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Alabama star basketball player Brandon Miller brought gun to deadly shooting, according to report

Tuscaloosa detectives have revealed more information about a deadly Jan. 15 shooting that claimed the life of a young mom and ended in the arrest of an Alabama basketball player and his friend. A new report by Carol Robinson with al.com states there were other basketball players there, including star player Brandon Miller and teammate Jayden Bradley.

‘Our beaches are in bad shape’: Gulf Shores Mayor Craft blames FEMA for beach erosion issues impacting property, public safety

The City of Gulf Shores is looking into ways to restore its beaches after Hurricane Nate caused significant erosion in 2017, followed by Hurricane Sally in 2020 and multiple winter storms in 2022.

Baldwin County bridge contractor donated thousands to Kay Ivey campaigns; Hearings in case to begin this week

The newest defendant named in the case, Scott Bridge Company, is the company chosen by ALDOT to build the new bridge, and a quick search of campaign contributions with the Secretary of State’s office shows a connection to state leaders.

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‘It was all just God working’: Alabama pastors visit Asbury revival

The Asbury revival in Kentucky has been making its way through the hearts and souls of Christians throughout the country and the world. That was no different for three pastors of an Alabama church. They were so inspired, they made the trip from Trussville, Alabama, to Kentucky to experience the revival firsthand.

First women’s shelter in Alabama still going strong after 44 years

It was in 1978 that Dr. Kathryn Coumanis, a supervisor for the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR), realized a specific need for women in Alabama. There was a growing problem with domestic violence, and although there were shelters for children, the mothers had nowhere to go. Women were forced to hide in expensive rentals or crash with friends and family who could inadvertently be at risk themselves.

'I'm not a monster': Alabama man who killed parents talks to 1819 News from behind bars

Michael Travis Head, now 36, was only 16 years old when he shot and killed his father and stepmother in their Rock Stand home in east Alabama in August 2002. It was the most gruesome death scene the sheriff at the time said he ever saw in his 35-year career in law enforcement. However, for Head, he said it was the ending of an even more tragic life he said he had been living for years.

Mobile County man found guilty on 15 charges, including rape and sodomy of 18 month old

The Mobile County District Attorney's Office is thankful for a conviction after what the DA called a difficult case to present.

Severe storms expected this afternoon and evening could produce strong winds, hail

The National Weather Service (NWS) is monitoring a system coming from the west that could impact much of Alabama Thursday afternoon and into the evening.

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'Vaccine Police' man plans to appeal criminal charge to Alabama Supreme Court after motion to dismiss denied in Whole Foods trespassing case

A man criminally charged with trespassing after refusing to leave Whole Foods in Mountain Brook when he wouldn't wear a mask during the height of the pandemic plans to appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.

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Motion to dismiss filed one week before hearings on controversial Baldwin County bridge plans

A lawsuit between the Baldwin County Bridge Company (BCBC) and Alabama Department of Transportation director John Cooper is heating up in Circuit Court as the date for several hearings in the case nears.

Inmate out of prison as part of mass release re-arrested after accused of returning to prison to deliver drugs

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) announced the re-arrest of a man that was recently released early from prison as part of the state’s Release to Mandatory Supervision process.

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Mobile City Councilman Daves urges citizens to store guns safely following ATF report on thefts

During the regular Mobile City Council meeting Tuesday, Councilman Joel Daves reminded citizens to lock up their guns to help prevent more crime.

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State Sen. Chambliss pre-filed bills would keep paper ballots, prevent voting machines that connect to the internet

State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) has pre-filed two election integrity bills ahead of the 2023 legislative session. The first bill would require the use of paper ballots, and the other would ensure voting machines would never connect to the internet.

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Man shot at Chuck E. Cheese in Shelby County; Deputies say shooter in custody

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Sunday night shooting at the Chuck E. Cheese on Highway 280, in the Inverness area.

MedHelp CEO Dr. Jordan Vaughn urges people to stop getting COVID-19 boosters in 'Rick & Bubba University' appearance

'If you don't follow the two C's of medicine, care about the patient in front of you and be curious about why they're in your office, you're not going to be a good doctor'

ADEM director releases statement defending actions during Moody landfill fire disaster

The director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) released a statement on the actions of ADEM concerning the Moody landfill fire that has been burning for months, causing air quality issues in St. Clair County and Jefferson County.

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'It really is shameful' — Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade blasts ADOC for mass prisoner release; Blames agency for death of Bibb County Deputy Brad Johnson

It was just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, when shots rang out in Brierfield, a small community in Bibb County. It wasn’t long before a Blue Alert was issued and residents in the area were told to lock their doors and stay inside. Two deputies had been shot and an “armed and dangerous suspect” was on the loose.

Jefferson County GOP elects chairman Chris Brown; Plans include recruitment, building enthusiasm

The Jefferson County GOP chose its new leader this week. Chris Brown was elected chairman at the executive committee meeting. Brown will serve for the next two years and he has already laid out goals for his term.

Operation producing fake IDs for illegal immigrants busted in north Alabama

The Decatur Police Department arrested three people Wednesday after they said the suspects were caught making fake identification documents for illegal immigrants.

Plans for Regional Medical Center affiliation with UAB could bring new cancer center to northeast Alabama

Regional Medical Center in Anniston plans to become an official affiliate of the UAB Health System later this year. A letter of intent has been signed between the Health Care Authority of the City of Anniston and the UAB Board of Directors.

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Ivey admin on Baldwin County beach bridge record suppression: Balance in public information necessary for ‘efficiently run government’

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office responded to a media request Tuesday concerning the legal battle between a toll bridge company and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).

Jefferson County Coroner says drug overdoses continue to rise despite resources

The Jefferson County Coroner is highly concerned about drug overdose, and he says while there is a homicide issue in the county, drug overdoses are much more common. He warns the impact is more far-reaching.

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Former WTVM sports broadcaster in legal battle after ‘life devastated’ by COVID vaccine mandate

It was in the fall of 2021 when WTVM Sports anchor Dave Platta was heading up a busy team at the beginning of football season. But on Sept. 15, 2021, it all came to an end when Platta was fired for “not complying with company policy” by refusing to get the COVID shot.

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Amtrak to test Gulf Coast route this week after 18 years of no passenger-rail service between Mobile and New Orleans

Amtrak will begin test routes between Mobile and New Orleans after the settlement of a long-running dispute between Amtrak, freight rail carriers and the Alabama Port Authority.

Ivey attempting to suppress communications between her office, ALDOT in Baldwin Co. bridge lawsuit discovery, says plaintiff

Less than a week after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed an executive order for transparency within state agencies, she filed a motion requesting to protect communications, including emails and text messages, between her office and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).

Report claims UAB made $12.1 billion impact on Alabama in 2022

UAB is the most significant single contributor to the Alabama economy and the leading generator of jobs, according to a new study by Tripp Umbach.

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What are Glock switches? Why are we hearing about them now? Law enforcement officials argue Alabama needs new law

Law enforcement officials across Alabama have seen an increase in illegal modifications on pistols for years, but the Glock switch modification has recently become a top concern. A Glock switch is a tiny device placed on a Glock semi-automatic pistol to make it function as a fully automatic firearm.

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