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Ohio company recalls canned cat food due to health, safety and quality standard concerns

An Ohio based company is recalling cans of cat food due to concerns about its health, safety, and quality standards.

  No cash? No problem. Salvation Army accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay at Red Kettle sites

LIST: Holiday return policies from popular stores, online retailers

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

Group releases best travel hacks for the holidays

Trouble in Toyland report outlines dangerous gifts for children

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

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Nickelodeon teams up with Netflix in multi-year deal for original animated features, shows

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

Veterans Day Deals: These companies are honoring military members on Monday

QT gas station coming to South Lake Dr. in Lexington

Country music icon Alan Jackson brings 2020 tour to Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina issuing 400,000 rebate checks this week to taxpayers

  Bar crackdown leaves vacancies around Five Points, business owners say they need help from city

The Five Points Association said the neighborhood is in trouble because prime real estate in the area is sitting vacant after bars along Harden street were shut down.

  South Carolina continuing to phase in new trackable temporary license plates

The new temporary license plates have a unique alphanumeric code that can be traced back to the owner of the newly-purchased vehicle.

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

Nestle has announced a voluntary recall on ready-to-bake cookie dough because the product could contain rubber pieces.

Recall Alert: Frozen berries possibly contaminated with Hepatitis A

Packages of frozen raspberries and mixed berries sold at Aldi stores throughout the country are being recalled because they could be contaminated with Hepatitis A.

Lyft program offers free rides to job interviews and first three weeks of employment

Beware of phone scammers pretending to be with Dominion Energy

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

  Report: SC ranks 5th worst for identity theft and fraud

Nike ‘Jesus Shoes’ filled with holy water sell for $3K

New device helps prevent infant hot car deaths

The eClip, created by Elepho, Inc. pairs with your smartphone and sends you an alert if you leave the car with your child still in the backseat.

Blue Bell recalling some Butter Crunch half gallons due to broken tool pieces

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling select lots of it’s Butter Crunch Ice Cream made at its Sylacauga plant because they contain pieces of a broken plastic tool according to the FDA.

‘Is this you?' BBB warns of social media video scam

There’s a phishing scam making the rounds that the Better Business Bureau wants you to know about. Have you received a Facebook message with a video link asking, “Is this you?”

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

A total of five medications are on the list.

  Columbia Dance Masterclass sessions with Jamal Josef, ‘Beychella’ choreographer

Jamal Josef, a Denmark College alumni who choreographed part of Beyonce’s Coachella performance will be teaching two Dance Masterclass sessions in Columbia on Sept. 20.

New NBC streaming service promises reboot of ‘Saved By the Bell’ alongside favorites like ‘The Office’

Many will have something to be happy about on NBC Univerisal’s new streaming service, Peacock.

SC Walmart stores giving gift cards for old car seats

The promotion lasts from Sept. 16 to Sept. 30.

‘BYOB’ to Popeyes so you can make your own chicken sandwich

Popeyes knows you’re still sad about the spicy chicken sandwich being off the menu but the fast food chain has a quick fix to ease those cravings.

RECALL: Children’s pajamas recalled for risk of burn injury

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing a recall for children’s pajamas for failing to meet federal flammability standards.

Hasbro launches new ‘Ms. Monopoly’ board game

The company touts it as the first game “where women make more than men.”

FDA warns public to not eat Kroger tuna steaks

Eating the tuna may cause scrombroid poisoning, which is caused by eating fish that wasn’t properly refrigerated.

  SC Housing offering $15,000 to help with home down payment for qualified buyers

The agency recently released its 2019 SC Housing Needs Assessment, showing an affordable housing crisis for our state.

SCLLR issues consumer alert regarding property repairs following impact from Hurricane Dorian

As South Carolina property owners are evaluating damage following Hurricane Dorian, the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scam artists following the storm.

  Hurricane Dorian: Some airlines offering waivers for flights going through Florida during Labor Day weekend

Hurricane Dorian is expected to impact travel plans for Labor Day weekend, and especially for those flying through Florida. Now, some airlines are helping passengers make a quick change of plans, if necessary.

Better Business Bureau says scams targeting college students are on the rise

College can be an exciting time for many, but while many students are planning out their college careers, scammers see this time of year as an opportunity to sway students who are looking for better ways to manage their money.

  DHEC asking healthcare providers to report vaping-related illnesses amid nationwide outbreak

With growing concerns about the health risks associated with e-cigarette use, the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control is now asking healthcare providers across the state to report any severe cases of lung disease linked to vaping.

Natural dog treats from Brutus & Barnaby recalled for possible salmonella risk

Some natural pig ear treats are being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

Popeyes runs out of new chicken sandwiches nationwide

The fast-food chain, Popeyes, has run out of its new chicken sandwiches nationwide, according to a tweet from the company on Aug. 27.

5.7M kids water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

The recalled water bottles have a black spout base and a black spout cover. They were sold from April 2018 through June 2019.

KFC testing plant-based fried ‘chicken’

KFC is getting into the alternative-meat game.

'Clash of the Titans’: Chick-fil-A, Popeyes compete for best chicken sandwich title

The best chicken sandwich debate has heated up!

STUDY: Parents are paying children to get off their phones

23% of parents polled said they have paid children to get off their screens.

  Back-to-school: healthy & easy recipes for college students

These easy tips and recipes will keep you healthy all school-year.

Chick-fil-A rolling out mac and cheese nationwide

Mac & Cheese, which is the first new menu item since 2016, was tested in five markets

The wait is over! Spicy nuggets are back at Wendy’s

In the most highly-anticipated return to a fast food restaurant’s menu, spicy nuggets are officially back at Wendy’s.

Lucky Charms to sell giant marshmallow-only bags

The bite-sized treats are now giant-sized!

  Blue Granite Water apologizes to customers about Lake Murray sewer system spill

On Dec. 9, officials said 28,880 gallons of fully-treated wastewater spilled into the lake from a Lexington water service plant, but some customers are just finding out.

Company behind Perkins, Marie Callender’s files for bankruptcy

The company behind Perkins and Marie Callender’s has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

Chick-fil-A dethrones In-N-Out as America’s favorite fast food restaurant

Chick-fil-A is America’s favorite fast food restaurant, according to an annual survey conducted by MarketForce.

  2019 Tax Free Weekend: What IS and is NOT exempt from sales tax

Friday is the start of a big shopping weekend in the Palmetto State. The annual Sales Tax Holiday allows South Carolina shoppers to buy certain items without having to pay any sales tax, but only certain items apply.

  Officials announce Volkswagen settlement funds to be used to buy new buses

Governor Henry McMaster will be joined by S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and S.C. Department of Insurance Director Ray Farmer to announce the recipients of the first round of Volkswagen settlement funds, totaling nearly $10 million July 30.

SC Tax Free Weekend Holiday to begin August 2-4

South Carolina’s Tax Free Weekend will begin August 2-4, meaning you won’t be charged sales tax on a variety of items.

50 Attorneys General secure $600 million from Equifax in largest data breach settlement in history

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Monday that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General, comprising 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of an investigation into a massive 2017 data breach.

Food Lion to unveil new, easier shopping experiences in 92 stores in S.C.

Food Lion will unveil a new, easier shopping experience for customers in the greater Myrtle Beach, Florence, Columbia and Charleston, S.C., markets on July 17. Customers in Lumberton, N.C., also will be able to shop their newly-renovated local stores.

  Fireflies giving away $1 million, Friday, as team welcomes one millionth fan

Friday night’s game will be a milestone for the Columbia Fireflies. The team will welcome its one millionth fan when they taken on the Charleston RiverDogs, Friday, at Segra Park.

Company issues voluntary recall of hamburger, hot dog buns for potential choking hazard

The Carolinas are involved in a voluntary recall issued for hamburger and hot dog buns, along with other foods from Flowers Foods, Inc.

Starbucks’ 59th Military Family Store to open in Columbia

Starbucks is honoring local veterans, military spouses and active duty military as it dedicates its 59th Military Family Store in Columbia on June 25 at 10 a.m.

  SC gun distributor forced into bankruptcy after mishandling of funds

Ellett Brothers, LLC has filed for bankruptcy and expects to close its doors permanently by August 5 after the company embezzled money, according to court documents.

  CBD stores are all over, but they are hard to track and regulate

CBD is sold at coffee shops, pet stores, and gas stations, and the market still isn’t saturated.

  DSS nutrition program returns helping those in SC living in food deserts

Hundreds of thousands are living without enough food here in the Palmetto State. The Department of Social Services helps to address this issue for one of our most vulnerable populations through an annual program. It’s called the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

  Richland One School District to offer free meals to students this summer

From June 10 through Aug. 2, meals will be available at designated schools throughout the district. Any child is welcome to go to one of the schools for a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost to them or their parents.

Chipotle offers BOGO for nurses on Tuesday, June 4

All nurses with a valid nursing license or ID can receive a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad or order of tacos with the purchase of an entree of equal or greater value.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make the most of your summer vacation

A frequent traveler and financial expert give their tips for saving money when booking flights and hotels.

  ‘I’ll be here every Sunday’: Midlands restaurant owner saves brunch and jobs

One restaurant owner was able to save some of those jobs, and bring back a brunch that serves up many Midlands favorites.

  A $2 million deal is bringing robot-staffed frozen yogurt kiosks to Columbia, y’all

The San Fransico-based company says it's "the world's first fully-automated robotic frozen dessert vending kiosk designed to disrupt brick-and-mortar competitors."

Lyft announces new features in an effort to increase passenger and driver safety

Lyft announced Tuesday that it would be adding a suite of new safety features and programs that will soon be available to drivers and passengers through their app.

SC roadways will see a noticeable change in temporary license plates

Beginning May 15, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will be issuing a new type of temporary license plate which ties a newly-purchased vehicle to its owner.

  SC State Fair celebrates 150th anniversary with free daily circus, other new ‘prize-winning moments’

The South Carolina State Fair is making its way back to Columbia, marking its 150th anniversary of showcasing the state’s agricultural roots.

Creamy, fruity, cool: Hardee’s debuts new Froot Loops Mini Donut Milkshake

Beginning May 15, Hardee’s restaurants are testing a new milkshake flavor to help beat the heat this summer:

  Coroner identifies 8-year-old SC child killed during home invasion

Detectives have no description of the man they’re looking for because witnesses said he was masked while inside the house, according to Koon.

‘The zeros were still coming, I didn’t scratch anymore,' SC man says after winning $250K ticket

A Columbia couple is cashing in on a big win and defying odds after purchasing a $250,000 scratch off lottery ticket from the SKS Mart Inc. on Decker Blvd in Columbia.

  E-cigarette JUUL Labs bringing $125 million operations, 500 jobs to Lexington Co.

JUUL Labs, Inc. and the Governor’s office announced Monday that they plan to invest more than $125 million for a new assembly facility in Lexington County.

  $50,000 Powerball ticket sold in South Carolina

It's not the jackpot, but lottery officials say a Powerball ticket sold in South Carolina is worth $50,000

  Columbia Metropolitan Airport now offers nonstop flights to Miami

Starting in December, you can fly from Columbia to Miami nonstop with American Airlines.

  SCDOR: More than 120,000 SC residents receive new tax credit

South Carolina’s new motor fuel income tax credit was pretty popular in its first year.

McExtreme Bacon Burger? McDonald’s bringing global menu items to US

Ba Da Ba Ba Ba, you’re going to be loving it, — or so McDonald’s hopes.

2 million likes later, Wendy’s announces return of spicy nuggets

Thanks to Chance the Rapper, the world might once again be reunited with the highly sought-after spicy chicken nuggets