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Former NFL quarterback, Heisman finalist Ryan Leaf speaks about opioid addiction and mental health at VitAL summit

Former NFL quarterback and 1997 Heisman Trophy finalist Ryan Leaf spoke at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook on Thursday about his struggle with opioid addiction. 

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle sold out show in Birmingham: ‘It was fair game’

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin joined "Alabama’s Morning News with JT" on Thursday to discuss controversial comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who performed at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center on Wednesday night.

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Tuberville on Project Veritas Pfizer video: Companies that receive taxpayer dollars shouldn’t play ‘dangerous games’ with gain-of-function research

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) took to Twitter on Friday morning to address the recent undercover video from Project Veritas in which an alleged Pfizer employee discusses the possibility of the pharmaceutical company mutating the COVID-19 virus to create new vaccines.

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AG Steve Marshall: $276 million opioid settlement should go toward solving addiction

As a result of the settlements, Alabama has been rewarded $276 million. 

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UAB Medicine opens facility for people who lost taste and smell due to COVID

Birmingham has a new resource for people who have lost their ability to taste and smell. University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Medicine launched its first-of-its-kind Comprehensive Smell and Taste Clinic on Monday to treat patients who haven’t been able to taste or smell since they became infected with COVID-19.

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Birmingham City Council approves consulting agreement with Bill Gates-funded Aspen Institute to address violence problem

The city will pay $275,000 for the non-profit to compile criminal justice-related statistics from neighborhoods in Birmingham and Jefferson County.

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Teacher passes away at Mortimer Jordan High School; Class canceled for the day

Jefferson County School System administrators canceled school on Wednesday after a teacher died on a high school campus early Wednesday morning. 

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Jefferson County opioid, fentanyl overdose deaths soar in 2022, exceeds record violent death toll

Violent crime isn’t the only thing taking lives in Jefferson County. According to a new report from WBHM, overdose deaths exceeded homicides and vehicle-related deaths in Jefferson County in 2022 and Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said that he doesn’t see it slowing down.

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Secretary of State Wes Allen: Reasons for withdrawing from ERIC 'conveniently not mentioned' in Politico hit piece

Left-leaning media outlet Politico criticized Alabama’s new Secretary of State Wes Allen for pulling out of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which it called “a genuine bipartisan success story.”

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Alabama wins federal case challenging Biden administration ban on state tax cuts

A federal court ruled in favor of Alabama in a dispute against the U.S. Department of Treasury over a provision in the Biden Administration’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) that would have punished states for cutting taxes.

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Study claims World Games had $165 million economic impact — Only $11.7 million 'direct' impact

Experts predicted this past summer's World Games in Birmingham to have an economic impact of $256.5 million. However, according to a new study, the actual impact was much lower than expected.

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Leftists blast Birmingham’s 'micro-shelter' plan; Critics call shelter communities ‘concentration camps’

Left-wing national media outlet Vice released a story on Thursday morning that cited staunch critics of liberal Democrat and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s new “micro-shelter” program, which he suggests will help solve the homelessness problem in the city. 

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Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer: Racism in Alabama 'wasn't a part of my history' — Experienced more racism in California

Alabama native, Auburn University graduate and award-winning actress Octavia Spencer said that she’s experienced more racism in Los Angeles than she did growing up in the South.

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U.S. Rep. Rogers urges White House to ‘approve without delay’ missile system to Ukraine manufactured by his largest campaign donor

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) wants President Joe Biden to send more weapons to Ukraine, including a missile system that happens to be manufactured by his largest campaign contributor. 

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Opelika police identify remains of young girl who was murdered around 2010

Law enforcement finally identified the remains of a little girl whose body was found at a trailer park in 2012 and made two arrests related to the case.

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90% of parole hearings resulted in denials for Alabama inmates in FY 2022 — AG Marshall: Rate 'rightfully' reflects violent inmate population

State officials in Alabama rejected parole for 90% of eligible inmates last fiscal year, according to reports released by the Alabama Bureau of Pardons & Paroles (ABPP).

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Alabama Center for Law and Liberty joins Alliance Defending Freedom in lawsuit over UAH campus speech policy

The Center for Law and Liberty is teaming up with the conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom to battle a free speech policy at the University of Alabama Huntsville that some have deemed a violation of the Alabama Constitution.

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Woodfin addresses violent crime epidemic, exhibition driving in 2023 ‘State of the City’ address

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin addressed his city’s crime problem in his “State of the City Address” at the Kiwanis Club luncheon at the Harbet Center on Tuesday morning.

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University of Alabama modeling helps law enforcement crack down on human trafficking

Computer modeling developed by one University of Alabama (UA) research team to combat sex trafficking has led to more than 100 arrests in West Alabama over the last year.

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Alabama AG Steve Marshall joins coalition condemning FDA for decision to lift restrictions on abortion pills

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined a group of 22 attorneys general in a letter to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to condemn its recent decision to abandon restrictions surrounding certain pills used in abortions.

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Former ‘American Idol’ contestant C.J. Harris dead of apparent heart attack in Walker County

Former “American Idol” contestant C.J. Harris, 31, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on Saturday in his hometown of Jasper.

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Airgas: Death penalty ‘not consistent’ with company values, will not supply gas for Alabama executions

A prominent Pennsylvania-based gas supplier says it won’t be helping the Alabama Department of Corrections execute death-row inmates by nitrogen hypoxia.

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U.S. Rep. Barry Moore on Biden classified documents: 'Why aren’t they kicking down the White House doors?'

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) took to Twitter to criticize the investigation into President Joe Biden after lawyers found several classified documents over the last three months in the president’s former office and Deleware home.

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Over $40 million in gas tax revenue disbursed to road and bridge projects around the state

The State of Alabama dispersed over $40 million to road and bridge projects around the state this week.

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Alabama Supreme Court changes rule to allow Ivey to set timeframe for execution warrants

The Alabama Supreme Court brought about a rule change on Thursday that will allow the governor to set a time frame for execution warrants in the state. 

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Birmingham’s ‘Country Boy Eddie’ passes away ‘peacefully in his home’ at 92

Longtime host of the Country Boy Eddie Show on WBRC FOX6 Gordon Edward Burns has passed away at the age of 92, according to reports.

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Birmingham Water Works Board elects former Democratic State House candidate as chairwoman

The Birmingham Water Works Board elected former Democratic candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives Tereshia Huffman as its new chairwoman on Wednesday, following a hectic 2022 for the utility.

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