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Good evening to you! This is Jason Dennis in the WTVM newsroom. Here's what we are working on for the news at 5 and 6:

Lee County's sheriff is asking for the public to support a one cent sales tax that would allow him to hire at least 10 more deputies. We'll explain how focus being on school safety and if a date has been set yet for this tax vote.

Employees with the Muscogee County sheriff's office are speaking to News Leader 9 today about the threat of nearly 60 job cuts, talked about by the sheriff. Hear what they have to say about staffing at the jail - just as the new sheriff's proposal allows them to fund all those correctional officer positions, according to Columbus' mayor.

And the secret is out! The $590 million dollar Powerball winner from Florida has finally come forward. Find out who the lucky winner is.

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