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Price Watch: Alabama gas prices down a couple of cents

Gas prices are down a little in Alabama, as GasBuddy experts said prices have stabilized across the country.

Fix a Leak Week: Birmingham Water Works giving away free tips and tools

Firehouse Subs hiring more than 100 people in Birmingham, East Alabama

  Here’s why gas prices are really going up according to AAA

Need to look for a product at the ABC store? There’s an app for that

Price Watch: Gas prices over $2.50 in Alabama

Where to sell your unwanted stuff and make money

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COVID-19 emergency rent and utility assistance available to JeffCo residents living outside B’ham, Bessemer, Helena and Sumiton

GasBuddy: Average price of gasoline jumps for the 8th straight week

Tax relief for some folks in Alabama affected by winter storms

TSA hiring for summer travel at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Time running out for free repair of rusting Toyota frames

GasBuddy: Average price of gasoline may jump 10-20 cents per gallon over next 2 weeks

How to block annoying car warranty robocalls

How do they know what you drive? They typically purchase owner lists from manufacturers and the state, though in many states, it is considered public record.

People are sharing their vaccination cards on social media. Why you probably shouldn’t do that

It's completely understandable! It's also a really good way to open yourself to identity theft.

Deleting Adobe Flash Player

Take a few minutes to see if it’s installed on any of the computers you have in your home. It will protect your computers from malware at the least and data theft at worst.

People are throwing away their stimulus checks

Folks said nowhere was a U.S. Treasury or IRS return address in Washington, DC, that would have indicated a stimulus payment.

Hobby Lobby to end its popular 40% off coupon

Jefferson County home ownership information programs

Hot Pockets recall, some could contain pieces of glass, plastic

Black Belt Adventures asks hunters to donate venison

Turbo Tax customers to begin receiving stimulus payments soon

Make Ends Meet: Tips to get financially fit this year

Alabama leaders warn of scams involving COVID-19 testing, vaccines

ADPH and Alabama Medicaid Agency leaders said people are being contacted at their homes for the purpose of being offered COVID-19 vaccinations at home.

Target recalls baby clothes over possible choking hazard

Although no choking incidents have been reported, Target has already removed the products from its stores and website.

  Lots of cardboard boxes leftover from Christmas? Here’s how to recycle those and old electronics

You can recycle, trade, and sell old electronics through Amazon and get free shipping to get rid of them.

  Psychologist offers caution about excessive alcohol use during the holidays

Nielson reports alcohol sales have gone up more than 50 percent during the pandemic.

  Is the $600 stimulus payment enough for struggling families?

Congress passed the $900 billion pandemic relief bill that includes a $600 direct payment, money for vaccination distribution, as well as money for small businesses.

Electricity shutoff scam targeting homes, businesses, churches

This pandemic holiday season, the last thing you need is to have your power disconnected.

Hoover Police are ready to protect shoppers this holiday season

Additional officers will be on-duty working from the Hoover Police Mobile Command Center.

How grocers are fighting toilet paper hoarding 2.0

Kroger put up new signs limiting sales, just as they did this past spring. The company is placing the new limits across all its locations.

  BBJ: Family Dollar plans to start selling alcohol in Birmingham

The retailer has rolled out alcohol sales in recent years in larger cities as a way to bring more shoppers into the store.

  AAA expecting fewer travelers, low gas prices during holiday week

Based on mid-October forecasts, AAA would have expected up to 50 million Americans to travel for Thanksgiving. However, as COVID-19 positive case numbers continue to rise, more states issue quarantine requirements and the CDC recommends people not to travel, AAA expects a lower number.

Don’t waste the turkey this Thanksgiving

Use the turkey carcass to make broth and bone meal.

Pandemic Holiday Shopping: Bye-Bye Black Friday

For the first time in years, more big retailers are keeping their doors closed Thanksgiving Day. Instead, cyber deals are already underway, but beware, experts say if you want a specific gift, order it online now before they run out.

Labor: Unemployment rate decreases to 5.8% in October

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October was 5.8%, down from 6.7% in September, the Alabama Department of Labor said Alabama’s unemployment rate was 2.7% in October 2019.

Gov. Ivey says she won’t shut down businesses in Alabama

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey tweeted Wednesday morning she will not shut down businesses in Alabama.

  Ala. retailers expect potential growth in holiday spending this year

Alabama retailers say these past several months of the pandemic have prepared them to get creative this holiday shopping season.

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.

Will we see a 2nd stimulus check, with the election now over?

Negotiations in Congress stalled as the election approached.

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.

Buffalo Rock announces new project in Birmingham area, dozens of new jobs

The total investment of $75 million will mean 25-50 new jobs for the area.

State plans to reissue SNAP benefits to certain Hurricane Zeta victims

The Department of Human Resources is working to reissue SNAP benefits for some affected residents.

Smart Living: Elder Orphans

There are 15 million people in the U.S. who have lost a spouse. The Census Bureau reports the average age a wife becomes a widow is 59 and the fact that half of those widows outlive their husbands by 15 to 30 years can leave many women without the money they need to survive.

Alabama Attorney General announces $60 million settlement with Terminix

Alabama AG Marshall said the settlement affects Terminix customers across Alabama.

BBJ: Amazon to open two new facilities in metro Birmingham

Earlier this year, Amazon opened its first fulfillment center in metro Birmingham – an 855,000-square-foot facility that created 1,500 jobs.

Buc-ee’s set to bring 170 new jobs to Limestone County

It will bring an estimated $25 million in revenue per year back into Limestone county.

How to stop unwanted political calls and texts

First it was unwanted calls, then emails. Now, unsolicited political text messages are driving voters crazy this election year.

Holiday shopping 2020: Retailers offer weeks of Black Friday prices online and in stores

But this year, several major retailers have already announced they will be closed all day for Thanksgiving, including Best Buy, Kohl’s, Walmart, Target and Home Depot.

  Birmingham developers have Brookwood Village under contract, eye major project

The development team plans to transform the site with a mixed-use project that could include retail, restaurants, office buildings, hotels and a mix of residential options both for sale and rent, including 350 high-end apartments.

With Medicare enrollment open, advocates offer information on supplemental plans

ADSS Commissioner Jean Brown encouraged seniors to take advantage of the state’s resources during this enrollment period.

Couple’s perfect rental home turns out to be a big scam

Scammers, according to Consumer Reports magazine, will find a legitimate house or apartment for rent. They will copy and repost the ad on Craigslist, even listing the address and showing photos to show that it is a real place.

Paying bills online? Don’t make this mistake

It’s quick and convenient, but also very easy to make a costly mistake, as one woman learned.

  First-year business owner thrives during pandemic without government financial assistance

As stimulus negotiations are put on ice, a Birmingham business owner encouraged other entrepreneurs to not wait on the government to save them but to get creative to save themselves.

IAC’s $55.9 million in expansion projects will create 182 jobs in Alabama

The International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc. (IAC) plans to invest over $55.9 million in expansion projects that will create 182 jobs at two Alabama facilities.

New rule means businesses must reapply for tax licenses before 2021

Annual renewal of licenses is now required, a change from previous operations. The department posted a notice on its website Oct. 1 about the rule change and renewal requirement that was adopted in February.

WARNING: Shelby County deputies warn of Social Security scheme

Investigators say the scheme threatens individuals with seizure of their wages and Social Security benefits to satisfy alleged non-payment of taxes.

Sauer Brands, Inc. recalls some Spice Hunter products due to potential salmonella contamination

These products come in clear glass jars marked with lot codes 20217C, 20220C, 20269C and 20270C on the white field on the label.

Customers say they lost money in Cash App

Some people continue to use it with no problems, but two women who contacted WBRC FOX6 News said they had hundreds of dollars in those accounts and then suddenly it was gone.

Cash App scam claims more and more victims

Money transfer apps are rapidly replacing checking accounts these days, especially for people who don’t want to handle cash during this pandemic. Unfortunately, as one woman just learned, these apps are easy targets for scammers.

350 Alabama workers to be laid off in temporary mine closure

The district vice president for the union representing the miners said Shoal Creek Mine is set to close for six months. Operator Peabody Energy said it decided to halt production at the mine following revenue loss and weakening demand for coal.

Fake WILX checks part of larger money mule operation

More and more checks appearing to be from WILX are popping up across the country.

It’s tire pressure light season in Alabama!

Many will notice their tire pressure lights coming on with the chilly mornings we’re set to have.

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.

  Midfield ends football season over COVID-19 concerns

Midfield High School is shutting down its football program for the remainder of the season over COVID-19 concerns.

Alabama Power business office lobbies are reopening

Alabama Power has included signs and safety measures to ensure CDC guidelines are followed as lobbies reopen

JCSO alerting citizens to be wary of scams

JCSO says the types of frauds and scams have increased and frequently target the elderly.

COVID-19 and the financial impact on millennials

A UAB professor said as many Americans are dealing with substantial negative financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the hardest hit groups of people may be millennials.

Now Hiring at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama

Pay rates range from $15.25 to $16.01 an hour depending on the shift, with a $500 sign-on bonus being offered.

  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.

CDC expands salmonella outbreak linked to onions

Oklahoma, Louisiana and Vermont are the only states without cases.

First seeds, now mysterious face masks arriving

First came reports of unwanted seeds arriving in the mail from China. Now, people are reporting similar packages containing a face mask that they did not order or want.

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.

Back-to-school sales tax holiday this weekend

Shoppers will not be charged the state’s 4% sales or use tax for certain items.

Warning about a tech support phone scheme

The ADAA said, “If a “Microsoft Technician” calls and tells you there are viruses on your computer, hang up! It’s a scam!!”

Despite historic unemployment, state leaders see ‘up-skill’ opportunity amid outbreak

Instead of seeming ambitious, that workforce development goal is now considered a necessity for the state’s economic recovery and getting hundreds of thousands of Alabamians back to work.

  BBB warning of contact tracing copycat schemes

Contact tracers will identify themselves: The call should start with the tracer providing their name and identifying themself as calling from the department of health or another official team.

More than 42,000 pounds of ground beef recalled

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the raw ground beef items were produced on June 1, 2020.

Alabama Department of Labor works to resolve unemployment glitch

The Alabama Department of Labor released a statement shortly after 11 a.m. saying they are working to rectify the error.

ADOL warns of unemployment compensation scams

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

Burlington will re-open in Birmingham with big sale, may start hiring

When stores re-open, they will offer customers 50 percent off throughout the entire store (some exclusions apply).