Consumer

  Bike sales soar as people look for things to do during the pandemic

There aren’t many things to do these days with health restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. During this time, bike shops across the Tennessee Valley have seen a significant increase in sales. Most are nearly out of inventory.

  Huntsville coffee shop owner chooses not to reopen her dining room

  New Mars Music Hall in limbo during coronavirus pandemic

  Lincoln Theatre finding different ways to make money while shutdown

  Retail stores in Tennessee get ready to reopen

  Gadsden tire factory closing for good

Shoals grandparents tailgate outside hospital, waiting for word on new baby

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  A breakdown of COVID-19 testing and cost

Alabama Department of Labor provides resources for job seekers and employers

  Huntsville Animal Services housing fewer pets as adoptions, fosters rise

  Walmart now putting restrictions on some items, introducing senior shopping hour

McDonald’s giving away free Egg McMuffins Monday

It’s so hard to say goodbye, but changes may be coming to the Chick-Fil-A menu

Subaru recalls over 250k cars that could lose power while driving

Many newer Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, and Impreza vehicles are included in the recall

ALERT: Egg salad sandwiches recalled due to possible listeria contamination

Great American Deli, based out of Ooltewah, Tenn., is recalling its Egg Salad Sandwich due to possible listeria contamination.

BBB warns of Secret Sister shopping scams

Scammers are out there trying to get a hold of your money and personal information.

  Shooting for success: Using technology for better basketball

A north Alabama man is turning sports analytics into an enterprise with a global reach that includes the NBA, college basketball's elite and thousands of high school teams.

BBB: Avoiding Cyber Monday Shopping Scams

More than 97K pounds of salad products recalled over possible E. coli contamination

AG Marshall urges vigilance of charity fraud

  Annual makers market today in downtown Huntsville

  Ride-hailing drivers and police officers work together to keep community safe

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

BBB Tips: Avoiding College Athlete Recruiting Scams

As high school athletic season gets underway, scammers look for unsuspecting and vulnerable athletes and their families who are trying to navigate opportunities to play their sport in college.

New budget in Lauderdale County, deputy pay scale changed

The Lauderdale County Commission passed a new $35 million budget.

Hasbro launches new ‘Ms. Monopoly’ board game

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

BBB: Watch out for scammers using Facebook quizzes

Have you ever hopped on Facebook and noticed a fun little quiz on your screen?

Udi’s Classic Hamburger Buns recalled due to potential presence of foreign material

According to the FDA the buns could contain a small pieces of plastic.

STIHL PolyCut Mowing Heads recalled due to injury hazard

STIHL is recalling some of its mowing heads, due to an injury hazard.

John Deere recalls frontier grooming mowers

Incorrect assembly of the mower’s drive lines can prevent the safety shield from spinning independently, posing an entanglement injury hazard to consumers.

John Deere recalling gator utility vehicles

The plastic sheathing on the throttle cable can melt due to improper routing, causing the throttle to stick.

Kawasaki recalling off-highway vehicle

This issue can cause steering control loss, posing crash and injury hazards.

You are what you eat: UAB researchers find a link between diet and depression in teens

Teenagers aren’t known for making the best choices, especially when it comes to what they eat, but new research from UAB shows a teens diet, can be a causal factor in depression.

KFC testing plant-based fried ‘chicken’

KFC is getting into the alternative-meat game.

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

Va. seafood company confesses to selling foreign crab meat falsely labeled as American blue crab

Casey’s Seafood, Inc. falsely labeled over 183 tons of foreign crab meat as American blue crab.

Birmingham business recalls raw beef and pork due to possible contamination

The problem was discovered after the facility learned that an employee may have cut himself during production.

743K pounds of Schwan’s chicken bites recalled due to misbranding

Koch Foods is recalling 743,000 pounds of fully cooked boneless chicken breast strips due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

  Bodum Bistro toasters recalled due to shock hazard

Certain Two and four slice Bodum Bistro Toasters are being recalled due to a shock hazard.

BBB: Watch out for summer event scams

But before you give out your credit card information online, be careful.

“He didn’t say anything strange,” Madison woman warns others after almost getting scammed on Facebook

What started out as a harmless Facebook message almost cost Laura Cruz hundreds of dollars. Cruz received a message on Facebook from someone she thought was her friend offering her prize money.

Planters Peanuts is rolling out a sneaker

You don’t have much time to save for these newest pair of high end sneakers on the market.

  Flagging down a football alternative

Football is still king in Alabama, but some parents are holding off on when they allow their children to play tackle football. Instead, they're replacing the helmets and shoulder pads with flags, as they decide if full contact football is right for their kids.

  ’Everybody keeps asking where their state refund is’: AL Dept. of Revenue gives guidance on ‘missing’ tax returns

Filing your taxes is for some a stressful time of year, but the joy comes if you get a return. This year, some people are reporting they have yet to receive their Alabama tax return. Although, the Alabama Department of Revenue says there is no backlog.

Flour sold at Target, Walmart nationwide being recalled due to E. coli

E. coli can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

  Millions of recalled vehicles on the roads

How to check that your vehicle is safe to drive.

Tech, golf, and tools: great deals for Father’s Day

If you’re still searching for a great Father’s Day gift Slickdeals has some suggestions. Slickdeals is a community focused shopping platform where 11-million users find and share deals from around the world.

  Dirty drinks at the DQ: Your June 7th, 2019 Kitchen Cops report

We have a round up of scores from eight counties in north Alabama.

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.

More Alabamians eligible for WIC with new income guidelines

New changes to income guidelines mean more Alabamians are eligible for assistance under the Woman, Infants, and Children Nutrition program (WIC).

Keeping your home cool during the summer months

It’s not even summer but the temperatures would make you think it was.

  Better Business Bureau warns of Summer Moving Scams

Summer is here and many people across the Tennessee Valley may have plans to move. Whether you’re moving across the country, across the state, or even across the city, the Better Business Bureau wants to warn you of potential scammers in the moving industry.

  Vets Take Aim At Cancer

Millions of dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer each year. Yet, new technology is allowing doctors to prolong the lives of more pets each year.

  Madison flea market reopens with new name

It’s back in business for dozens of vendors in Madison. The Funky Monkey is reopening with a new name and owner in June

Travel savings for U.S. service members

Summer travel tips for active and retired U.S. service members.

IHOP to offer $1 pancakes, sales benefit military children

Proceeds will go towards children of veterans.

Auburn has the highest rent in the state, according to a report

In Alabama, the closest city to that price is Auburn where renters are paying more than $1,200/month.

Ford recalling Fusion, Ranger models due to transmission issues

Ford is expanding a recall that impacted over 500,000 vehicles in July 2018.

Wheels on popular BOB strollers are coming off while parents are running, but no recalls have been issued

BOB strollers, made by Britax, are the subject of a Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation, but no recall has been issued.

  Thousands of FBI recruits heading to Tennessee Valley

Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle both say the trip is just another example of how all the neighboring cities here in north Alabama collaborate and delegate together.

2 million pounds of P.F. Chang’s recalled over misbranding; Tyson expands chicken recall

The USDA listed two recalls over the weekend, one involving PF Changs and one expanding an earlier Tysons recall.

Starbucks recalls french press over cutting concerns

Starbucks has received eight reports of the appliance breaking.

How to break the ice for discussing mental health issues

How much do you know about mental health issues and how to address them?

BBB: Tips when boarding your pets for summer vacations

Summer vacation time is almost here and now’s the time to start thinking about what you’re doing with your pets.

VERIFY: No, calls claiming your Social Security number has been ‘suspended’ are not real

We all can agree receiving pesky robocalls are annoying...and the one asking for your Social Security number is definitely a scam.

BBB: Avoid summer vacation scams

If you’re looking to book that big summer family vacation, be careful during the planning process.

  AL dad designs truck to raise awareness for autism

A local dad in Tuscaloosa is using a truck to raise awareness about autism. And the timing is just right because April is World autism awareness month.

BBB: Make sure your AC is ready for the summer

With Alabama’s sweltering summer right around the corner, how’s your AC working? Now may by the time to check.

Mondelēz Global LLC announces limited voluntary recall on Chewy Chips Ahoy

Consumers who have these products should not eat them.

  SPECIAL REPORT: How you can avoid scam and robocalls

Everyone around the country is susceptible to getting robocalls. You probably get them even from your own area code, but how do you deal with them? The WAFF 48 News team wanted to find out.

  Toyota Boshoku to bring 400 new jobs to Athens

One of Japan’s preeminent automotive suppliers is coming to Athens and bringing hundreds of jobs in the process.

  Artificial sweetener found in gum, certain peanut butters can be deadly for dogs

Most dog owners have know not to feed their canine chocolate, but did you know that certain types of peanut butter can also poison your dog?

Free shredding at Office Depot and OfficeMax

Purge the paper, clear the clutter and protect privacy this tax season with free Workonomy™ shredding services at all Office Depot and OfficeMax retail stores.

Acura recalls more than 360k SUVs over faulty tail lights

Acura is recalling more than 360,000 SUVs worldwide

PetSmart offers free Easter photos for pets

Pet parents can bring their fur babies into participating stores across the U.S.

WATCH: Suspects kick in door, claim to be police during home burglary

Memphis Police are asking for help identifying the suspects captured on video.

Study ranks cars most likely to last more than 200,000 miles

New study ranks which cars will last you the longest in terms of mileage.

170,000 rechargeable power banks recalled, one report of igniting house fire

The company received one report of a house fire causing up to $150,000 in property damage.

Sausage recalled due to possible metal contamination

Over 2,500 pounds have been recalled.

  Will Alabama gamble on sports?

Now that Mississippi and Arkansas have legalized sports betting, many people are wondering if Alabama will take a similar path by asking voters to change the state constitution.

  What to look for in do-it-yourself home security systems

Your family and your home are two of the most important assets you have. And you want to protect both. Fortunately, it has become more affordable and much easier to secure your home.