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  • Whitewater in Columbus, 5 years later

    Whitewater in Columbus, 5 years later

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 11:17 PM EDT2017-07-20 03:17:42 GMT
    (Source: Aaron Lee/WTVM)(Source: Aaron Lee/WTVM)

    It was five years ago when the Chattahoochee River in Columbus changed, and the economy surrounding the river changed as well. 

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    It was five years ago when the Chattahoochee River in Columbus changed, and the economy surrounding the river changed as well. 

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  • Special Report: Destination Food

    Special Report: Destination Food

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 8:02 PM EDT2017-05-25 00:02:39 GMT
    (Source: Marla Spence/WTVM)(Source: Marla Spence/WTVM)

    If you're what they call a "foodie" then finding good eats around town might be one of your favorite pastimes. New spots across the Fountain City seem to be popping up all over the place.

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    If you're what they call a "foodie" then finding good eats around town might be one of your favorite pastimes. New spots across the Fountain City seem to be popping up all over the place.

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  • Special Report: Running Across Georgia

    Special Report: Running Across Georgia

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:54:17 GMT
    (Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)(Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)

    Driving across the state is one thing, but how about running or biking 260 miles from Savannah to Columbus.

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    Driving across the state is one thing, but how about running or biking 260 miles from Savannah to Columbus.

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  • Special Report: Run Across Georgia helps support local veterans

    Special Report: Run Across Georgia helps support local veterans

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-05-24 04:07:49 GMT
    (Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)(Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)

    It's a challenge dozens of runners from Columbus are about to take on - Running Across Georgia, all for a good cause.

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    It's a challenge dozens of runners from Columbus are about to take on - Running Across Georgia, all for a good cause.

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  • Special Report: Jay Gogue, life and presidency at Auburn University

    Special Report: Jay Gogue, life and presidency at Auburn University

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:37 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:37:17 GMT

    In a few short days, Auburn University President, Dr. Jay Gogue, will walk out of his office in Samford Hall for the last time.  

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    In a few short days, Auburn University President, Dr. Jay Gogue, will walk out of his office in Samford Hall for the last time.  

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  • Special Report: The bridges of Muscogee County

    Special Report: The bridges of Muscogee County

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 9:24 AM EDT2017-05-23 13:24:45 GMT
    (Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM)(Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM)

    Tens of thousands of drivers in the Chattahoochee Valley use dozens of bridges to get from Point A to Point B. Over time, however, bridges start to lose their structural integrity.

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    Tens of thousands of drivers in the Chattahoochee Valley use dozens of bridges to get from Point A to Point B. Over time, however, bridges start to lose their structural integrity.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Jimmy Carter's life and legacy from Plains to the White House

    SPECIAL REPORT: Jimmy Carter's life and legacy from Plains to the White House

    Thursday, May 18 2017 9:48 PM EDT2017-05-19 01:48:26 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Just beyond the welcome sign stamped with the presidential seal among the gnats and rich faith lies a southwest Georgia city to fewer than 800 people known as Plains, Georgia… home of the 39th president of the United States of America.

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    Just beyond the welcome sign stamped with the presidential seal among the gnats and rich faith lies a southwest Georgia city to fewer than 800 people known as Plains, Georgia… home of the 39th president of the United States of America.

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  • Special Report: Foster care crisis

    Special Report: Foster care crisis

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-05-18 03:43:50 GMT
    The Valldeperas family. (Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)The Valldeperas family. (Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)

    Georgia is in crisis— a crisis that tugs at your heart and leaves you asking what you can do for help. There are reportedly more than 400,000 children in foster care throughout the United States, and many of those children are right here in Muscogee County.

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    Georgia is in crisis— a crisis that tugs at your heart and leaves you asking what you can do for help. There are reportedly more than 400,000 children in foster care throughout the United States, and many of those children are right here in Muscogee County.

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  • Storm Team 9 Special Report: Severe weather and your safety

    Storm Team 9 Special Report: Severe weather and your safety

    Monday, May 15 2017 9:01 PM EDT2017-05-16 01:01:12 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    In a Storm Team 9 Special Report: Severe Weather and your Safety, we look back at the year so far. Was it normal? Is our risk for severe weather over? We also look ahead to what comes next as we prepare for summer and for the Atlantic hurricane season.

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    In a Storm Team 9 Special Report: Severe Weather and your Safety, we look back at the year so far. Was it normal? Is our risk for severe weather over? We also look ahead to what comes next as we prepare for summer and for the Atlantic hurricane season.

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  • Special Report: Interview with former Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr

    Special Report: Interview with former Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-05-11 02:50:08 GMT
    (Source: Aaron Lee/WTVM)(Source: Aaron Lee/WTVM)

    He was part of a big lawsuit against the city of Columbus and some say it was the demise of his career as Muscogee County Sheriff. So what does John Darr say about that, his relationship with the Mayor, what he's doing now and whether he'll run for office again?

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    He was part of a big lawsuit against the city of Columbus and some say it was the demise of his career as Muscogee County Sheriff. So what does John Darr say about that, his relationship with the Mayor, what he's doing now and whether he'll run for office again?

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  • Special Report: The woman who would be sheriff

    Special Report: The woman who would be sheriff

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-05-10 01:39:15 GMT
    Donna Tompkins is one of only two female sheriffs in Georgia.  (Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)Donna Tompkins is one of only two female sheriffs in Georgia. (Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)

    Donna Tompkins is one of only two female sheriffs in Georgia. Tompkins was elected December 2016, beating two-term incumbent John Darr.

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    Donna Tompkins is one of only two female sheriffs in Georgia. Tompkins was elected December 2016, beating two-term incumbent John Darr.

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  • Special Report: Keys to Success

    Special Report: Keys to Success

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-05-04 03:14:26 GMT
    (Source: Denise Mosley/WTVM)(Source: Denise Mosley/WTVM)

    You might say the odds were stacked against him, he didn't grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth yet Columbus native Dr. Kevin Rome managed to rise above a poverty-stricken life to a level of success he never imagined.

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    You might say the odds were stacked against him, he didn't grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth yet Columbus native Dr. Kevin Rome managed to rise above a poverty-stricken life to a level of success he never imagined.

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  • Special Report: Underaged and Overexposed

    Special Report: Underaged and Overexposed

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 6:26 PM EDT2017-05-02 22:26:19 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It’s on your phone, your television, in your music, in your children’s video games. It's everywhere. Sex. It’s selling and its filling the world around us, along with your child’s eyes.

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    It’s on your phone, your television, in your music, in your children’s video games. It's everywhere. Sex. It’s selling and its filling the world around us, along with your child’s eyes.

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  • Innovative Imaging: How the latest breast cancer screening is saving lives

    Innovative Imaging: How the latest breast cancer screening is saving lives

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:34 PM EDT2017-04-27 23:34:36 GMT
    (Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)

    More than 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States this year alone and of those cases, more than 40,000 women will die of the disease.  

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    More than 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States this year alone and of those cases, more than 40,000 women will die of the disease.  

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Controversy over MCSD lunches

    SPECIAL REPORT: Controversy over MCSD lunches

    Monday, February 27 2017 9:01 PM EST2017-02-28 02:01:43 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Controversy over school lunches at the Muscogee County School District has been going on since the beginning on February.  Parents and community members are concerned that students were not being fed lunch and going hungry. 

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    Controversy over school lunches at the Muscogee County School District has been going on since the beginning on February.  Parents and community members are concerned that students were not being fed lunch and going hungry. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Second Severe Weather Season

    SPECIAL REPORT: Second Severe Weather Season

    Thursday, November 17 2016 11:39 PM EST2016-11-18 04:39:18 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    With excessive drought conditions and raging wildfires plaguing the Southeast, it's hard to picture a day of rain, much less thunderstorms. But as we approach the holidays the rise in tornado occurrences is evident. 

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    With excessive drought conditions and raging wildfires plaguing the Southeast, it's hard to picture a day of rain, much less thunderstorms. But as we approach the holidays the rise in tornado occurrences is evident. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Sun Dangers

    SPECIAL REPORT: Sun Dangers

    Sunday, July 24 2016 12:20 PM EDT2016-07-24 16:20:03 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Over these past few weeks, you might have seen me use the ever popular ‘pool forecast’ on-air. It includes the high temperature for the day, a quick blurb about the forecast and something called the UV index. 

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    Over these past few weeks, you might have seen me use the ever popular ‘pool forecast’ on-air. It includes the high temperature for the day, a quick blurb about the forecast and something called the UV index. 

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  • Most Wanted - The Takedown

    Most Wanted - The Takedown

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 3:33 PM EST2014-11-18 20:33:14 GMT
    Wednesday, August 10 2016 8:02 PM EDT2016-08-11 00:02:17 GMT

    WTVM News Leader 9 and sister station Fox 54 are featuring our area's top nine most wanted criminals. We will continue to bring you our area's most wanted criminals throughout the day. 



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    WTVM News Leader 9 and sister station Fox 54 are featuring our area's top nine most wanted criminals. We will continue to bring you our area's most wanted criminals throughout the day. 



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

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

    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: Texting for Help

    SPECIAL REPORT: Texting for Help

    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

    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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  • WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Diet

    WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Diet

    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: High Tech Faith

    SPECIAL REPORT: High Tech Faith

    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: Pampered Pets

    SPECIAL REPORT: Pampered Pets

    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: 911 Fatal Flaw

    SPECIAL REPORT: 911 Fatal Flaw

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 6:45 PM EST2017-03-01 23:45:23 GMT

    Most adults and children know to call 911 if they're ever in an emergency. Now, more than ever, cell phones allow us to ask for help immediately. But what happens if 911 doesn't know your exact location? 

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    Most adults and children know to call 911 if they're ever in an emergency. Now, more than ever, cell phones allow us to ask for help immediately. But what happens if 911 doesn't know your exact location? 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Digital devices and children

    SPECIAL REPORT: Digital devices and children

    Thursday, March 2 2017 9:11 AM EST2017-03-02 14:11:02 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    From smartphones to tablets, our children are growing up in a digital media world. Experts say smart devices can have both positive and negative impacts on your child's development.

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    From smartphones to tablets, our children are growing up in a digital media world. Experts say smart devices can have both positive and negative impacts on your child's development.

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  • Special Report: Furniture causes faster fires

    Special Report: Furniture causes faster fires

    Thursday, March 2 2017 9:10 AM EST2017-03-02 14:10:51 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    WTVM’s Elizabeth White joined forces with the Opelika Fire Department to demonstrate how fire and your home furniture can easily ignite into a deadly combination.  

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    WTVM’s Elizabeth White joined forces with the Opelika Fire Department to demonstrate how fire and your home furniture can easily ignite into a deadly combination.  

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Faster fires

    SPECIAL REPORT: Faster fires

    Thursday, March 2 2017 9:10 AM EST2017-03-02 14:10:51 GMT

    News Leader 9’s Elizabeth White takes you inside Faster Fires, Tuesday, July 19 at Six on News Leader 9. And join the discussion on social media by using #FasterFires.

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    News Leader 9’s Elizabeth White takes you inside Faster Fires, Tuesday, July 19 at Six on News Leader 9. And join the discussion on social media by using #FasterFires.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Germy Gadgets

    SPECIAL REPORT: Germy Gadgets

    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 >>
  • WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Super Veterinarians at Auburn University

    WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Super Veterinarians at Auburn University

    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: Warrior Outreach

    SPECIAL REPORT: Warrior Outreach

    Monday, February 27 2017 11:04 PM EST2017-02-28 04:04:54 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    The traumatic experiences of war can be unbearable for the many soldiers returning home. According to the National Center for PTSD, 30 percent of soldiers who return from war have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

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    The traumatic experiences of war can be unbearable for the many soldiers returning home. According to the National Center for PTSD, 30 percent of soldiers who return from war have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Legal street drugs

    SPECIAL REPORT: Legal street drugs

    Thursday, February 23 2017 10:13 PM EST2017-02-24 03:13:29 GMT

    As drugs continue to create an epidemic across the nation, there’s a new legal drug which is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. 

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    As drugs continue to create an epidemic across the nation, there’s a new legal drug which is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. 

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  • Special Report: Facebook Fraud

    Special Report: Facebook Fraud

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 11:24 PM EST2017-02-23 04:24:31 GMT

    Last December, we began an investigation into a Columbus business that customers were furious with after not receiving items they ordered on Facebook. Brandon Etheredge has tricks to help you avoid becoming a target in this special report.

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    Last December, we began an investigation into a Columbus business that customers were furious with after not receiving items they ordered on Facebook. Brandon Etheredge has tricks to help you avoid becoming a target in this special report.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Jogging safety for women

    SPECIAL REPORT: Jogging safety for women

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 4:18 PM EST2017-02-21 21:18:55 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    For most women, a casual walk or run outdoors seems harmless. But that can all change because tragedy can strike before reaching the finish line. Jogging paths can be hunting ground for attackers.

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    For most women, a casual walk or run outdoors seems harmless. But that can all change because tragedy can strike before reaching the finish line. Jogging paths can be hunting ground for attackers. a survey says 43 % of women say they've been harassed, 30% experience being followed by a car, bike or by foot and 96% say they've hea

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: The Legacy of The Liberty Theatre

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Legacy of The Liberty Theatre

    Monday, February 13 2017 11:33 PM EST2017-02-14 04:33:38 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Inside the red brick building on 8th Avenue in Columbus is more than a stage and seats, it's a critical part of Columbus' history. The Liberty Theatre once stood as a platform for African American entertainers for decades after it opened in the 1920's.

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    Inside the red brick building on 8th Avenue in Columbus is more than a stage and seats, it's a critical part of Columbus' history. The Liberty Theatre once stood as a platform for African American entertainers for decades after it opened in the 1920's.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Crazy, Funky Laws

    SPECIAL REPORT: Crazy, Funky Laws

    Monday, February 13 2017 6:10 PM EST2017-02-13 23:10:55 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Believe it or not, there's a law on the books in Maine that makes it illegal in that state to leave Christmas lights up past January 14, and Maine is not alone. Other states have crazy laws on the books too, including Georgia and Alabama. Our Chuck Leonard shows us more in this special report.    

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    Believe it or not, there's a law on the books in Maine that makes it illegal in that state to leave Christmas lights up past January 14, and Maine is not alone. Other states have crazy laws on the books too, including Georgia and Alabama. Our Chuck Leonard shows us more in this special report.    

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  • SPECIAL REPORT "In the Line of Fire" - Inside Columbus Police active shooter training

    SPECIAL REPORT "In the Line of Fire" - Inside Columbus Police active shooter training

    Friday, February 10 2017 11:57 PM EST2017-02-11 04:57:33 GMT
    (Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)(Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)

    Shoot or don't shoot: it can be a life-or-death decision that police officers may have to make in a split second, ending with potentially that officer - or a suspect - being shot. 

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    Shoot or don't shoot: it can be a life-or-death decision that police officers may have to make in a split second, ending with potentially that officer - or a suspect - being shot. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: In the Line of Fire – Sheriff reflects on being shot in the face

    SPECIAL REPORT: In the Line of Fire – Sheriff reflects on being shot in the face

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 7:39 PM EST2017-02-09 00:39:32 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It can happen to any police officer - being shot in the line of duty. In the first of our three-part series “In the Line of Fire” about the real dangers of that job, an East Alabama sheriff shared his firsthand perspective on being shot in the face, how it changed him, and what law enforcement officials face today. 

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    It can happen to any police officer - being shot in the line of duty. In the first of our three-part series “In the Line of Fire” about the real dangers of that job, an East Alabama sheriff shared his firsthand perspective on being shot in the face, how it changed him, and what law enforcement officials face today. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: #Justice for Arie Phillips

    SPECIAL REPORT: #Justice for Arie Phillips

    Monday, February 6 2017 10:13 PM EST2017-02-07 03:13:22 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It's been 10 months since a teen girl was killed following a tragic hit-and-run accident in Columbus. Last Easter, Arie Phillips was in town visiting family and friends when the unthinkable happened. The case still remains unsolved, and Arie's killer is still out there.

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    It's been 10 months since a teen girl was killed following a tragic hit-and-run accident in Columbus. Last Easter, Arie Phillips was in town visiting family and friends when the unthinkable happened. The case still remains unsolved, and Arie's killer is still out there.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: The high cost of slow justice

    SPECIAL REPORT: The high cost of slow justice

    Wednesday, November 9 2016 11:15 PM EST2016-11-10 04:15:51 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Nearly 1,000 inmates are sitting behind bars at the Muscogee County Jail, and 90 percent are waiting for their day in court, according to the sheriff. The process is costing taxpayers millions. In this special report, we take an-in-depth look at the process and the price tab. 

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    Nearly 1,000 inmates are sitting behind bars at the Muscogee County Jail, and 90 percent are waiting for their day in court, according to the sheriff. The process is costing taxpayers millions. In this special report, we take an-in-depth look at the process and the price tab. 

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  • AL mother says homeschooling is key to children's success

    AL mother says homeschooling is key to children's success

    Friday, July 15 2016 9:26 AM EDT2016-07-15 13:26:35 GMT
    (Source: WXTX)(Source: WXTX)

    A Phenix City mother is defying the myths of homeschooling. She not only hits the books with her 10 children, but makes sure they are not social misfits. In this special report, Roslyn Giles takes a look at her recipe for raising well-rounded home schoolers. 

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    A Phenix City mother is defying the myths of homeschooling. She not only hits the books with her 10 children, but makes sure they are not social misfits. In this special report, Roslyn Giles takes a look at her recipe for raising well-rounded home schoolers. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Home-schooled - how a personal touch leads to a child's success

    SPECIAL REPORT: Home-schooled - how a personal touch leads to a child's success

    Friday, July 8 2016 3:27 PM EDT2016-07-08 19:27:22 GMT
    (Source: WXTX/WTVM)(Source: WXTX/WTVM)

    Home-schooled, Thursday, J at 10/9 central, on News Leader 9 on Fox 54.  And join the conversation on social media by using #homeschooled.  

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    Home-schooled, Thursday, J at 10/9 central, on News Leader 9 on Fox 54.  And join the conversation on social media by using #homeschooled.  

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Cold Case Justice

    SPECIAL REPORT: Cold Case Justice

    Wednesday, May 25 2016 10:28 PM EDT2016-05-26 02:28:58 GMT
    (Source: WTVM/WXTX)(Source: WTVM/WXTX)

    The city of Columbus has about 70 unsolved murders, dating back four decades.  In our special report “Cold Case Justice,” our Roslyn Giles talks with two families desperate for answers.  

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    The city of Columbus has about 70 unsolved murders, dating back four decades.  In our special report “Cold Case Justice,” our Roslyn Giles talks with two families desperate for answers.  

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Restaurant Report Card - Making the Grade

    SPECIAL REPORT: Restaurant Report Card - Making the Grade

    Thursday, April 28 2016 9:34 AM EDT2016-04-28 13:34:27 GMT
    Wednesday, May 4 2016 10:35 PM EDT2016-05-05 02:35:44 GMT
    (Source: WTVM/WXTX)(Source: WTVM/WXTX)

    When eating out, do you ever stop to scope out the restaurant's scorecard before filling your tummy?  Our Roslyn Giles uncovers what those ratings really mean and why you should always consider the writing on the wall.  

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    When eating out, do you ever stop to scope out the restaurant's scorecard before filling your tummy?  Our Roslyn Giles uncovers what those ratings really mean and why you should always consider the writing on the wall.  

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  • Former sex trafficking victim urges others to 'avoid the trap'

    Former sex trafficking victim urges others to 'avoid the trap'

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 9:01 PM EST2016-03-03 02:01:24 GMT
    Thursday, March 3 2016 2:08 PM EST2016-03-03 19:08:08 GMT

    Police say it's happening around the world and even in Columbus. Sex trafficking is a $32 billion industry; in fact, some call it an epidemic.The UN Office of Drugs and Crime also says it’s even bigger than Google and McDonald's. 

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    Police say it's happening around the world and even in Columbus. Sex trafficking is a $32 billion industry; in fact, some call it an epidemic.The UN Office of Drugs and Crime also says it’s even bigger than Google and McDonald's. 

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  • WXTX Special Report: Selfie for a job

    WXTX Special Report: Selfie for a job

    Thursday, July 16 2015 3:06 PM EDT2015-07-16 19:06:19 GMT
    Tuesday, July 21 2015 10:15 PM EDT2015-07-22 02:15:04 GMT
    “Selfies For a Job” Tuesday, July 21 at 10/9 central on Fox 54 News at 10 – and join the discussion on social media by using #selfieforajob.More >>
    “Selfies For a Job” Tuesday, July 21 at 10/9 central on Fox 54 News at 10 – and join the discussion on social media by using #selfieforajob.More >>
  • Special Report: Do You 'Know Your Rights?'

    Special Report: Do You 'Know Your Rights?'

    Monday, January 26 2015 5:13 PM EST2015-01-26 22:13:00 GMT
    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:34 PM EST2015-01-30 04:34:12 GMT
    If you saw a police officer's blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror, would you know what to do? We all know to pull over… but what happens next could be one of the most important encounters you ever have. Would you know your rights in that situation?More >>
    If you saw a police officer's blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror, would you know what to do? We all know to pull over… but what happens next could be one of the most important encounters you ever have. Would you know your rights in that situation?More >>
  • Digital School is the New School

    Digital School is the New School

    Wednesday, November 5 2014 8:42 AM EST2014-11-05 13:42:57 GMT
    Saturday, November 15 2014 2:43 PM EST2014-11-15 19:43:08 GMT

    Today's definition of a classroom has changed. Classrooms of today are more technologically advanced than classrooms of the past. Here in Muscogee County, students are evolving into hi-tech gurus, already knowing their career path well before graduation, and it's all because of the use of the latest technology in classrooms. 

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    Today's definition of a classroom has changed. Classrooms of today are more technologically advanced than classrooms of the past. Here in Muscogee County, students are evolving into hi-tech gurus, already knowing their career path well before graduation, and it's all because of the use of the latest technology in classrooms. 



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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Catch Them Red-Handed

    SPECIAL REPORT: Catch Them Red-Handed

    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: What undercover apps are on your teen's phone?

    Special Report: What undercover apps are on your teen's phone?

    Thursday, November 17 2016 11:26 AM EST2016-11-17 16:26:13 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Apps used by teens can have dangerous consequences for everyone involved. So how do you know if your child is using a dangerous app or site?

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    Apps used by teens can have dangerous consequences for everyone involved. So how do you know if your child is using a dangerous app or site?

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  • GA farm provides alternative healing for vets with PTSD

    GA farm provides alternative healing for vets with PTSD

    Thursday, July 21 2016 11:46 PM EDT2016-07-22 03:46:16 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Thousands of soldiers struggle to find a way to cope with life during and after the military. Current Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) drug treatments may not work for all, but some veterans say getting back to nature is the cure for them. 

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    Thousands of soldiers struggle to find a way to cope with life during and after the military. Current Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) drug treatments may not work for all, but some veterans say getting back to nature is the cure for them. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: PTSD Relief

    SPECIAL REPORT: PTSD Relief

    Monday, July 18 2016 5:17 PM EDT2016-07-18 21:17:29 GMT

    PTSD Relief - Thursday, July 21 at 10/9 central on News Leader 9 on Fox 54. And join the conversation on social media by using #PTSDRelief. 

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    PTSD Relief - Thursday, July 21 at 10/9 central on News Leader 9 on Fox 54. And join the conversation on social media by using #PTSDRelief. 

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  • WXTX Special Report: Slipping through the Cracks

    WXTX Special Report: Slipping through the Cracks

    Thursday, February 25 2016 10:48 PM EST2016-02-26 03:48:30 GMT
    Thursday, February 25 2016 11:04 PM EST2016-02-26 04:04:54 GMT
    (Source: WXTX)(Source: WXTX)
    Some leave without a trace, trying to escape from a possible bad situation. Or could it be defiance? We're talking about teens who are missing, hiding or considered habitual runaways.  More >>

    Some leave without a trace, trying to escape from a possible bad situation. Or could it be defiance? We're talking about teens who are missing, hiding or considered habitual runaways. 

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  • Martin Luther King's daughter urging voters to go to the polls in defining election

    Martin Luther King's daughter urging voters to go to the polls in defining election

    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    With just one day until elections, Americans are poised to turn an important page in history. We recently sat down with Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to talk about the elections and issues facing the country.

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    With just one day until elections, Americans are poised to turn an important page in history. We recently sat down with Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to talk about the elections and issues facing the country.

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  • Website checks restaurant health scores

    Website checks restaurant health scores

    Thursday, November 20 2014 12:52 PM EST2014-11-20 17:52:48 GMT
    Saturday, November 22 2014 2:46 PM EST2014-11-22 19:46:08 GMT
    If you have plans to go out for dinner at your favorite restaurant this weekend, listen up. Do you know what grade that restaurant has? That score can tell you whether a restaurant is following proper procedures to minimize the risk of you becoming ill. More >>
    If you have plans to go out for dinner at your favorite restaurant this weekend, listen up. Do you know what grade that restaurant has? That score can tell you whether a restaurant is following proper procedures to minimize the risk of you becoming ill. More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Should your elderly parents keep driving?

    SPECIAL REPORT: Should your elderly parents keep driving?

    Tuesday, January 10 2017 10:42 AM EST2017-01-10 15:42:08 GMT

    Taking care of elderly parents can present challenges for many families, especially when it comes to the point where they can no longer drive. 

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    Taking care of elderly parents can present challenges for many families, especially when it comes to the point where they can no longer drive. 

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  • 3 Ways to Survive - how to defend against an active shooter

    3 Ways to Survive - how to defend against an active shooter

    Tuesday, January 10 2017 10:42 AM EST2017-01-10 15:42:04 GMT

    Churches, movie theaters, night clubs, even schools. horror and violence has bombarded Americans in the most innocent of places in recent years. As more and more cases of active shootings shake our country, experts say it's more important than ever to prepare yourself for survival. 

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    Churches, movie theaters, night clubs, even schools. horror and violence has bombarded Americans in the most innocent of places in recent years. As more and more cases of active shootings shake our country, experts say it's more important than ever to prepare yourself for survival. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Run, hide, fight - 3 ways to survive

    SPECIAL REPORT: Run, hide, fight - 3 ways to survive

    Tuesday, January 10 2017 10:42 AM EST2017-01-10 15:42:04 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Emilie Arroyo shows you 3 Ways to Survive, Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. on News Leader 9. And join the conversation on social media by using #RunHideFight. 

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    Emilie Arroyo shows you 3 Ways to Survive, Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. on News Leader 9. And join the conversation on social media by using #RunHideFight. 

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    Soldier accused in previous attack of murdered Columbus woman fights to clear name

    Soldier accused in previous attack of murdered Columbus woman fights to clear name

    Thursday, February 11 2016 11:31 PM EST2016-02-12 04:31:23 GMT
    Tuesday, January 10 2017 10:41 AM EST2017-01-10 15:41:59 GMT

    Last July, a young Columbus woman went missing. Nancy Eldridge, known to many as Renee, was found murdered less than a week after her troubling disappearance. WTVM investigations found Eldridge had been assaulted months before, and police had arrested an Army soldier for the attack.  Turns out they had the wrong man. 

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    Last July, a young Columbus woman went missing. Nancy Eldridge, known to many as Renee, was found murdered less than a week after her troubling disappearance. WTVM investigations found Eldridge had been assaulted months before, and police had arrested an Army soldier for the attack.  Turns out they had the wrong man. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Judge Mary Buckner, in her own words

    SPECIAL REPORT: Judge Mary Buckner, in her own words

    Monday, January 2 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-01-02 14:02:47 GMT
    Mary Buckner (Source: Columbus Black Museum)Mary Buckner (Source: Columbus Black Museum)

    At a time when civil rights tensions were at their highest, Columbus native Mary Buckner decided she would defy the odds against her and pursue an unprecedented career in law. News leader 9's Georgia Ellyse went one-on-one with the first African American and woman Recorder's Court judge in Columbus to find out what it took to lead the way as a trailblazer in the Columbus Judicial system.

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    At a time when civil rights tensions were at their highest, Columbus native Mary Buckner decided she would defy the odds against her and pursue an unprecedented career in law. News leader 9's Georgia Ellyse went one-on-one with the first African American and woman Recorder's Court judge in Columbus to find out what it took to lead the way as a trailblazer in the Columbus Judicial system.

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  • Special Report: GA man seeks redemption, accused twice of same murder

    Special Report: GA man seeks redemption, accused twice of same murder

    Wednesday, February 24 2016 5:49 PM EST2016-02-24 22:49:58 GMT
    Monday, January 2 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-01-02 14:02:43 GMT

    Imagine being accused of murder not once, but twice. To be on trial for the same murder two times is a nightmare that became reality for one Georgia man in 2008 when Columbus police said they had new evidence to link him to a high profile 1992 murder case. 

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    Imagine being accused of murder not once, but twice. To be on trial for the same murder two times is a nightmare that became reality for one Georgia man in 2008 when Columbus police said they had new evidence to link him to a high profile 1992 murder case. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: From Darkness to Hope

    SPECIAL REPORT: From Darkness to Hope

    Wednesday, November 23 2016 9:38 PM EST2016-11-24 02:38:51 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Human sex trafficking is the fastest growing organized crime business in the world. Authorities work 500 such cases in Georgia every month. It's also a plague in Alabama and our own backyard, as Columbus police tell us. 

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    Human sex trafficking is the fastest growing organized crime business in the world. Authorities work 500 such cases in Georgia every month. It's also a plague in Alabama and our own backyard, as Columbus police tell us. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Underage drinking presents problems for teens

    SPECIAL REPORT: Underage drinking presents problems for teens

    Thursday, November 17 2016 11:32 AM EST2016-11-17 16:32:09 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Underage drinking is a growing problem in communities across the country, and parents may not know how easily their teenagers can purchase or drink alcohol.

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    Underage drinking is a growing problem in communities across the country, and parents may not know how easily their teenagers can purchase or drink alcohol.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: From Darkness to Hope

    SPECIAL REPORT: From Darkness to Hope

    Thursday, November 17 2016 4:47 PM EST2016-11-17 21:47:33 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    From Darkness to Hope Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m./5 p.m. CT on News Leader 9. And join the conversation on social media by using #RedemptionRose.

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    From Darkness to Hope Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m./5 p.m. CT on News Leader 9. And join the conversation on social media by using #RedemptionRose.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the Georgia Power Storm Center

    SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the Georgia Power Storm Center

    Wednesday, November 16 2016 8:54 AM EST2016-11-16 13:54:09 GMT
    Chief Meteorologist gets a behind-the-scenes look (Source: WTVM)Chief Meteorologist gets a behind-the-scenes look (Source: WTVM)

    Many of us take for granted the fact that when we flip a light switch, the power will be there for us.  But in situations like severe weather or other accidents or disasters, we can find ourselves in the dark. That’s when folks with the Georgia Power Storm Center step in to get the lights back on as quickly as possible.

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    Many of us take for granted the fact that when we flip a light switch, the power will be there for us.  But in situations like severe weather or other accidents or disasters, we can find ourselves in the dark. That’s when folks with the Georgia Power Storm Center step in to get the lights back on as quickly as possible.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Weather myths debunked

    SPECIAL REPORT: Weather myths debunked

    Sunday, November 13 2016 2:17 PM EST2016-11-13 19:17:18 GMT
    Source: WBTVSource: WBTV

    Weather myths may seem harmless, but some - if believed in - could end up costing you your life. Meteorologist Mallory Schnell debunks a few of the most common weather myths in this special report. 

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    Weather myths may seem harmless, but some - if believed in - could end up costing you your life. Meteorologist Mallory Schnell debunks a few of the most common weather myths in this special report. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: What Kids Know About Guns

    SPECIAL REPORT: What Kids Know About Guns

    Sunday, October 30 2016 8:31 AM EDT2016-10-30 12:31:18 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    As parents, you think you know practically everything when it comes to your children, especially when it comes to something dangerous and deadly like guns. News Leader 9's Cheryl Renee has this special report that could keep tragedy from knocking at your family's door. 

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    As parents, you think you know practically everything when it comes to your children, especially when it comes to something dangerous and deadly like guns. News Leader 9's Cheryl Renee has this special report that could keep tragedy from knocking at your family's door. 

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  • Reading labels an important step in buying dog food

    Reading labels an important step in buying dog food

    Wednesday, August 10 2016 8:02 PM EDT2016-08-11 00:02:58 GMT

    The aisles of every grocery and pet store are full of products marketed specifically to the puppy market, but are foods specific to an animal's breed or stage of life really necessary?  We'll answer that question for you and examine whether or not buying the most expensive dog food on the market is really the best thing you can do for your best friend.

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    The aisles of every grocery and pet store are full of products marketed specifically to the puppy market, but are foods specific to an animal's breed or stage of life really necessary?  We'll answer that question for you and examine whether or not buying the most expensive dog food on the market is really the best thing you can do for your best friend.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Georgia - the next Hollywood

    SPECIAL REPORT: Georgia - the next Hollywood

    Friday, May 6 2016 12:09 PM EDT2016-05-06 16:09:07 GMT
    Wednesday, August 10 2016 8:02 PM EDT2016-08-11 00:02:49 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Film and TV production professionals know that Georgia is a Camera Ready state, with highly desirable financial incentives, location diversity, production resources and professional support to make any size production a true success. The Peach State has come a long way when it comes to attracting movie makers.  

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    Film and TV production professionals know that Georgia is a Camera Ready state, with highly desirable financial incentives, location diversity, production resources and professional support to make any size production a true success. The Peach State has come a long way when it comes to attracting movie makers.  

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Companies limiting online reviews

    SPECIAL REPORT: Companies limiting online reviews

    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 >>
  • WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Gluten-Free Living

    WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Gluten-Free Living

    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.
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  • Special Report: Back to School on a Budget

    Special Report: Back to School on a Budget

    Wednesday, July 27 2016 10:56 PM EDT2016-07-28 02:56:41 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    The back-to-school rush is on, with families across the Valley making the annual trek to stores big and small to find just the right look to usher in a new school year. While the "look" may be the most important factor for the kids, for many parents it's more about the bottom line.

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    The back-to-school rush is on, with families across the Valley making the annual trek to stores big and small to find just the right look to usher in a new school year. While the "look" may be the most important factor for the kids, for many parents it's more about the bottom line.

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  • AL tourist destination is home of Unclaimed Baggage

    AL tourist destination is home of Unclaimed Baggage

    Wednesday, July 27 2016 10:14 AM EDT2016-07-27 14:14:48 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    When it comes to shopping all us have limitations. We'll only pay so much for an item, and travel so far to get it. But you can toss some that logic out the window when it comes to a business in north Alabama. It's called Unclaimed Baggage, and WTVM’s Chuck Leonard paid them a visit.  

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    When it comes to shopping all us have limitations. We'll only pay so much for an item, and travel so far to get it. But you can toss some that logic out the window when it comes to a business in north Alabama. It's called Unclaimed Baggage, and WTVM’s Chuck Leonard paid them a visit.  

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Fentanyl Abuse

    SPECIAL REPORT: Fentanyl Abuse

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 7:57 PM EDT2016-07-19 23:57:21 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It's 40 times more powerful than heroin and 80 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is claiming thousands of lives. The prescription version of the opioid is highly regulated, but what's on the street is an illegal chemistry creation also known as Apache, China Girl, TNT, Dance Fever, China White, and Murder 8.     

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    It's 40 times more powerful than heroin and 80 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is claiming thousands of lives. The prescription version of the opioid is highly regulated, but what's on the street is an illegal chemistry creation also known as Apache, China Girl, TNT, Dance Fever, China White, and Murder 8.     

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Fentanyl abuse - drug dealers selling prescription drugs

    SPECIAL REPORT: Fentanyl abuse - drug dealers selling prescription drugs

    Friday, July 8 2016 5:49 PM EDT2016-07-08 21:49:19 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Fentanyl abuse, Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. on News Leader 9.  

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    Fentanyl abuse, Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. on News Leader 9.  

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: What are the signs of dry drowning?

    SPECIAL REPORT: What are the signs of dry drowning?

    Tuesday, July 5 2016 7:32 PM EDT2016-07-05 23:32:26 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Drowning can happen hours after they've toweled off and moved on to other things. It's called dry drowning - here is what it is and what you can do to keep your child safe. 

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    Drowning can happen hours after they've toweled off and moved on to other things. It's called dry drowning - here is what it is and what you can do to keep your child safe. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Unclaimed Property

    SPECIAL REPORT: Unclaimed Property

    Wednesday, May 25 2016 11:57 PM EDT2016-05-26 03:57:35 GMT

    If you're familiar with the phrase "found money," you know that it means discovering cash you weren't really expecting. It may be a refund you forgot or a check in a birthday card you failed to open. Guess what? We all may have some "unclaimed money" waiting at the state capital of all places.  News Leader 9's Chuck Leonard is here with a special report on how to find it. 

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    If you're familiar with the phrase "found money," you know that it means discovering cash you weren't really expecting. It may be a refund you forgot or a check in a birthday card you failed to open. Guess what? We all may have some "unclaimed money" waiting at the state capital of all places.  News Leader 9's Chuck Leonard is here with a special report on how to find it. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Sleepless in the Valley

    SPECIAL REPORT: Sleepless in the Valley

    Friday, April 29 2016 3:54 PM EDT2016-04-29 19:54:13 GMT
    Thursday, May 5 2016 11:41 PM EDT2016-05-06 03:41:09 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Snoring may sound funny, but it could be deadly. Millions of Americans may have it and not know, and if left untreated, it could cut years off your life.  Snoring, gasping for air, tossing and turning – sound familiar? You could have a sleep disorder you may want to get checked out, and here's why. 

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    Snoring may sound funny, but it could be deadly. Millions of Americans may have it and not know, and if left untreated, it could cut years off your life.  Snoring, gasping for air, tossing and turning – sound familiar? You could have a sleep disorder you may want to get checked out, and here's why. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Tragedy and Honor - Remembering the Upatoi murder victims

    Tragedy and Honor - Remembering the Upatoi murder victims

    Friday, April 22 2016 10:37 AM EDT2016-04-22 14:37:13 GMT
    Friday, April 29 2016 11:00 AM EDT2016-04-29 15:00:12 GMT

    A grandmother, granddaughter and son...brutally murdered. You’ve heard about the crime. Now hear about the lives lost as family members talk exclusively to Barbara Gauthier. The pain and grief of unbelievable loss is palpable as this family clings together and tries to honor their loved ones. 

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    A grandmother, granddaughter and son...brutally murdered. You’ve heard about the crime. Now hear about the lives lost as family members talk exclusively to Barbara Gauthier. The pain and grief of unbelievable loss is palpable as this family clings together and tries to honor their loved ones. 

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  • Special Report: Convicted but Freed

    Special Report: Convicted but Freed

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 11:59 PM EST2016-03-03 04:59:24 GMT
    Thursday, March 3 2016 3:24 PM EST2016-03-03 20:24:05 GMT
    People are fascinated by crime investigations and court cases, which translated into extreme popularity for the true crime series "Making a Murderer,” which became what some experts call Netflix's most significant show ever.People are fascinated by crime investigations and court cases, which translated into extreme popularity for the true crime series "Making a Murderer,” which became what some experts call Netflix's most significant show ever.
    People are fascinated by crime investigations and court cases, which translated into extreme popularity for the true crime series "Making a Murderer,” which became what some experts call Netflix's most significant show ever. More >>

    People are fascinated by crime investigations and court cases, which translated into extreme popularity for the true crime series "Making a Murderer,” which became what some experts call Netflix's most significant show ever.

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  • WTVM Special Report: How to Handle Political Posts

    WTVM Special Report: How to Handle Political Posts

    Thursday, February 25 2016 10:37 PM EST2016-02-26 03:37:02 GMT
    Saturday, February 27 2016 2:48 PM EST2016-02-27 19:48:01 GMT

    With just months to go before we pick a new president, it looks like social media is going to play a key role in the election. Candidates try to reach out to voters and convince them they're the best person for the job. But what about when your friends post their own political views on social media? How do you deal with posts on your newsfeed that you find insulting or rude?   

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    With just months to go before we pick a new president, it looks like social media is going to play a key role in the election. Candidates try to reach out to voters and convince them they're the best person for the job. But what about when your friends post their own political views on social media? How do you deal with posts on your newsfeed that you find insulting or rude?   

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  • Special Report: East Alabama boy's gruesome murder remembered

    Special Report: East Alabama boy's gruesome murder remembered

    Thursday, February 18 2016 6:02 PM EST2016-02-18 23:02:56 GMT
    Saturday, February 20 2016 10:02 AM EST2016-02-20 15:02:05 GMT

    It was one of the most heinous murders the Chattahoochee Valley has ever seen: a pair of robbers in Russell County slash a man's throat, then shoot his 12-year-old son, putting them in a homemade grave. The father survived and still lives in East Alabama.

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    It was one of the most heinous murders the Chattahoochee Valley has ever seen: a pair of robbers in Russell County slash a man's throat, then shoot his 12-year-old son, putting them in a homemade grave. The father survived and still lives in East Alabama.

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  • WXTX Special Report: Take the City

    WXTX Special Report: Take the City

    Monday, February 8 2016 12:06 PM EST2016-02-08 17:06:37 GMT
    Friday, February 12 2016 6:28 AM EST2016-02-12 11:28:09 GMT
    (Source: WXTX)(Source: WXTX)
    Imagine what could happen if hundreds of churches and organizations across the Chattahoochee Valley come together to love, serve and pray for their region. You don't have to imagine it because it's happening right here in Columbus.   More >>

    Imagine what could happen if hundreds of churches and organizations across the Chattahoochee Valley come together to love, serve and pray for their region. You don't have to imagine it because it's happening right here in Columbus.  

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  • WTVM Special Report: Teach kids to be aware, vigilant to prevent abduction

    WTVM Special Report: Teach kids to be aware, vigilant to prevent abduction

    Wednesday, July 1 2015 1:49 PM EDT2015-07-01 17:49:25 GMT
    Friday, July 10 2015 11:38 AM EDT2015-07-10 15:38:34 GMT
    When we imagine the horrible scenario of a child being kidnapped, we usually think it would be at the hands of a stranger. However, your child actually has a greater chance of being struck by lightning or having a heart attack than being taken by a stranger. More >>
    When we imagine the horrible scenario of a child being kidnapped, we usually think it would be at the hands of a stranger. However, your child actually has a greater chance of being struck by lightning or having a heart attack than being taken by a stranger. More >>
  • Restaurant Report Card: Do you know your favorite restaurant's grade?

    Restaurant Report Card: Do you know your favorite restaurant's grade?

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 3:28 PM EST2014-11-18 20:28:57 GMT
    Saturday, November 22 2014 2:58 AM EST2014-11-22 07:58:05 GMT

    News Leader 9's Cheryl Renee finds out the good, bad and the ugly of inspections for "Restaurant Report Card," Thursday, Nov. 20 at 11 p.m. EST on News Leader 9.

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    News Leader 9's Cheryl Renee finds out the good, bad and the ugly of inspections for "Restaurant Report Card," Thursday, Nov. 20 at 11 p.m. EST on News Leader 9.

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  • Special Report: Car loans and the electronic kill switch

    Special Report: Car loans and the electronic kill switch

    Monday, November 3 2014 10:40 PM EST2014-11-04 03:40:32 GMT
    Wednesday, November 5 2014 9:01 AM EST2014-11-05 14:01:52 GMT
    It's an electronic repo man, hidden in the dash of your car and a constant worry for some car owners. More >>
    It's an electronic repo man, hidden in the dash of your car and a constant worry for some car owners. More >>
  • #SwipeSecurity - will it ever be safe to use your credit card again?

    #SwipeSecurity - will it ever be safe to use your credit card again?

    Wednesday, October 29 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-10-29 18:57:07 GMT
    Saturday, November 1 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-11-01 07:24:07 GMT

    Most of the time consumers are not responsible for the charges, or only a small amount. But still there are costs to everyone from time and inconvenience to trust in the system. With all the recent breaches many have become leery about swiping their credit cards, wondering just who might have access to their personal information.

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    Most of the time consumers are not responsible for the charges, or only a small amount. But still there are costs to everyone from time and inconvenience to trust in the system. With all the recent breaches many have become leery about swiping their credit cards, wondering just who might have access to their personal information.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Male Eating Disorders

    SPECIAL REPORT: Male Eating Disorder

    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: The Scandal Life

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Scandalous Life

    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: Digital Dining

    SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Dining

    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: Sweetheart Safety - How to be safe when dating online

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

    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 >>
  • WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Marijuana Mania

    WXTX SPECIAL REPORT: Marijuana Mania

    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 >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: The Church, gay marriage, the debate

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Church, gay marriage, the debate

    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 >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: The healthy fast food diet

    The fast food diet

    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: Using wheelchairs to cut in line?

    SPECIAL REPORT: Using wheelchairs to cut in line?

    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: Lowering the Limit

    SPECIAL REPORT: Lowering the Limit

    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.
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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Losing our religion?

    SPECIAL REPORT: Losing our religion?

    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: 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?

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Major earthquakes have affected the Chattahoochee Valley in the past, but the question is, will they affect our area again?More >>
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