Death Toll Rising After Japan Quake, Others Brace for Impact

By Zaneta Lowe  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - We continue to follow breaking news this morning.

At least 30 people are confirmed dead at this hour after the largest earthquake in history hit Japan.  A massive tsunami followed and swept up cars, buildings and boats.  Several other countries are on tsunami warning at this point.  In fact, residents in parts of Hawaii have been asked to evacuate. We'll continue to bring you the latest.

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.

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