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Record high inflation on energy leads to higher gas prices, utility bills in Alabama

While prices are up across the board, the price of energy is seeing the greatest increase. This is resulting in higher prices at the gas pump, higher monthly power bills and higher natural gas bills for many Alabama families.

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What are teachers in Alabama paid in each school district?

As school districts across Alabama struggle with finding enough teachers for the upcoming school year, administrators are hoping the state’s new teacher pay raises will help fill jobs.

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Is using hot sauce to punish day care children a criminal act?

“This is disturbing,” said Barry Matson, Executive Director of Alabama District Attorney’s Association. “It needs investigating. And it needs to be looked into. And if the elements of the offense are there, then I feel confident in the law enforcement of Jefferson County and the DA’s office going forward.”

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Hoover pastor confirms children punished with hot sauce at church day care; another mother comes forward

"It turns out that for some time - years if not decades - our day school has had a practice when a child bites another child, or when a child misbehaves, they have hot sauce put on their tongues,” Bassham said. “This practice has stopped. It will never be done again.”

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Alabama Board of Education approves temporary teacher certification changes to combat teacher shortage

School administrators will have more teacher applicants to consider for the upcoming school year, after a vote by the Alabama Board of Education to change the requirements needed to obtain teacher certification. Tuesday’s vote came as many school districts across Alabama are struggling to find qualified applicants to fill vacant positions.

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Alabama day care accused of using hot sauce on children as punishment

Heather Willoughby was stunned when her daughter told her that teachers at her day care were giving hot sauce to babies as punishment. “The idea of someone that she’s supposed to be able to trust as her caregiver putting something like that to cause her pain, that’s absolutely horrifying,” Willoughby told 1819 News.

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Alabama considers more certification changes to combat teacher shortage

Superintendents struggling to fill teaching positions before the new year might be able to consider a new group of applicants, under a proposal being discussed by the Alabama Board of Education (ALBOE). The ALBOE is expected to vote as early as this month on a proposal that would lower the scores needed to pass the Praxis teacher qualification tests, which are needed in the most common route to teacher certification in Alabama.

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Education budget increases funding for 2023, but state formula calls for fewer teachers than previous years

Many school districts across Alabama are working to find funding to keep teaching positions that will no longer be funded by the state in the upcoming school year.

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Garbage bills to rise by 65% in Jefferson County, as local governments across Alabama struggle with inflation

Jefferson County families will see a 65% increase in their quarterly garbage bills, under an emergency contract amendment with AmWaste approved on Thursday. The Jefferson County Commission’s vote comes as cities and counties across Alabama are seeing major increases in the cost of garbage collection.

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Alabama GOP Steering Committee sought clarification from Britt over Doug Jones claim

The Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee sought out answers from Katie Britt’s campaign after a statement was made over the weekend, claiming she was helpful to Doug Jones, a Democrat who won Alabama’s U.S. Senate race in 2017.

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Concerns in Alabama over future of garbage collection due to inflation

When garbage service ends in Bullock County on July 31, families will have to figure out their own plans to get rid of their trash.

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‘We’re…scared’: Alabama families struggle through formula shortage; State ‘monitoring’ situation

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office told 1819 News the state’s price gouging laws are only in effect when there is a declared state of emergency within the state, adding that there is no state of emergency currently in effect in Alabama.

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Inflation rising faster than Alabama wages, forcing tough decisions for many families, communities

Eric Martin’s grocery cart looks different than just one year ago.

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Alabama abortions: What’s happening now and what could change under potential Roe v. Wade overturn?

Alabama lawmakers are considering their next steps if the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturns Roe v. Wade, paving...