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  • 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.
  • BBQ gets a perfect score but a sports bar needs to CLEAN UP!

    BBQ gets a perfect score but a sports bar needs to CLEAN UP!

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:05:39 GMT
    Dining out? Check out this week's food inspection scores.
    Dining out? Check out this week's food inspection scores.
  • 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: Scammers staging car accidents

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Scammers staging car accidents

    Thursday, May 29 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-05-30 03:16:43 GMT
    They are predators on the road – scam artists looking to rip off insurance companies and they make you and your car a target. But there are some ways to protect yourself. "Make money by having an actual
    They are predators on the road – scam artists looking to rip off insurance companies and they make you and your car a target. But there are some ways to protect yourself.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Experts warn digital abuse growing

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Experts warn digital abuse growing

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-05-27 15:36:31 GMT
    It's new. It's increasing and it can be dangerous.   Experts are warning of a growing form of domestic violence they call "digital abuse". It's when one partner uses technology to control and intimidate
    It's new. It's increasing and it can be dangerous. Experts are warning of a growing form of domestic violence they call "digital abuse".
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Green Dot Money Scams

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Green Dot Money Scams

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-05-21 03:15:09 GMT
    Trista Townsend thought luck had finally come her way. "I received a call saying that I was selected for a U.S. government grant," Townsend told WSFA's Sally Pitts. A caller told the single mom she only
    We work hard for our money and no one wants to just give it away, but people right here in central and south Alabama are doing just that. We spoke with a victim of a scam involving a Green Dot money card.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Dealing with overgrown yards

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Dealing with overgrown yards

    Thursday, May 8 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-05-08 15:24:17 GMT
    The ​12 NEWS DEFENDERS are taking action for residents fed up of with seeing overgrown grass and weeds in their neighborhoods. Numerous calls of complaints have been fielded.Thanks to a Montgomery city
    The ​12 NEWS DEFENDERS are taking action for residents fed up of with seeing overgrown grass and weeds in their neighborhoods. Numerous calls of complaints have been fielded.
  • 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.
  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Click it or Risk It

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Click it or Risk It

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-05-06 04:33:38 GMT
    Every time you get in the car you are faced with a simple decision that could save your life: Whether to put on your seat belt. Close to 100 people died every day in 2013 in car
    Every time you get in the car you are faced with a simple decision that could save your life: Whether to put on your seat belt. Close to 100 people died every day in 2013 in car accidents and most were not wearing a seat belt.
  • 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
  • Alabama's News SourceMore>>

  • Central High School facing problems through the roof

    Central High School facing problems through the roof

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:28:11 GMT
    Superintendent Randy Wilkes tells me the building springing leaks is no surprise since the roof was expect to last 20 years and it's now in its twenty-fourth. He says the Phenix City Board of Education
    Central High School in Phenix City facing major roof repairs just weeks before school starts back. Superintendent Randy Wilkes says the roof and domes on the school are leaking inside the building. It's an issue that could cost hundreds of thousands to repair. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy has what school leaders are doing about it.
  • A local Subway scored a perfect 100

    Kitchen Cops; three low performers

    Kitchen Cops; three low performers

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:14:50 GMT
    Kitchen cops found three restaurants in the area that didn't score so well. (Source: MGNOnline)Kitchen cops found three restaurants in the area that didn't score so well. (Source: MGNOnline)
    There were three restaurants around Huntsville that didn't score so well in this week's Kitchen Cops.
    There were three restaurants around Huntsville that didn't score so well in this week's Kitchen Cops.
  • Woman shot near Birmingham night club

    Woman shot near Birmingham night club

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:04 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:04:55 GMT
    Police say a woman was shot while leaving a Birmingham night club on Thursday evening. The shooting happened outside of Club Onyx off of 7th Avenue West around 9 p.m. Officers said after the woman was
    Police say a woman was shot while leaving a Birmingham night club on Thursday evening.
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