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  FBI training taking place this week for entire next generation of law enforcement

The entire next generation of law enforcement leaders from the state of Alabama are traveling to and staying in Opelika for a specialized FBI training this week.

Voter registration deadline looms for potential Georgia voters

Principal: Harris County Carver Middle School investigating social media message

Federal Judge temporarily blocks Georgia’s abortion law

  Georgia’s Chapter of the American Foundation holds their annual walk for suicide prevention

Salvage crews give update on capsized cargo ship off Ga. coast

Feds give nearly 10 million dollars to Columbus Airport for improvements

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Ryan Duke case to head back to Ga. Supreme Court before trial

Thomasville educator pleads guilty to 9 felony counts of child cruelty

  Gator caught on Lake Eufaula may just set a record

Police: Hostage held in SC home freed, armed man arrested following 3 hour standoff

Federal crews install gauges to monitor possible Dorian impacts

  Alabama equal pay law goes into effect Sept. 1

  Beauregard man, with the help of his red tractor, still helping tornado survivors

“Since the moment that it happened, I’ve been on the tractor helping people clean up their yards, helping them move trash out of their yards, and cleaning up their driveway.”

Apartment fire injures 3 firefighters, forces 11 families from their homes in Savannah

All firefighters injured while battling a blaze at a Savannah apartment complex Saturday have been released from the hospital, according to Chatham Emergency Services.

Bridge collapses near Ga., Fla. line

The bridge is just inside Gadsden County, Florida.

Ga. launches new, more secure licenses, IDs

The state of Georgia has started using new, more secure identification cards.

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

  New backseat seatbelt law coming to Alabama Sept. 1

  State lawmakers prep for state gas tax increase

  Make sure your children are up to date on vaccines before school

  Fight over fries at Ga. McDonald’s ends in gunfire, arrest

  Study group meets to find solutions to state prison problems

  ‘Treat it right then, don’t just wait’: South GA parents issue warning after 11-month-old daughter contracts flesh-eating bacteria

An Albany woman is sending a warning to all parents after her baby contracted a flesh-eating infection.

  Ga. Lt. Governor makes stop in Columbus to help spur economic development

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan paid a visit to Columbus yesterday.

Sketch artist recreates image of woman found in Georgia river. Do you know her?

The woman was wearing gold hoop earrings. Do you know this woman?

  Schley Co. Family unable to get rid of bats in home because of federal, state laws

From April 1st to July 31st, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources highly suggests leaving bats completely alone, even if they are inside of your home.

Company recalls hamburger, hot dog buns sold in multiple states

The company says there is a potential presence of small pieces of hard plastic that may have been introduced during production.

Marion County awarded 120K grant for new high school agriculture center

The facility will be used for FFA meetings, livestock shows, animal science classes, young farmer classes and housing for student projects.

  LaGrange hosts 35th annual Sweet Land of Liberty Parade

The theme of this year's parade was “Bright Stars, Bold Stripes, Brave Hearts.”

  New AL law: No criminal charges if you break into car to save child

There’s a new law in Alabama that could keep you from being criminally charged if you break into a car to rescue a child.

  WWII Veteran walking across America from Georgia to California

A World War II veteran is making his second trip across the country on foot.

  State paid half million dollars to settle lawsuit against former Gov. Bentley

There is new information regarding the recently settled lawsuit against former Gov. Robert Bentley.

  Ala., Ga. rank in top 20 states with highest motorcycle fatality rate

Alabama ranks 15th in the nation for the highest rate of motorcycle fatalities. Georgia ranks 18th.

  GA man to serve 5 life sentences for murder of his friends

The fourth day of the trial began with closing arguments from the state and the defense.

Rapper T.I. and Atlanta church work to end mass imprisonment

He will help to bail out of jail dozens of poor and working-class citizens in the Atlanta area.

Duke loses Supreme Court appeal

The high court concluded that it does not have the authority, to consider Duke’s appeal

  New booster shot required for GA students in Fall ’20

Staring in the fall of 2020, all students heading into the 11th Grade will need to get a booster shot to help prevent meningitis.

  Ala. Supreme Court hears arguments in former House speaker’s appeal

The Supreme Court of Alabama heard oral arguments Tuesday morning in former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s appeal of his conviction on ethics charges.

  Another charge brought in death of 3-year-old

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said Tuesday that his office will be adding a felony murder charge to Gregory Parker in the death of Janiyah Brooks.

  Bill would make murder of Ala. first responder capital offense

Lawmakers are working to pass a bill that would make murdering an on-duty first responder a capital offense.

‘Heartbeat Bill’ prompts 3 film productions to pull projects out of GA

Two were from the Atlanta area and one was looking to work in Savannah. They say the reason is because of the “Heartbeat Bill” that was recently signed into law.

Man sentenced to 438 years for the rape, sodomy, sexual assault of children in Morgan County

Michael William Lesher was sentenced to 438 years in an Alabama penitentiary for his part in raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing two children a dozen years ago.

GA insurance commissioner suspended by governor

Governor Kemp said that Beck sent him a letter Thursday requesting the suspension.

Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

After hours of debate, the Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that outlaws nearly all abortions in the state.

Former POTUS Jimmy Carter breaks hip, concerned about turkey hunting

Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering after a fall that caused him to break his hip, but his recovery is not his main concern.

Georgia State Patrol warns drivers of tractors on highways

Happening this spring: Farmers are planting their crops. And you’ve probably noticed more tractors on the roads.

Cook Co. law enforcement breaks up meth ring that used Bibles

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office busted up an operation that used Bibles to smuggle drugs into their jail.

  Georgia’s Republican Gov. Kemp signs early abortion ban

The bill will ban abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy.

  Columbus residents react to former mayor’s U.S. Senate run announcement

People in Columbus are sharing their thoughts on former Mayor Teresa Tomlinson's candidacy.

Senate committee passes bill restricting sale of vaping devices

State lawmakers want to crack down on stores selling products like vapes and e-cigarettes.

Woman charged with throwing paint during abortion bill debate

A woman has been arrested and charged after she reportedly threw paint in the state house, during the debate of a bill that would ban nearly all abortions.

Georgia woman sentenced to die for murder of stepdaughter

Authorities say Emani Moss weighed only 32 pounds when her body was found.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams won’t run for Senate in 2020

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams tells The Associated Press that she will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020 despite being heavily recruited by national party leaders

  First African-American GA Supreme Court justice to retire

The first African-American justice to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court has announced his plans to retire.

Lottery bill passes in Alabama Senate

By a vote of 21-12, the Alabama Senate has voted to approve a lottery bill.

President Trump, First Lady in Atlanta for opioid summit

President Donald Trump will be in Atlanta Wednesday to headline a summit on the opioid crisis.

  GUEST SEGMENT: 21st GA Strawberry Festival in Reynolds

It’s the time of year many people around the state of Georgia have been waiting for: the Georgia Strawberry Festival in Reynolds, GA.

7-year-old Georgia girl dies days after drive-by shooting

A 7-year-old Georgia girl has died 10 days after being wounded in a drive-by shooting while she was sitting on a couch inside a house.

New tag registration system coming statewide in May

Tax commissioners want to prepare South Georgians for a new tag registration system that will be implemented statewide in a just over a month.

Deer makes unusual entry into south GA gas station

A south Georgia gas station had a window broken by a rogue animal.

Dozens lobby against scrapping concealed carry permit requirement

Dozens of people came to the statehouse to oppose a bill that would rid Alabamians of a requirement to obtain a pistol permit before concealed carrying a firearm.

Boosie Badazz released from jail after arrest in Georgia

Louisiana rapper, Boosie Badazz, has been arrested on drug and weapon charges in Newnan, Georgia, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday, April 8.

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson launches exploratory committee for 2020 US Senate

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson continues taking steps toward a Democratic run for U.S. Senate, announcing Friday that she has launched an exploratory committee for the office.

Father at the center of Georgia Levi’s Call in police custody

The Georgia man at the center of a Levi's Call Thursday is now in police custody.

Ryan Duke trial in Tara Grinstead case delayed

A delay in the Ryan Duke trial for the Tara Grinstead case has been granted by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Writers Guild warns GA Gov. that could be impacted by heartbeat abortion bill

A new bill quickly making its way through the Georgia legislature could have unintended effects on the state’s booming film industry.

  Reality star ‘Mama June,’ boyfriend arrested in Alabama

Reality TV star June Shannon from the popular shows “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “From Not to Hot,” as well as her boyfriend, have been arrested in Alabama.

  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

  FEMA assistance still available to tornado survivors

Though almost 10 days have passed since the deadly tornado, it’s not too late to seek help. In fact, FEMA officials are encouraging it.

  GA House passes proposal for drug users to exchange used needles

The Georgia House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a proposal that would legalize programs the give drug users clean needles in exchange for used ones.

  ‘I’ll blow your (expletive) brains out’ great-grandmother said to intruder

A great-grandmother in Georgia used a pistol to scare a man trying to break into her home.

  School bus safety bill passes through GA Senate, must go through House

A new bill that could potentially help keep children safe throughout the state has now passed through the Georgia Senate, but will now have to go before the Georgia House of Representatives.

  Georgia, South Carolina two states out of five in U.S. with no hate crime laws

A hate crime in Georgia or South Carolina won’t cost you any more time in state prison than a random crime. The states are two of five that don’t have hate crime laws in the U.S.

  Local Alzheimer’s disease advocates head to Atlanta to turn Capitol purple

Hundreds of families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease every day right here in Columbus and local advocates are headed to the Georgia State Capitol with hopes of making a difference.

Former Boys and Girls Club of Georgia Youth of the Year to attend State of the Union

A former Boys and Girls Club of Georgia Youth of the Year winner will be making her way to one of the nation’s biggest stages.

Georgia SOS seeks to replace criticized voting machines

Secretary of State Raffensperger is asking lawmakers for money to replace the state's aging electronic voting machines.

5 arrested after missing siblings found dead in Effingham County, GA

The sheriff's office is working to figure out if anyone else knew about - or covered up - the deaths of two teenagers.

Bo Dukes wanted for rape, other offenses

A suspect in the case of a missing Irwin County teacher and beauty queen is wanted for rape and other offenses out of Warner Robins, according to the Warner Robins Police Department.

New online sales tax law begins today in GA

You could be paying more for your next online order in Georgia.

'I’m still waiting on that wake-up call’: Mother speaks out after fatal South GA fire

It's been two weeks since a fatal Albany mobile home fire took the lives of a great-grandmother and three of her grandchildren.