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Deputies, municipal police decry soaring crime, vacancies under Jefferson County Sheriff Pettway leadership — 'It's like a cancer'

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has been facing challenges, including a high crime rate, open deputy positions and low morale among some deputies. With the general election days away, some law enforcement officers are hoping for a change.

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Jefferson County Commission considers $3.2 million Aspen Institute 'Criminal Reform Initiative'

The Jefferson County Commission recently discussed a crime prevention plan that has already been implemented in major metropolitan areas like Compton, California, and Brooklyn, New York. The proposal, which would cost about $32 million over a period of four to five years, was presented by the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit organization for promoting social programs.    

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Trussville City Schools superintendent resigns over 'death notebook' controversy — 'I'm leaving a legacy of excellence'

The Trussville City Schools Board of Education (TCS BOE) accepted the resignation of Superintendent Pattie Neill on Tuesday after more than a month of controversy stemming from the discovery of a "death notebook" written by a student over a year ago.

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City of Clay grocery tax cut begins today

Shoppers in the city of Clay are now paying half the local grocery tax after a move to give citizens relief by the city council.

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Jefferson County GOP chairman hopes voters are paying attention to November 8 general election

Jefferson County GOP chairman Paul DeMarco said local Republicans should pay close attention to the upcoming general election.

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'2000 Mules' producer arrested along with True the Vote leader for contempt of court

Alabama native Gregg Phillips was arrested in Texas on Monday for contempt of court related to his work with election integrity group True the Vote.

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Man with gunshot wound in standoff with police outside of Government Plaza

Multiple law enforcement officers and fire personnel responded to a tense situation Monday morning near Government Plaza in Mobile.

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Alabama breast cancer survivor: 'Listen to your body'

Doctors at UAB spoke this week about how mammograms can reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer.

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Vehicle stolen in Tennessee recovered in Shelby County after chase

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Alabaster Police Department, and the Calera Police Department worked together over the weekend to recover a stolen vehicle and drugs.

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Birmingham PD officers want staffing and pay issues addressed; Chief responds to FOP

The Birmingham Police Department is working to improve morale and the working environment for officers, according to a statement provided to media Wednesday. However, some officers say they aren't seeing issues being addressed.

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Gulf Shores approves $1.7 million for Coastal Gateway Community Park, connector road master plan

The city of Gulf Shores is moving forward with a plan for a 127-acre Coastal Gateway Community Park and the North/South Connector Road.

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Gulf Shores, Orange Beach mayors at odds as ALDOT prepares to break ground on new bridge

The back-and-forth over a new bridge near Alabama's beaches continues as the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) prepares to begin construction on the project.

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Top 10 best states for military retirees — Alabama ranks second

Retire Guide ranked Alabama as the second-best state for military members to retire, behind Florida and ahead of Virginia. Coming in last place at No. 50, Alaska was deemed the least favorable state for veterans to retire in.

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Alabama teen crowned Miss Junior Teen United States

Hewitt-Trussville High School student Katherine Grigsby is the new Miss Junior Teen United States.

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Alabama woman hopes to spread awareness of breast cancer caused by hormone irregularities

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one Alabama family is an example of how important it is to stay aware and ask questions.

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Birmingham Police refuses to provide video evidence after man in wheelchair claims he was beaten by officer

The City of Birmingham and the Birmingham Police Department are facing a lawsuit after a man in a wheelchair claimed an officer beat him. However, the two entities refuse to release video evidence of the incident.

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Woodlawn High School student identified as drive-by shooting victim

The Birmingham Police Department identified a Woodlawn High School student as the victim of a shooting on Monday, Oct. 17.

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AG Marshall: Conforming to 'gender ideology' instead of biology an 'attack on common sense'

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed an amicus brief Thursday in support of Indiana’s law prohibiting boys from playing on girls’ sports teams.

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Threat made at Jefferson County high school inspired by Netflix show 'The Jeffery Dahmer Story'

The Trussville Police Department is investigating threats made at student at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School (HTMS) by a student who was allegedly inspired by the Netflix show “The Jeffery Dahmer Story."

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‘Weird’ flu season predicted by Children’s of Alabama

Doctors at Children’s of Alabama announced they are seeing more cases of flu already this year and said they are expecting a “weird” flu season.

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Florence man sentenced to 70 years for sexual exploitation of children

A Florence man was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to 20 counts of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

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Freeze warning issued for most of Alabama: Sub-freezing temps expected tonight

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a freeze warning for much of the southeast and most of Alabama.

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Tallapoosa County tests ES&S voting machines in preparation for midterms

The midterm election is less than a month away, and states and counties are preparing for polling. Part of that preparation involves testing voting machines and making sure all parts are working.

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Ascension St. Vincent's celebrates groundbreaking of Trussville freestanding ER and hopes to expand to communities in need

Officials with Ascension St. Vincent's hope to not only expand the Trussville facility in the future but also expand those services to other areas throughout the region.

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Jefferson County DA's office releases homicide map, hoping for community involvement

Phase one of another initiative to crack down on homicides in Jefferson County has launched and investigators hope it will help the community stay informed and fight violent crime.

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Facebook targets certain Alabamians for voter registration

With the midterm elections less than a month away, Facebook has been pushing voting information to the top of social media feeds across Alabama. However, not everyone has been getting these notifications, and state election officials have not been told who Facebook targets.

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Trussville City Schools appoints interim superintendent following 'death notebook' controversy

The Trussville City Schools Board of Education announced who will fill in for Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill, who is on administrative leave.

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