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Hyundai sees total sales drop by double-digits

Hyundai Motor America released its quarterly sales figures Wednesday, and the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are clear.

Publix offers rent relief to businesses in its shopping centers

Ala. AG teams with Facebook to combat price gouging

  Production halt extended at Alabama’s Hyundai plant

Automakers shut North American plants over coronavirus fears

Publix changes store hours due to coronavirus

McDonald’s giving away free Egg McMuffins Monday

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Is it safe to open packages from China? Experts debunk coronavirus myths

Waitr to layoff thousands of drivers, including hundreds in Alabama

What to do if your employer does not pay you

  Better Business Bureau: Home and vacation rental scam alert

  What to look for when choosing the right tax preparer

  Better Business Bureau: Avoid online dating scams

  Better Business Bureau: Be careful before you donate after tragedies

The Better Business Bureau of Central Alabama says you should give to organizations that you recognize and make sure they can live up to their promises.

  IRS opens tax season to begin processing 2019 individual returns

The IRS expects 90 percent of taxpayers to file electronically, and it’s urging folks to go ahead and get those returns filed, or at least get the process started, soon.

FedEx is warning customers about a text, email scam

Don’t click on the link! That’s what FedEx is telling consumers dealing with a text and email scam.

  Better Business Bureau: New year, new finances

A new year means a fresh start. It can be a new diet, a new work out plan, and for some folks a new look at their finances.

  Better Business Bureau: Picking the right gym for you

  Portrait Innovations studios close unannounced across Charlotte, nationwide

It’s so hard to say goodbye, but changes may be coming to the Chick-Fil-A menu

Mercedes-Benz recalls 745,000 cars for sunroofs that could detach

2020 change to Alabama car insurance law

New anti-robocall bill a good start at reducing schemes

  Registration fees are going up for electric and plug-in hybrids

The start of the new year means new laws will be on the books in Alabama. One of those includes paying more money if you drive electric vehicles.

  Parent warns of dangers of popular Christmas gift

An Alabama mom is warning other parents after a popular Christmas gift sent her daughter to the emergency room.

  Technology helping identify fake products becoming more popular

If you’re doing any of your holiday shopping online, buyers beware. There are thousands of counterfeit products online, even at trusted websites.

Fake Amazon delivery notices targeting holiday shoppers

Take a moment before you click on an unexpected delivery from the retail giant. They may be phishing scams.

  BBB warns of Secret Sister shopping scams

Scammers are out there trying to get a hold of your money and personal information.

  Montgomery retailers gear up for ‘panic week’ of holiday shopping

Christmas is only 10 days away, so holiday shoppers are trying to finish crossing people off of their Christmas lists, but some people aren’t as far along as they’d like to be.

  Scammers targeting holiday shoppers, AARP Alabama warns

A new study from AARP found more than 70 percent of adults in the United States plan on buying gift cards as presents this holiday season.

55,000 pounds of El Monterey breakfast burritos recalled

Before you bite into that breakfast burrito, make sure it hasn’t been recalled.

Gap, Motherhood Maternity closing at The Shoppes at EastChase

Two clothing stores at The Shoppes at EastChase in Montgomery are reportedly among hundreds expected to close nationwide.

  BBB: Tips to protect your holiday deliveries

Delivery companies are moving full speed ahead, it’s the busiest time of the year.

  Deadlines to ship your packages in time for Christmas are fast approaching

As we get deeper into the busiest season of the year for mail carriers everywhere, there are some things you need to know.

  Piggly Wiggly closure leaves residents with few options

A north Montgomery grocery store has closed its doors leaving local residents without a place to get fresh produce.

Is your Christmas tree making you sick?

It doesn't matter if the tree is artificial or real.

Most unwanted Christmas gifts that are returned the most

Before you shop, you may want to know about the most unwanted holiday gifts, based on return data.

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods sold recalled products following recall announcements

That deal you got while shopping may be very dangerous.

  Holiday shopping starting ahead of Black Friday

Long are the days of Black Friday starting on a Friday.

2019 Thanksgiving and Black Friday store hours

Looking for Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals around central and south Alabama? You’ll need to know what time the doors open!

AT&T to soon rollout 5G service in Birmingham

AT&T recently announced that Birmingham is one of the markets that will get 5G service in the coming weeks.

  BBB: Avoiding Cyber Monday Shopping Scams

Tis’ the season for shoppers to start crossing items of their list.

Have you received a scam email from Synchrony?

Synchrony says the email and texts were not a phishing or scam.

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

Check your pantry and fridge for these recalled foods before planning your holiday meals.

Don’t fall for this scheme involving pleas for baby formula

One man says he believed a woman when she said her child would go hungry unless he bought her baby formula. He couldn't believe what happened next.

Victoria’s Secret cancels fashion show

L Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret, said in a statement to Fortune that the decision was part of a move to “evolve the messaging of [the company]”.

  Food for Thought 11/21

Click for the week's highest and lowest health inspection scores from the 12 News Defenders.

More than 97K pounds of salad products recalled over possible E. coli contamination

Those products are being recalled because they may contain meat or poultry because the lettuce ingredient may be contaminated with E. coli.

  Ala. Securities Commission offers tips for fraud prevention

Alabama Securities Commission offers tips to protect yourself during International Fraud Awareness Week

Chase opens first Alabama bank branch

The nation’s largest bank, JPMorgan Chase, held a grand opening Tuesday for its first branch in Alabama.

  BBB: Beware of online pet scams

If you’re looking to add a pet to the family, be careful if you’re shopping online.

Breakstone’s cottage cheese recalled due to potential presence of foreign material

The company discovered the issue after a customer contacted them after making this discovery.

The Price of Air: The R-22 ban is approaching, how will it impact your air conditioner?

Turning on your air conditioner isn’t probably on your mind right now but come January, you could be paying a lot more for coolant. The coolant, R-22, will soon be phased out. Starting January 1, 2020, the Environmental Protection agency is banning the production of R-22.

Alabama jobless rate dips to record 2.8%

The state has gained about 60,000 jobs this year in the civilian workforce.

Food for Thought 11/15

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

  BBB: Watch out for fake voicemail scams

Now, scammers are leaving fake messages hoping you’ll call back.

  Hyundai’s hydrogen-fueled SUV hits Montgomery roads for 6 months

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama announced it’s loaning the vehicle, called the NEXO, to Gov. Kay Ivey and the City of Montgomery for a test drive and evaluation period.

  Food for Thought 11/7

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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.

  BBB: Tips on preventing child identity theft

When it comes to identity theft, scammers are going after more than adults.

Koch Foods to expand operations in Attalla

Great economic news in East Alabama as more jobs will be announced for Etowah County.

Mobile charging devices recalled over fire, burn hazards

Michaels received two reports of mobile charging devices catching on fire after overheating while in use, sparking a nationwide recall for the product.

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

Nestle has announced a voluntary recall on ready-to-bake cookie dough because the product could contain rubber pieces.

Food for Thought 10/31

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  Riverchase Galleria announces Thanksgiving shopping hours

The Galleria will be opened from 2-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving then reopen on Black Friday at 6 a.m. and remain open through 10 p.m.

  BBB: Debt collection agencies must follow rules

It’s important to know, debt collection agencies have to follow specific rules.

AG Marshall urges vigilance of charity fraud

Attorney General Steve Marshall is urging charities and consumers to be vigilant of charity fraud.

  Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

  New shopping, dining options coming to EastChase

As we creep into one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year, there are plenty of new restaurants and stores for shoppers at EastChase to be excited about.

  Airbnb business booms as visitors seek to ‘experience’ Montgomery

“It’s kind of a bed and breakfast meets hotel, meets staying at home, but you’re on vacation,” A.J. Hayles explained. Her property is nearly always booked.

Netflix announces it will crack down on password sharing in the future

Netflix is looking to crack down on sharing account passwords in the future.

  BBB: Scammers targeting college students

The Better Business Bureau reports that college students between the ages of 18-24 are more likely to fall for a scam than older adults.

Possible Salmonella contamination sparks recall of Great Value breakfast sausage

Officials with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a recall of 6,444 pounds of Great Value brand ready-to-eat pork sausage patty and turkey sausage patty products.

  Food for Thought 10/17

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

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

The ice cream company says it has increased production “to meet the unbelievable demand” for the flavor.

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.

  BBB: Scammers claiming to be from well known company

How can you tell is the call is legit?

  BankOn River Region Ala. to host financial workshop

The workshop is said to help you improve your personal banking patterns and correct any credit issues.

  Hot air outside brings pests inside

“What they’re doing is they’re trying to find the things that they need: food, shelter and moisture," Kenneth Marcum, owner of Relief Pest Control in Montgomery, said.

  Your typos could put your computer at risk

You could end up harming your computer by accidentally misspelling websites. We speak with a cyber security expert about "typosquatting" and why its important to bookmark your favorite sites!

Would you walk in these Jesus shoes?

A shoe company says you can walk on water in their sneakers, or as they call them their “Jesus shoes.”