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Herschel Walker accepts one Senate debate

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) - After dodging debates for months in his race for the U.S. Senate, candidate Herschel Walker has accepted one. It would be on October 14th, days before early voting starts for the general election. But details on…

Georgia extends gas tax suspension into September

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) - Governor Brian Kemp is extending the suspension of Georgia's excise tax on gas. This order will continue the tax suspension through September 12. The Georgia legislature removed the state tax on gas back in March as…

States hope for revenue boost with Mega Millions craze

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, JAMES POLLARD and GABE STERN Associated Press Across the U.S., state lottery systems use that revenue to boost education, tourism, transportation and much more. Now that the giant Mega Millions lottery jackpot has ballooned to more than…

Lauren Alaina signs a new record deal

NASHVILLE (WDEF) - Tennessee Valley native Lauren Alaina has a new recording home in Nashville. She has signed a deal with Independent label Big Loud Records. Big Loud CEO Seth England calls Alaina one of the best vocalists in Nashville,…

Governor changes leadership at DCS

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) - Governor Bill Lee has appointed a new Commissioner for the Department of Children's Services (DCS) in Tennessee. Margie Quinn will follow Jennifer Nichols in the job, beginning in September. “Jennifer is a committed public servant who…

Authorities: Plane hits turbulence, diverted to Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say an American Airlines flight headed with 56 people for Nashville, Tennessee, from Florida had to be diverted to Alabama after hitting severe turbulence. At least eight minor injuries were reported by the airline Wednesday.…

Mega Millions jackpot hits $555 million tonight

NASHVILLE (WDEF) - Mega Millions is living up to its name tonight. The Tuesday jackpot for the multi-state lottery drawing Tuesday evening has been raised to $555 million ($316.9 million cash option). That makes it the 5th largest jackpot in…

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