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CTE programs improving and expanding in Alabama; Students able to start careers out of high school

The Alabama State Department of Education’s Career Tech Education (CTE) and Workforce Development programs are growing and those in charge of the programs are hoping that growth will continue.

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10-year-old Saraland girl to undergo brain surgery for rare neurological disease

A south Alabama child is preparing to undergo surgery to remove the entire left side of her brain after she was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease nearly four years ago.

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Amicus brief filed in support of Eagle Forum's rights after federal government subpoenas group for 'Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act' docs

Several organizations and individuals from across the United States have filed an amicus brief supporting a motion to quash after the Department of Justice subpoenaed a conservative interest group in Alabama.

Blount County Sheriff's Office. Photo: Erica Thomas.
Child dies after being left in hot car outside of daycare in Blount County

The Oneonta Police Department, the Blount County Sheriff's Office, Blount County DHR and the Blount County District Attorney's Office are investigating after a child was found dead in a hot car.

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Alabama veterans captured by Russian forces released

One hundred and five days after being captured by Russian forces in Ukraine, two military veterans have been released.

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New details: Coosa County deputy had ride-a-long civilian during shooting; children jumped from window to escape

A Sylacauga man accused of shooting at a deputy in Coosa County has been transferred to the Clay County Jail, and new details have been revealed in court documents.

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ALEA Troopers to be placed at railroad crossings statewide as part of 'Operation Clear Track'

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is raising awareness of railroad crossing safety as part of a national initiative called Operation Clear Track.

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East Limestone High School coach arrested over claims of inappropriate relationship with student

A 25-year-old teacher and coach at East Limestone High School is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

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Cullman man shot at car dealership in Louisiana

A man from Cullman was shot and killed Friday by his co-worker at a Louisiana car dealership, according to police.

Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon. Photo: Erica Thomas.
Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon: Fidelity to God and the U.S. Constitution

Faith. Family. Freedom. That’s how Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon lives his life. Here is his story.

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3 wanted by Montgomery PD in connection to double shooting that left 1 dead

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers is offering a minimum of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a double shooting that left one victim dead.

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Trussville student with autism collecting teddy bears for law enforcement

George Odell is collecting teddy bears and is getting a large response from his community in Trussville.

Michael Hosey
'He loved America, he loved his country' – Legacy of fallen war hero from Alabama honored 11 years later

Michael W. Hosey was only 27 years old when his life was taken in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on Sept. 17, 2011. Here is his story.

Jefferson County Board of Education
Jefferson County School Board's Dixon blames 2012 law for board's inability to respond to community concerns

A bill signed into law in 2012 that was meant to establish the responsibilities and actions of school board members, is now in question after the lack of power of school board members became evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jared Hudson touts God, Constitution in Jefferson County Sheriff bid

Jefferson County Republican candidate for sheriff Jared Hudson is on a mission. A mission to uphold the Constitution and protect the people. It seems like a tough mission, but missions are nothing new to this 37-year-old husband and father of three girls.

Jefferson County Police Department by Erica Thomas
Court docs reveal now-former Jefferson County sheriff's deputy arrested in prostitution sting

Jerrod Moore, 26, of Hoover, is charged with promoting prostitution and soliciting prostitution after detectives said they caught him red-handed.

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Counties claim loss in revenue from permitless 'constitutional' carry months before law takes effect

County leaders across the state are claiming they are already seeing a decrease in funding due to a bill that was passed in this year’s legislative session, that allows for Constitutional carry in the state. However, the law hasn’t gone into effect yet, so others are questioning those claims.

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Alabama could be ready for new 'gas' method of execution by next week

State officials said this week nitrogen hypoxia method for executions could be ready for the next execution, which is scheduled for Sept. 22.

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$92 million investments to create jobs in the Wiregrass

One of the largest industrial investments in the history of the southeast Alabama region is taking place in Houston County.

Teddy Gentry
Founding member of Ft. Payne supergroup Alabama Teddy Gentry arrested on drug charge in Cherokee County

Teddy Wayne Gentry, 70, of Fort Payne, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana second-degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Residents concerned about development near tributary to Black Warrior River in west Jefferson County

In west Jefferson County sits a tributary to one of the area’s largest sources of drinking water. After heavy rains, commercial development in the area is taking a toll on the water source, according to concerned citizens.

HUNTSVILLE DRUGS
North Alabama drug task force takes nearly $3 million worth of drugs off street

A Huntsville man is being held on $2 million in bonds after being arrested in a drug trafficking investigation that spanned several states.

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Dogs rescued from roof of downtown Birmingham doggy day care after fumes caused breathing difficulties

Dogs were rescued from the roof by firefighters using ladder trucks after the building had to be evacuated.

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Alabama EMAs observing 'National Preparedness Month' in hopes that residents have a plan

This month is Nation Preparedness Month and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (EMA), along with local EMA services are taking the opportunity to spread the word about how to be prepared for emergency situations.

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Judge dismisses case questioning integrity of Alabama's voting machines

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin dismissed a lawsuit seeking to prohibit the use of electronic voting machines, claiming the machines made elections “unsecure and fatally compromised.”

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Despite struggles to justify existence, Alabama ABC Board insists it protects 'the general public’s health, safety and welfare'

If you’re looking to wet your whistle, you might want to watch those prices at your local liquor store. When the state is involved in private business, prices can vary from location to location.

The World Games
Jefferson County EMA director: World Games offered invaluable training of first responders, emergency management

The World Games in Birmingham was not as much of a success as organizers hoped it would’ve been, but there were some invaluable aspects when it came to emergency training leading up to the event.

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