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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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Alabama AG Steve Marshall voices support for Aniah’s Law

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall voiced his support Monday morning for Aniah’s Law, a constitutional amendment that would allow judges to deny bonds to certain criminals.

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Taxpayers on hook for Oak Mountain Amphitheatre proposed move — A list of funding, who supports it

North Birmingham is getting the ball rolling on its new amphitheater project that many believe will replace the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham.

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Rock the South extends to three days for 2023, lineup to drop next week

One of Alabama’s most popular music festivals will now be three days long.

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Total lunar eclipse visible early Tuesday morning

A total lunar eclipse will be visible in the early morning hours on Tuesday in parts of Alabama.

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Former Vestavia Hills student caught squatting in multiple Stanford dorms

A former Vestavia Hills High School student was caught squatting in dormitories at Stanford University after pretending to be a student for over a year.

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University of Alabama rakes in record $160 million from federal government for sponsored projects, more from other sponsors

In fiscal year 2022, the University of Alabama received $211.4 million in sponsored awards, $159.5 million of which were from the federal government.

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Tourism Department, BJCC agree to help fund Oak Mountain Amphitheatre move

Both the Alabama Tourism Department (ATD) and the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC) have agreed to help bring Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheater to North Birmingham. 

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Woodfin, Birmingham-area legislators back bills for more penalties against ‘exhibition driving’

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and a handful of state legislators announced their intention on Tuesday morning to back a bill in the upcoming legislative session in spring 2023, which seeks to impose higher penalties on reckless driving activities. 

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State Sen. Jabo Waggoner support for Oak Mountain Amphitheatre move from Pelham to Birmingham poses possible conflict of interest

State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) is placing his support toward moving Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre out of Shelby County and into Jefferson County.

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Birmingham to spend at least $2 million on ‘family fun center’ construction

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced on Monday that the city will be constructing a “family fun center” in West Birmingham.

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University of Alabama: SCOTUS decision on affirmative action would 'not impact' admissions policy

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is hearing arguments Monday in favor of and against affirmative action policies, which make race a factor in admissions to both public and private universities.

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Remains found in Coosa River in January identified as man missing for nearly 40 years

The Gadsden Police Department (GPD), with the help of the FBI, identified remains found in the Coosa River in Gadsden in January as a man who went missing nearly 40 years ago.

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UAB receives $4.3 million from NIAID for new equipment to help with ‘high-containment research’

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB)’s Department of Pathology received a $4.4 million grant for scientific equipment from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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UA doctoral students offer money to students attending Matt Walsh event for participation in survey about white supremacy, homophobia and extremism

During Thursday’s Young Americans for Freedom event at the University of Alabama, attended by conservative commentator Matt Walsh, a UA doctoral student offered students waiting in line money to complete a survey that probed them about their associations with extremist groups.

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