JoAnn Merrigan, WSAV News 3

JoAnn Merrigan

WSAV News 3

Cheyenne, WY, United States

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Past articles by JoAnn:

Using fireworks over the holiday weekend? Think safety first

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the medical community wants to make sure a trip to the emergency room isn’t part of your long weekend. → Read More

Former member of affiliated church calls House of Prayer a cult after FBI raid

LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – When Kit Davis heard that the House of Prayer Christian Church in Walthourville was searched last week by the FBI, she wasn’t surprised. When she heard a veteran’s group had filed a complaint against the church and several other affiliated churches awhile back, she wasn’t surprised either. “They prey on […] → Read More

Canceled flights, how will your summer trip be affected?

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — People who are traveling over the July 4th holiday and throughout the summer need to take their bag and their patience for sure. That’s according to travel expert Ken Jenkins. Hundreds of flights are being canceled every day, mostly from staffing shortages. “Demand is high and staffing is low,” says Jenkins. “And all […] → Read More

How did the Supreme Court make its monumental decision to overturn Roe?

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — As protests continue across the country after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, WSAV talked to two people who have spent much of their lives studying the U.S. Constitution and teaching political science. Dr. Bruce Mallard, a former political science professor said he can’t really remember anything […] → Read More

Extreme heat can cause health problems, know the signs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The recent hot temperatures in Savannah have reminded all of us that summer is here. While many may think they can handle the heat, Dr. Jay Goldstein from Memorial Health says know your limits. “People have to get acclimated to this kind of heat,” said Goldstein who is an Emergency Room […] → Read More

Georgia lawmakers react to overturn of Roe versus Wade

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Georgia lawmakers reacted to the U.S Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe versus Wade Friday as dozens of protesters took to Johnson Square in Savannah. “This is a striking reversal of constitutional precedent and a very core right of women to make their own reproductive choices has been taken away,” said Senator […] → Read More

Lawmakers say they won a round to keep Combat Readiness Training Center open

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — An effort by Georgia’s congressional delegation to keep the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) open is paying off. Monday, a House subcommittee voted to keep operating funds for the CRTC in the new proposed federal budget. “It is a good day for Georgia. As we had hoped and as we […] → Read More

New legislation finally promises help to veterans exposed to burn pits

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Legislation passed this week in the U.S. Senate with bi-partisan support finally promises healthcare for veterans suffering illnesses from exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s our job to stand up for the people who stand up for us,” said Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock who voted for the PACT […] → Read More

Local small businesses struggle with inflation

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Small businesses statewide and locally are struggling with supply chain issues from COVID and now record inflation. They’re doing whatever they can to deal with the financial issues. Corey Pennington is one of the owners of Pennyfix in downtown Savannah. The business sells high end collector item sneakers. Despite all the […] → Read More

Federal Reserve raises interest rates for third time this year. What does it mean for you?

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Federal Reserve raised interest rates Wednesday for the third time this year. This rate (three-quarters of a percent) is the largest since 1994. It’s an effort to slow down inflation and to keep the economy from plunging into a recession. “The way you look at it is if you have […] → Read More

New employee study in Georgia, 35% would quit because of mental health

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A new report on Georgia’s workforce says 1 in 3 employees would quit their jobs this year because of stress and mental health. “Employers in Georgia should absolutely take note that this likely means all of their people, whether they knew it or not, are under a tremendous strain,” says Megan […] → Read More

Former US Attorney in Georgia testifies before select committee saying there was ‘no fraud’

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The former U.S. Attorney for Georgia’s northern district testified Monday that in December of 2020 he was asked to investigate voting fraud in Georgia, but he found no evidence of it. BJay Pak who is a republican, was appointed to the federal post in 2017 by then President Donald Trump. Pak […] → Read More

Some Savannah teachers concerned about not getting tax refunds

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — As many as 30 employees of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools have been teachers lamenting on social media that they have not received tax refunds this year and no help seems to be forthcoming. Many of those concerned are teachers. One teacher says she filed her return in January and was told […] → Read More

Higher property assessments in Chatham County worry some homeowners

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Will the hot real estate market in 2021 mean higher property taxes in 2022? The Chatham County Board of Assessors is currently sending out new information about property values. “We’ve recorded almost a 15% increase so that includes residential, commercial and personal property as a whole for the county,” said Roderick […] → Read More

Georgia democrats ask for special legislative session on gun laws, republicans say it won’t happen

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A group of democrats on Monday stood in front of the Georgia Statehouse and asked that the governor to call a special legislative session on gun control and gun safety laws. On Tuesday, republican Representative Ron Stephens from Savannah said it’s never going to happen. “This is the same knee jerk […] → Read More

New legal filing names Daniel Defense for its reported marketing practices

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A woman who says she hid from the gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, as he killed 21 people is pointing a new legal filing at Daniel Defense in Bryan County. That’s after confirmation that the gunman bought the AR-15 style rifle used in the massacre from the gun […] → Read More

State agency watching for price gouging in baby formula shortage

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Worried parents have been scouring local stores and retail web sites trying to find baby formula. The Georgia Attorney General’s office wants parents to know they may face another issue, i.e. they may find the formula in stock, but also find the price increased. “We are on the lookout for price […] → Read More

State training for School Resource Officers

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — After yet another deadly school shooting last week, this time in Texas, school safety is front and center once again. Nationally and locally, the role of School Resource Officers (SRO’s) has continued to evolve over the years. “The biggest thing that our SRO’s come in and want to discuss is making […] → Read More

Local school safety measures reviewed after Texas shooting

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Justin Pratt spends a lot of his time thinking about school safety. As the Campus Police Emergency Management Coordinator for the Savannah Chatham County Public Schools, he says there’s always soul searching after a school shooting. A recent shooting in Texas killed 19 students and two teachers. “It’s unfortunate when something […] → Read More

Savannah veterans mark Memorial Day, say remember the fallen

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The sounds of taps echoed at Laurel Grove Cemetery Monday as veterans and families of veterans gathered for a ceremony to mark Memorial Day. “Those of us who are still breathing cannot repay the sacrifice of their lives defending us but at least we can, and we must remember them,” said […] → Read More