COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - We're continuing to follow breaking news this morning.
There are 30 confirmed deaths, people missing and major damage after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan overnight. The quake was followed by a massive tsunami that swept up buildings, boats and cars. At this point, several others countries are on tsunami alert. Meanwhile, The Pentagon says U.S. Pacific Command reports all U.S. military personnel in Japan have been accounted for.
In news closer to home, Georgia residents may soon be able to buy health insurance from other states. A bill supporting that move was approved in the House Thursday. Supporters say it will help lower insurance costs by creating competition. Opponents contend it allows for policies that don't require coverage by mandated procedures in Georgia.
In Columbus, the man accused of killing a Russell County pastor heads to court today. 23-year old Joel Thomas is facing several charges including murder, kidnapping and armed robbery. Police say Thomas killed Phenix City Pastor Blanchard Thomas earlier this week.