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  Gas averages top $3 for first time since 2014

On Wednesday, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline topped $3, the first time it’s reached that level since late 2014, according to AAA.

  FBI names pipeline cyberattackers as company promises return

GasBuddy: What you need to know about the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack & gas prices

After pipeline cyberextortion attempt, gasoline ticks higher

A guide to Alabama’s farmers markets

  Marshall earns national award for Alabama’s Terminix settlement

  Chicken at high demand, local restaurants seeing depleted supply

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  Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on positive mental health in schools

Housing schemes to look out for in a seller’s market

  Innovation Showcase Day connects entrepreneurs, tech start-ups with industry leaders, investors

  National Work Zone Awareness week encouraging motorists to pay attention

  ‘Abandoned Montgomery’ highlights historical places in Capital City

Lumber costs rise and put spotlight on possible price gouging

  Call before you dig: April is National Safe Digging Awareness Month

The month is used to promote the importance of knowing what’s buried before doing any outdoor projects.

Does switching AC between cool and heat harm your system?

According to our research, it’s ok to switch back and forth between the two but it’s how you switch that could cause a problem.

  Consumer Reports: Deals on April home products

It’s the beginning of spring! As warm weather returns, it’s probably time to gear up with some new products for your home.

  Homebuyers still choosing to build despite skyrocketing construction costs

As the housing market continues to boom, home buyers are making tough decisions about whether to build or buy an existing house.

Montgomery half marathon makes last minute course change

Gas prices continue climbing in Alabama, beyond

  Recovery from Hurricane Sally continues in Fort Morgan

  Alabama’s Gulf Coast ready for spring breakers

Alabama, 37 other states close massive fraudulent robo-call charity operation

  Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off Monday, ends with tax holiday weekend

  AAA Alabama: Gas prices rising but should stop well under $3

According to AAA Alabama, the winter weather may play a role.

  Alabama looks to reconnect residents with billion dollars worth of unclaimed property

The Alabama State Treasurer’s office is sending out notices that you may have unclaimed property to collect.

  Now’s the time to protect your pipes or risk pricey repairs

Montgomery area plumbers say they haven’t been slammed with calls yet but know they’re coming based on history.

Reports: Apple in talks with Hyundai-Kia to build vehicle

CNBC reports the car would be built at the Kia assembly plant just over the state line in West Point, Georgia.

UAB OBGYN: COVID-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant women

Pregnant and breastfeeding women have many questions about the risks and benefits.

  Girl Scouts launch ‘Hometown Heroes’ supporting frontline workers

The Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama have launched the annual Hometown Heroes program to support those who serve and the girl scout cookie program at the same time.

Hobby Lobby to end its popular 40% off coupon

The chain store says it’s doing away with the popular 40 percent off promotion, which has allowed customers to hold out their cellphones at checkout for a quick scan and a quick discount.

  Alabama Family Central website connects families to resources

Alabama families have a new tool at their fingertips to connect them to resources they need. It’s a website called Alabama Family Central.

  National School Choice Week helps parents understand options

This week is National School Choice Week to make sure parents understand all of the options available for their children’s k-through-12 education.

IRS encourages early filing of 2020 tax returns

It’s time to start thinking about your 2020 tax returns.

Regions Bank offers help managing money, becoming ‘financially fit’

Regions bank is ready to get you financially fit for the new year.

Alabama healthcare workers find relief in COVID-19 vaccine

Doctors continue to say the COVID-19 vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic.

  Girl Scouts kick off 2021 Cookie Season with ‘cookie drive-through’

The Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama officially kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Season with a “cookie drive-through.”

Survey says saving money one of the top 2021 resolutions

The website, TopCashBack.com has some tips to help you hit that goal.

  Recruiter: Looking for work in 2021 will require new strategies

You’ll have to put in a little more effort to set yourself apart from the competition.

Authorities warn of new scam that targets concealed carry permit owners

The sheriff’s office says the scam comes in a text message and offers a link to provide the permit holder’s information.

Montgomery’s Metro Fitness to permanently close due to pandemic

As we come to the end of the year, many businesses are finding they can’t afford to stay open and making tough decisions to close their doors

Busy holiday season brings new USPS drivers, different vehicles

You may notice your mail and packages being delivered by a different person in a different vehicle this holiday season.

Doctors: Fewer flu cases this year, but vaccine is still important

It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. In fact, doctors say it may be more important this year than ever.

Governor’s Mansion opens for Candlelight Christmas Tours

“This is the people’s house, and I want to share it with them during this special Christmas season,” said Ivey.

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week highlights options for aging drivers

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week is an important week to highlight the role of transportation and mobility in keeping older adults active in their communities.

Alabama not among 48 states, districts suing Facebook

The State of Alabama is not among the 46 states and two districts that are joining with the federal government in an anti-trust suit against social media giant Facebook.

Food for Thought 12/3

Before you pick a place to eat, catch the latest edition of Food For Thought. The reports air each Thursday night at 10.

More Americans denied financial credit during pandemic

A new study shows a new way the pandemic impacts Americans’ finances.

Black Friday better than expected for Eastdale Mall

It’s what could happen in the near future that has the potential to take the mall to a new level.

Millions of Americans to travel for Thanksgiving despite warnings

The day before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day of the year. This year that may still be true, even though fewer people are traveling.

  COVID-19 pandemic forces Americans to change Thanksgiving plans

People everywhere are trying to find that balance between celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday and staying safe as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.

Golden Boy Foods to expand Troy plant again

A major private label food production company in Pike County is growing again and will soon expand its Troy facility to increase production.

  WARNING: 3rd party website up-charging for driver license renewals in Alabama

The third-party application sites are independently run and are not affiliated with ALEA in any way.

  Hyundai to build fifth vehicle at Montgomery plant

Montgomery's Hyundai plant already builds the Sonata, Santa Fe, and Elantra. And the Santa Cruz pickup truck will also soon begin rolling out of the plant. Now, the company is adding a fifth vehicle.

  In changing society, is a college degree worth the investment?

As high school seniors prepare for college, and college students prepare for a career, experts urge them to consider whether the cost of going to college will be worth the investment.

  Red Ribbon Week pushes anti-drug abuse message to kids

Red Ribbon Week, the country’s oldest and largest drug abuse prevention program aimed at school children, wraps up Friday.

LAMP graduate launches historic magazine at UA

A Montgomery student is making history at the University of Alabama.

  Holiday travel this year to be low cost, high risk, experts say

It’s a tough decision for many - whether to take a vacation this holiday season or stay home and avoid coronavirus.

  Protect your packages delivered after Amazon Prime Days

In 2017, about 11 million Americans reported their packages were stolen. In 2018, almost a fifth of Americans said they had been a victim.

$80M in BCBS premium discounts coming to customers

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama said the decision was made as a way of providing economic relief during difficult times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Junior League of Montgomery’s annual Holiday Market goes virtual for 2020

The Junior League of Montgomery’s 32nd annual Holiday Market begins Wednesday. This year, it’s completely virtual.

  Better Business Bureau warns of election-related scams

The Better Business Bureau is sending out a warning to consumers to be alert and aware that scams are expected to increase as the presidential election looms.

  Lawsuit filed after motorhome crash kills Montgomery couple

A lawsuit has been filed against the makers of a motorhome vehicle that overturned on Interstate 65 in May, killing a prominent Montgomery couple.

Alabama Power offers new payment plans during pandemic

The company says those facing economic or medical hardships due to COVID-19 can now choose from payment plans that spread out their balances over several months.

  Students struggle to make a go of college during pandemic

“There’s no doubt that that the impact of of COVID-19 is being felt across the board in public education,” said Gordon Stone, Executive Director of the Higher Education Partnership.

  WSFA 12 News, AARP fight fraud with phonebank

WSFA 12 News and AARP are teaming up once again to host a virtual phonebank to help our viewers combat fraud.

IRS stimulus check tracking tool now live

People can now track the date their COVID-19 relief payment is scheduled to be deposited into their bank account or mailed to them.

  Junior League’s annual College & Career Fair goes virtual for 2020

The Junior League of Montgomery’s 36th annual College & Career Fair will go on in 2020, but it won’t be the same. The event is going all-virtual this year.

  Trump authorizes CDC to ban COVID-related evictions

The order comes as amid Congress’ unclear indication on whether another stimulus package will pass before the Nov. 3 election. But it also raises questions for renters and landlords.

  New home construction booms amid pandemic

If you’re in the market for a new home, now may be the best time to buy. Despite the pandemic, home building is up between 10 and 20 percent over 2019.

  New text messaging scam includes recipient’s name and potentially dangerous link

A new text messaging scam has emerged where hackers use the recipient’s real name and direct the recipient to a potentially dangerous link.

  360K Alabamians face eviction as CARES Act moratorium nears deadline

The CARES Act Moratorium, designed to provide relief for renters during the pandemic, ended July 24. Now, tenants have 30 days from when their notice was given to pay their rent or face eviction.

  Alabama man suspects odd mail is seed package from China

According to the man, he received the suspicious package but thought nothing of it until he saw the warning on the news.

Alabama warns of possibly harmful seed packages in your mail

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is urging you not to open, plant or dispose of the seeds until the USDA gives more guidance.

  Shoppers look to score a bargain as tax free weekend kicks off

Friday was the first day of Alabama’s 15th Annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Weekend.

$2.9M grant helps expand Alabama broadband internet service

Several central Alabama counties are among those across the state that will share in a grant to bring high-speed internet services to their communities.

  Auburn plant expansion to support COVID-19 vaccine effort

SiO2 Materials Science plans to invest $163 million in an expansion at its Auburn facility after securing a major contract to supply the federal government with vials to support the COVID-19 vaccine effort.

ADPH gives tips for holding workplaces accountable during pandemic

There are steps employees can take to make sure their workplace is doing everything possible to prevent the spread of covid-19.

Publix recalls some of its salad products in several states

One of the South’s largest grocery store chains is announcing a recall of some salads sold in its stores.

Nursing home association reacts to warning over residents’ stimulus checks

"If this is happening, it needs to stop now,” AG Steve Marshall said. “These stimulus checks are rightfully and legally the property of the residents and must be returned."

ADOL warns of unemployment compensation scams

The Alabama Department of Labor is warning against a new scam involving unemployment benefits.

Insurers return $100M to Alabama drivers parked during pandemic

We’re starting to get an idea of just how much money is going back into your wallet since your car hasn’t backed out of the garage in a while.