Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs.
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  Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

The overall relief bill would provide $1,400 payments to individuals, extend emergency unemployment benefits through August and increase tax credits for children and federal subsidies for health insurance.

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Columbus man dies more than three weeks after being shot on Ft. Benning Rd.

Local church holds grocery giveaway feeding over 75 families in Columbus

2nd suspect arrested in fatal shooting of 4-year-old in Tuskegee

  West Central Health District vaccinates over 1K area residents at Columbus Civic Center

  Randolph County ‘Neighbor 2 Neighbor’ Project helping seniors register for COVID-19 vaccine

The Neighbor 2 Neighbor Project in Cuthbert wants to make sure people who need the vaccine are able to get it.
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Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative priority — a long-sought boost to the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could run into Republican resistance to a hefty price tag.

Georgia Senate passes bill to stop time changes

  Columbus gang member, two others sentenced to federal prison on firearm charges

  UPDATE: Victim struck by train in Opelika identified; death investigation underway

  Lanett bank robber sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison

  When Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could be in Alabama if approved

  UPDATE: Man killed on 29th St. in Columbus identified as 24-year-old man

  Georgia governor expands Phase 1A vaccine distribution group to include teachers

  Phoebe Sumter Medical Center experiences delay in COVID-19 vaccine shipment

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Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

For five weeks, the mother of a disabled woman in Pennsylvania searched for a vaccine appointment, reaching out to state and local leaders with no luck.

SPORTS

  Andrew College celebrates baseball, softball record-winning coaches

  River Dragons top Prowlers

  Etheredge takes over Auburn High football program

  Thursday prep basketball wrapup: Three area teams earn trips to AHSAA Final Four

The Lanett boys and girls, and Eufaula boys all punched their tickets to the AHSAA basketball Final Four with wins on Thursday in Regional finals at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.

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  Army’s first African American ranger instructor remembered for impact in the Columbus community

  Columbus Police Department working to solve more cold cases

  Suspect named in murder of Columbus man found in Lindsey Creek

  Opelika murder suspect arrested in Conn.

Eufaula man faces 17 child pornography charges

A Eufaula man is behind bars with 17 child pornography charges against him.
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J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

Opelika man wanted on multiple child porn charges

  Teenager dies days after being shot at Carver Park in Columbus

FOUND: Two children reported missing from Columbus gas station located

  Some Columbus residents worry about contracting COVID-19 between vaccine doses