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Investigators with the Dalton Police Department are searching for two men who they say shoplifted more than $1,500 of merchandise.  The incident happened on New Years Eve.  The two men stole $1,526.95 worth of items from Walmart.  The suspects entered the store together just after 6 a.m. and left the store around 6:40 a.m. with a shopping cart full of merchandise.  For the 40 minutes they were in the store, police explained the two walked around putting items in the cart.  Upon leaving, an on-duty greeter tried to stop them. One suspect kept walking out with the cart, and the other stopped to talk to the employee for a short time.  A suspect told the greeter they brought the items in to return them, but nobody was at the customer service desk. The employee asked to see their return sticker, but they left the store.  Staff reported that the men stole 23 items from the store, including five robotic vacuums, several knives, two backpacks, clothing, a tent and two necklaces.  If you have any information on the theft, please reach out to the Dalton Police Department.

Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives on Monday advanced a bill that would revive a new state commission to discipline and remove state prosecutors.  A bill in the state House of Representatives removes the requirement that the state Supreme Court approve the rules. It also raises the standard for overturning a decision by the commission.  A House committee passed it on Monday over the objections of Democrats. It now goes to the full House for a vote.  Democrat leaders say taking away the power of the state’s Supreme Court takes away any sense that the bill was non-partisan.

Ford will shut down one of two production shifts in April at the Dearborn, Michigan, factory that builds the F-150 Lightning electric pickup. The move is part of “matching F-150 Lightning production to customer demand,” the company said Friday.  General Motors recently made a similar announcement about its Chevrolet Silverado EV, announcing it would postpone adding production facilities for the truck, which went into production last spring for corporate customers.  While sales of electric vehicles increased in 2023, the growth was slower than many industry experts had expected. Ford still projects an increase in Lightning sales this year after a 55% jump to 24,000 trucks last year. The company did not say how many F-150 Lightnings it expects to sell this year.

LaFayette High School Basketball is in action tonight.  The Ramblers hosts Gordon Lee.  Boys and girls action, you can hear it live on WQCH.  The Boys game will start at 7:35pm and will be televised on the CW Chattanooga.