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    Former Russell Co. HS band director accused of having sex with students Video included

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    Authorities tell News 3’s sister station WKRG that Jeffery Gainous, the former band director at Russell County High School from 2005-2008, was arrested Wednesday for having inappropriate sexual contact with at least 8 high school girls over the last three years during his time at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama. More>>

    ONLY ON 3: Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout Video included

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    News 3 has obtained surveillance video showing the deadly shootout at a south Columbus gas station a few weeks ago.Police say on July 31st, Chandler Saxton, 35, fired several shots at John Jones, 31, at the Big Cat Gas Station on Buena Vista Road. The video captures the entire incident, from the initial shooting - to the victim returning fire.In court testimony, police say the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Authoritie... More>>

    PrepZone Webcast: Who to watch this season?

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    Who to watch? Who could win it all? Join the conversation with WRBL Sports and the Ledger-Enquirer.
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    Baby, mother found dead after "suspicious" Columbus house fire Video included

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    A mother and her baby were killed in a house fire in Columbus early Thursday morning. More>>

    Ice bucket challenge raises awareness for terminal disease Video included

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    It's hard to ignore the ice bucket challenge videos as they have completely taken over social media. But what is ALS and are these challenges helping? News Three's Naomi Keitt looked into these questions and spoke to a Columbus man whose brother passed away from the disease. More>>

    Elderly Columbus man missing

    88-year-old Emory Gilbert is reported missing and believed to be driving somehwere in the Chattahoochee valley. 88-year-old Emory Gilbert is reported missing and believed to be driving somehwere in the Chattahoochee valley.
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    Emory Gilbert, Sr., 88, suffers from dementia and diabetes and is driving a car with license plate is PCA 4775. More>>

    More of the same, slightly hotter in the forecast

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    High pressure storms will continue to heat our air as it continues to build across the surface. Humidity values (Heat index up to 105°-Heat Advisory) still in place for the afternoon pop-up showers and a few thunderstorms, adding the typical relief once we reached our peak. The upper level winds on the eastern side of the circulation will add the extra lift and support for these storms. There was a measurable decrease in coverage and intensity compared to Wednesday's as the air tries to stabi... More>>

    VIDEO: Michelle Nunn, David Perdue meet in their first Georgia senate debate

    Democrat Michelle Nunn and republican David Perdue meet for their first Georgia Senate debate in Macon in August. Democrat Michelle Nunn and republican David Perdue meet for their first Georgia Senate debate in Macon in August.
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    The two candidates for Georgia's open United States Senate seat met for their first political debate in Macon Thursday. More>>

    Seale man burned after explosion

    Russell County man suffered burns to his arms and face after aerosol can exploded in fire. Russell County man suffered burns to his arms and face after aerosol can exploded in fire.
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    A Seale man is recovering from injuries he sustained during a small explosion in his yard Thursday morning. More>>

    Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia Shoe Box Recycling Project

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    Over 300 million shoes end up in landfills, so now the Girl Scouts of HistoricGeorgia are asking for you to donate your shoes for their Shoe Box Recycling Project. Girl Scout Ella McCall came on News 3 Midday to talk about the project. More>>

    Doctors: Atlanta Ebola patients released, no public health risk

    A patient hospitalized in Atlanta with Ebola is expected to be released today. A patient hospitalized in Atlanta with Ebola is expected to be released today.
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    Two Ebola patients being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta have been released. Doctors say they do not pose a health risk.

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    Truck, train collide in Troup County

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    Traffic is being rerouted in Troup County after a reported crash between a truck and train Wednesday night, according to information from the Troup County Sheriff's Office and LaGrange Daily News. More>>

    Health Watch: Sleep Apnea patients shocked by disturbing video

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    It's estimated more than 20-million Americans have sleep apnea. Many of them may have been given a C-PAP mask wear overnight to help them breathe. Though they are highly effective, research shows more than half the patients who have them don't use them. But doctors have found a way to change that. In a sleep study by National Jewish Health, researchers recorded patients sleeping without the mask. They were disturbed a... More>>

    Muscogee County gets new Deputy Coroner Video included

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    Death can come at any time. It's why Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan says the new addition to the department will ease the workload. So far this year, his office has handled 410 death investigations. More>>

    Columbus police officer attacked in Smiths Station again Video included

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    The same Columbus police officer was attacked near his home in Smiths Station for the second time in two months, authorities confirm to WRBL News 3. More>>

    Medical manufacturer to create 200 new jobs in Opelika Video included

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    Gambro, a medical supply manufacturer under Baxter International, announced a $300 million investment in its Opelika factory. More>>

    Columbus police investigating reported Gould Street shooting Video included

    A man was hospitalized after being shot in the hip along Gould Street in Columbus Wednesday. A man was hospitalized after being shot in the hip along Gould Street in Columbus Wednesday.
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    Columbus police have established a crime scene at a home on Gould Street after a reported shooting. More>>

    Computer security breach at Columbus UPS Store

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    Malware virus found on UPS Store computer in Columbus. Information such as card numbers, postal and email addresses could have been taken. More>>

    Attwood Recalls Kayak and Watersports Storage Hanger

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    About 10,000 Kayak and Watersports Storage Hangers are being recalled. Attwood, the company that makes the product says the length adjustment buckles release unexpectedly, causing the item being stored to fall and injure people nearby. No injuries have been reported.Consumers are advised to stop using the product and return it to the store where the item was purchased for a full refund or replacement.Model number 1191... More>>

    Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

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    Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday. More>>

    VIDEO: Columbus police stop stolen car on 13th Street

    Columbus law enforcement investigate a stolen car stopped along 13th Street Wednesday, an officer onscene tells WRBL News 3. Columbus law enforcement investigate a stolen car stopped along 13th Street Wednesday, an officer onscene tells WRBL News 3.
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    Numerous Columbus-area law enforcement agencies were involved in a traffic stop involving a stolen car Wednesday. More>>

    Update: Smiths Station school evacuated after gas leak

    No injuries reported after gas leak at Smiths Station Freshman Center. No injuries reported after gas leak at Smiths Station Freshman Center.
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    The Smiths Station Freshman Center was evacuated Wednesday morning after a gas leak on campus, a Lee County schools spokesperson confirmed. No injuries were reported. More>>

    Opelika police will not release report, video of officer-involved shooting

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    The Opelika Police Department announced Tuesday they will not release the investigative report or dash cam video from the officer-involved shooting in March.20-year-old Michael Davidson was shot by an Opelika Police Officer Philip Hancock after a traffic stop on Interstate-85. Authorities say Officer Hancock was responding to a call on the interstate about an erratic driver. Hancock shot Davidson in the stomach when Hancock “perceived a threat” after asking Davidson to put his hands over his ... More>>

    Local businesses help increase comments to save Fort Benning jobs Video included

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    More than 500 letters have been written to the Army encouraging the federal government not to cut the 10,800 proposed jobs. More>>

    Fort Benning: Louder than normal heavy weapons training this week

    Fort Benning will be conducting firing training from tanks and other heavy weapons this week. Fort Benning will be conducting firing training from tanks and other heavy weapons this week.
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    Residents in the Chattahoochee Valley area can expect to hear louder than normal weapons training this week, More>>

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    • More of the same, slightly hotter in the forecast

      More of the same, slightly hotter in the forecast

      Thursday, August 21 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:03:19 GMT
      High pressure storms will continue to heat our air as it continues to build across the surface. Humidity values (Heat index up to 105°-Heat Advisory) still in place for the afternoon pop-up showers and a few thunderstorms, adding the typical relief once we reached our peak. The upper level winds on the eastern side of the circulation will add the extra lift and support for these storms. There was a measurable decrease in coverage and intensity compared to Wednesday's as the air tries to stabi...
      High pressure storms will continue to heat our air as it continues to build across the surface. Humidity values (Heat index up to 105°-Heat Advisory) still in place for the afternoon pop-up showers and a few thunderstorms, adding the typical relief once we reached our peak. The upper level winds on the eastern side of the circulation will add the extra lift and support for these storms. There was a measurable decrease in coverage and intensity compared to Wednesday's as the air tries to stabi...
    • Hottest days of the year coming

      Hottest days of the year coming

      Thursday, August 21 2014 4:05 AM EDT2014-08-21 08:05:11 GMT
      The showers and storms we saw last night are long gone. Left behind is a building high pressure that is going to dominate our forecast over the coming days. This high pressure will be centered over Mississippi and provide us with a sauna-like westerly wind, which will heat things up quickly today. Highs this afternoon are expected to climb into the mid-90s with only a stray shower or storm to help cool a select few of us off.
      The showers and storms we saw last night are long gone. Left behind is a building high pressure that is going to dominate our forecast over the coming days. This high pressure will be centered over Mississippi and provide us with a sauna-like westerly wind, which will heat things up quickly today. Highs this afternoon are expected to climb into the mid-90s with only a stray shower or storm to help cool a select few of us off.
    • Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

      Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

      Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:44:39 GMT
      Flooding from heavy monsoon season rains in the Phoenix area forced authorities on Tuesday to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17, while elsewhere firefighters rescued multiple motorists...
      Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state.
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    • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

      Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

      Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:52 GMT
      It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.
      Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...
    • GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

      GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

      Thursday, August 21 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:14:06 GMT
      A new study finds that 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 5 inches of water.
      About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday.
    • Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

      Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

      Thursday, August 21 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:04:19 GMT
      A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.
      A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.
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