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Alabama’s enhanced driver’s license program, ‘STAR ID,’ enforcement delayed to 2025

Residents of Alabama now have an extra two years to obtain their STAR ID driver’s licenses, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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DOJ, Alabama reach settlement to lift restriction on alcohol, drug use for Medicaid recipients with Hepatitis C seeking coverage for meds

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) secured a settlement on Tuesday with Alabama Medicaid to reverse its requirement for Medicaid recipients with Hepatitis C (HCV) to abstain from alcohol or illegal drugs to receive coverage for HCV medication.

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Birmingham Police Department officer arrested, charged with domestic assault

A law enforcement officer turned himself into Jefferson County Jail on Sunday following a domestic assault investigation.

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Father of deceased Selma High student charges school was slow to respond to possible fentanyl overdose; School denies claims

The father of the Selma High School sophomore who passed away in the school lunchroom accused the school on Thursday of not responding until it was too late and failing to notify him of the incident. However, the school denied these claims were true.

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Montgomery man sentenced for using heroin, violence and embarrassing information to coerce women into prostitution

A Montgomery man was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Friday for forcing five individuals into prostitution, including one minor.

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108 machines, over $13,000 seized from five gambling halls in Etowah County

Deputies with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) seized 108 machines and over $13,000 from five gambling halls in the area on Thursday.

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U.S. Rep. Moore joins amicus brief urging court to affirm decision to vacate CDC mask mandate

U.S. Rep Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) has signed onto an amicus brief in a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control over COVID-19 mask mandates.

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Embattled Birmingham Water Works Board votes to raise rates by 3.9% for the second year in a row

The Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) voted on Wednesday to raise rates for customers, despite a year of turmoil and public controversy surrounding the utility.

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How were Black Friday sales in Alabama?

Last Friday was Black Friday, perhaps the most important day of the year for retailers when holiday shoppers kick off their Christmas-shopping season by flocking early to local retail centers to partake in special sales and deals.

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68 years ago today: Alabama woman becomes only person ever to be struck by a meteorite

On the afternoon of November 30, 1954, Ann Hodges laid down on her couch in Sylacauga to take a nap. She woke up that afternoon to a loud noise and a sharp pain in her upper thigh.

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Storms take two lives in Alabama, cause more property damage and injuries

At least two lives were lost early Wednesday morning due to a tornado that hit the Flatwood area near Montgomery.

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Mercedes-Benz Marathon to host final race in Birmingham, ending 21-year tradition due to increased cost, lack of support

The Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend announced Monday afternoon that its event weekend planned for February 2023 will be its last. 

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Tuscaloosa County residents to vote on property tax increase in early 2023

Residents of Tuscaloosa County will be voting in a referendum on Valentine’s Day 2023 to determine whether or not they will increase property taxes for the county school system.

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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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