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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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Bama wins Iron Bowl of food drives, sets new record for food raised for Alabama’s hungry

Every Alabamian knows about the Iron Bowl, but football isn’t the only way Auburn and Alabama face off in November.

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Former Athens teacher accused of sexually engaging with student marries student, asks for contact restrictions to be lifted

Former teacher Thomas Blake Tucker was arrested in September and charged with engaging in a sex act with a student. According to reports, Tucker is now married to that student and asking the court to lift any restrictions on their contact.

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Perry Hooper indicted on sex abuse charges

Former Alabama state Rep. Perry Hooper was indicted on sex abuse charges Friday, according to reports.

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‘Stop Judging; Start Healing’ summit to alter language around substance use disorder

"Stop Judging; Start Healing," a summit seeking to reduce the stigma surrounding substance use disorder, will make eight stops in 2023.

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Inmate found dead after wandering off job site in Morgan County; Police suspect suicide

An inmate was found dead Monday night after walking off of a job site in Morgan County. Police say the preliminary investigation indicates the cause of death was suicide.

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Auburn professor awarded over $600K in damages after conflict with university over football players harbored in single major

An Auburn University professor was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages after being removed as chair of his department for speaking out about the school’s athletic programs’ involvement in academics. 

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Ten highest paid state employees in Alabama: Who are they?

Alabama ranked 29 among all U.S. states and territories for average state employee salary in 2021. Nevertheless, its highest-paid employee makes almost double what the highest-paid federal employee makes.

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Birmingham public transport experiencing delays, blames COVID despite receiving millions in federal funding

Birmingham MAX Transit buses have been experiencing delays and cancellations, which officials are blaming on worker shortages due to COVID-19 and the flu despite receiving millions in federal funding to help with those issues.

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USDA provides $3 million for Alabama ‘Farm to School’ program, kids at low-income schools getting fresh produce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state of Alabama and local farmers have reached an agreement to provide fresh produce to schools where the majority of students receive free and reduced-cost lunches.

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Tuberville says he is 'excited' Trump is running; Calls McConnell 'a good leader'

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) confirmed Thursday that he will continue to support Donald Trump in the former president’s recently-announced bid for president in 2024.

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McConnell wins Senate Minority Leader re-election; Britt noncommittal on support

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was re-elected to his leadership position Wednesday, defeating U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla). 

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Birmingham Water Works to repay some customers for overbilling, most less than $5

Birmingham Water Works is planning to repay certain customers who were overcharged for water, but some might get back less than expected.

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Tuberville backs McConnell in Senate leadership battle despite continued support for Trump

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) said he plans to vote for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) despite continued support for former President Donald Trump.

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Wild black vultures test positive for bird flu in Montgomery County

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Recourses (ADCNR), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), confirmed cases of bird flu among wild black vultures in Montgomery County.

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin encourages donations to Warnock — Out-of-state money pours into Democrat efforts in neighboring Georgia U.S. Senate runoff

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin shared links on his social media pages asking for donations to Democratic U.S. Senatorial incumbent Raphael Warnock who faces Republican Herschel Walker in a runoff election in Georgia.

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Shooting during Dothan National Peanut Festival parade leaves one dead, two injured; Police looking for suspects

A shooting immediately following a parade for the National Peanut Festival in Dothan has left one dead and two injured.

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‘We’re having a good time’: Alabama-born comedian Dusty Slay climbs his way up the national comedy scene

Opelika native Dusty Slay once lived in a trailer park and worked at Western Sizzlin. Now, he tells jokes for a living.

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Woodfin blames flooding on climate change again as Birmingham awarded FEMA grant for drainage

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin took to Twitter Friday morning to announce that Birmingham has been selected to receive a FEMA grant to improve the city’s drainage system. He attributed the city’s recent flooding to climate change.

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Birmingham Water Works holds public meeting, hears criticism from public about proposed rate hike

The Birmingham Water Works Boards (BWWB) held a public hearing Wednesday night to let citizens voice their opinion about the possible rate hike.

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University of Alabama looking to reduce general education requirements for future students

Students at the University of Alabama (UA) in 2025 might not be spending as much time studying certain core classes, according to a proposed curriculum that will be decided on by November 15.

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Dallas County District Attorney indicates death at Selma High School potentially linked to fentanyl

A local official indicated that the death of a student at Selma High School on Tuesday might have been linked to fentanyl. 

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Teen dies at Selma High School, others sent to ER

A 16-year-old died Tuesday at Selma High School and others were sent to the hospital.

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All proposed amendments to Alabama Constitution pass in midterm elections

All of the proposed amendments to the Alabama Constitution on the ballot Tuesday passed.

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Secretary of State Merrill: Turnout on track to reach projections, Election Day running smoothly overall

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Tuesday afternoon that the state is on track for 44% to 45% of registered voters to vote in the midterm elections by the end of the day.

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Alabama experiencing one of the worst flu outbreaks in the country, especially among children

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Alabama might be experiencing one of the worst flu outbreaks in the country this season.

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