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AT&T warns customers of Social Security scam

AT&T has reportedly issued a warning to its customers about a phone scam making the rounds.

WAFB reported that customers are reporting calls from people saying their service is being temporarily halted until they give the last four digits of their Social Security number.

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“These calls are not from us,” AT&T said in a statement, according to WAFB. “If any company calls you and asks for your personal information, that is a red flag. One of our tips on our new Cyber Aware website is never give such information to someone who calls you. Call the company at the number found on your bill.”

Customers can also forward suspicious texts to 7726 or report scams to abuse@att.net.

Photographer accused of scamming a dozen brides also ripped off school, woman claims

Less than 24 hours after a dozen brides came forward and said they had lost thousands of dollars to Alphonso Morris, with A&T Enterprise, for wedding photography they never got, the founder of Academy of Scholars, a private school in Arlington, Florida, claimed Morris also ripped her off.

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“At this time, it needs to be stopped. There’s too many people that trust him,” Shevonica Howell said.

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Howell said she hired Morris in 2016 to be the band director at her school.

“I did see some red flags, I’ll be honest, on the background check, but things happen,” Howell said.

But she said that after he didn’t show up to work for 19 of the 44 instructional days, he was fired.

“He probably had about 10 kids based on how many times there was a birth or a death. I just couldn’t understand that,” Howell said.

When he left, she said, he took all the band equipment that was donated to the school.

She said she then found out he created a GoFundMe account with the school’s logo asking for donations.

“To scam the community, kids that look up to him – I don’t understand that,” Howell said.

Howell said she went to police and never heard from Morris again.

The Better Business Bureau has created a file on Morris’ businesses to help warn others.

“To hear that there were dozens of people scammed by this company and we weren’t reflecting that was disheartening,” said Shannon Nelson with the Better Business Bureau.

ActionNewsJax also found Morris was connected to another business called Snap It Photography.

A lawsuit was filed that claims Morris didn’t show up to photograph an event and it states, “This young man turned out to be a con artist."

The BBB wants people to contact the agency with complaints against Morris.

ActionNewsJax tried to contact Morris again but couldn’t get in touch with him.

Photos: Inside Oprah’s new $8.2M home on Orcas Island

Oprah Winfrey purchased a 43-acre estate on Orcas Island in Washington for $8.275 million.

Frosé at Taco Bell? Restaurant tries to lure millennials with frozen rosé wine

Say hello to the Berry Frosé Twisted Freeze, Taco Bell’s new frozen rosé wine now available at select cantina-style restaurants.

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The California-based fast-food chain announced the millennial-friendly boozy drink as part of a limited test launch this summer.

Taco Bell’s $7.99 16-ounce frosé is made with a couple of ounces of Charles & Charles rosé wine blended with a combination of berry flavors for “a tasty, strawberry-forward, easy-to-sip summer treat” as “refreshing as it is fabulous,” the restaurant told Thrillist.

>> Taco Bell announces new tortilla chips based on its sauces

As of Wednesday, the new Instagram-worthy drink is only available at the Chicago Loop and Newport Beach Cantina locations. But there’s a chance the company will roll out the new item to more restaurants in the coming months.

>> Candlelight vigil held for Alabama Taco Bell that burned down

Last year, Taco Bell announced an expansion of 300-350 new cantina-style locations between 2017 and 2022. The restaurants are known for selling margaritas, sangria, beer and other alcohol-infused concoctions in addition to Taco Bell’s popular late-night food options.

A total of 2,000 new locations are slated for Taco Bell by 2022, according to the company website.

Where did IHOP get its original name? Restaurant announces name change

The International House of Pancakes, better known as IHOP, is officially changing its name to IHOb next week.

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And what exactly the “b” represents remains a mystery. (Breakfast? Bacon? Biscuits? Best breakfast, bacon and biscuits?) We’ll find out Tuesday, June 11.

But before the IHOP we know and love is no more, here’s an ode to the original moniker and its history.

On July 7, 1958, Jerry Lapin, Al Lapin and Albert Kallis founded the first International House of Pancakes restaurant in Burbank, California. The acronym wouldn’t become popular for another 15 years.

>> IHOP to become IHOB, but what does the ‘B’ stand for?

But what was so “international” about the chain? Some say it’s because the restaurant served items considered exotic to Americans at the time, such as French toast and Swedish crepes.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lapin brothers also hired a Le Cordon Bleu chef for the original “unusual” pancakes, such as Tahitian orange pineapple and Kauai coconut.

>> IHOP waiter says he was offered nursing job after helping feed disabled customer

The restaurant also expanded globally. Today, the chain has more than 70 locations in Bahrain, Canada, Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Guatemala, Kuwait, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In 1973, thanks to a winning marketing campaign, the chain name was shortened to IHOP, quickly popularized by the public and favored by the company.

Contrary to what some parishioners may believe, IHOP has no affiliation with the evangelical church the International House of Prayer, which originated much later.

According to CNN, the restaurant chain ultimately sued the church in 2010 for illegally using its acronym and settled out of court.

Learn more about the history of IHOP at ihop.com

Blue Bell's Southern Blackberry Cobbler ice cream flavor hits stores for limited time

Just as temperatures are starting to soar, Blue Bell is bringing back another limited-edition ice cream flavor to help you cool down.

According to KDFW, the Brenham, Texas-based creamery announced the return of its Southern Blackberry Cobbler flavor Monday.

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"Ring the dessert bell!" the company tweeted Monday morning. "Southern Blackberry Cobbler is a creamy ice cream with a luscious blackberry flavor combined with flaky pie crust pieces and a blackberry sauce swirl. In stores beginning today!"

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Ice cream lovers can can get the flavor by the pint or half-gallon, the Houston Chronicle reported. A half-cup serving has 180 calories, 9 grams of fat and 17 grams of sugar, according to the Blue Bell website.

Learn more here.

Vermont wants remote workers, will pay $10,000 to move

If you ever thought working from your home in the middle of Vermont, your dream may soon come true thanks to a new law in the Green Mountain State. And the state will pay you to move there. 

If eligible, workers who relocate can get up to $5,000 a year over two years, with a $10,000 maximum because of the state’s new remote worker grant program, CNN Money reported.

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But if you live in Vermont, then you’re not eligible, Burlington Free Press reported.

“We think Vermont is well-positioned to capitalize on the increase in the availability of remote work,” Michael Schirling said.

Schirling is the state’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development secretary.

He says the state thinks that it will be a good offer for couples where one member has a more traditional job offer in Vermont while the second can work remotely, the Free Press reported

Here’s how to qualify:

  • Must work in a home office or a co-working space
  • Full-time employee of a company based outside Vermont
  • Full-time Vermont residents after Jan. 1, 2019.

What is covered by the $5,000-$10,000 grant:

  • Moving expenses
  • Membership fees for co-working spaces,
  • Computer software
  • Computer hardware
  • Broadband

Money will distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and there are limits each year for the total amount of money available, CNN Money reported.

5 surprising ways Kroger is changing stores in 2018

Kroger Co. is buying Home Chef, the country’s largest private meal kit company, in a deal that could reach $700 million, according to the Cincinnati-based grocery chain.

The initial transaction price is $200 million and future payments of up to $500 million over five years are contingent on achieving certain sales goals, the company said. Kroger has a major presence in the region. The chain has approximately 6,000 workers in the Dayton area where they have invested over $160 million in new storing, remodels and fuel centers in the past 10 years, according to Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.

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It’s not the only recent change that Kroger has made to transform the customer shopping experience. Here are five other things that Kroger has tried out in the past year:

1. No more waiting? Kroger looks to eliminate checkout lanes

The Cincinnati-headquartered grocery chain will roll out its “Scan, Bag, Go” service to 400 stores in 2018, according to Business Insider. Shoppers can avoid long checkout lines by scanning barcodes of items they want to buy using a handheld scanner or through Kroger’s “Scan, Bag, Go” app on any smartphone. READ MORE

2. Kroger expands organic brand offerings

Cincinnati-headquartered Kroger, in partnership with Fair Trade USA, announced today that its Simple Truth brand will expand in 2018 to offer more Fair Trade Certified productsThe Simple Truth brand’s current portfolio of Fair Trade products spans multiple commodities, including coffee, cocoa, coconut, tea, sugar and agave. READ MORE

3. Kroger sells off convenience store business for $2.15B

Kroger has sold off its convenience store business unit to EG Group for approximately $2.15 billion. EG Group, a privately-held petrol forecourt convenience store retailer in the United Kingdom, agreed to purchase the chain form Kroger. The deal includes 784 stores operating across 18 states, including 66 franchise locations. READ MORE

4. Kroger to roll out digital aisle displays that connect to smartphones

Kroger is changing how customers will shop in stores with new digital aisle displays that connect and interact with smartphones. The Cincinnati-based grocery retailer is rolling out new technology called Kroger Edge in nearly 200 stores in 2018. The technology will be installed on store shelves where paper price tags currently hang. READ MORE

5. Kroger reportedly exploring other partnerships, acquisitions

Home Chef isn’t the first acquisition that Kroger has reportedly explored in the past year. Customers could expect more acquisitions to occur if reports are true. Kroger reportedly has conversations with Chinese e-commerce and technology company Alibaba earlier this year about a potential partnership.

They’ve also reportedly had conversations about a partnership with Overstock.com, and online retailer Boxed Wholesale allegedly rejected Kroger’s $400 million buyout offer in March. It’s clear Kroger is open to pursing new ventures with online companies. READ MORE

Birth control pill recall: Taytulla packaging error could lead to unintended pregnancy

Drugmaker Allergan has issued a recall for a popular birth control pill over a packaging error that could lead to unintended pregnancy.

According to a news release Tuesday, Allergan is recalling one lot of Taytulla birth control pills because capsules were placed in the wrong order. The recalled products are from lot No. 5620706 and have a May 2019 expiration date.

"Allergan recently identified, through a physician report, that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample pack of Taytulla," the release said. "Specifically, the first four days of therapy had four non-hormonal placebo capsules instead of active capsules."

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When correctly packaged, the four placebo pills appear after the 24 active pills.

"As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy," the release said. "The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order."

If you have a package of the recalled pills, which were distributed to health care providers, you should your their doctor and return the item, the news release said. If you have questions, please contact your doctor or call Allergan at 1-800-678-1605 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Read more here.

Memphis to hike minimum wage over $15 an hour

What was once an idea on paper will be official as early as next month.

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According to WHBQ, 420 employees of the city of Memphis, Tennessee, are about to get a raise to an hourly rate that is more than twice the state and federal minimum wage average. 

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“I think it's real nice, real good,” said taxpayer Clifford Joseph

The raise comes thanks to a resolution that passed the budget committee to give every city employee a base minimum wage of $15.50 an hour. 

Council found the $1 million needed to fund the extra salaries by making small cuts to other departments.

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No tax increase is necessary either, even though Joseph said he would be OK with one if needed. 

“It would be worth it to me; I think they deserve it. They're out there working hard in this hot sun, rain, sleet, snow,” he said.

Mayor Jim Strickland’s budget proposal allocated $1.4 million to bring some employee salaries up to industry standards. 

The rest of that money will go to the minimum wage increase, which is an idea first thought up by Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. who said, “If we want to talk about living wage we have to do more than talk we have to actually do something.” 

>> On Fox13Memphis.com: SCS to raise minimum wage to $15

The money will also cover something called compression. 

That will ensure supervisors make more than the employees they oversee. 

“Let’s say that I’m your boss, you're the subordinate. I'm making $15 now, you're making $12 now. Well, according to this resolution, if I just did a flat $15.50, you and I would be making the same salaries,” Ford added. 

>> On Fox13Memphis.com: How many employees make $15 or more an hour at Memphis' 25 largest employers?

The budget is expected to be voted on and passed next week

The raises would go into effect on July 1, 2018. 

Ford will make a resolution next week to get all part-time workers to $15.50 an hour. 

He said that would cost about $6 million but says the time to start that debate should start now for possibly a year or two down the road. 

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