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Weather Forecasts Have Improved, But It's Been Under The Radar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weather forecasts have improved, but it's been under the radar. Make fun of the weatherman if you want but modern forecasts (like this one) have quietly, by degrees, become much better. Meteorologists are now as good with…

2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot Released

IRVING, Texas (June 1, 2017) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the names on the 2018 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 75 players and six coaches from…

Prosecutor: Toddler who Drowned Left Alone for 14 Hours

Bartow County, GA (WSB) - A Georgia woman charged in the death of her three-year-old made her first appearance before a judge on Wednesday. Investigators found Bobbie Prather's toddler son unresponsive in a pool on Monday. Prosecutors say he'd been…

Debate Schedule Uncertain in Heated Georgia Congressional Race

ATLANTA (AP) — A debate schedule in Georgia's special congressional election remains uncertain with less than a month before voters go to the polls Republican candidate Karen Handel said Wednesday that she plans to participate in four debates. Democrat Jon…

Food Shrimp Harvesting Season Begins

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The food shrimp harvesting season in Georgia begins at 8 a.m. Thursday. The Savannah Morning News reports that state waters will open to commercial power-drawn trawls, commercial and recreational cast netters and people using a beach…

Scattered Showers and PM Thunderstorms Thursday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the low to mid 80s. Showers overnight with lows in the mid 60s to low 70s. Isolated showers and thunderstorms on Friday with highs in the…

Autopsy: Columbus Teen Shot 11 Times by Officer Brown

The Alabama Medical Examiner's report reveals Columbus teen was shot 11 times after high speed chase. Please see the following Exclusive reports regarding this incident: Officer Allan Brown Resigns, Internal Investigation Ongoing EXCLUSIVE: Dramatic…

WATCH: Deal unveils "World Changer"

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, unveiled on Tuesday “World Changer,” the 13th installment of the “Real Teachers Real Voices” campaign. This initiative, which highlights exceptional educators around the state, stems from…

Fort Benning Garrison Change of Command

Under a drizzle of rain, Wednesday May 31st, the Army conducted a Change of Command ceremony for the Garrison at Fort Benning. Colonel Clinton Cox assumed command of the Garrison from…

Berry Names Sydney Weaver Grad Assistant

Former Brookstone standout and Berry College All-American golfer Sydney Weaver has been named a grad assistant for the Vikings program. The announcement comes just a few weeks after Weaver became the first golfer in the history of the program to…

Law Protects Good Samaritans

A new law in Virginia protects people who seek medical attention for overdose victims. Dr. Ben Fickenscher supports the laws and says, "all too often we have people who are dropped off on our front doorstep, and they're essentially dead.…

Baby's Casket Found Floating In Grave

After burying his 6-month-old grandson less than two weeks ago, a Memphis, Tennessee man went to the cemetery to put flowers on the grave and discovered something disturbing. Tony Jones arrived at New Park Cemetery to see his grandson's coffin…

A Chance for Rain Through the Weekend

A stalled out front will give the area isolated showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the mid to upper 80s. A few more storms could pop up overnight with lows in the mid…

Rainy Periods With Dry Hours In Between

We'll continue to see rainy periods with dry hours in between over the next few days. Our highest chance for rain will be during the afternoons and evenings, although Wednesday morning may start with some showers.…

Georgia Medical Marijuana Use On The Rise

This month more than 100 new patients have received permission to use a form of medical marijuana in Georgia. The new additions bring the statewide total of people using the product to more than 1800 less than three years after…

Quitting Meth can Reverse Heart Damage

People who abuse methamphetamines can reverse heart damage caused by the drug, if they quit. Researchers in Germany followed 30 meth users who had some degree of…

Atlanta is holding a 'gun buy back' event

ATLANTA - There will be a 'Gun Buy Back' event on June 15, 2017. What is a 'gun buy back' event? Well, I'm glad you asked. In a collaborative effort between the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office,…

TODAY: Early Voting Begins in Georgia's 6th Congressional District

ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials say early voting begins Tuesday in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.The competitive special election pits Democrat Jon Ossoff against Republican Karen Handel.The district includes parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. Voters can check their registration…

Memorial Day at Fort Benning Post Cemetery

Memorial Day began like years past on Post at Fort Benning, Georgia. About 200 Civilian, members and former members of the military gathered at the Fort Benning Cemetery to remember those who…

Beef Is Supreme On Memorial Day

As the unofficial start to grilling season heats up, it's beef that reigns supreme for memorial day celebrations. according to data collected by Nielsen, sales of beef topped more than $778 million in the two weeks ending June 4th last…

Showers and Thunderstorms Memorial Day Afternoon

A front will stall out over the area Monday and will allow for scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon with some of those storms becoming severe. Damaging winds, hail, and one or two…

Adjusting to Guns On Campus in Georgia

Students returning to Georgia's university campuses won't find gun storage facilities or signs this fall after a new state law permitting concealed handguns at the schools takes effect. Advice released to students and staff at all 28 public colleges sought…

Georgia Mother Jumps Into High School Fight

DEKALB COUNTY, GA - High School Fight involving a 16-year-old sophomore caught on camera being attacked by, two students and one adult at Redan High School has gone viral. The video posted to social media doesn't only show students beating…

Drastic Drop in Georgia Food Stamp Recipients

More than half of food stamp recipients in 21 Georgia counties have been dropped from the program after the state instituted work requirements. State figures released this week revealed that 11,779 people considered able-bodied without children were required to find…

Georgia Democratic State Representative Runs For Governor

Democratic Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna is running for the democratic nomination  seeking to become the Governor of Georgia. Representative Evans says her campaign will focus on how to protect and improve the state's HOPE college scholarship program. Evans, who…

Alabama-FSU to Open Season in Primetime

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football’s season opener against Florida State in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has been scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start on ABC, the network announced on Thursday afternoon. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles are scheduled…

Carver's Daniel Melvin Signs with St. Petersburg JUCO

Carver basketball standout Daniel Melvin signed scholarship papers to play at St. Petersburg Junior College Thursday afternoon. Melvin just wrapped up a stellar senior campaign that saw him average 17.4 points per game while helping lead the Tigers to…

Columbus Parks and Recreation to Open Outdoor Pools

Columbus Parks and Recreation will open all outdoor pools for the season beginning on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 12pm.   Psalmond Road 6533 Psalmond Road Columbus, Georgia 31820 706-565-6060   Shirley Winston Pool 5025 Steam Mill Road Columbus, Georgia…

Trending Topics with Mallory Hagan

Columbus Police Offer, Allan Brown, resigned after a high-speed chase led to the death of a Columbus teenager and the injury of two others when dashcam video surfaced. Mallory Hagan shares viewer responses…

Soldier of the Week

Staff Sergeant Steven L. Berg is an 11B Infantryman who currently serves as an Operations NCO at the 199th Infantry Brigade, 81st Armor Regiment 3rd Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia. SSG Berg has distinguished himself serving in many leadership roles…

New Job, No Stress: Thanks to Hypnosis

Meet Bradly Tarver. He is new to the WLTZ First News team, and wears several hats at the station. He works in master control and in production. On the production team, he is a…

A Rare Tick Bite Causes Red Meat Allergy

Tick season is here and it's no secret the parasites can transmit dangerous diseases. However, now there is a relatively new and rare tick-borne disorder that causes an allergic reaction…

Fewer Children Drowning in the US

Fewer young children are drowning in swimming pools, but, public health officials continue to urge parents to remain vigilant. The consumer product safety commission says since 2010 there has…

Rain Weakens Fire Which Ravaged the Okefenokee Swamp

The giant wildfire near the Georgia-Florida state line has sputtered and stalled for days after modest rainfall slowed the once-raging blaze, giving firefighters their best chance yet to stop the flames from advancing near the southern edge of the Okefenokee…

Georgia Weather Will Determine The Mosquito Threat

Experts say the threat posed by mosquitoes in Georgia this summer will depend greatly on the weather. When it's dry, mosquitoes that carry West Nile develop in storm drains according to University of Georgia entomologist Elmer Gray. Zika-carrying mosquitoes develop…

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Park

Morrow, GA (WSB) - Three days of heavy rain and storms have left Morrow's Paradise Park looking more like a lake. The basketball court and playground areas are surrounded by water. One woman who lives in the neighborhood says heavy…

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