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By: Mike Wells Email
By: Mike Wells Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Here is a look at the stories topping the headlines Saturday morning.

A fire damages a North Knox County apartment complex leaving several families out in the cold. It happened just before 1 a.m. on Colt Road. Reports say one of the people living there woke up to smoke and flames in the apartment. She called 911 and then woke up her neighbors. Everyone made it out of the apartments safely. Investigators will return later today to try and figure out what started the fire.

Investigators know what started a fire at a home in Hamblen County, a meth lab explosion. Sheriff's deputies found the lab in an abandoned home. No one was around when law enforcement arrived. Neighbors say they were shocked to hear that someone has been cooking meth so close to their home.

Friends and family of 12-year-old Regen Morris who lost his battle with brain cancer will say their final goodbyes today. The family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. tonight at First Baptist Church Sevierville followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. The family will have a private burial service. They ask anyone who wants to make a donation to give to the Preston Gentry fund at Tennessee State Banks.

More than a million Americans are bracing to lose their lifeline from the government. Long term unemployment benefits put in place during the recession are set to end today, leaving people who've been out of work for more than six months with no cash assistance. When lawmakers return to Washington, the Senate is expected to vote on extending benefits for three months. House republicans are willing to discuss an extension, if there is a way to pay for it.

Target confirmed Friday that debit card pin data was stolen when the retailer was hacked. But the company says it believes now the pins are "safe and secure." A spokeswoman says the pins are "strongly encrypted" and can only be decrypted with a key held by an independent payment processor.

"Duck Dynasty" will go on with the entire Robertson family. A & Television suspended Phil Robertson, just over a week ago, but now says they'll resume filming this spring, with all of the family members. They also will broadcast public service announcements "promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people."


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