Major traffic jam in Columbus, Ft. Benning to fire mines

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Columbus police are investigating an early-morning multi-car pileup on I-185 southbound. At least six cars were involved in the accident near Buena Vista Road.  The crash happened around 6:45, snarling traffic in that area for a while. No reports yet of injuries. Check back with for updates.

The attorney for the suspect accused of poisoning the Toomer's oaks at Auburn University is asking the trial be moved to Birmingham or elsewhere, saying his client can't get a fair trial in Lee County. The intense rivalry between Auburn University and the University of Alabama, plus concerns for the safety of Harvey Updyke, Jr. are among reasons listed for the request. Updyke has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of felony criminal mischief and other charges in connection to the damage on the iconic oaks.

People in parts of Muscogee County will get a jolt next month from Fort Benning. On December 5th and 6th, the post will fire a mine clearing line charge at the Harmony Church range. There will be two detonations each day of the 350-pound explosive used to clear mine fields. The training is aimed at teaching soldiers how to clear an entire mine field at once instead of one mine at a time. This training is only held twice a year.

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Cheryl Renee