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Catholic pro-life prayer initiative seeks closure of Birmingham’s Planned Parenthood mega facility

Pro-life Catholic organization American Life League’s (ALL) Marian Blue Wave prayer initiative will be leading prayer for the closure of a 10,000-square-foot Planned Parenthood facility throughout October. 

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Barry Moore aide indicted for insurance fraud, placed on administrative leave

A congressional aide at the Dothan office of U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) was placed on administrative leave after she was jailed Monday on charges of insurance fraud, according to reports.

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ADOC: Inmate worker strikes dwindle, partial work returns to most prisons

The inmate workers at 10 out of the 15 major Alabama prisons have ended their strike and returned to work, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

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Wall Street Journal editorial board weighs in on Alabama redistricting case

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Editorial Board weighed in on Merrill v. Milligan, the case going before the Supreme Court on Tuesday that involves Alabama’s recent redrawing of its congressional districts.

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Opioid overdoses: How does Alabama compare to other states?

Opioid overdoses topped the list of leading causes of death in the U.S., surpassing vehicular-related death, in 2019 ... But where does Alabama stand in the opioid epidemic?

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10 historic churches in Alabama from each denomination

According to a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center, Alabama is tied with Mississippi for the most religious state in the country. The most popular religion by far in Alabama is Christianity, particularly Evangelical Protestantism. Alabama is also home to a handful of other Christian denominations, including Catholics, Mainline Protestants and even Eastern Orthodox Christians. It's no surprise that churches play a big role in our history, culture and way of life. Here are 10 historic churches from each major denomination:

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Alabama Music Spotlight: The Joe Cagle Band

Inspired by jam icons Dave Matthews and the Grateful Dead, the Joe Cagle Band’s namesake, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Joe Cagle called his band “a fusion of country, rock and jazz.”

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Embattled Birmingham Water Works considers rate hike, spending more on public relations amid controversy

The Birmingham Water Works may be raising rates again for an average of 8.3% for 2023 to fund a $128 million budget, part of which will be used to pay for new public relations (PR) positions. 

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Alabama inmates on strike give list of 'absurd' demands

Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Jay Town took to Twitter on Tuesday to address eight demands of Alabama prison workers who started striking on Monday morning.

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Birmingham correctional officer arrested, charged with assault of inmate

The Birmingham Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division arrested a BPD correctional officer on Sunday who it believes assaulted an inmate.

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ADOC: Inmate in viral post chose not to receive health care

Amidst a plethora of other problems for Alabama prisons, a Facebook post from last week showed a man in one Alabama prison in extremely poor health, causing backlash from the public. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) said the man denied his own medical treatment.

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Left-wing eco-terrorists take responsibility for vandalizing Mountain Brook home over construction of Atlanta police facility

Vandals targeted an Alabama construction company executive’s home in Mountain Brook last week, apparently because the company was hired to build a police training facility in a forested area near Atlanta.

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Environmental groups sue Alabama Power over coal ash in Mobile River floodplain

Environmental groups are suing Alabama Power over the storing of coal ash on the banks of the Mobile River.

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UAB study: Type 2 diabetes diagnosis almost doubled among kids during pandemic

The rate of new Type 2 diabetes cases almost doubled among children in Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study conducted by UAB.

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Alabama prisons faced with inmate work strikes around the state

Inmates at all major Alabama prisons are refusing to work.

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Alabama watches as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida — How to prepare

Hurricane Ian is expected to impact East Alabama, per the latest updates.

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Birmingham Police: Male shot after pointing gun at officer

Police said a Birmingham Police Department (BPD) officer shot an armed man on Saturday while responding to a call on the city's west side.

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Which of the top 10 Alabama high schools spend the most on students and impose highest property taxes?

Alabama is home to 565 public high schools, each ranging from under 400 students to almost 3,000.

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Opelika author's debut novel features Alabama charm and Southern style

Opelika native, former real estate agent and Dothan elementary Spanish teacher Anessa Sewell Kent is about to release her debut novel, “The Bitter and the Sweet,” a Character-driven historical fiction drama set in 20th-century Alabama.

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Report: ADOC officer placed on leave after caught on camera beating inmate, has a record of potential abuses

An Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) correctional officer was placed on leave after what reports say was potentially a fight with an inmate.

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Pew Research Center: Christians will be minority within decades – Alabama faith leader responds

America was founded on Christian principals, but the number of people practicing Christianity may soon fall into the minority if current trends continue.

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State Rep. Garrett: 'Unsure' of what to do about loss of gas tax revenue if electric vehicles are adopted

State Rep. Danny Garrett said Thursday that he is “unsure” of what the state should do in response to the loss of gas tax revenue that would likely come with a transition to electric vehicles (EV). 

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Blount County switching ambulance services amidst ongoing EMT shortage

Blount County is switching ambulance contracts after experiencing issues getting ambulances to arrive on time to emergencies.

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Crackdown: Tuscaloosa threatens business owners with arrest for defying city's 'zero tolerance' overcrowding policy

A city attorney in Tuscaloosa recently told businesses to get a grip on the overcrowding issues brought about by Crimson Tide football season or the police would begin making arrests. 

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The Water Board bureaucracy: How does the Birmingham Water Works Board work?

The Birmingham Water Works currently serves over 600,000 Alabamians in Birmingham and five surrounding counties. It’s the largest water system in Alabama and has largely been the center of controversy in the city over the summer.

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Judge declares mistrial in case of teen accused of killing parents, 3 siblings

A Limestone County judge declared a mistrial on Monday in the case of Mason Wayne Sisk, who is accused of killing five of his family members in 2019. 

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Crime Stoppers chairman gives $10 million to UAB, hopes to reduce crime and grow the economy

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) received a total of $10 million on Monday to reduce crime and drive economic growth in Birmingham.

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