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UAB teaching public how to ‘Stop the Bleed’ by managing blood loss, as Birmingham closes off most violent year in modern history

The year 2022 was one of Birmingham's most violent years in modern history. The city closed off the year with 144 homicides, many of which were a result of shootings. Now, the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) is teaching the public how to help save someone who's been shot.

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Fun in Alabama: 5 Best Entertainment Stories of 2022

There are many things that put the "sweet" in "Sweet Home Alabama," but among them are the good times we enjoy with our friends and family in the state. Often overlooked by surrounding metro areas and cultural regions known for their unique music, food and entertainment industries like New Orleans, Nashville and Atlanta, it's easy for us to underappreciate the talent we have right here in Alabama.

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When can Christians break the law? Alabama pastors join 1819 News CEO Bryan Dawson to talk resistance to tyranny

1819 News CEO Bryan Dawson sat down with two Alabama ministers to figure out the answer to a question many conservative Christians have been asking in 2022: When is it OK to disobey the government?

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Alabama Secretary of State Merrill refers over 100 candidates to AG Marshall for failure to file campaign finance reports in time

The Alabama Secretary of State referred 113 candidates and political actions committees (PACs) to Attorney General’s Office for violating campaign finance rules, according to Secretary of State John Merrill.

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Violent Christmas season makes 2022 one of the deadliest years in Birmingham’s modern history

In Birmingham, 2022 was another year stained with blood. With a spree of holiday homicides, the city is set to close off one of the most violent years in recent history. 

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Anti-Christian violence on the rise in the U.S. — Five Alabama churches attacked since 2018

A new report from the Family Research Council (FRC) indicates that acts of hostility toward Christian churches in the United States are on the rise. 

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Omnibus bill sends $7.25 million in federal funds to four organizations in Jefferson County

Over $7 million from the new $1.7 trillion federal spending package is going to four projects in Jefferson County.

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Pipes freeze, causing flooding at the Alabama State House during Christmas temperature drop

Over the Christmas weekend, many Alabama buildings experienced plumbing issues following below-freezing temperatures that reached single digits. Among them was the home of the state legislature: the Alabama State House.

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Some Birmingham flights canceled during deadly winter storm, other flights delayed across the state

As Christmas vacationers depart Alabama airports, they could be faced with flight delays and cancelations due to the severe winter storm that carried extremely low temperatures and icy conditions to many areas of the United States this weekend.

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New Year’s Eve: 10 ways to welcome Alabama into 2023

The start of 2023 is coming this weekend, and if you’re not gathering with friends and family to count down the New Year at home, there are plenty of events throughout the state to attend. Here’s a list of 10 ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Alabama:

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Watch: KwikLetter creator Jim Hicks discusses app that allows users to send letters to government officials from phone

KwikLetter is an app that allows citizens to deliver printed letters to their public representatives right from their phones.

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NPR report finds Matrix paid ABC News reporter to use credentials to give unfavorable coverage to Florida foes

Less than a week after NPR claimed to discover financial connections between a consulting firm representing two Southern power companies and several statewide media outlets, a further report claims there are ties between the same firm and a reporter with ABC News.

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Birmingham Water Works to resume stoppage policy in February, urges customers to bring accounts current

After a year of billing issues and public outrage, the Birmingham Water Works will resume cutting off water to delinquent customers in February, the utility announced on Wednesday.

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106 years ago today: Alabama’s blind golfing legend Charley Boswell born in Birmingham

On an autumn day in 1970, former Crimson Tide football player and World War II veteran Charley Boswell miraculously scored a hole-in-one on the 17th course of the Vestavia Country Club. It just so happens that Boswell was blind.

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'Prisoner of Love': Movie about Casey White's and Vicky White’s escape from Alabama prison premieres on Tubi

The story of the prison break and consecutive nationwide manhunt for convicted murderer Casey White now has its first cinematic rendition less than a year after the incident.

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin addresses city’s near record-setting 140th homicide, pushes to ‘prevent the sale, access and ease’ of guns

In a press conference on Wednesday morning, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin addressed the latest life lost in the city, which has seen near record-breaking levels of violent crime this year.

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$6 million from DOJ going to Alabama public agencies, private nonprofits to aid victims of violent crime

Almost $6 million from the U.S. Department of Justice will go to several public and private organizations in Alabama to provide services for victims of violent crime.

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Facebook pauses construction of $1.5 billion data center expansion in Huntsville, potentially due to metaverse failures

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, announced the expansion of a data center in Huntsville earlier this year. Now, after construction has already started, the company is changing plans.

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NPR report finds Alabama Power, Matrix connections to statewide news sites Yellowhammer, Alabama Political Reporter

An investigation conducted by several reporters with NPR claims to have discovered financial connections between a consulting firm representing Alabama Power and several statewide media outlets, including Alabama Political Reporter and Yellowhammer.

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151 years ago today: Birmingham officially becomes a city

Alabama’s largest metro area, Birmingham, was officially incorporated by the Alabama Legislature on this day in 1871.

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Birmingham Water Works to spend $73 million on infrastructure projects after 2023 rate hike, $2 million on Lake Purdy Dam

The Birmingham Water Works is spending almost $73 million next year on infrastructure projects, including a $2 million improvement to the Lake Purdy Dam.

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More child labor found in auto part manufacturers across the state

Another report alleges to have discovered child labor in even more car part factories in the state.

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Body found in burned-down abandoned Fairfield house yet to be named

A body was found in an abandoned house in Fairfield Tuesday evening by firefighters responding to a fire at the home.

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ADOC, local officials raid Monroe County high schools with drug dogs, find no trace of illicit substances

Several state and local law enforcement agencies participated in drug sweeps at two Monroe County high schools on Wednesday, only to find no trace of illicit substances.

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Toxicology report confirms deceased Selma High Student had hydrocodone and fentanyl in his system

The Selma High School student who passed away in the school’s cafeteria had two opioids in his system, including fentanyl, according to a toxicology report released by Selma officials.

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State sending nearly $50 million in grants to local agencies to help low-income households with rising utility costs

The state will be sending almost $50 million to low-income households this winter and next summer to help with increasingly unmanageable utility costs.

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House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter announces intentions for eight more committee chair positions

Republic Caucus nominee for Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) announced eight more state representatives he intends to appoint to committee chairs if he is elected in January.

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