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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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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.

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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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Conecuh County Sheriff's race ends in tie after provisional ballots counted; Winner could be decided with coin toss

The race for sheriff in Conecuh County ended in a tie after provisional ballots were counted a week after the general election, according to the Conecuh County Probate Judge.

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Horse tranquilizer killing people in Alabama — Does not respond to opioid reversal medications, causes holes in skin

As opioid-involved overdoses continue to claim lives by the thousands in the United States, the FDA is warning of a new drug that can be just as fatal as opioids but unresponsive to emergency reversal treatments.

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Alabama expands peer-supported mental health program for firefighters

The Alabama Department of Mental Health has partnered with the Alabama Fire College to expand and implement the Alabama First Responder Peer Support program. The state is one of the first in the nation to implement the curriculum in recruit schools.

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Man accused in death of Aniah Blanchard indicted on 3 capital murder charges

The man accused in the 2019 death of Aniah Blanchard has been indicted on three counts of capital murder.

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Britt tells 'Fox & Friends' few thought her win was possible — Vows to fight for 'our children and our children's children'

U.S. Senator-elect Katie Britt said it is surreal to be the first woman elected to the Senate for Alabama. Britt made an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Sunday, just before attending orientation in Washington.

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Police arrest suspect in deadly shooting at National Peanut Festival parade

A person wanted in connection with a double shooting at the National Peanut Festival parade in Dothan has been arrested.

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‘It’s not just Larry’: Alabama wife pleads for blood and platelet donors to come forward to fight critical shortage

Recently, a problem many of us hear about in the news hit home for Larry and his wife, Sheila, and made his fight a little more difficult.

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‘Best Police Department in Baldwin County’ now hiring

The Foley Police Department is hiring positions for officers and correctional officers. Police Chief Thurston Bullock said there are five patrol positions and four corrections positions.

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Tuberville names Mary Blanche Hankey chief of staff

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) has named a new chief of staff to replace Stephen Boyd, who was Tuberville’s first announced hire before he took office.

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Three arrests made in connection to shooting at Vestavia Hills church basketball court

The Vestavia Hills Police Department announced three arrests in connection to a shooting at Shades Mountain Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon.

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ALGOP chair John Wahl declares midterms a 'very good night' for Alabama Republicans — 'We won every statewide position'

With election results still coming in around the country and many voters wondering which political party will take majorities in the U.S. Congress, Alabama GOP chairman John Wahl has already claimed victory in the Yellowhammer State.

Conecuh County Sheriff Randy Brock and challenger Mike Blackmon
Conecuh County Sheriff's race comes down to 1 vote; Recount planned

The race for sheriff in Conecuh County hangs in the balance over one vote, not including provisional ballots.

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State Rep. Chip Brown thankful voters approved Aniah's Law — 'It is a piece of legislation that I became emotionally involved with'

Brown said over the years, he has grown close to Blanchard’s family. He added that he spoke to them Tuesday night after learning of the passing of the amendment.

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Jared Hudson campaign still hopeful 'the truth will be revealed' after loss to Mark Pettway

The Jared Hudson for Sheriff of Jefferson County campaign left a watch party in Fultondale Tuesday night after learning Hudson lost by only a few thousand votes.

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Jefferson County voters continue to cast ballots as GOP leaders hope for a red wave in a blue sea

Voter turnout is steady in Jefferson County for the general election as the time for poll closing nears. Although there were some issues throughout the day, voters were thankful to have a voice in the future of the county, the state and the nation.

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Jeff Cook, co-founder of the band Alabama, dies at 73 after decade-long battle with Parkinson's disease

Alabama co-founder and Country Music Hall of Famer Jeff Cook died Monday, Nov. 7, after a decade-long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

VOTING MACHINE VOTE ELECTION TALLAPOOSA COUNTY
Two voting machines cause problems in Randolph County

While turnout was steady Tuesday morning in Randolph County, there were a couple of issues with machines, according to Probate Judge George Diamond.

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What happens if you vote straight party and an individual in Alabama?

In Alabama, voters have the option to vote with a straight-party ticket. At the top of the ballot, there is an option for Alabama Democratic Party, Alabama Republican Party and Alabama Libertarian Party.

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Body of man found shot after mobile home fire in Jefferson County; Hispanic community concerned with investigation

The Jefferson County Coroner identified a man found shot inside a burning home in the early hours of Friday, Nov. 4.

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State Senate District 33 GOP candidate Pete Riehm fires back against claim he 'attacked our Capitol' — 'An utterly false mass mail piece'

An Alabama Senate candidate is speaking out after attack ads were delivered to mailboxes in District 33 claiming he led a group to Washington on Jan. 6 and “attacked our Capitol.”

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'If you have white skin, you may have a really big problem' — Veteran detective claims racism, corruption at Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office detective said he hopes changes are made soon when it comes to leadership and the Internal Affairs division of the sheriff’s office.

POLICE LIGHTS POLICE COPS CRIME
One injured in shooting at Vestavia Hills church basketball court

The Vestavia Hills Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at Shades Mountain Baptist Church Sunday afternoon.

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Life on Wheels: Serving women, saving babies and sharing Jesus

Thanks to one Alabama non-profit, women are being served, babies are being saved and the Lord’s grace is being seen.

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75th annual Veterans Day parade in Birmingham next week

The nation's longest-running Veterans Day parade will be held in downtown Birmingham on Friday, Nov. 11.

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