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Blue Bell recalling some Butter Crunch half gallons due to broken tool pieces

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling select lots of it’s Butter Crunch Ice Cream made at its Sylacauga plant because they contain pieces of a broken plastic tool according to the FDA.

  Harris Co. dentist providing free work for first responders, veterans on 9/11

BBB: Watch out for scammers using Facebook quizzes

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB advises how to avoid scams when booking vacations

  Looking out for scams ahead of Labor Day weekend

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB explains how to recognize legitimate offers to extend car warranties

  Piedmont Columbus Regional rolls out new online scheduling

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  Phenix City warning residents of phone scam attempting to gain personal information

'Clash of the Titans’: Chick-fil-A, Popeyes compete for best chicken sandwich title

  Wing Stop opening second Columbus location

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB advises how to avoid Facebook scams

  Piedmont Columbus Regional identifies health needs of the community

  Parents pay almost $700 on average for back-to-school supplies, according to National Retail Federation

  Ga. Governor Brian Kemp participates in ribbon-cutting for Global Callcenter Solutions in Columbus

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will be making a stop in the Fountain City tomorrow.

Watch out for Equifax settlement scheme

Officials say it's fake if they demand payment to file a claim.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB explains Equifax data breach settlement

Many of those impacted could be eligible for compensation. Equifax reached a $700 million settlement over the breach.

Muscogee Co. Sheriff’s Office warning of jury duty scam

A new take on an old scam is resurfacing and has caught the attention of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office.

Puerto Rican family displaced from Hurricane Maria opens specialty coffee shop in Columbus

Recall Alert: 180,000 smoke detectors recalled due to not detecting smoke

Starbucks to serve new ‘Tie Dye Frappuccino’

  WTOC Investigates: Makeup expiration concerns

BBB Scam Alert: Don’t Be Fooled by a Fake Package Delivery Scam

RECALL ALERT: Toy Story 4 ‘Forky’ toy recalled for choking hazard

  Parents spread the word of Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese

Sensory Sensitive Sundays are geared toward children with Autism. They feature dimmed lights, a quieter environment, and limited appearances by characters.

  Oxbow Meadows offering family friendly programs all summer

From alligator feedings to slime labs, Oxbow meadows is offering all sorts of exciting and educational programs this summer.

Georgia Power asking permission to increase prices

The utility company is seeking to increase customer rates by a little more than 7 percent next year.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of scam calls offering free DNA testing

According to the BBB, the scam is in an effort to obtain Medicare and Medicaid information.

Frozen spinach recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

Sprouts Farmers Market of Phoenix, Arizona recalled frozen cut leaf spinach conventional and organic 16 ounce bags. They were manufactured by National Frozen Foods of Oregon.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives tips on keeping information safe after a data breach

The Better Business Bureau gives tips on how to keep your information safe after a data breach.

Retail sales in Alabama are increasing

Retail sales across the country and in Alabama are on the rise.

  Miss GA Scholarship Competition to bring nearly $275K to Columbus economy

A total of 60 titleholders are in town for the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition and Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Competition, all with family, friends and supporters.

  New manufacturing company and retailers leading to economic impact in Phenix City

Several new companies are finding their home in Phenix City, which could lead to a large economic impact in the community.

  Some Columbus residents could see increased property taxes

Increased property taxes were at the top of the discussion for Columbus city leaders at the first of three public hearings for the increase at the Citizens Service Center.

  Seat manufacturing company establishing facility, 100 jobs in Phenix City

An international automotive supplier is making its way to the Chattahoochee Valley.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB says to plan for long-term care early

Most Americans turning 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives, studies show.

  Gildan Yarns closing Columbus location, nearly 100 people losing jobs

A Columbus manufacturer is officially shutting its doors this summer.

  Public hearings set to discuss Columbus property taxes, increase for some

Columbus residents may have a higher rate of taxes to pay in the coming years if a new property tax proposal is approved.

  TSYS combines with Global Payments to form top technology payments company

One of Columbus’ top employers has struck a deal to form a top technology-enabled payments company.

Walmart offering grocery delivery in Columbus

To find out if you’re eligible for grocery delivery, visit www.walmart.com/grocery or the Walmart Grocery mobile app.

  Free meals available to Muscogee County students all summer long

Muscogee County students will not have to go hungry this summer as free meals will be available all summer long.

Cicis honoring police officers for law enforcement appreciation week

In recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, Cicis in Auburn is offering officers all the pizza they can eat.

  Columbus becomes one of four cities nationwide selling Burger King’s plant-based burger

Only four cities in the United States are selling Burger King’s new Impossible Whopper.

Coca-Cola celebrates 133rd birthday, but where was its birthplace?

Folks in Columbus have had a long-time rivalry with the people of Atlanta over claiming the world’s favorite drink.

#FeelYourWay with Burger King’s new mood-based meals

Burger King is throwing a bit of shade at McDonald’s over their iconic Happy Meals, saying “No one is happy all the time,” and developing new meals based on how you’re feeling at the moment.

Blue Bell Cookie Cake ice cream hits store shelves

The limited-time flavor contains pieces of chocolate chip cookie cake with swirls of icing throughout.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of increase in medical identity theft

Jason Blankenship with the Better Business Bureau gives details on medical identity theft, which is on the rise.

Parents can trade in unwanted car seats at Target’s annual event

The event starts Monday and will last through May 4.

Kohl’s starts ‘Military Monday’ discount

Members of the military and their families can enjoy a 15% discount at their local Kohl’s department store

Mondelēz Global LLC announces limited voluntary recall on Chewy Chips Ahoy

Consumers who have these products should not eat them.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB details how reverse mortgages work

Some radio and TV ads on reverse mortgages explain how reverse mortgages can be the answer to your retirement needs. However, all reverse mortgages are not created equally.

Warning issued to parents for Fisher-Price baby product after reports of infant deaths

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price have issued a warning about the Rock 'n Play infant swing due to several reported deaths.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB advises how not to fall victim to employment scams

Scammers often prey upon those most in need. Therefore, it makes sense that some of the biggest scams of last year were employment scams that aimed to take advantage of those looking for work.

  State and local officials warn of home repair fraud after tornado

With FEMA estimating over 600 homes destroyed or damaged in Lee County, there are hundreds of families who have to file insurance claims and hire contractors and officials say this can leave them to vulnerable to scams

Pillsbury flour recalled for possible salmonella contamination

Winn-Dixie announced a voluntary recall for for two codes of its Pillbury all-purpose flour for possible contamination of Salmonella.

Harley-Davidson is looking to attract younger customers with electric bikes

These vehicles max out at roughly 10 mph and cost between $649 and $699.

  GA woman says bank account emptied through Cash App account, police warning of scammers

Cash App customers are claiming they are getting scammed by thieves using fake numbers and fake accounts.

Cook Out fast food location in Columbus begins construction

Several months ago, a new location of beloved fast food chain Cook Out was confirmed to be coming to Columbus.

Brewery creates Lucky Charms flavored beer

The beer, called Saturday Morning, isolates the marshmallows and blends them with hops to make an IPA with a "slight cereal taste."

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB discusses how to avoid ‘car wrap’ scam

Getting your vehicle wrapped to display a company’s logo may seem like an attractive way to earn some extra cash.

170,000 pounds of frozen boneless pork rib entree recalled, possible glass contamination

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.

  Tax season underway, Goodwill offers tips to Chattahoochee Valley residents

With tax season in full swing, tax experts say you may want to revisit your withholdings in 2019.

Walmart hosts ‘Baby Savings Day’ this weekend

‘Baby Savings Day’ will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB explains classifications of service animals, and what businesses need to know

Jason Blankenship with the Better Business Bureau discusses the different types of service animals, the rights of their owners, and the rights of business owners.

  GA and AL receive failing grades on gun safety laws

Georgia and Alabama have both received failing grades on the annual Gun Law Scorecard.

  Co-Work Columbus offering business owners a flexible workplace

Co-Work Columbus is offering entrepreneurs, freelance workers or startup business owners the ideal workplace.

  Apple responds to FaceTime glitch, disables group feature

Apple responds to Facetime bug that allows users to eavesdrop on others

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives tips to avoid Medicare scams

A scam related to the new Medicare cards has surfaced.

  Bags of fruit sold at ALDI stores part of recall

Bags of peaches, nectarines and plums sold at ALDI stores in North Carolina are part of a recall.

New renderings of Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Mardi Gras’ ship released

Carnival Cruise Line released its first renderings of a new, lavish cruise ship to get folks in the Mardi Gras mood.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Tips for obtaining a good credit score

George Cole with the National Credit Educational Service, explains why your credit score is so important and key factors that contribute to the score.

McDonald’s offers free bacon on ANYTHING during Bacon Hour

Pick your jaw up off the floor, you’ll need it to eat the bacon.

  Toyota collaborates with new project to encourage people to check vehicle recall status

By the end of 2019, 55 to 70 million vehicles will be recalled for defective Takata airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this is the largest recall in US history.

Johnsonville recalls ground pork over possible contamination

The material was produced and packaged on Sept. 27, Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, 2018, with the name Johnsonville Grillers, cheddar cheese and bacon flavor.

Manufacturing company hosting job fair in Hogansville

If you are in the market for a new job, tidy up your resume, because a job fair is set to begin soon.

  Best Buy in Columbus moving from Manchester Expy. location

Best Buy will move from its Manchester Expressway location to the former H.H. Gregg building in Columbus Park Crossing.

  Carvana online used car dealer expands to Columbus

Carvana allows customers to shop from more than 15,000 vehicles on its website, carvana.com.

Mother burned when sippy cup exploded in her face, she says

An attorney says the company who makes the sippy cup doesn’t believe an explosion could have happened if the cup was being used properly and wants to do testing on it.

‘Is this the best a man can get?’: New Gillette ad challenges men to ‘be better’

Company officials say they have no plans to pull the ad in the face of some negative reaction.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives ways to stay scam free in the new year

Many look for ways to save money, but experts are urging the public to also beware of ways to stay scam free.

  Chattahoochee Valley Libraries open new 24-hour libraries in Columbus

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries open two new 24-hour libraries in Columbus.

  Popular Columbus Christmas attraction raises $25K+ for charity

One of Columbus' most popular Christmas light displays works to raise money for charity every year.