the media spotlight? Apparently not. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 5/6/16: Ending the Epidemic

    WTVM Editorial 5/6/16: Ending the Epidemic

    Friday, May 6 2016 4:54 PM EDT2016-05-06 20:54:46 GMT
    Saturday, May 7 2016 6:35 PM EDT2016-05-07 22:35:41 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Did you know that 40 people a day die from Opioid addiction? It may well turn out that the music legend Prince was one of them, when he was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park mansion last month. Opioids are drugs like heroin, Percocet and OxyContin, and their use and abuse is rampant right here where we live.  

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    Did you know that 40 people a day die from Opioid addiction? It may well turn out that the music legend Prince was one of them, when he was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park mansion last month. Opioids are drugs like heroin, Percocet and OxyContin, and their use and abuse is rampant right here where we live.  

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  • WTVM Editorial 5/6/16: Don’t Buy Puppy Mill Pets

    WTVM Editorial 5/6/16: Don’t Buy Puppy Mill Pets

    Friday, May 6 2016 4:59 PM EDT2016-05-06 20:59:14 GMT
    Saturday, May 7 2016 6:32 PM EDT2016-05-07 22:32:54 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    In such an animal friendly area of the country as ours, it's hard to believe it when we report on the disturbing sight of dozens of sick and neglected animals. Yet it happens too often. Just a few days ago, we reported on an Elmore County, AL home where police found 17 Yorkshire Terriers living in deplorable conditions outside of a Tallassee home.  

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    In such an animal friendly area of the country as ours, it's hard to believe it when we report on the disturbing sight of dozens of sick and neglected animals. Yet it happens too often. Just a few days ago, we reported on an Elmore County, AL home where police found 17 Yorkshire Terriers living in deplorable conditions outside of a Tallassee home.  

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  • WTVM Editorial 4/29/16: 'Bathroom Wars' in perspective

    WTVM Editorial 4/29/16: 'Bathroom Wars' in perspective

    Friday, April 29 2016 11:27 AM EDT2016-04-29 15:27:28 GMT
    Friday, April 29 2016 11:20 PM EDT2016-04-30 03:20:37 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Using, or not being able to use, a specific public restroom is suddenly now a hot topic of debate. But public bathrooms are not really a new battleground - at least when it comes to civil rights. 

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    Using, or not being able to use, a specific public restroom is suddenly now a hot topic of debate. But public bathrooms are not really a new battleground - at least when it comes to civil rights. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 4/29/16: Hit-and-run epidemic in Columbus

    WTVM Editorial 4/29/16: Hit-and-run epidemic in Columbus

    Friday, April 29 2016 11:29 AM EDT2016-04-29 15:29:42 GMT
    Friday, April 29 2016 11:13 PM EDT2016-04-30 03:13:57 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Three recent hit-and-run accidents have taken two precious lives in just the last several weeks. 

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    Three recent hit-and-run accidents have taken two precious lives in just the last several weeks. 

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  • WTVM Editorials 4/22/16: WCUG Radio launches

    WTVM Editorials 4/22/16: WCUG Radio launches

    Friday, April 22 2016 11:29 AM EDT2016-04-22 15:29:28 GMT
    Saturday, April 23 2016 12:01 PM EDT2016-04-23 16:01:47 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    A donor, who at first was unknown, has made it possible for Communications students at Columbus State University to operate their own real radio station, WCUG, 88.5 on the FM dial. 

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    A donor, who at first was unknown, has made it possible for Communications students at Columbus State University to operate their own real radio station, WCUG, 88.5 on the FM dial. 

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  • WTVM Editorials 4/22/16: Coach Pollard's legacy

    WTVM Editorials 4/22/16: Coach Pollard's legacy

    Friday, April 22 2016 11:27 AM EDT2016-04-22 15:27:20 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 9:11 PM EDT2016-04-23 01:11:41 GMT
    (Source: Carver High School)(Source: Carver High School)

    The senseless death of Carver Baseball coach David Pollard is truly one of the saddest news stories we've had to cover recently. 

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    The senseless death of Carver Baseball coach David Pollard is truly one of the saddest news stories we've had to cover recently. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 4/8/16: Judges speak truth to teens

    WTVM Editorial 4/8/16: Judges speak truth to teens

    Friday, April 8 2016 9:28 PM EDT2016-04-09 01:28:53 GMT
    Friday, April 8 2016 9:47 PM EDT2016-04-09 01:47:30 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    In Macon, there is a new video superstar.  Her name is Judge Verda Colvin, and her recent lecture to a special group of at risk kids about the grim consequences of a life of crime or other poor life choices was posted online and immediately went viral.  

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    In Macon, there is a new video superstar.  Her name is Judge Verda Colvin, and her recent lecture to a special group of at risk kids about the grim consequences of a life of crime or other poor life choices was posted online and immediately went viral.  

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  • WTVM Editorial 4/8/16: Community support stronger than grief

    WTVM Editorial 4/8/16: Community support stronger than grief

    Friday, April 8 2016 9:11 PM EDT2016-04-09 01:11:35 GMT
    Friday, April 8 2016 9:43 PM EDT2016-04-09 01:43:05 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    When Kayla Wilson and her sister Nikia, along with Kayla’s 6-year-old Denyla Biggers, were killed in a car crash in Coweta County, the tragic news stunned Columbus. But immediately, the owner, staff and customers of Minnie’s Uptown, the popular restaurant where Kayla once worked, fought through the grief and they started doing something. 

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    When Kayla Wilson and her sister Nikia, along with Kayla’s 6-year-old Denyla Biggers, were killed in a car crash in Coweta County, the tragic news stunned Columbus. But immediately, the owner, staff and customers of Minnie’s Uptown, the popular restaurant where Kayla once worked, fought through the grief and they started doing something. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 4/1/16: Heroin epidemic

    WTVM Editorial 4/1/16: Heroin epidemic

    Friday, April 1 2016 10:23 AM EDT2016-04-01 14:23:29 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 8:54 PM EDT2016-04-02 00:54:06 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Last week News Leader 9 anchor Jason Dennis was the only local television reporter at the National Prescription Drug and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The summit dug deep into the current state of opioid addiction, which is a crushing problem for thousands of Georgia families. 

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    Last week News Leader 9 anchor Jason Dennis was the only local television reporter at the National Prescription Drug and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The summit dug deep into the current state of opioid addiction, which is a crushing problem for thousands of Georgia families. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 4/1/16: AL scandal is a ‘House of Cards’

    WTVM Editorial 4/1/16: AL scandal is a ‘House of Cards’

    Friday, April 1 2016 1:17 PM EDT2016-04-01 17:17:24 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 8:46 PM EDT2016-04-02 00:46:10 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    If a Hollywood screenwriter suggested a story about a top office holder who ran on a platform of family values was having a relationship with a top advisor, you might say we’ve heard that story before. It sounds like it could be from the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.” 

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    If a Hollywood screenwriter suggested a story about a top office holder who ran on a platform of family values was having a relationship with a top advisor, you might say we’ve heard that story before. It sounds like it could be from the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.” 

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/23/16: The scandal atop Alabama politics

    WTVM Editorial 3/23/16: The scandal atop Alabama politics

    Friday, March 25 2016 11:09 AM EDT2016-03-25 15:09:41 GMT
    Friday, March 25 2016 11:15 PM EDT2016-03-26 03:15:13 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Rebekah Mason, the former Miss Alabama contestant who climbed the political ladder all the way to become Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's Senior Political Advisor, says she plans to continue working for him, even after word of their alleged affair exploded in the news. 

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    Rebekah Mason, the former Miss Alabama contestant who climbed the political ladder all the way to become Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's Senior Political Advisor, says she plans to continue working for him, even after word of their alleged affair exploded in the news. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/23/16: Emory, Trump and free speech

    WTVM Editorial 3/23/16: Emory, Trump and free speech

    Friday, March 25 2016 10:51 AM EDT2016-03-25 14:51:06 GMT
    Friday, March 25 2016 11:02 PM EDT2016-03-26 03:02:37 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It was refreshing for a change to hear that the editor of the student paper of Emory University in Atlanta made a stand for free speech on campus, after a few dozen students protested after they saw pro-Donald Trump slogans written in chalk around campus.

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    It was refreshing for a change to hear that the editor of the student paper of Emory University in Atlanta made a stand for free speech on campus, after a few dozen students protested after they saw pro-Donald Trump slogans written in chalk around campus.

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/18/16: Finally, ISIS equals genocide

    WTVM Editorial 3/18/16: Finally, ISIS equals genocide

    Friday, March 18 2016 11:30 AM EDT2016-03-18 15:30:43 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 10:41 PM EDT2016-03-19 02:41:59 GMT

    Our government doesn't always act quickly in world affairs - and that’s good, since deliberate debate is often called for. But Washington, DC is very good at one thing: stating the obvious. 

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    Our government doesn't always act quickly in world affairs - and that’s good, since deliberate debate is often called for. But Washington, DC is very good at one thing: stating the obvious. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/18/16: Safe and secure 'exchange zones'

    WTVM Editorial 3/18/16: Safe and secure 'exchange zones'

    Friday, March 18 2016 11:33 AM EDT2016-03-18 15:33:13 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 10:34 PM EDT2016-03-19 02:34:39 GMT

    We've all read or seen the frightening stories of Craigslist or other online sales going horribly wrong - buyers robbed or worse. One suburban Atlanta couple was murdered last year when they attempted to buy a classic Mustang offered by an online buyer, who shot them in the head and stole their money. 

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    We've all read or seen the frightening stories of Craigslist or other online sales going horribly wrong - buyers robbed or worse. One suburban Atlanta couple was murdered last year when they attempted to buy a classic Mustang offered by an online buyer, who shot them in the head and stole their money. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/11/16: Suited and Booted

    WTVM Editorial 3/11/16: Suited and Booted

    Friday, March 11 2016 11:21 AM EST2016-03-11 16:21:04 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 10:30 AM EDT2016-03-18 14:30:03 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    An English teacher at Shaw High School is getting students ready for a special day that happens later this week. It's called Suited and Booted and it involves teaching young men the proper way to dress for important social or professional events.

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    An English teacher at Shaw High School is getting students ready for a special day that happens later this week. It's called Suited and Booted and it involves teaching young men the proper way to dress for important social or professional events.

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  • WTVM Editorial: 3/11/16: Why a gun?

    WTVM Editorial: 3/11/16: Why a gun?

    Friday, March 11 2016 11:19 AM EST2016-03-11 16:19:48 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:39 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:39:34 GMT

     When we report on various local crime stories, very often those events we cover involve the use of a gun. This is not an editorial on the Second Amendment, which gives every American the right to own a gun.

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     When we report on various local crime stories, very often those events we cover involve the use of a gun. This is not an editorial on the Second Amendment, which gives every American the right to own a gun.

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/4/16: The Good Samaritan viewer

    WTVM Editorial 3/4/16: The Good Samaritan viewer

    Friday, March 4 2016 9:31 AM EST2016-03-04 14:31:05 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:26 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:26:12 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    On February 17, Columbus police issued a distressing missing persons BOLO, BE ON THE LOOKOUT, to the media. A 50-year-old man with schizophrenia named Miguel Santiago was off his medication and missing from home, and his family was worried. 

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    On February 17, Columbus police issued a distressing missing persons BOLO, BE ON THE LOOKOUT, to the media. A 50-year-old man with schizophrenia named Miguel Santiago was off his medication and missing from home, and his family was worried. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/4/16: No need for 'religious liberty' bill in GA

    WTVM Editorial 3/4/16: No need for 'religious liberty' bill in GA

    Friday, March 4 2016 9:28 AM EST2016-03-04 14:28:56 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:25 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:25:32 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    The Georgia Senate passed a bill known as the "Religious Liberty" bill that would allow groups or businesses to deny service to same sex couples if those groups can cite they hold strong beliefs that only traditional marriage should be recognized.

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    The Georgia Senate passed a bill known as the "Religious Liberty" bill that would allow groups or businesses to deny service to same sex couples if those groups can cite they hold strong beliefs that only traditional marriage should be recognized.

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/19/16: Kanye West's version of debt

    WTVM Editorial 2/19/16: Kanye West's version of debt

    Friday, February 19 2016 10:42 AM EST2016-02-19 15:42:10 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:24 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:24:21 GMT

    Sometimes, you just have to laugh. The ultra-successful rapper Kanye West recently took to twitter to say he is "$53 million in debt." In an internet flash, nearly everyone asked, how could that be?

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    Sometimes, you just have to laugh. The ultra-successful rapper Kanye West recently took to twitter to say he is "$53 million in debt." In an internet flash, nearly everyone asked, how could that be?

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/18/16: A Murder Remembered

    WTVM Editorial 2/18/16: A Murder Remembered

    Friday, February 19 2016 10:39 AM EST2016-02-19 15:39:11 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:23 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:23:29 GMT

    One of the most heinous crimes imaginable happened in our WTVM viewing area 14 years ago. It was a murder that took the life of a young boy named Brett Bowyer and almost killed his father too.

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    One of the most heinous crimes imaginable happened in our WTVM viewing area 14 years ago. It was a murder that took the life of a young boy named Brett Bowyer and almost killed his father too.

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/12/16: CSU swings for the fences

    WTVM Editorial 2/12/16: CSU swings for the fences

    Friday, February 12 2016 12:31 PM EST2016-02-12 17:31:40 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:22 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:22:48 GMT

    Columbus State University has once again stepped up to the plate, with ambitious construction and expansion plans in uptown Columbus and partnerships that translate to more career opportunities for future graduates. 

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    Columbus State University has once again stepped up to the plate, with ambitious construction and expansion plans in uptown Columbus and partnerships that translate to more career opportunities for future graduates. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/12/16: Keeping silent is a deadly sin

    WTVM Editorial 2/12/16: Keeping silent is a deadly sin

    Friday, February 12 2016 12:43 PM EST2016-02-12 17:43:17 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:21 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:21:56 GMT
    Marquis BrownMarquis Brown

    Police investigating several unsolved local deaths say the public often holds the key in getting justice. Yet witnesses avoid cooperating and that is a big part of the sad story of Marquis Brown. 

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    Police investigating several unsolved local deaths say the public often holds the key in getting justice. Yet witnesses avoid cooperating and that is a big part of the sad story of Marquis Brown. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/5/16: WTVM invests in Midtown

    WTVM Editorial 2/5/16: WTVM invests in Midtown

    Friday, February 5 2016 10:50 AM EST2016-02-05 15:50:01 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:21 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:21:23 GMT

    It's important for all local businesses to invest as much as they can into their own community. We see it every day in the news we cover: solid local businesses expanding, adding locations, hiring more employees, building new offices. We cover many of those positive business stories in the news -- and we should.

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    It's important for all local businesses to invest as much as they can into their own community. We see it every day in the news we cover: solid local businesses expanding, adding locations, hiring more employees, building new offices. We cover many of those positive business stories in the news -- and we should.

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/5/16: The 'SEC Primary' is no game

    WTVM Editorial 2/5/16: The 'SEC Primary' is no game

    Friday, February 5 2016 10:51 AM EST2016-02-05 15:51:50 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:20 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:20:38 GMT

    The Presidential delegate sweepstakes takes a big jump forward on March 1, Super Tuesday called "SEC Primary." Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia are the top states with hundreds of delegates at stake for both parties.

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    The Presidential delegate sweepstakes takes a big jump forward on March 1, Super Tuesday called "SEC Primary." Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia are the top states with hundreds of delegates at stake for both parties.

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/29/16: Veteran homelessness

    WTVM Editorial 1/29/16: Veteran homelessness

    Friday, January 29 2016 4:08 PM EST2016-01-29 21:08:52 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:19 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:19:58 GMT

    Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson recently delivered her State of the City address in which she reviewed the city's major accomplishments of the past year. 

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    Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson recently delivered her State of the City address in which she reviewed the city's major accomplishments of the past year. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/29/16: Soldier's generous act

    WTVM Editorial 1/29/16: Soldier's generous act

    Friday, January 29 2016 4:07 PM EST2016-01-29 21:07:08 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 8:18 AM EDT2016-03-17 12:18:45 GMT

    It’s so common these days: when we see a man or woman in military uniform we say “thank you for your service" - and we mean it. 

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    It’s so common these days: when we see a man or woman in military uniform we say “thank you for your service" - and we mean it. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/22/16: The Oscars and Diversity

    WTVM Editorial 1/22/16: The Oscars and Diversity

    Friday, January 22 2016 10:45 AM EST2016-01-22 15:45:33 GMT
    Friday, January 22 2016 10:34 PM EST2016-01-23 03:34:01 GMT

    Several prominent African American entertainers are calling for a boycott of the upcoming Academy Awards - The Oscars - the granddaddy of all Hollywood awards shows. The one with the gold statue that carries the most weight in the film industry. 

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    Several prominent African American entertainers are calling for a boycott of the upcoming Academy Awards - The Oscars - the granddaddy of all Hollywood awards shows. The one with the gold statue that carries the most weight in the film industry. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/22/16: Opelika - The Gig City

    WTVM Editorial 1/22/16: Opelika - The Gig City

    Friday, January 22 2016 10:36 AM EST2016-01-22 15:36:19 GMT
    Friday, January 22 2016 10:24 PM EST2016-01-23 03:24:19 GMT

    Opelika, AL is seeing positive economic results of being a "Gig City" - our Georgia-Alabama region's first city to invest in super high-speed fiber optics: allowing business and residential customers to download data at speeds of one gigabyte or one billion bytes per second. 

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    Opelika, AL is seeing positive economic results of being a "Gig City" - our Georgia-Alabama region's first city to invest in super high-speed fiber optics: allowing business and residential customers to download data at speeds of one gigabyte or one billion bytes per second. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/15/16: Heart raffle is a winner

    WTVM Editorial 1/15/16: Heart raffle is a winner

    Friday, January 15 2016 1:03 PM EST2016-01-15 18:03:12 GMT
    Saturday, January 16 2016 8:58 AM EST2016-01-16 13:58:50 GMT

    For many who have known sadness from losing loved ones to heart disease, the Heart Raffle is a happy way to keep a positive focus on heart health. So even if you didn't win a Mercedes this year, you did make a big contribution by supporting the Heart Raffle...and there's always next year!

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    For many who have known sadness from losing loved ones to heart disease, the Heart Raffle is a happy way to keep a positive focus on heart health. So even if you didn't win a Mercedes this year, you did make a big contribution by supporting the Heart Raffle...and there's always next year!

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/15/16: Daymond John is great role model for 'The Dream Lives'

    WTVM Editorial 1/15/16: Daymond John is great role model for 'The Dream Lives'

    Friday, January 15 2016 4:21 PM EST2016-01-15 21:21:40 GMT
    Friday, January 15 2016 9:06 PM EST2016-01-16 02:06:40 GMT

    One of the most popular shows on television is "Shark Tank" seen right here on WTVM News Leader 9 every Fridays at 9 p.m. EST. And one of the most popular sharks in the tank is Daymond John, the founder of the mega-popular FUBU clothing line. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson hosted Daymond John for the annual Martin Luther King Unity Celebration this week - part of the ambitious efforts of the Mayor's Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity. 

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    One of the most popular shows on television is "Shark Tank" seen right here on WTVM News Leader 9 every Fridays at 9 p.m. EST. And one of the most popular sharks in the tank is Daymond John, the founder of the mega-popular FUBU clothing line. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson hosted Daymond John for the annual Martin Luther King Unity Celebration this week - part of the ambitious efforts of the Mayor's Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/8/16: Stock market panic

    WTVM Editorial 1/8/16: Stock market panic

    Friday, January 8 2016 9:45 AM EST2016-01-08 14:45:34 GMT
    Monday, January 11 2016 4:01 PM EST2016-01-11 21:01:38 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It's easy to think the sky is falling when we hear news reports about the plunge in the stock market just in the few days since 2016 arrived. The market sell-off was brought about this time, or at least blamed on, a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing. 

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    It's easy to think the sky is falling when we hear news reports about the plunge in the stock market just in the few days since 2016 arrived. The market sell-off was brought about this time, or at least blamed on, a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/8/16: Cities should support text to 911

    WTVM Editorial 1/8/16: Cities should support text to 911

    Friday, January 8 2016 9:29 AM EST2016-01-08 14:29:48 GMT
    Monday, January 11 2016 3:58 PM EST2016-01-11 20:58:01 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Luckily for those young children left in the car, the City of Alpharetta has enabled their emergency services personnel to receive "text-to-911" messages.

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    Luckily for those young children left in the car, the City of Alpharetta has enabled their emergency services personnel to receive "text-to-911" messages.

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/1/16: 'Affluenza' comes from bad parents

    WTVM Editorial 1/1/16: 'Affluenza' comes from bad parents

    Thursday, December 31 2015 10:46 AM EST2015-12-31 15:46:10 GMT
    Friday, January 1 2016 10:32 PM EST2016-01-02 03:32:36 GMT

    You've probably heard of the capture of Ethan Couch, the infamous teenager who killed four people in a drunk driving crash that left a fifth person paralyzed.

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    You've probably heard of the capture of Ethan Couch, the infamous teenager who killed four people in a drunk driving crash that left a fifth person paralyzed.

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/1/16: Kudos to flooding first responders

    WTVM Editorial 1/1/16: Kudos to flooding first responders

    Thursday, December 31 2015 10:47 AM EST2015-12-31 15:47:38 GMT
    Friday, January 1 2016 10:31 PM EST2016-01-02 03:31:35 GMT

    The relentless rain in recent weeks did more than soak the holidays. Flood waters damaged homes and businesses, closed roadways and made travel dangerous or at least difficult for many.  The Chattahoochee River was just one river that rose far above flood stage.

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    The relentless rain in recent weeks did more than soak the holidays. Flood waters damaged homes and businesses, closed roadways and made travel dangerous or at least difficult for many.  The Chattahoochee River was just one river that rose far above flood stage.

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  • WTVM Editorial: 3/3/17: Viral trooper video

    WTVM Editorial: 3/3/17: Viral trooper video

    Saturday, March 4 2017 11:43 AM EST2017-03-04 16:43:58 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    In case you missed it, an Indiana state trooper posted a unique video on Facebook that’s been viewed over 14 million times. 

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    In case you missed it, an Indiana state trooper posted a unique video on Facebook that’s been viewed over 14 million times. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 3/3/17: Reading and success

    WTVM Editorial 3/3/17: Reading and success

    Saturday, March 4 2017 11:42 AM EST2017-03-04 16:42:00 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    (WTVM) - It seems that every week, one or more of our News Leader 9 anchors are in a classroom reading to area children.

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    (WTVM) - It seems that every week, one or more of our News Leader 9 anchors are in a classroom reading to area children.

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  • WTVM Editorial 2/24/17: Media responsibility

    WTVM Editorial 2/24/17: Media responsibility

    Sunday, February 26 2017 5:34 PM EST2017-02-26 22:34:50 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    President Donald Trump has made a lot of news lately by criticizing the news media at large. 

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    President Donald Trump has made a lot of news lately by criticizing the news media at large. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/27/17: Experts optimist about Georgia's economic growth

    WTVM Editorial 1/27/17: Experts optimist about Georgia's economic growth

    Saturday, January 28 2017 10:56 AM EST2017-01-28 15:56:42 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    With the election of Donald Trump, some economic analysts are crediting the recent rise of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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    With the election of Donald Trump, some economic analysts are crediting the recent rise of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/27/17: LaGrange 1940 lynching apology long over due

    WTVM Editorial 1/27/17: LaGrange 1940 lynching apology long over due

    Saturday, January 28 2017 10:55 AM EST2017-01-28 15:55:28 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    I had never heard the name Austin Callaway until our news department reported on a long overdue apology last week from the LaGrange police department for the young man's death at the hands of a lynch mob 75 years ago.

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    I had never heard the name Austin Callaway until our news department reported on a long overdue apology last week from the LaGrange police department for the young man's death at the hands of a lynch mob 75 years ago.

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/20/17: Rep. John Lewis to deliver MLK address in LaGrange

    WTVM Editorial 1/20/17: Rep. John Lewis to deliver MLK address in LaGrange

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 10:41 PM EST2017-01-25 03:41:39 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    In a few days, Georgia Congressman John Lewis will deliver the annual Martin Luther King Address in LaGrange. 

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    In a few days, Georgia Congressman John Lewis will deliver the annual Martin Luther King Address in LaGrange. 

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  • WTVM Editorial 1/20/17: Gun violence is a recipe for disaster

    WTVM Editorial 1/20/17: Gun violence is a recipe for disaster

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 10:39 PM EST2017-01-25 03:39:28 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    The new year was barely halfway through its first month before two homicides in Columbus made it a deadly start to 2017. 

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    The new year was barely halfway through its first month before two homicides in Columbus made it a deadly start to 2017. 

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