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Birmingham City Council approves plan to build 'micro-shelters' for city's homeless — Site and provider selection to begin

The Birmingham City Council unanimously passed a measure to move forward with a plan to build a community of “micro-shelters” for the homeless in the city.

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin proposes $13.5 million 'cost of living adjustment' for city employees after already approving raise in recent budget

The Birmingham City Council is considering a pay raise for its employees that would cost the city over $13 million if approved.

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Alabama woman who joined ISIS hopes to return to the U.S. — ‘If I need to sit in prison and do my time, I will do it’

An Alabama woman who moved to Syria to join ISIS in 2014 but is currently trying to renter the United States now says she’s willing to serve time in prison.

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Report: Mike Rogers stepping down from House GOP Steering Committee after contentious role in last week’s Speaker race

Last week, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) had to be restrained while going on a tirade against U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) during the contentious election for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Now, Rogers may be stepping down from the House GOP Steering Committee.

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City of Birmingham considers purchasing 'micro-shelters' for homeless

The Birmingham City Council is considering building “micro-shelters” to address the homelessness problem in the city.

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Lifeline: Pro-life Christian organization in Birmingham 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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Kevin McCarthy wins Speakership — All six Alabama Republicans in House of Representatives back McCarthy, longest Speaker race in over 100 years

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday night during the 15th ballot cast in the contentious leadership election by a 216-211 vote, with five members voting "present."

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Faulkner University decides not to raise tuition during poor economy

Montgomery's Faulkner University won’t be raising tuition for students enrolling in fall 2023.

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Birmingham Police Department looking for ways to respond to exhibition driving issue after video of drag race bust goes viral

The Birmingham Police Department is looking for new ways to combat the reckless driving that continues to plague the city.

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U.S. Rep. Rogers declares McCarthy opponents 'legislative terrorists'; Comments may be doing more harm than good for McCarthy's cause, sources say

In his latest comment during this week’s contentious election for the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) called the Republics who are refusing to support Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “legislative terrorists.”

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Barry Moore: Kevin McCarthy 'may need to step back and nominate somebody'

"At the end of the day, I feel like we'll come together."

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Elon Musk takes parting shot at Richard Shelby for SpaceX opposition

Multi-billionaire business mogul and engineer Elon Musk took to Twitter on Tuesday to say good riddance to Alabama’s former U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa), who officially retired this week.

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Can’t be canceled: Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock coming to Birmingham later this month

Professional stand-up comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, despite finding themselves on the receiving end of cancel culture, are at the top of their game. Now, the two have announced they will be coming to Alabama later this month.

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State Auditor-elect Andrew Sorrell encourages Alabama delegation to vote 'no' on Kevin McCarthy for Speaker

State Auditor-elect Andrew Sorrell encouraged the Alabama delegation to “vote no” for Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, provided that the Republican moderate does not fully concede to rule changes proposed by more conservative representatives.

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Barry Moore not sold on Kevin McCarthy for House Speaker — Other Alabama Republicans enthusiastic about support

Four out of six Alabamian Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives announced their support for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Speaker of the House Monday night, despite opposition from more conservative Republicans.

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UAB teaching public how to ‘Stop the Bleed’ by managing blood loss, as Birmingham closes off most violent year in modern history

The year 2022 was one of Birmingham's most violent years in modern history. The city closed off the year with 144 homicides, many of which were a result of shootings. Now, the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) is teaching the public how to help save someone who's been shot.

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Fun in Alabama: 5 Best Entertainment Stories of 2022

There are many things that put the "sweet" in "Sweet Home Alabama," but among them are the good times we enjoy with our friends and family in the state. Often overlooked by surrounding metro areas and cultural regions known for their unique music, food and entertainment industries like New Orleans, Nashville and Atlanta, it's easy for us to underappreciate the talent we have right here in Alabama.

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When can Christians break the law? Alabama pastors join 1819 News CEO Bryan Dawson to talk resistance to tyranny

1819 News CEO Bryan Dawson sat down with two Alabama ministers to figure out the answer to a question many conservative Christians have been asking in 2022: When is it OK to disobey the government?

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Alabama Secretary of State Merrill refers over 100 candidates to AG Marshall for failure to file campaign finance reports in time

The Alabama Secretary of State referred 113 candidates and political actions committees (PACs) to Attorney General’s Office for violating campaign finance rules, according to Secretary of State John Merrill.

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Violent Christmas season makes 2022 one of the deadliest years in Birmingham’s modern history

In Birmingham, 2022 was another year stained with blood. With a spree of holiday homicides, the city is set to close off one of the most violent years in recent history. 

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Anti-Christian violence on the rise in the U.S. — Five Alabama churches attacked since 2018

A new report from the Family Research Council (FRC) indicates that acts of hostility toward Christian churches in the United States are on the rise. 

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Omnibus bill sends $7.25 million in federal funds to four organizations in Jefferson County

Over $7 million from the new $1.7 trillion federal spending package is going to four projects in Jefferson County.

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Pipes freeze, causing flooding at the Alabama State House during Christmas temperature drop

Over the Christmas weekend, many Alabama buildings experienced plumbing issues following below-freezing temperatures that reached single digits. Among them was the home of the state legislature: the Alabama State House.

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Some Birmingham flights canceled during deadly winter storm, other flights delayed across the state

As Christmas vacationers depart Alabama airports, they could be faced with flight delays and cancelations due to the severe winter storm that carried extremely low temperatures and icy conditions to many areas of the United States this weekend.

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New Year’s Eve: 10 ways to welcome Alabama into 2023

The start of 2023 is coming this weekend, and if you’re not gathering with friends and family to count down the New Year at home, there are plenty of events throughout the state to attend. Here’s a list of 10 ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Alabama:

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Watch: KwikLetter creator Jim Hicks discusses app that allows users to send letters to government officials from phone

KwikLetter is an app that allows citizens to deliver printed letters to their public representatives right from their phones.

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NPR report finds Matrix paid ABC News reporter to use credentials to give unfavorable coverage to Florida foes

Less than a week after NPR claimed to discover financial connections between a consulting firm representing two Southern power companies and several statewide media outlets, a further report claims there are ties between the same firm and a reporter with ABC News.

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