Rise to the moment of truth Thursday, February 2, 2023

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Rock the South extends to three days for 2023, lineup to drop next week

One of Alabama’s most popular music festivals will now be three days long.

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Total lunar eclipse visible early Tuesday morning

A total lunar eclipse will be visible in the early morning hours on Tuesday in parts of Alabama.

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Former Vestavia Hills student caught squatting in multiple Stanford dorms

A former Vestavia Hills High School student was caught squatting in dormitories at Stanford University after pretending to be a student for over a year.

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University of Alabama rakes in record $160 million from federal government for sponsored projects, more from other sponsors

In fiscal year 2022, the University of Alabama received $211.4 million in sponsored awards, $159.5 million of which were from the federal government.

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Tourism Department, BJCC agree to help fund Oak Mountain Amphitheatre move

Both the Alabama Tourism Department (ATD) and the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC) have agreed to help bring Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheater to North Birmingham. 

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Woodfin, Birmingham-area legislators back bills for more penalties against ‘exhibition driving’

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and a handful of state legislators announced their intention on Tuesday morning to back a bill in the upcoming legislative session in spring 2023, which seeks to impose higher penalties on reckless driving activities. 

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State Sen. Jabo Waggoner support for Oak Mountain Amphitheatre move from Pelham to Birmingham poses possible conflict of interest

State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) is placing his support toward moving Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre out of Shelby County and into Jefferson County.

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Birmingham to spend at least $2 million on ‘family fun center’ construction

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced on Monday that the city will be constructing a “family fun center” in West Birmingham.

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University of Alabama: SCOTUS decision on affirmative action would 'not impact' admissions policy

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is hearing arguments Monday in favor of and against affirmative action policies, which make race a factor in admissions to both public and private universities.

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Remains found in Coosa River in January identified as man missing for nearly 40 years

The Gadsden Police Department (GPD), with the help of the FBI, identified remains found in the Coosa River in Gadsden in January as a man who went missing nearly 40 years ago.

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UAB receives $4.3 million from NIAID for new equipment to help with ‘high-containment research’

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB)’s Department of Pathology received a $4.4 million grant for scientific equipment from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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UA doctoral students offer money to students attending Matt Walsh event for participation in survey about white supremacy, homophobia and extremism

During Thursday’s Young Americans for Freedom event at the University of Alabama, attended by conservative commentator Matt Walsh, a UA doctoral student offered students waiting in line money to complete a survey that probed them about their associations with extremist groups.

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‘There’s nothing to fight for aside from the truth’: Matt Walsh speaks to students at University of Alabama

Podcast host and conservative commentator Matt Walsh spoke at the University of Alabama (UA) Thursday night about his new documentary “What is a Woman?” which questions the logic of the gender ideology movement. 

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Capstone Free Press seeks to offer University of Alabama students an alternative to left-wing Crimson White

For over a century, the student-run campus newspaper, The Crimson White, has informed University of Alabama (UA) students about campus events. But now, many conservative students are turning to a new outlet to receive campus news.

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Grandview Medical Center employee under investigation for sexual assault

An employee at Grandview Medical Center is being investigated after he was accused of sexual assault.

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Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau moves forward with Oak Mountain Amphitheater relocation

The Oak Mountain Amphitheater is one step closer to moving to Birmingham.

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Hyundai to drop relationship with suppliers over child labor allegations

Hyundai will likely drop two auto parts manufacturers in Alabama who were accused of using child labor.

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1819 News Reporter Will Blakely talks NAEP scores on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Reporter Will Blakely on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss the recently released NAEP scores and a ranking of Alabama cities based on a cost of living/crime rate ratio.

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No significant improvement in Alabama’s math scores since 2019, other states all below in rankings

Alabama’s fourth and eighth-grade mathematics scores have lacked improvement since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in its 2022 Nation’s Report Card released on Monday.

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ALDOT responds to lawsuit from Baldwin County toll bridge company — Will 'only exacerbate the traffic problems'

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) responded to the lawsuit filed against them by the Baldwin County Bridge Company (BCBC) over a debacle surrounding Orange Beach’s Foley Beach Express and the new Intercoastal Waterway project. 

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Cost of living: Which of Alabama's most affordable cities have the least crime?

Alabama is known for its low cost of living compared to other states, but in some cities, that can come at the expense of higher crime.

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Adderall shortage: Alabama kids among the most heavily medicated in the country

The Food and Drug Administration announced a shortage of the drug Adderall earlier this month. But what impact does this have on Alabama?

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Owners of Orange Beach toll bridge sue ALDOT – Claim agency's director John Cooper attempting to destroy business

The owners of the Foley Beach Bypass toll bridge are suing the Alabama Department of Transportation after the state agency introduced plans to build a new toll-free bridge nearby.

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Department of Energy grants $117M to company planning EV battery factory in North Alabama

The U.S. Department of Energy is sending $117 million to a planned electric vehicle battery plant in Colbert County.

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'Like being married for 25 years, and you find out on TV that your wife wants a divorce': Pelham Mayor Gary Waters talks potential Oak Mountain Amphitheatre move

Pelham Mayor Gary W. Waters spoke to 1819 News on Thursday about the proposal brought before the Jefferson County Commission to replace Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre with a new facility in Birmingham.

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Jefferson County judge who tried ruling the death penalty unconstitutional convicted again for failing to comply with previous sanction

A Jefferson County judge was convicted Tuesday of violating ethics rules by failing to return to work without pay following a previous conviction.

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Oak Mountain Amphitheatre may leave Shelby County; Asks millions from Jefferson County, Birmingham

For the last three-and-a-half decades, Pelham's Oak Mountain Amphitheatre has been a staple of North Shelby County and holds the distinction of being the biggest outdoor music venue in Alabama. But it might be moving to Birmingham, according to a proposed project that could cost up to $50 million.

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