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Nearly 200 north Alabama churches leave United Methodist Church over disputes between traditional Christians, progressives

Nearly 200 Alabama churches officially seceded from the United Methodist Church (UMC) last weekend following years of conflict over social and theological issues.

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Birmingham Police Department offering new recruits $5,000 signing bonus

The Birmingham Police Department (BPD) announced Monday that it will offer new recruits $5,000.

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Five-year old, 15 others injured after car doing donuts in Birmingham causes crash

A five-year-old boy and 15 other people were injured on Friday night after a car hit other cars as well as a crowd of people after doing doughnuts in the middle of a street in Birmingham.

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AG Steve Marshall files motion to be made plaintiff in lawsuit alleging mismanagement of trust funds by Ethics Commission members

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed a motion to become a plaintiff in a lawsuit accusing board members of a trust fund of scheming to pay for the college tuition of Alabama Ethics Commission members’ children.

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Birmingham City Council approves $41 million in federal funds for variety of projects

The Birmingham City Council has approved $41 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for various projects around the city.

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Alabama Music Spotlight: The Backseat Drivers

When Mobile’s southern rock and jam band, The Backseat Drivers, recorded their first album in 2021, they were in high school. Though life has gone on after graduation, they still manage to find the time to play together.

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National database reveals Alabama has seventh-highest non-fatal opioid overdose rate

New data from the White House shows Alabama has one of the highest nonfatal opioid overdose (NOO) rates in the country.

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County Commissions association seeks to recoup lost pistol permit revenue from state

The Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) said it will prioritize getting money back from the state due to the passage of the permitless carry law.

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Police confiscate and destroy explosive device in Auburn

Law enforcement officers on Wednesday successfully confiscated and destroyed an explosive device in Auburn.

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H2O Foundation: Media reports of Birmingham nonprofit running out of money are false

Media outlets reported on Tuesday that a nonprofit created by Birmingham Water Works to help customers pay their water bills ran out of money. Now, the organization is saying that the story is incorrect.

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Birmingham City Council puts forth almost $4 million for Carraway Hospital demolition, amends agreement with real estate company to fund development

The Birmingham City Council approved nearly $4 million to continue the demolition of the former Carraway Hospital and signed a new agreement to spend millions developing the property.

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Barry Moore joins fellow Republicans calling for resignation of 'non-binary drag queen' Department of Energy employee charged with felony theft

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) joined a group of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday to call for the resignation of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) employee who also happens to be a non-binary drag queen charged with stealing luggage worth over $2,000 from an airport.

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Alabama’s enhanced driver’s license program, ‘STAR ID,’ enforcement delayed to 2025

Residents of Alabama now have an extra two years to obtain their STAR ID driver’s licenses, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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DOJ, Alabama reach settlement to lift restriction on alcohol, drug use for Medicaid recipients with Hepatitis C seeking coverage for meds

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) secured a settlement on Tuesday with Alabama Medicaid to reverse its requirement for Medicaid recipients with Hepatitis C (HCV) to abstain from alcohol or illegal drugs to receive coverage for HCV medication.

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Birmingham Police Department officer arrested, charged with domestic assault

A law enforcement officer turned himself into Jefferson County Jail on Sunday following a domestic assault investigation.

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Father of deceased Selma High student charges school was slow to respond to possible fentanyl overdose; School denies claims

The father of the Selma High School sophomore who passed away in the school lunchroom accused the school on Thursday of not responding until it was too late and failing to notify him of the incident. However, the school denied these claims were true.

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Montgomery man sentenced for using heroin, violence and embarrassing information to coerce women into prostitution

A Montgomery man was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Friday for forcing five individuals into prostitution, including one minor.

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108 machines, over $13,000 seized from five gambling halls in Etowah County

Deputies with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) seized 108 machines and over $13,000 from five gambling halls in the area on Thursday.

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U.S. Rep. Moore joins amicus brief urging court to affirm decision to vacate CDC mask mandate

U.S. Rep Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) has signed onto an amicus brief in a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control over COVID-19 mask mandates.

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Embattled Birmingham Water Works Board votes to raise rates by 3.9% for the second year in a row

The Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) voted on Wednesday to raise rates for customers, despite a year of turmoil and public controversy surrounding the utility.

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How were Black Friday sales in Alabama?

Last Friday was Black Friday, perhaps the most important day of the year for retailers when holiday shoppers kick off their Christmas-shopping season by flocking early to local retail centers to partake in special sales and deals.

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68 years ago today: Alabama woman becomes only person ever to be struck by a meteorite

On the afternoon of November 30, 1954, Ann Hodges laid down on her couch in Sylacauga to take a nap. She woke up that afternoon to a loud noise and a sharp pain in her upper thigh.

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Storms take two lives in Alabama, cause more property damage and injuries

At least two lives were lost early Wednesday morning due to a tornado that hit the Flatwood area near Montgomery.

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Mercedes-Benz Marathon to host final race in Birmingham, ending 21-year tradition due to increased cost, lack of support

The Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend announced Monday afternoon that its event weekend planned for February 2023 will be its last. 

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Tuscaloosa County residents to vote on property tax increase in early 2023

Residents of Tuscaloosa County will be voting in a referendum on Valentine’s Day 2023 to determine whether or not they will increase property taxes for the county school system.

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Why are Shelby County officials mostly silent about the proposed Oak Mountain Amphitheatre move?

Over a month after news broke of a potential deal that would move Pelham's Oak Mountain Amphitheatre to North Birmingham, most Shelby County officials remain silent.

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Lifeline: Pro-life Christian organization helps broken and struggling families

Herbie Newell was recently in Kansas, meeting with a real estate agent about a piece of property. When the man asked him what he did for a living, Newell told him.

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