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Today is the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought from July 1 to 3 1863. The Union victory was decisive turning point in the Civil War.

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Miss Alabama competition underway

The Miss Alabama competition is underway with the crowning scheduled for Saturday night,

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Alabama Snake Removers strive to educate, assist the public.

Whether found in the forests of Alabama or the halls of Washington D.C, people seem to have a natural aversion to snakes.

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Randy Tatano: Priscilla Presley rocks!

 About 10 years ago I was one of the producers of a television segment on Elvis, which would feature an interview with his ex-wife, Priscilla, who was returning to Graceland on the anniversary of his passing. While I didn’t know everything about Elvis, I was very familiar with Priscilla from her days on the TV show Dallas.

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Get outside: Where to camp in Alabama this summer

Tuesday was the first day of summer, and Alabama state parks are welcoming campers onto their premises to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Huffman Baptist makes varied use of church campus

Rob Paul has been leading his church to look at the community around them and think about what they could do to reach the next generation of neighbors. Here is the story.

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Mountain Brook students receive Gatorade Alabama Soccer Players of the Year awards

Every year, Gatorade awards the best male and female soccer players in each state. This year, both of Alabama’s awards went to students at Mountain Brook High School.

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A Real Job: Steve Skipper

We all have our dreams. Steve Skipper had some mighty big ones, starting when he was a youngster growing up in the Rosedale community near Birmingham. But everybody who mattered to him kept telling him his aspirations of becoming an artist were impossible.

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85 years ago today: Alabama-born boxing legend Joe Louis became heavyweight champion

Today is the 85th anniversary of Chambers County native Joe Louis’s victory over James Braddock, which won him the heavyweight boxing title in 1937.

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ALABAMA MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: Tim Dugger

Alabama native and die-hard NASCAR fan Tim Dugger will be playing at the Grand Ole Opry for the second time later this month.

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This day in history: Albert Patterson shot in Phenix City

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the assassination of Albert Love Patterson, the Phenix City lawyer and Democratic candidate for Attorney General who vowed to root out crime and vice in East Alabama.

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Huntsville’s Space and Rocket Center receives largest donation ever

Jared Isaacman was only 12 years old in 1995 when he attended Huntsville’s Aviation Challenge Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Now, he has announced the largest-ever donation to the center.

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Randy Tatano: Dad's radio days

Back in the day (those of us who are “of a certain age” say that a lot), you could fix electronics. If the TV had a problem, you could pull out the tubes, take them to the neighborhood store that had a tube tester, plug in each one, and find the bad one. Then buy a replacement, pop it in, and you’re back in business watching a picture off the rooftop antenna in spectacular black-and-white. Back in the day you could also build electronics. Which reminds me of the coolest thing I ever did with my Dad.

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Birmingham Chef Adam Evans named best chef in the South

Muscle Shoals native and Birmingham chef Adam Evans was dubbed Best Chef: South this year by the James Beard Foundation at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Today is the anniversary of the day that Wallace 'stood in the schoolhouse door'

On June 11, 1963, federal authorities escorted two Black students as they enrolled in the University of Alabama. The desegregation of the University of Alabama was opposed by then Gov. George C, Wallace (D).

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USFL discovering Birmingham's reputation as a "foodie" town

“It’s a great food town. … When you talk about a midsize city in this country, I’ve never really been anywhere that has what Birmingham provides. I’m a fan of the little neighborhoods outside of downtown – they are like what we have in Dallas.”

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Musical group Truth to celebrate 50 years of ministry in June 17 reunion concert in Mobile

Roger Breland currently has several roles at the University of Mobile: director of the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts, dean emeritus of the Alabama School of the Arts, executive director of the Voices of Mobile and special assistant to the president of the University of Mobile.

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Perry Hooper: For Jamey Johnson, Grand Ole Opry a dream come true

Another milestone in Alabama’s illustrious country music history occurred when Jamey Johnson became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry. This is an important exclamation point for the eleven-time Grammy nominated songwriter and true son of Alabama. Jamey is one of few musicians in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

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Randy Tatano: Snake on a plane

Snake on a Plane. No, not the movie. And not a real snake. Kenny Stabler.

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American Village celebrating America this summer season

American Village near Montevallo in Shelby County will be holding a special Celebrate America program through the end of July where the whole family can learn about the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, and life in America during the eighteenth Century.

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100-year-old WWII veteran lands in Birmingham after commemorating D-Day in France

A 100-year-old World War II veteran landed in Birmingham yesterday after making a trip to France on the 78th anniversary of D-Day.

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Oneonta to host 20th annual June Fling on Saturday

The Oneonta Business Association (OBA) will be hosting its 20th June Fling on Saturday in downtown Oneota.

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Randy Tatano: Amber Alert - Bring back the gentleman

Full disclosure right up front: I didn’t care about the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial. I didn’t watch a single story on television or read one in print. But wow, did I see social media blow up over the verdict!

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Off On A Comet?: Was a disappointing meteor shower the result of bad science or bad reporting?

The headlines created great expectations for the millions of mosquito harassed people who stood outside in the dark of night looking for an anticipated Memorial Day weekend cosmic fireworks display.

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Alabama Special Olympics sending 215 to USA Games in Orlando

215 athletes, coaches and unified partners from Alabama will be traveling to Orlando, Florida next week for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

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Main Street Marion working to preserve city's historic landmarks

The city of Marion has seen massive improvements to its historic architecture, but the fate of pivotal civil rights landmarks remains unknown.

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American Legion Post 205 Auxiliary President carries on service honoring husband, her ‘greatest hero’

As the nation pauses to reflect on the ultimate sacrifices made by generations of heroes, it is important to remember the service and sacrifice of those who served on the home front.

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