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Missing my hurricane days? Not really

Hurricane Matthew is scheduled to hit South Florida on Thursday night. It stirs up memories of 2005, which was the most prolific Hurricane season in recorded history. Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma became household names.

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Bike giveaway program continues despite theft

Chester Jackson, of East Coast Body Shop on Farr Road, gave away 1,000 bikes for Christmas last year despite having some of his bikes stolen. This summer, a youth he was mentoring broke into the shop and stole some money. Jackson is now collecting more bikes for this year’s bike give-away.

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Jails are a costly psychiatric solution

A National Press Foundation fellowship program trained 20 journalists on the complexities of covering mental health issues. Dr. Norris Turner, a representative from Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc., cited a study conducted by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, which found that 64 percent of local jail inmates, 56 percent of state prison inmates and 45 percent of federal prison inmates had symptoms of mental illness. He said incarceration costs twice as much as preventive measures, yet many people lack access to mental health treatment.

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Daughter on finding items missing from her mother's gravesite: "It hurts my heart"

Laken Claridy Holt shares her feelings upon discovering that items the family left on her mother's gravesite at Lakeview Memory Gardens in Phenix City had been removed, taken to rear of the property and placed behind a wooden fence, and apparently been slated to be taken to the landfill. This is video Holt shared over Facebook. It has been edited for content.
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Daughter on finding items missing from her mother's gravesite: 2:33

Daughter on finding items missing from her mother's gravesite: "It hurts my heart"

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Would you take this plunge? Really?

Do you live in one of America’s unhealthiest states? 1:53

Do you live in one of America’s unhealthiest states?

Attorney: Woman charged in crash that killed 2 children wants to be able to attend funeral 2:17

Attorney: Woman charged in crash that killed 2 children wants to be able to attend funeral