Gingrich pins hopes Tuesday on big Georgia win

ATLANTA -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is banking on a big win in Georgia Tuesday to keep his fading hopes of winning the nomination alive.
The former House speaker is hoping momentum from an expected win in the state he represented in Congress for 20 years would propel his campaign, which has struggled since his lone victory in the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary.
Gingrich leads by wide margins in Georgia polls. He trails Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in Tennessee, although the race there is tight and Gingrich was closing the gap in some surveys.
He told 200 supporters near Knoxville on Monday that he has "the chance to win a stunning victory" in Tennessee.

Somer Thompson Autopsy, Other Evidence Released

Somer Thompson Autopsy, Other Evidence Released

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- First Coast News has obtained the autopsy reports, toxicology tests, crime scene photos and other documents surrounding the discovery of Somer Thompson's body at a Georgia landfill.

First Coast News made a public records request on Friday and got the evidence Monday.

SLIDESHOW: Somer Thompson Crime Scene photos

The images show the spot where Somer's journey came to an end at Chesser Island Road Landfill after Jarred Harrell admitted to throwing her body out with trash.

First for You: Carpooling Could Help Pre-empt the Pump

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We've seen it before, the last time gas prices went up to around $4.00 a gallon, drivers started looking for alternatives.  Now, transportation planners think carpooling could see a surge as gas prices go up again.

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IHOP Offers Free Pancakes Today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If a cereal bar just won't cut it this morning, you can get a free short stack of pancakes from any IHOP restaurant instead.

MORE: SLIDESHOW of Claire Cooking Pancakes with IHOP

The International House of Pancakes is offering the free breakfast in an effort to raise money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. They will ask pancake lovers to make a voluntary donation instead of paying for their short stack. 

In Jacksonville, the proceeds will go to Wolfson's Children's Hospital and Shands Children's Hospital at the University of Florida, according to a news release from IHOP. 

The "National Pancake Day" offer runs from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. today. 

Ken's Top 10 Cars Mechanics Hate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  -- If you're shopping for a new car, you may want to buy the model most mechanics hate. They hate them because they have the fewest repairs and that is good for you, the consumer.

"We hate them because we hardly see them in the shop for repairs," said Kevin White, "What's in your owner's manual?"


White, who owns White Automotive Repair Shop, said these cars have a good maintenance history.

Here are my top ten least expensive vehicles to maintain according to mechanics. The information is based on the vehicles being driven an average 15,000 miles a year for five years.

Number Ten:

Mazda Tribute. It is a compact SUV, comparable to the Ford Escape, and it has great fuel economy. The maintenance cost over a five year period is about $2600.

Ken's Top 10 Home Improvement Tips From Mike Holmes

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Your home is probably the biggest investment you'll ever make, yet we make mistakes when it comes to repairs or remodeling. Here are ten home improvement tips from HGTV's Mike Holmes who was at the International Homebuilders Show in Orlando.

Number Ten:

Before you start the project, define the purpose of it.

"What you have to look at is it's a job. It is a job and you need to know more about what's involved, educate yourself," said Holmes.

Number Nine:

You need to calculate the costs.

"I call it the dating game when it comes to talking to contractors; people need to spend money smartly," he said.

Number Eight:

Before you hire a contractor do your due diligence.

Ken's Top 10 Ways To Get Through Tax Filing Season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This time of year many Americans struggle with getting their tax return filed timely and properly. You may be among them and feel you can't do it yourself.  So how do you choose a tax preparer? 

Here are ten things you can do to  get you through the income tax filing season.

Number Ten:

Make sure you have all of your documents, including all of your W-2 forms. Your employer had until January 31st to mail it out. If it is still missing and you don't receive it by February 14 contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 for assistance.

Number Nine:

If you need a professional to help file your tax return, before you choose a tax preparer, check their qualifications.  They're now required to have a (PTIN) tax preparers identification number from the IRS.

Number Eight: