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Remote learning, COVID masking, 'inclusion of ideological curricula' among parent concerns of new Hartselle City Schools superintendent candidate

An online petition protesting the hiring process for a new superintendent for Hartselle City Schools has over 400 signatures. Parents and community members said the process has not included public input and they do not feel all of the qualified candidates have been thoroughly considered. Furthermore, they believe the rushed process could lead to a superintendent with extreme social views because they have not heard questions answered in a public manner.

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82-year-old woman arrested by Valley Police for not paying trash bill

The Valley Police Department arrested an 82-year-old woman after she didn’t show up for court on charge of failure to pay a solid waste fee.

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Cullman County can issue bail again after five-year court battle

Cullman County hasn't been able to issue bonds since 2017 due to a lawsuit claiming the bail system was unconstitutional. Those arrested have since been able to sign themselves out of jail without paying. The 11th Circuit's decision to lift the injunction means the county won its case and can now protect the public from criminal activity.

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North Alabama man accused in illegal scheme to export U.S. goods to Iran

A Madison County man faces up to 40 years in prison after being arrested in connection to an illegal scheme to export goods from the United States to Iran.

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'Sick season': Birmingham-area hospitals experiencing high volume — Doctors call on legislature to act

An early spike in flu this year is straining health care providers across the state. Birmingham-area hospitals are seeing higher volumes of patients in emergency departments and beds are filling up quickly.

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Mobile Council members walk out of meeting on medical marijuana as heated debate continues

The debate over whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries within Mobile's city limits got heated Monday night resulting in council members walking out of the meeting.

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Four shot at Mobile nightclub over Thanksgiving weekend

A shooting over the holiday weekend at the Paparazzi Club in Downtown Mobile landed four victims in the hospital.

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Two children dead from flu so far this season — Urgent care facilities seeing increases in flu, strep, COVID

Alabama is among the top five states in the United States with the highest rate of flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Motion to Dismiss filed against Jefferson County election challenge on heels of election results certified by State Canvassing Board

The results from the November 8 General Election have been certified by the State Canvassing Board, despite a complaint filed in Jefferson County challenging election results and voting machine integrity.

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Randolph County man honored in Indiana hometown as basketball legend

It was 72 years ago when the Madison Cubs took home the Indiana High School Athletics Association state basketball championship. On that day, Stan Weber would have never thought of what would be happening over seven decades later.

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Stolen checks reported in east Alabama were endorsed electronically; Customers forced to close accounts

Some businesses and customers in east Alabama are dealing with the fallout after they say several checks that were sent through the United States Postal Service (USPS) were stolen and cashed by scammers.

Christina Carter age 3 on left and generated image of what she may look like at the age of 50
Alabama cold case from 1973 continues to get national attention nearly 50 years after disappearance of 3-year-old girl

Hueytown Police continue to receive tips about a cold case from the seventies. A three-year-old child was last seen in Hueytown on September 17, 1973, but her mother was found dead less than a month later on the Tennessee-North Carolina line.

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Federal appeals court vacates contempt order that led to jailing of pair investigating voter fraud

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips after a district court in Texas had them jailed for refusing to reveal sources in an investigation into voter fraud.  The pair had been gathering information and sharing details of their findings concerning alleged irregularities in the 2020 election.

Mobile City Council
Mobile City Council to vote on marijuana dispensary ordinance after heated debate

The city of Mobile will join other cities across the state in considering an ordinance to allow medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

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Former DEA agent: Thanksgiving is ‘biggest drug-swapping day of the year’

As families gather this Thanksgiving, a former DEA agent is warning of the dangers of drug activity and the part unwitting family members can play in their loved one's addiction.

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Conecuh County Sheriff's race in question by candidate after second recount ends in incumbent's favor

The race for sheriff in Conecuh County is being contested after one of the candidates questioned some ballots in the race that ended in a tie.

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Portion of Amtrak's Gulf Coast route could return after agreement with freight service lines

The portion of the Sunset Limited route east of New Orleans had been shut down since 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. However, Amtrak, CSX, Norfolk Southern Railway, the Alabama State Port Authority and the Terminal Railway Alabama State Docks have been going back and forth on a proposal to get the route between New Orleans and Mobile running again.

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AG Marshall says electronic bingo halls in Jefferson County may be laundering money

Jefferson County Commission members have not been on the same page regarding allowing the bingo halls to operate, but Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said the Supreme Court has made it clear the bingo halls are illegal.

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Hoover 12-year-old giving back by collecting pillows for Alabama's foster children

Lucy Helland, a sixth grader at Bumpus Middle School, is collecting money to purchase pillows for foster children.

Black Friday shopping in Montgomery Alabama
Which stores and restaurants in Alabama will be open on Thanksgiving?

Several retailers and restaurants are choosing to give employees time off for Thanksgiving this year. Even some big-box stores known for opening late for Black Friday Eve sales are putting the kibosh on the tradition.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. Photo: Erica Thomas.
AG Marshall asks medical community to make public health board aware of horse tranquilizer, synthetic substances discovered in street drugs

Attorney General Steve Marshall spoke Friday at an event for health care providers focused on the opioid crisis.

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Veteran attorney and public servant Hugh Evans dies

Secretary of State John Merrill announced the passing of Hugh R. Evans, III. Evans passed away on Thursday, November 17, with over 25 years of public service as a well-respected attorney.

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Software glitch causes payroll problems for Hoover, including firefighters who now owe thousands back to taxpayers

Underpayments, overpayments and retirement account reporting problems have been plaguing city employees' paychecks since July.

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Ukrainian pastor with Alabama ties strives to be 'lighthouse during a dark time'

A Ukrainian pastor with ties to Alabama continues to hunker down with members of his congregation and community as the world around him crumbles.

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Secretary of State-elect Wes Allen notifies voter maintenance program ERIC of Alabama’s withdrawal

A week after being elected as Alabama’s next Secretary of State, Wes Allen sent a certified letter to the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) stating that Alabama would cease participation with the non-profit upon his inauguration on January 16, 2023.

ALABAMA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY STATE TROOPER
Troopers investigating after 3 teens killed in fiery crash during police chase

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency released information on a deadly crash that claimed the lives of three teens in Cullman County.

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Jefferson County deputy files racial discrimination lawsuit against Sheriff Mark Pettway

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway, claiming discrimination against a white employee.

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