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  Food for Thought 9/19

Click for this weeks high and low restaurant inspection scores from the Montgomery County Health Department.

  Protecting yourself when using Facebook Marketplace

Walmart, Target hosting September car seat recycling events

  Food for Thought 9/12

Hyundai to invest additional $292M in Montgomery plant

  BBB: Watch out for scammers using Facebook quizzes

  Food for Thought 9/6

Continued Coverage

  BBB: Tips for picking out the right daycare

Mom warns others about inappropriate app found on child’s phone

  Food for Thought 8/29

New car dealership set to open along I-65 in Greenville

  BBB: Scammers using Facebook messages to get your information

5.7M kids water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

Chick-fil-A on Magnolia Ave. in Auburn to close for remodeling

The restaurant is closing for nearly two years for what representatives are calling a “complete rebuild.”

KFC testing plant-based fried ‘chicken’

KFC is getting into the alternative-meat game.

Food for Thought 8/22

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Feds settle with supermarket group over clean air violations

Federal authorities say they've reached an agreement with a supermarket company to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states

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

Food for Thought 8/15

Tyson recalling nearly 40,000 lbs. of chicken patties due to foreign matter contamination

Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

SunSetter recalling motorized awning covers after one death

  Tips to avoid medical supply scams

The wait is over! Spicy nuggets are back at Wendy’s

In the most highly-anticipated return to a fast food restaurant’s menu, spicy nuggets are officially back at Wendy’s.

  Food for Thought 8/8

Before you pick a place to eat, catch the latest edition of Food For Thought.

  Better Business Bureau: Don’t get scammed with counterfeit products

The Better Business Bureau says 80 percent of Americans shop on the internet.

Prattville Best Buy set to close

The Prattville Best Buy location is closing, company officials confirmed Monday.

Food for Thought 8/2

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  ALDI opens doors to new Montgomery grocery store

The line to get into the new grocery store, located at 1568 Eastern Boulevard, was a lengthy one.

Hyundai to make rear seat alert standard by 2022

Wednesday is National Heatstroke Prevention Day and Hyundai has a big safety announcement.

Recall issued for sleepers; infant deaths reported with similar products

A recall has been issued for infant bassinets after reports of infant deaths.

New same-day round trip flights to D.C. coming in 2020

A new flight schedule at Montgomery Regional Airport will offer greater flexibility for customers traveling to Washington D.C.

ALERT: Kids’ pajamas from H&M recalled

H&M has recalled two styles of children’s pajamas due to the clothing failing to meet federal flammability standards, thus posing a burn risk to kids.

Recall: Great Value Taco Seasoning sold at Walmart

Williams Foods LLC has initiated a voluntary recall including Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning Mix (sold at Walmart) and HEB Taco Seasoning Mix Reduced Sodium due to possible Salmonella contamination.

  Alabama Attorney General’s Office warning of car warranty scams

Over the past year, the Better Business Bureau received more than 500 complaints about companies offering extended vehicle warranties.

Top Alabama scams: What you need to know

You might think you’re too savvy to fall for a scam, but thieves are constantly using new tactics and finding ways to fool even the most skeptical people.

  Food for Thought 7/25

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  BBB: Finding the right food delivery service for you

thanks to a variety of food delivery services, you can pretty much get anything delivered right to your doorstep.

  Equifax to pay up to $700M in data breach settlement

The proposed settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, if approved by the federal district court Northern District of Georgia, will provide up to $425 million in monetary relief to consumers, a $100 million civil money penalty, and other relief.

  Food for Thought 7/18

The highest and lowest restaurant inspection scores of the week.

Target unveils wheelchair-friendly costumes for kids

According to Target’s website, the full princess carriage and pirate ship collection are set to be released on Aug. 22.

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates.

  Diapers among items included in Alabama tax-free weekend

Non-school items like diapers and office supplies are also included in Alabama's 2019 tax-free weekend.

  BBB: Watch out for summer event scams

But before you give out your credit card information online, be careful.

Verizon says Ala. 3G network issues corrected

Verizon says it has determined a hardware issue was at fault for issues with some of its customers’ ability to make voice calls Monday.

  State warns about hackers stealing data from personal phones

At least 34 percent of U.S. consumers experienced a data compromise within 2018, according to Business Wire.

  Food for Thought 7/11

From the 12 News Defenders: Click for the week's highest and lowest restaurant inspection scores.

New virus affecting Alabama cotton crops, says ALFA

According to ALFA, the new strain wasn’t discovered in Alabama until 2017 but was first observed as far back as 2006 in Brazilian fields

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.

Tobacco purchase age raised to 21 in Walmart, Sam’s Club stores

Walmart officials said this includes all e-cigarettes.

  Study: Alabama ranks 11th in fraud/scam reports

Statistics show that not only do people from ages 60 to 69 get scammed the most, they also get scammed out of the most money.

Food for Thought 7/4

The week's highest and lowest restaurant inspection scores from the Montgomery County Health Department.

  BBB: Tips to avoid summer job scams

There are still a lot of folks out there looking for summer jobs.

  Alabama woman warns of gift card barcode scam

An Alabama woman is alerting others of a gift card scam.

Baby formula sold at Walmart recalled nationwide for potentially containing metal

A baby formula sold exclusively at Walmart is being recalled nationwide “because of the potential presence of metal foreign matter.”

Alabama jobless rate dips to 3.7%

Alabama's unemployment has fallen slightly to a record-tying 3.7%

  Food for Thought 6/20

Click for the week's high and low health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Health Department.

La. restaurants face new rule for shrimp and crawfish

Locals say a new law will help protect the reputation of local seafood.

ALDI prepares to open Montgomery storefront

After a string of business closings a new store is set to open on the Boulevard in Montgomery.

  BBB: Tips on picking out storage units

Do you have too much stuff for your home or office? If so, you’re not alone.

You can now tell Amazon’s Alexa to delete your conversations

Amazon now allows you to delete conversations off your Alexa Echo device after privacy issues raised by consumers.

Retail sales in Alabama are increasing

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

Flour sold at Target, Walmart nationwide being recalled due to E. coli

E. coli can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

  Food for Thought 6/13

Click for the highest and lowest restaurant inspection scores this week from the Montgomery County Health Department.

Waitr offering free deliveries for Father’s Day weekend

Get your dad his favorite restaurant meal even easier this Father's Day.

  Wiregrass business owner responds to alert by BBB

The owner of a Wiregrass business under scrutiny by the Better Business Bureau says her company is working to make things right with customers.

  BBB: Scammers using political robocalls to get your money

It seems to happen all the time; Your phone rings, the number looks somewhat familiar but then you answer and it’s one of those annoying robocalls.

Chase Bank’s newest policy change says you can’t take them to court; here’s how to opt out

If you are a Chase credit card customer you may have gotten an email this week that described new policy changes impacting your rights.

  Food for Thought 6/6

Each week, the 12 News Defenders bring you the highest and lowest scores from Montgomery County restaurant inspectors.

  BBB: Tips on hiring the right movers

Before you let someone pack up all of your prized possessions, there are some things you should know.

Nearly 12 million patients’ personal info exposed in Quest Diagnostics data breach

Quest hasn't been able to determine the impacts of the reported data breach yet.

  Keeping your home cool during the summer months

It’s not even summer but the temperatures would make you think it was.

  Food for Thought 5/30

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BBB: Scammers are using pop up ads to get your money

Have you ever been working on your computer and an ad or warning pops up? It happens more often than you may think.

Food for Thought 5/23

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  BBB: Top 3 Scams of 2018

Every year scammers get more and more creative trying to get a hold of your hard-earned money.

CBD oil can be purchased at Alabama gas stations but not pharmacies

Even though CBD oil is legal in Alabama, the FDA has not made it legal to be sold at your pharmacy because it needs to have strict regulations.

Whole Foods to ban plastic straws and use smaller produce bags

Whole Foods will launch several initiatives to use less plastic, which includes getting rid of plastic straws and using smaller produce bags.

Food for Thought 5/16

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Consumer Reports discusses lump vs. briquette charcoal

Consumer Reports testers set out to settle a debate: Which is better, classic briquettes or lump charcoal?

  BBB: Time for some digital spring cleaning

But there’s another type of cleanse you might not be aware of, digital spring cleaning.