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FBI looks for friends, relatives of Alabama man in case of unidentified victim of Long Island serial killer

Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are looking for relatives of a long-deceased man who they think might help them solve the case of a New York serial killer.

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Audio recording shows Birmingham Water Works warned of billing issues in December

A former Birmingham Water Works employee released an audio recording of herself warning general manager Michael Johnson of potential billing issues in December.

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Autopsy reports inconclusive about cause, manner of death of girl found in shallow grave in Springville

Authorities still have questions following the results of an autopsy report performed on the body of a missing Florida woman who was found in a shallow grave in St. Clair County in April. 

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Court order obtained against Hyundai and Kia auto parts manufacturer for child labor violations

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) obtained a federal court order against a Hyundai and Kia auto parts manufacturer in Alabama on Tuesday, claiming the company is violating child labor laws. 

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Merrill predicts voter turnout as high as 50%, feeling good about Republicans in November

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he predicts voter turnout will be between 45% to 50% of registered voters for the general election in November, which would total around 1.64 million to 1.84 million people voting in the state.

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Attorney hired in case of Elmore inmate beating on top of prison chapel

An Alabama inmate who claims to have been assaulted by a prison guard has retained attorneys for his case against the officer.

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Local resident urges archeologists to investigate land feature, discovers 1,400-year-old canal in Gulf Shores

A coastal Alabama resident urged researchers to examine a strange landscape feature near Mobile Bay. They found a 1,400-year-old canal.

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‘Let’s do this publicly’: Orange Beach mayor challenges Gulf Shores mayor to town hall over toll bridge dispute

Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon said he wants to speak with Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft publicly over disputes surrounding the Alabama Department of Transportation’s (ALDOT) proposed alternative to the Foley Beach Express toll bridge.

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Audit finds Birmingham school failed to document over $300K, former CEO relieved of charges

A recent state audit report found that a Birmingham charter school misspent or failed to document more than $300,000 in funds over the course of two years.

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Out-of-state police department recruiting in Birmingham, offering higher salaries for cops

A law enforcement agency from another state is attempting to hire officers away from the Birmingham area.

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Lawsuit over COVID unemployment overpayments appealed to Alabama Supreme Court

A lawsuit against Alabama Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington over the handling of COVID-19 unemployment benefits is now being appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court after it was dismissed in August.

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'Most dangerous drug on the streets': Alabama doctors discuss fentanyl crisis

Alabama doctors went live on Facebook Wednesday night to discuss the dangers of fentanyl amidst a recent surge in overdose deaths.

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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.

James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant. Photo from Wikipedia.
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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