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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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This day in Alabama history: Country music legend Hank Williams born in Butler County

On September 17, 1923, country music star Hiram “Hank” Williams was born in Butler County. 

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10 best golf courses in Alabama

Early fall is the perfect time of year to get out, tee up and play a round of golf.

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City attorney: Birmingham Water Works Board chair not allowed to rescind resignation

Birmingham Water Works Board chairman Chris Rice might not be allowed to rescind his resignation, according to a letter from a city attorney on Thursday.

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Watching from above: Which police departments are using surveillance drones?

Aerial drones have become a popular tool for police departments across the country over the past five years.

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Birmingham to begin new $40 million ‘Xpress’ bus service next week, meant to launch before World Games

The City of Birmingham was set to launch its new Xpress bus line during the World Games in July but didn’t have it ready in time. It will now be launching next week. 

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Birmingham Water Works Board chair tries to reverse resignation in letter to Mayor Woodfin

Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) chairman Chris Rice withdrew his resignation Wednesday, less than a week after filing it with the utility company, according to reports.

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SPLC forms PACs to promote left-wing candidates in the South

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Action Fund announced the creation of two political action committees (PACs) to prop up progressive candidates in the South.

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Mo Brooks lashes out at Steve Bannon, Katie Britt over Ukraine aid

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks took to Twitter on Tuesday to speak out against Republican Senate nominee Katie Britt and former White House advisor Steve Bannon for what Brooks said were past attacks against him for voting to support Ukraine with federal dollars.

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Only 38% of University of Alabama freshman enrollment from Alabama; Less than half undergrad students in-state

The University of Alabama (UA) reported a record-breaking freshman class on Monday, totaling 8,037 students, only 37% of whom are from Alabama.

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How many Alabama workers work in the public sector?

Government workers make up approximately 17% of the workers in Alabama, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

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Auburn ranked highest among Alabama universities, top 100 in the nation; UAB, UA tied for No. 137

Auburn University was ranked the highest among universities in Alabama this year by U.S. News.

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BlackRock responds to AG Steve Marshall, other conservative AGs over ESG criticism

BlackRock responded to the attorney generals of some conservative states on Wednesday, defending its stance on ESG investing.

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Alabama laughs: Meet soldier, stutterer and comedian Jody Fuller

Opelika native, Auburn Tiger fan and lifelong stutterer Jody Fuller has not only written multiple books and served four tours in the military, but he makes people laugh too.

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10 best Alabama-made craft beers to drink this fall

Fall in Alabama means Saturday tailgating, bonfires and good times with friends and family. Take it upon yourself to (responsibly) crack open a cold one made right here in our own state. For your convenience, here are eight of the best beers brewed in Alabama:

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'It is what it is': Jefferson County Commission votes to give $4M in ARPA money to bail out beleaguered Birmingham World Games

The Jefferson County Commission will be forking up $4 million to the World Games 2022 to help address the organization’s $14 million debt. 

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