Rise to the moment of truth Friday, December 2, 2022

News

Cullman
Cullman County can issue bail again after five-year court battle

Cullman County hasn't been able to issue bonds since 2017 due to a lawsuit claiming the bail system was unconstitutional. Those arrested have since been able to sign themselves out of jail without paying. The 11th Circuit's decision to lift the injunction means the county won its case and can now protect the public from criminal activity.

From Birmingham Water Works Board Linked In
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.

Valley
82-year-old woman arrested by Valley Police for not paying trash bill

The Valley Police Department arrested an 82-year-old woman after she didn’t show up for court on charge of failure to pay a solid waste fee.

Helena Duncan. BCA president and CEO
Records show new BCA head Helena Duncan a consistent Democrat primary voter, Maxine Waters political donor

On Wednesday, the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) named Helena Duncan its president and CEO, filling the vacancy left behind by Katie Britt, who resigned from the position when she announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate in June 2021.

AL AG Marshall Steve AP Photo by J Scott Applewhite
AG Marshall applauds federal appeals court upholding injunction, protecting religious vaccine exemptions for U.S. Air Force members

On Tuesday, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous injunction that protected members of the United States Air Force from being disciplined for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons.

Dale Strong
Newly-elected Dale Strong endorses Donald Trump's 2024 presidential campaign

Since former President Donald Trump announced his bid for the 2024 presidential election, he has not been without support from Alabama politicians.

Weather photo by Daoudi Aissa tornado storm severe weather
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.

Ledbetter
House Speaker-designate Ledbetter announces picks for House committee chairmanships

There will be new faces in leadership roles for the Alabama House of Representatives, with House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) making the announcement on Wednesday.

Photo by Buddy Nath from Pixabay
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.

Summit shopping
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.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle
Huntsville Mayor Battle touts 'national accolades,' future investments in State of the City address — 'Experiencing growth and development like we’ve never seen before'

A capacity crowd gathered at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on Tuesday to hear Mayor Tommy Battel give his State of the City address for 2022 where he highlighted the Rocket City's rapid growth and "quality of life investments" in infrastructure.

Iran flag
North Alabama man accused in illegal scheme to export U.S. goods to Iran

A Madison County man faces up to 40 years in prison after being arrested in connection to an illegal scheme to export goods from the United States to Iran.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall
AG Marshall files lawsuit against state ethics commission

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court against the Alabama Ethics Commission stating an advisory opinion of theirs “directly interferes with and impairs his duties.”

Atmore Death Penalty 1
Attorneys claim Kenneth Eugene Smith suffered 'pain and torture' in botched execution

The drama surrounding Alabama’s ongoing issues with the death penalty continues to unfold, as lawyers for the most recently failed execution describe “torture” in the botched attempt.

Houston County
Houston County approves marketing contract to aid employee recruitment

Houston County Commissioners approved an annual marketing contract Monday to help with county employee recruitment.

Katie Britt.
Katie Britt tapped to serve on new Republican Advisory Council

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has appointed U.S.  Senator-elect Katie Britt to the newly formed Republican Party Advisory Council.

HOSPITAL UAB EMERGENCY ROOM AP Photo Jay Reeves
'Sick season': Birmingham-area hospitals experiencing high volume — Doctors call on legislature to act

An early spike in flu this year is straining health care providers across the state. Birmingham-area hospitals are seeing higher volumes of patients in emergency departments and beds are filling up quickly.

Photo from Mercedes Benz Marathon Weekend Facebook page
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. 

Voting, vote, election
Alabama officially certifies results of November midterms

The Alabama State Canvassing Board has officially certified the results of the November 8 election, which included several constitutional amendments now in effect.

marijuana leaf held by doctor
Mobile Council members walk out of meeting on medical marijuana as heated debate continues

The debate over whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries within Mobile's city limits got heated Monday night resulting in council members walking out of the meeting.

Alabama Unites against COVID
Alabama Department of Public Health ramps up advertising spending 500% since 2018

Advertising expenses at the Alabama Department of Public Health increased by over 500% from fiscal years 2018 to 2022.

Photo from the Tuscaloosa County School System website
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.

PAPARAZZI CLUB MOBILE
Four shot at Mobile nightclub over Thanksgiving weekend

A shooting over the holiday weekend at the Paparazzi Club in Downtown Mobile landed four victims in the hospital.

Perry Hooper Jr Mugshot.
Accuser asks that sexual abuse charges be dropped against former State Rep. Perry Hooper

The woman who accused former Alabama State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. of sex abuse is now asking for law enforcement to drop the charges against him.

Classroom blackboards and teacher
Alabama charter schools growth reflects national enrollment trend

With education slipping in Alabama, charter schools are popping up to offer solutions for students, especially in predominantly black communities in the Deep South.

VOTING MACHINE VOTE ELECTION TALLAPOOSA COUNTY
Motion to Dismiss filed against Jefferson County election challenge on heels of election results certified by State Canvassing Board

The results from the November 8 General Election have been certified by the State Canvassing Board, despite a complaint filed in Jefferson County challenging election results and voting machine integrity.

Flu
Two children dead from flu so far this season — Urgent care facilities seeing increases in flu, strep, COVID

Alabama is among the top five states in the United States with the highest rate of flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

First 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next Last