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Toyota Recalling SUVs Because of Air Bag Issue

Toyota is recalling about 373,000 Venza SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could stop the side air bags from inflating in a crash. The recall covers Venzas from the 2009 through 2015 model years, including nearly 280,000 in the U.S.…

What the Tech? Beware of Online COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Scammers are cybercriminals are taking advantage of COVID-19 and the recently released vaccines to prey on people anxiously waiting. "Since January, we've seen over 5,000 websites registered that include the word 'vaccine',"…

On Your Side Consumer Alert: Apple Warns of Security Flaws

Apple is urging iPhone and iPad users to update their devices to fix security flaws that might have been "actively exploited" by hackers. Apple made the software upgrades available Tuesday, adding a rare note suggesting it was a serious threat.…

Belk Says It Will File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

North Carolina-based department store chain Belk says it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In our area, the company has stores in Montgomery, Prattville, Selma and Auburn. The Charlotte Observer reports that private equity firm Sycamore Partners made the announcement…

More than 762,000 Pepperoni "Hot Pockets" Recalled

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Nestlé is recalling about 762,615 pounds of not-ready-to-eat pepperoni Hot Pockets that may be contaminated with pieces of glass and hard plastic. The products were made from Nov. 13, 2020 through Nov.…

PNC Buying BBVA's U.S. Subsidiary for $11.6 Billion

PNC Financial Services Group says it is buying the U.S. subsidiary of Spain’s BBVA bank for $11.6 billion in cash. BBVA’s U.S. operations are based in Houston, Texas. It has $104 billion in assets and operates 637 branches, mainly in…

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Rising Slightly

Alabama's unemployment rate rose slightly in July as the state continues to feel the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alabama Department of Labor reported Friday that the state's preliminary July unemployment rate is 7.9%, up from June's rate…

What the Tech? FBI Warns of Fake Banking Apps

During the pandemic millions of people who have primarily have stayed at home in isolation have been doing their banking using a mobile app for the first time. CNBC reported earlier…

Consumer Alert: Ford Recalls More than 268,000 Vehicles

Ford Motor Company has announced that it is issuing a safety recall to fix door latches on some cars. It says some of the cars are registered or have been registered in Alabama. Ford is recalling some 2014-15 Ford Fiesta,…

Macon County EMA Issues Coronavirus Scam Warning

The Macon County Emergency Management Agency has issued a warning about a coronavirus-related scam. The EMA says it has been made aware of people going door-to-door in some areas saying they are authorized to do coronavirus/COVID-19 home testing. The EMA…

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