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  • Food for Thought: Back-to-school cafeteria edition

    Food for Thought: Back-to-school cafeteria edition

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:37 AM EDT2014-08-29 10:37:46 GMT
    Dining out? Check out this week's food inspection scores.
    This week's food scores are all related to Montgomery area schools. Do you know the health rating where your student eats lunch?
  • 12 News Defenders: The Ugliest Roads in Montgomery

    12 News Defenders: The Ugliest Roads in Montgomery

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-05-07 02:19:43 GMT
    Are you tired of bumpy... Poorly patched roads? they can damage your car... Not to mention... Pride in your community. So tonight, the 12 news defenders are on pavement patrol. We asked you to tell us...
    Are you tired of bumpy, poorly patched roads? The 12 News Defenders went to the city to find out when Montgomery's ugliest roads will be re-paved. Check out the list here.
  • Ways to find help while battling depression

    Ways to find help while battling depression

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-08-13 02:06:47 GMT
    (Source: MGN)(Source: MGN)
    With the recent death of actor Robin Williams, suicide and depression has resurfaced a major topic of discussion.  If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression or is having thoughts of suicide,
    With the recent death of actor Robin Williams, suicide and depression has resurfaced a major topic of discussion.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Cable lines buried

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Cable lines buried

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:35:38 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    The 12 News Defenders continue to work to get exposed cable lines buried. Since we got involved on Wednesday in an east Montgomery neighborhood where neighbors have been dealing with lines in their yards,
    Exposed cable lines that had been lying across backyards in East Montgomery, and across a sidewalk in another neighborhood are now underground.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Inflatable Injuries

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Inflatable Injuries

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:20:16 GMT
    Inflatables, or moonwalks as they were originally referred to, can be an endless source of fun for little ones, but they can also be the source of serious injuries. In May two 5 and 6-year-old boys in
    Inflatables, or moonwalks as they were originally referred to, can be an endless source of fun for little ones, but they can also be the source of serious injuries.
  • SPECIAL REPORT: The facts about secondary drowning

    SPECIAL REPORT: The facts about secondary drowning

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:25:09 GMT
    If you're a parent of a little one, summer is the prime time to be concerned about water safety and the risks. We all know about drowning, but what about what's called secondary drowning, when someone
    Parents have probably seen all kinds of stories about secondary drowning on Facebook and other social media sites. For many it's alarming and confusing, so we are separating fact from fiction so you can be prepared.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Viewer finds inmate's Facebook page

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Viewer finds inmate's Facebook page

    Monday, July 14 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-07-15 02:55:38 GMT
    The internet is supposed to be off limits for inmates in Alabama -- so how could there be a Facebook page for an inmate? The 12 News Defenders were alerted to an Alabama inmate's Facebook page by a concerned
    The 12 News Defenders were alerted to an Alabama inmate's Facebook page by a concerned viewer.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: River Region awash in 'caller ID spoofing'

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: River Region awash in 'caller ID spoofing'

    Friday, July 11 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-07-11 23:05:05 GMT
    Before you answer your next phone call - it may not be who you think it is on the other end.The Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are trying to come up with ways to stop
    Before you answer your next phone call - it may not be who you think it is on the other end.The Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are trying to come up with ways to stop
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Trouble in the water

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Trouble in the water

    Monday, July 7 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-07-07 20:29:24 GMT
    When we think about dangers along the coast, sharks and hurricanes come to mind, but would you believe that rip currents kill more people than sharks, hurricanes or lightning strikes. Your first line
    When we think about dangers along the coast, sharks and hurricanes come to mind. But would you believe that rip currents kill more people than sharks, hurricanes or lightning strikes.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Computer tech support scam

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Computer tech support scam

    Friday, July 4 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-07-04 23:18:14 GMT
    That phone call claiming there's a problem with your computer is a fake. It's a tech support scam that's happening in our area right now. Viewers contacted the 12 News Defenders asking us to investigate. The
    That phone call claiming there's a problem with your computer is a fake.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Grandparent scheme

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Grandparent scheme

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 11:27 AM EDT2014-07-02 15:27:20 GMT
    It's a scam targeting thousands of grandparents across the country, but there's one sure way to avoid being the next victim. Here's how this scam works, grandparents get a call from someone claiming to
    It's a scam targeting thousands of grandparents across the country, but there's one sure way to avoid being the next victim.
  • Bands on the run: Activity monitors vary in accuracy

    Bands on the run: Activity monitors vary in accuracy

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-07-02 02:27:40 GMT
    A new study out of Iowa State University tested eight activity monitors against a portable metabolic analyzer for accuracy. (Source: CNN)A new study out of Iowa State University tested eight activity monitors against a portable metabolic analyzer for accuracy. (Source: CNN)
    (CNN) - Fitness trackers may not be as accurate as you think. A new study out of Iowa State University tested eight activity monitors against a portable metabolic analyzer for accuracy. Researchers found
    A new study out of Iowa State University tested eight activity monitors against a portable metabolic analyzer for accuracy.
  • Alabama veteran granted VA benefits after more than 50 years of denials

    Alabama veteran granted VA benefits after more than 50 years of denials

    Thursday, June 19 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-06-19 15:11:55 GMT
    A Korean War Veteran's 56-year struggle is finally over. Willie McCall, 85, suffers from debilitating, combat-related health issues and was essentially forgotten by the federal government, but before
    A Korean War Veteran's 56-year struggle for Veterans Affairs benefits is finally over. Decades of being denied benefits for injuries ends with VA action to make situation right.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Hard drive headaches - wiping your computer clean

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Hard drive headaches - wiping your computer clean

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 12:49 AM EST2014-02-25 05:49:59 GMT
    On many tablets there are built-in ways to wipe your data. For example, on the iPad, go to Settings and selected "General." Look for the "Reset" option. In the next window, choose "Erase All
    Getting rid of an old computer, tablet or smartphone? Be sure to wipe clean your personal information! Depending on the device, you should DESTROY, REFORMAT, or WIPE the hard drive. The 12 News Defenders explain.
  • 10 things to do now to protect your computer & mobile device

    10 things to do now to protect your computer & mobile device

    Wednesday, July 10 2013 1:28 AM EDT2013-07-10 05:28:29 GMT
    Cyber crime is in the news almost every day. We always hear about another computer system that's been hacked. While we can't stop those big corporate attacks, we CAN take steps to protect our personal
    Here are 10 things you can do right now to protect the information on your computer and mobile devices. Also, read more about antivirus software now available for smartphones.
  • Kids catch OCD from form of strep

    Kids catch OCD from form of strep

    Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:33 AM EDT2013-05-21 05:33:24 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - Most people associate the word strep with strep throat. But imagine a strain of strep with side effects so shocking and dangerous that it leads to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Mid-South
    Most people associate the word strep with strep throat. But imagine a strain of strep with side effects so shocking and dangerous that it leads to obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • GM recalling 1.5M vehicles because of fire hazard

    GM recalling 1.5M vehicles because of fire hazard

    Tuesday, June 8 2010 11:26 AM EDT2010-06-08 16:26:11 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - General Motors is recalling about 1.5 million vehicles worldwide to address a problem with a heated windshield wiper fluid system that could lead to a fire. The recall affects several
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  • All clear following bomb scare in Jackson County

    All clear following bomb scare in Jackson County

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:49:45 GMT
    JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a bomb threat on their property today.Officials say a mentally unstable man brought two military flares inside his car to the sheriff's parking lot.They say he didn't make any threats and said he wanted to turn the devices over to deputies.As a precaution, deputies moved 30 inmates to another cell block within the jail, away from any potential harm.Patrons at a local business were also evacuated.The joint Carbondale ...
    JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a bomb threat on their property today.Officials say a mentally unstable man brought two military flares inside his car to the sheriff's parking lot.They say he didn't make any threats and said he wanted to turn the devices over to deputies.As a precaution, deputies moved 30 inmates to another cell block within the jail, away from any potential harm.Patrons at a local business were also evacuated.The joint Carbondale ...
  • Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

    Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:23:21 GMT
    Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than...
    Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen...
  • Man fatally shot while changing tire in St. Louis

    Man fatally shot while changing tire in St. Louis

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:07:00 GMT
    St. Louis police are investigating after a man was fatally shot while changing a flat tire near his home.
    St. Louis police are investigating after a man was fatally shot while changing a flat tire near his home.
  • Alabama's News SourceMore>>

  • No. 6 Auburn runs over Arkansas

    No. 6 Auburn runs over Arkansas

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:56:50 GMT
    No. 6 Auburn wasted no time getting into conference play.The reigning Southeastern Conference champion wasted no time getting its first win either after defeating Arkansas 48-24."I'm very proud of our
    No. 6 Auburn wasted no time getting into conference play.The reigning Southeastern Conference champion wasted no time getting its first win either after defeating Arkansas 48-24."I'm very proud of our
  • Breaking

    Fairfield PD looking for abducted child

    Fairfield PD looking for abducted child

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:36:13 GMT
    Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis Jr. says 9-year-old Felix Rhashud was taken from his residence by his grandmother Saturday at approximately 6:30 p.m.Police say they may be in route to 4915 Golfway Drive
    Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis Jr. says 9-year-old Felix Rhashud was taken from his residence by his grandmother Saturday at approximately 6:30 p.m.Police say they may be in route to 4915 Golfway Drive
  • Two pedestrians killed in Opelika traffic accident

    Two pedestrians killed in Opelika traffic accident

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:19:56 GMT
    Two Opelika residents are dead following a Friday night traffic accident involving a vehicle and pedestrians.  It happened around 9:30 p.m. at 1200 Columbus Parkway. When officers from the Opelika Police
    Two Opelika residents are dead following a Friday night traffic accident involving a vehicle and pedestrians.  
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