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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Couponing is Cool

    SPECIAL REPORT: Couponing is Cool

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:46 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:46:07 GMT
    These days the typical coupon clipper is a lot younger than you may think. Believe it or not it's millennial who are going coupon crazy whether it's in person or looking up deals online. Manager of theMore >>
    These days the typical coupon clipper is a lot younger than you may think.  Believe it or not it's millennial who are going coupon crazy whether it's in person or looking up deals online.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Cracking Price Codes

    SPECIAL REPORT: Cracking Price Codes

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:43 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:43:02 GMT
    If you want to save some money when you go into stores you have to learn how to crack the codes on price tags. On a price tag, it's not the dollars that reveal a deal, but in order to get the best price,More >>
    If you want to save some money when you go into stores you have to learn how to crack the codes on price tags.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Elimination diets – good or bad for you?

    SPECIAL REPORT: Elimination diets – good or bad for you?

    Saturday, July 19 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-07-19 15:51:07 GMT
    News Leader 9's Barbara Gauthier investigates whether these elimination diets really help or if they cause bigger health problems than they may cure.More >>
    The saying goes "you are what you eat" and now the latest diet craze is taking that to heart. It involves people cutting entire food groups out of their diets to cure a variety of ailments, often without the guidance of a health professional. News Leader 9's Barbara Gauthier investigates whether these elimination diets really help or if they cause bigger health problems than they may cure.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Domestic Abuse

    SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Domestic Abuse

    Sunday, July 13 2014 6:05 AM EDT2014-07-13 10:05:08 GMT
    Experts are warning of a growing form of domestic violence they call "digital abuse". It's when one partner uses technology to control and intimidate their significant other.More >>
    Experts are warning of a growing form of domestic violence they call "digital abuse". It's when one partner uses technology to control and intimidate their significant other.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Companies limiting online reviews

    SPECIAL REPORT: Companies limiting online reviews

    Saturday, July 12 2014 8:25 AM EDT2014-07-12 12:25:06 GMT
    Do you rely on reviews when you're picking a product, doctor, or other service providers?  We found you may not be getting the full picture, thanks to clauses some companies are tucking into their contractMore >>
    Do you rely on reviews when you're picking a product, doctor, or other service providers?  We found you may not be getting the full picture, thanks to clauses some companies are tucking into their contracts limiting online reviews. It's a new consumer trend some experts say is alarming.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Male Eating Disorders

    SPECIAL REPORT: Male Eating Disorder

    Saturday, May 17 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-05-17 11:00:13 GMT
    Women aren't the only demographic who can be susceptible to eating disorders.More >>
    Women aren't the only demographic who can be susceptible to eating disorders.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Hookup Generation

    SPECIAL REPORT: Hookup Generation

    Friday, May 16 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-05-16 15:09:56 GMT
    Six Millennials ranging from college students to professionals in the Chattahoochee Valley say dating can be tough.More >>
    Six Millennials ranging from college students to professionals in the Chattahoochee Valley say dating can be tough.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: How to Get A Secure Password

    SPECIAL REPORT: How to Get A Secure Password

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-05-13 16:31:53 GMT
    One in five adults have had an email or social networking account taken over or used without permission, according to the Pew research, but there are some programs out there to help you manage stayingMore >>
    One in five adults have had an email or social networking account taken over or used without permission, according to the Pew research, but there are some programs out there to help you manage staying secure and simple.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Germy Gadgets

    SPECIAL REPORT: Germy Gadgets

    Sunday, May 11 2014 5:03 AM EDT2014-05-11 09:03:09 GMT
    We have a "dirty question" for you: what's a germ-ridden, object you carry around with you and use all the time? If you said your smartphone or tablet, you're correct. One study revealed your smartphone  More >>
    We have a "dirty question" for you: what's a germ-ridden, object you carry around with you and use all the time? If you said your smartphone or tablet, you're correct. One study revealed your smartphone could be dirtier than a toilet seat! More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Texting for Help

    SPECIAL REPORT: Texting for Help

    Sunday, May 4 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-05-04 09:01:01 GMT
    We found some crisis and counseling centers are having success asking teens and others to text for help! After all, texting is one of the top ways teens like to communicate and 63 percent of them text everMore >>
    We found some crisis and counseling centers are having success asking teens and others to text for help! After all, texting is one of the top ways teens like to communicate and 63 percent of them text every day. But are there digital disadvantages to this growing trend? News Leader 9's Cheryl Renee explains in tonight's special report: text for help.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Hoarding Headaches

    SPECIAL REPORT: Hoarding Headaches

    Thursday, May 1 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-05-01 20:33:38 GMT
    As many as one in 20 people suffer from compulsive hoarding. The disorder has been in the spotlight, thanks to reality TV shows like "Hoarders." We talked to a Columbus woman who lived in that kind of
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    As many as one in 20 people suffer from compulsive hoarding. The disorder has been in the spotlight, thanks to reality TV shows like "Hoarders." We talked to a Columbus woman who lived in that kind of clutter for years.
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  • SPECIAL REPORT: The Scandal Life

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Scandalous Life

    Friday, April 25 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-04-25 13:04:08 GMT
    One in five married men admit to cheating on their wives. That's 20 percent of men. But men are not alone, 14 percent of married women admit to infidelity and studies suggest that infidelity is on the rise.More >>
    One in five married men admit to cheating on their wives. That's 20 percent of men. But men are not alone, 14 percent of married women admit to infidelity and studies suggest that infidelity, especially among women, is on the rise.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: What Would You Do?

    SPECIAL REPORT: What Would You Do?

    Thursday, February 27 2014 10:27 AM EST2014-02-27 15:27:36 GMT
    Lately, there have been criminal cases in the news where race has become front and center, which prompted News Leader 9 to do a local 'what would you do?' experiment to test the state of race relations in Columbus.More >>

    Lately, there have been criminal cases in the news where race has become front and center, which prompted News Leader 9 to do a local 'what would you do?' experiment to test the state of race relations in Columbus.More >>

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Dining

    SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Dining

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 2:46 PM EST2014-02-25 19:46:50 GMT
    When it comes to dining out in 2014, you might be interacting more with your smart phone than with your server.More >>
    When it comes to dining out in 2014, you might be interacting more with your smart phone than with your server.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Breaking down the loud music trial – has justice been served?

    SPECIAL REPORT: Breaking down the loud music trial – has justice been served?

    Friday, February 21 2014 4:38 AM EST2014-02-21 09:38:05 GMT
    The "Stand Your Ground" defense has recently garnered a lot of attention. It's been used in a few recent high profile cases and in this case dubbed the "loud music" trial. More >>
    The "Stand Your Ground" defense has recently garnered a lot of attention. It's been used in a few recent high profile cases and in this case dubbed the "loud music" trial. Attorney Teddy Reese with the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice says that law was created with good intention but is now being used in a way that was not intended. More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Sweetheart Safety - How to be safe when dating online

    SPECIAL REPORT: Sweetheart Safety - How to be safe when dating online

    Thursday, February 13 2014 1:00 AM EST2014-02-13 06:00:13 GMT
    According to online dating statistics, about 41 million Americans use an online dating service, because many say it is easy, fun and convenient. But as easy as it looks, online dating can also be dangerous
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    According to online dating statistics, about 41 million Americans use an online dating service, because many say it is easy, fun and convenient. But as easy as it looks, online dating can also be dangerous and painful.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Natural Hair Revolution

    SPECIAL REPORT: Natural Hair Revolution

    Saturday, February 8 2014 8:33 AM EST2014-02-08 13:33:03 GMT
    More and more African American women are embracing their natural tresses, but with change sometimes comes controversy.More >>
    More and more African American women are embracing their natural tresses, but with change sometimes comes controversy.More >>
  • WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Marijuana Mania

    WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Marijuana Mania

    Thursday, February 6 2014 1:05 PM EST2014-02-06 18:05:11 GMT
    Could marijuana be legalized in Georgia? If you haven't heard, the recreational use of marijuana is suddenly a part of the national dialogue.More >>
    Could marijuana be legalized in Georgia? If you haven't heard, the recreational use of marijuana is suddenly a part of the national dialogue.More >>
  • WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Super Veterinarians at Auburn University

    WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Super Veterinarians at Auburn University

    Thursday, February 6 2014 1:05 PM EST2014-02-06 18:05:45 GMT
    A team of super vets and techs at Auburn University's Small Animal Teaching Hospital are helping animals live longer and have a better quality of life through cutting-edge treatment and research.More >>
    A team of super vets and techs at Auburn University's Small Animal Teaching Hospital are helping animals live longer and have a better quality of life through cutting-edge treatment and research. The goal is to not necessarily cure all diseases, but to limit the power cancer has to take a life. Our Elizabeth White gives us an inside look.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Energy Company Has Hundreds of BBB Complaints

    SPECIAL REPORT: Energy Company Has Hundreds of BBB Complaints

    Sunday, February 2 2014 4:35 AM EST2014-02-02 09:35:08 GMT
    We have an important consumer alert for you when it comes to finding jobs. A woman claims an energy company with hundreds of complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau led her astray, but the companyMore >>
    A woman claims an energy company with hundreds of complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau led her astray, but the company says that's just not true.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Cell Phone Plan Confusion

    SPECIAL REPORT: Cell Phone Plan Confusion

    Thursday, November 28 2013 11:55 PM EST2013-11-29 04:55:08 GMT
    When it comes to figuring out the right smart phone plan many people suffer from cell phone confusion. There are thousands of combinations to choose from when you're selecting and customizing your plan.More >>
    When it comes to figuring out the right smart phone plan many people suffer from cell phone confusion.More >>
  • WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Diet

    WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Diet

    Thursday, November 28 2013 8:01 AM EST2013-11-28 13:01:07 GMT
    In this Fox 54 special report, Elizabeth White follows a close-knit Auburn family who took our digital diet challenge in an effort to disconnect and connect.More >>
    In this Fox 54 special report, Elizabeth White follows a close-knit Auburn family who took our digital diet challenge in an effort to disconnect and connect.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Homeless Next Door

    SPECIAL REPORT: Homeless Next Door

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 5:36 AM EST2013-11-27 10:36:00 GMT
    What is it like being homeless? News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne takes us deep into places where homelessness is a way of life right here in the Chattahoochee Valley.More >>
    What is it like being homeless? News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne takes us deep into places where homelessness is a way of life right here in the Chattahoochee Valley.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: The Church, gay marriage, the debate

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Church, gay marriage, the debate

    Thursday, November 21 2013 1:53 PM EST2013-11-21 18:53:52 GMT
    Rev. Emily Bel is the pastor of Forgiving Heart Christian Community Church in Columbus, Ga. She has been a pastor for nearly 25 years, and she is gay. "My partner and I have been together for 18 years.More >>
    Rev. Emily Bel is the pastor of Forgiving Heart Christian Community Church in Columbus, Ga. She has been a pastor for nearly 25 years, and she is gay. "My partner and I have been together for 18 years.More >>
  • WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Is CrossFit safe for kids?

    WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Is CrossFit safe for kids?

    Friday, November 15 2013 4:22 PM EST2013-11-15 21:22:37 GMT
    Local parents are enrolling their children in a sometimes controversial workout that has even some adults shaking in their boots. In this special report, Fox 54's Brittany Dionne steps into the box for yourMore >>
    Local parents are enrolling their children in a sometimes controversial workout that has even some adults shaking in their boots. In this special report, Fox 54's Brittany Dionne steps into the box for your not-so-average P.E. class for kids.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: High Tech Faith

    SPECIAL REPORT: High Tech Faith

    Friday, November 15 2013 8:07 AM EST2013-11-15 13:07:06 GMT
    Nowadays, many people use iPhones and iPads inside what you might call iChurch, but are the gadgets replacing God? We went behind the scenes at several local churches to dig deeper into this "High Tech Faith."More >>
    Nowadays, many people use iPhones and iPads inside what you might call iChurch, but are the gadgets replacing God? We went behind the scenes at several local churches to dig deeper into this "High Tech Faith."More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: The healthy fast food diet

    The fast food diet

    Sunday, November 10 2013 8:55 AM EST2013-11-10 13:55:09 GMT
    This made us wonder, can you eat low calorie fast food everyday and lose weight and stay healthy? We decided to test it out.More >>
    This made us wonder, can you eat low calorie fast food everyday and lose weight and stay healthy? We decided to test it out.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Learn more about asthma with a new app

    SPECIAL REPORT: Learn more about asthma with a new app

    Friday, November 8 2013 10:43 AM EST2013-11-08 15:43:00 GMT
    Nine people die from asthma attacks every day in our country, according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Now there is a free app to help people battle the condition.More >>
    Nine people die from asthma attacks every day in our country, according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Now there is a free app to help people battle the condition.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Pampered Pets

    SPECIAL REPORT: Pampered Pets

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 4:44 PM EST2013-11-05 21:44:31 GMT
    Pet owners are buying more than bare necessities when it comes to their pets. According to the American Pet Product Association, people are willing to pay almost any price when it comes to caring for their
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    Pet owners are buying more than bare necessities when it comes to their pets. According to the American Pet Product Association, people are willing to pay almost any price when it comes to caring for their four legged friends.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Using wheelchairs to cut in line?

    SPECIAL REPORT: Using wheelchairs to cut in line?

    Sunday, July 21 2013 6:14 AM EDT2013-07-21 10:14:00 GMT
    It appears more and more people are finding a way around the wait, in a wheelchair, and they're not always disabled. News Leader 9's Chuck Leonard examines this practice, and shows us how some advocates
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    It appears more and more people are finding a way around the wait, in a wheelchair, and they're not always disabled. News Leader 9's Chuck Leonard examines this practice, and shows us how some advocates for the disabled have begun blowing the whistle on the cheaters.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: When Malware Attacks

    SPECIAL REPORT: When Malware Attacks

    Friday, July 12 2013 8:40 AM EDT2013-07-12 12:40:25 GMT
    A new tool that could soon be used in the fight against identity theft was actually developed at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. 
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    A new tool that could soon be used in the fight against identity theft was actually developed at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Lowering the Limit

    SPECIAL REPORT: Lowering the Limit

    Sunday, June 30 2013 9:11 AM EDT2013-06-30 13:11:00 GMT
    Every day, 27 people are killed in drunk driving crashes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. To lower that number, the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommMore >>
    Every day, 27 people are killed in drunk driving crashes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

    To lower that number, the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended that all 50 states drop their blood-alcohol content (BAC) cutoff from .08 down to 0.05 for drunk drivers.
    More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Key to Danger

    SPECIAL REPORT: Key to Danger

    Saturday, May 25 2013 1:22 AM EDT2013-05-25 05:22:07 GMT
    Most people don't consider that the key to your home could be the key to danger. When you buy a mass produced lock there are very good chances that someone else has the key to your home!More >>
    Most people don't consider that the key to your home could be the key to danger. When you buy a mass produced lock there are very good chances that someone else has the key to your home!More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Have you seen Molly?

    SPECIAL REPORT: Have you seen Molly?

    Monday, May 20 2013 11:20 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:20:54 GMT
    Have you seen "Molly?"She's popular, illegal, and very dangerous; although her name sounds innocent, she's far from it. You find her in clubs, music, and right here in the Chattahoochee Valley.More >>
    Have you seen "Molly?"She's popular, illegal, and very dangerous; although her name sounds innocent, she's far from it. You find her in clubs, music, and right here in the Chattahoochee Valley. We set out to find "Molly" and expose her for what she really is.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Carfax or Fiction

    SPECIAL REPORT: Carfax or Fiction

    Sunday, May 12 2013 3:16 AM EDT2013-05-12 07:16:09 GMT
    Getting a Carfax report may not always protect you from buying a lemon, but there are steps to get the best car possible.More >>
    Getting a Carfax report may not always protect you from buying a lemon, but there are steps to get the best car possible.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Losing our religion?

    SPECIAL REPORT: Losing our religion?

    Saturday, May 4 2013 1:15 AM EDT2013-05-04 05:15:07 GMT
    Gateway Church in Columbus has been growing. So is the number of Americans exercising their right not to worship.More >>
    Gateway Church in Columbus has been growing. So is the number of Americans exercising their right not to worship.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Catch Them Red-Handed

    SPECIAL REPORT: Catch Them Red-Handed

    Wednesday, May 1 2013 6:25 AM EDT2013-05-01 10:25:01 GMT
    You've heard the saying, there's an app for that... meaning you can find an application for just about anything.More >>
    You've heard the saying, there's an app for that... meaning you can find an application for just about anything. We found some new, unique apps that protect you and your privacy. In this special report, find out how to play detective with your cell phone.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Facts about Firearms Part 2

    SPECIAL REPORT: Facts about Firearms Part 2

    Thursday, February 28 2013 11:26 AM EST2013-02-28 16:26:09 GMT
    The debate over guns in our country is a hot topic and WTVM News Leader 9 has been digging into the issue. Two weeks ago, Chandi Lowry explained the differences between guns that are considered controversialMore >>
    The debate over guns in our country is a hot topic and WTVM News Leader 9 has been digging into the issue.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Stomp out Smoking

    SPECIAL REPORT: Stomp out Smoking

    Friday, February 22 2013 6:20 AM EST2013-02-22 11:20:06 GMT
    It only takes a few puffs of a cigarette to get addicted to nicotine.More >>
    It only takes a few puffs of a cigarette to get addicted to nicotine.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Facts about Firearms

    SPECIAL REPORT: Facts about Firearms

    Friday, February 15 2013 8:54 AM EST2013-02-15 13:54:06 GMT
    A string of mass shootings has recently hit our country, leaving dozens of people dead and the United States divided.More >>
    A string of mass shootings has recently hit our country, leaving dozens of people dead and the United States divided.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Homeless Motel Living - A room without a home

    SPECIAL REPORT: Homeless Motel Living - A room without a home

    Friday, February 8 2013 11:54 AM EST2013-02-08 16:54:59 GMT
    Holding back tears, Eartha Martin said as a mother on the streets she feels like she let her kids down.More >>
    Holding back tears, Eartha Martin said as a mother on the streets she feels like she let her kids down.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Party protection tips for Big Game on Sunday

    SPECIAL REPORT: Party protection tips for Big Game on Sunday

    Friday, February 1 2013 9:08 AM EST2013-02-01 14:08:53 GMT
    The two best teams in the NFL go head to head on Sunday and with the big game comes big parties, but before kickoff make sure your game plan is in place. More >>
    The two best teams in the NFL go head to head on Sunday and with the big game comes big parties, but before kickoff make sure your game plan is in place.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Journey to the Holy Land part 2

    SPECIAL REPORT: Journey to the Holy Land part 2

    By Jason Dennis - bio | email Reporting from Israel (WTVM) - As America and the U.S. Army keeping a close eye on Iran's nuclear threats, especially on its neighbor in the Middle East, Israel, I tookMore >>
    With Israel in the news on a regular basis, because of conflict in the Middle East and America's involvement, News Leader 9's Jason Dennis went to see first-hand the dangers there. We spoke to Jewish soldiers on borders like Lebanon, along with sites of wars past and future, in part two of our "Journey to the Holy Land."More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Journey to the Holy Land Part 1

    SPECIAL REPORT: Journey to the Holy Land Part 1

    By Jason Dennis - bio | email Reporting from Israel (WTVM) - It's the central location of the Bible - and Israel has also been in the news a lot lately. I had the opportunity to go there recently,More >>
    News Leader 9's Jason Dennis went with more than 30 Georgia pastors to Israel for a week, taking a journey through history and bringing The Bible to life. We take you on a Journey to the Holy Land.More >>
  • Earthquake in the Valley: Could it Happen Here?

    03/12/20102011-03-12 23:09:24 GMT
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Major earthquakes have affected the Chattahoochee Valley in the past, but the question is, will they affect our area again?More >>
  • WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Gluten-Free Living

    WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Gluten-Free Living

    Friday, February 7 2014 1:04 AM EST2014-02-07 06:04:05 GMT
    Ten years ago, no one talked about gluten in bread being a big deal, but now "gluten-free" foods are all the buzz. This year alone Americans will spend an estimated $7 billion on foods labeled "gluten-freeMore >>
    Ten years ago, no one talked about gluten in bread being a big deal, but now "gluten-free" foods are all the buzz.

    This year alone Americans will spend an estimated $7 billion on foods labeled "gluten-free" and more than half of the consumers buying these products don't have any clear-cut reaction to gluten.
    More >>
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