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Birmingham Water Works to resume stoppage policy in February, urges customers to bring accounts current

After a year of billing issues and public outrage, the Birmingham Water Works will resume cutting off water to delinquent customers in February, the utility announced on Wednesday.

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106 years ago today: Alabama’s blind golfing legend Charley Boswell born in Birmingham

On an autumn day in 1970, former Crimson Tide football player and World War II veteran Charley Boswell miraculously scored a hole-in-one on the 17th course of the Vestavia Country Club. It just so happens that Boswell was blind.

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'Prisoner of Love': Movie about Casey White's and Vicky White’s escape from Alabama prison premieres on Tubi

The story of the prison break and consecutive nationwide manhunt for convicted murderer Casey White now has its first cinematic rendition less than a year after the incident.

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin addresses city’s near record-setting 140th homicide, pushes to ‘prevent the sale, access and ease’ of guns

In a press conference on Wednesday morning, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin addressed the latest life lost in the city, which has seen near record-breaking levels of violent crime this year.

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$6 million from DOJ going to Alabama public agencies, private nonprofits to aid victims of violent crime

Almost $6 million from the U.S. Department of Justice will go to several public and private organizations in Alabama to provide services for victims of violent crime.

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Facebook pauses construction of $1.5 billion data center expansion in Huntsville, potentially due to metaverse failures

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, announced the expansion of a data center in Huntsville earlier this year. Now, after construction has already started, the company is changing plans.

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NPR report finds Alabama Power, Matrix connections to statewide news sites Yellowhammer, Alabama Political Reporter

An investigation conducted by several reporters with NPR claims to have discovered financial connections between a consulting firm representing Alabama Power and several statewide media outlets, including Alabama Political Reporter and Yellowhammer.

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151 years ago today: Birmingham officially becomes a city

Alabama’s largest metro area, Birmingham, was officially incorporated by the Alabama Legislature on this day in 1871.

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Birmingham Water Works to spend $73 million on infrastructure projects after 2023 rate hike, $2 million on Lake Purdy Dam

The Birmingham Water Works is spending almost $73 million next year on infrastructure projects, including a $2 million improvement to the Lake Purdy Dam.

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More child labor found in auto part manufacturers across the state

Another report alleges to have discovered child labor in even more car part factories in the state.

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Body found in burned-down abandoned Fairfield house yet to be named

A body was found in an abandoned house in Fairfield Tuesday evening by firefighters responding to a fire at the home.

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ADOC, local officials raid Monroe County high schools with drug dogs, find no trace of illicit substances

Several state and local law enforcement agencies participated in drug sweeps at two Monroe County high schools on Wednesday, only to find no trace of illicit substances.

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Toxicology report confirms deceased Selma High Student had hydrocodone and fentanyl in his system

The Selma High School student who passed away in the school’s cafeteria had two opioids in his system, including fentanyl, according to a toxicology report released by Selma officials.

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State sending nearly $50 million in grants to local agencies to help low-income households with rising utility costs

The state will be sending almost $50 million to low-income households this winter and next summer to help with increasingly unmanageable utility costs.

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House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter announces intentions for eight more committee chair positions

Republic Caucus nominee for Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) announced eight more state representatives he intends to appoint to committee chairs if he is elected in January.

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Nearly 200 north Alabama churches leave United Methodist Church over disputes between traditional Christians, progressives

Nearly 200 Alabama churches officially seceded from the United Methodist Church (UMC) last weekend following years of conflict over social and theological issues.

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Birmingham Police Department offering new recruits $5,000 signing bonus

The Birmingham Police Department (BPD) announced Monday that it will offer new recruits $5,000.

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Five-year old, 15 others injured after car doing donuts in Birmingham causes crash

A five-year-old boy and 15 other people were injured on Friday night after a car hit other cars as well as a crowd of people after doing doughnuts in the middle of a street in Birmingham.

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AG Steve Marshall files motion to be made plaintiff in lawsuit alleging mismanagement of trust funds by Ethics Commission members

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed a motion to become a plaintiff in a lawsuit accusing board members of a trust fund of scheming to pay for the college tuition of Alabama Ethics Commission members’ children.

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Birmingham City Council approves $41 million in federal funds for variety of projects

The Birmingham City Council has approved $41 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for various projects around the city.

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Alabama Music Spotlight: The Backseat Drivers

When Mobile’s southern rock and jam band, The Backseat Drivers, recorded their first album in 2021, they were in high school. Though life has gone on after graduation, they still manage to find the time to play together.

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National database reveals Alabama has seventh-highest non-fatal opioid overdose rate

New data from the White House shows Alabama has one of the highest nonfatal opioid overdose (NOO) rates in the country.

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County Commissions association seeks to recoup lost pistol permit revenue from state

The Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) said it will prioritize getting money back from the state due to the passage of the permitless carry law.

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Police confiscate and destroy explosive device in Auburn

Law enforcement officers on Wednesday successfully confiscated and destroyed an explosive device in Auburn.

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H2O Foundation: Media reports of Birmingham nonprofit running out of money are false

Media outlets reported on Tuesday that a nonprofit created by Birmingham Water Works to help customers pay their water bills ran out of money. Now, the organization is saying that the story is incorrect.

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Birmingham City Council puts forth almost $4 million for Carraway Hospital demolition, amends agreement with real estate company to fund development

The Birmingham City Council approved nearly $4 million to continue the demolition of the former Carraway Hospital and signed a new agreement to spend millions developing the property.

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Barry Moore joins fellow Republicans calling for resignation of 'non-binary drag queen' Department of Energy employee charged with felony theft

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) joined a group of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday to call for the resignation of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) employee who also happens to be a non-binary drag queen charged with stealing luggage worth over $2,000 from an airport.

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