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Former NFL quarterback, Heisman finalist Ryan Leaf speaks about opioid addiction and mental health at VitAL summit

Former NFL quarterback and 1997 Heisman Trophy finalist Ryan Leaf spoke at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook on Thursday about his struggle with opioid addiction. 

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle sold out show in Birmingham: ‘It was fair game’

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin joined "Alabama’s Morning News with JT" on Thursday to discuss controversial comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who performed at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center on Wednesday night.

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Hundreds hear and feel 'big boom and shake' in south Alabama

An unusual boom was felt and heard just after 11 a.m. Friday in south Alabama. Meteorologists, first responders and news media received hundreds of calls about the boom and shake from a widespread area.

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Tuberville on Project Veritas Pfizer video: Companies that receive taxpayer dollars shouldn’t play ‘dangerous games’ with gain-of-function research

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) took to Twitter on Friday morning to address the recent undercover video from Project Veritas in which an alleged Pfizer employee discusses the possibility of the pharmaceutical company mutating the COVID-19 virus to create new vaccines.

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AG Steve Marshall: $276 million opioid settlement should go toward solving addiction

As a result of the settlements, Alabama has been rewarded $276 million. 

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State Sen. April Weaver sets sights on state's 'good time laws' in upcoming legislative session

State Sen. April Weaver (R-Brierfield) is prioritizing Alabama's so-called "good time laws" in the upcoming legislative session to prevent the premature release of dangerous inmates from prison.

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'Betrayed and violated': Accuser speaks out against Perry Hooper, Jr. lawsuit

The woman who accused former State Rep. Perry Hooper, Jr. of sexual abuse is speaking out after Hooper claimed the alleged assault was an “obvious political setup” and sued the city of Montgomery for his arrest.

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University of Alabama condemns antisemitic messages found written in chalk around campus

The watchdog organization Stop Antisemitism is asking the University of Alabama to investigate anti-Jewish messages seen written in chalk around the Tuscaloosa campus.

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Marshall, 15 state AGs ask Congress to roll back Biden administration's COVID vaccine powers

Congress should “modify, clarify, and rescind” the emergency-use authorization authority the federal government used to approve novel COVID vaccines, according to a letter sent to Congressional leaders from Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and 15 other attorneys general on Thursday.

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City of Foley selected to host police K9 competition; National Champion to be selected

A national police dog competition is coming to south Alabama in September and officers and their K9s around the U.S. are preparing for the big event.

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Baldwin County deputies rescue teen with serious injuries from 'human trafficking operation'

A traffic stop in Baldwin County led to a horrifying discovery for deputies. Now, two people are facing charges in connection to what investigators believe was a human trafficking operation.

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Ivey issues executive order to ensure compliance with public records requests for state agencies

In her newest round in a series of executive orders, Gov. Kay Ivey seeks to provide the public with easier access to state agencies' public records.

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U.S. Sen. Tuberville: 'We're walking a fine line' sending tanks to Ukraine

The United States is “walking a fine line” in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, according to U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) who is concerned about the billions of dollars and equipment being sent overseas.

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'Our food chain is broken': Foley farmer believes drastic increase in egg prices is a hoax, and she's not alone

Egg prices continue to soar after a record price jump in 2022. Industry leaders have blamed avian influenza and feed prices as reasons to drastically increase prices.

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Life on Wheels helps prevent over 360 abortions — 'That’s the power of ultrasound'

“When a woman changes her mind after seeing the ultrasound, we call that an interception. But if they come to Christ, that’s a pick six.”

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UAB Medicine opens facility for people who lost taste and smell due to COVID

Birmingham has a new resource for people who have lost their ability to taste and smell. University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Medicine launched its first-of-its-kind Comprehensive Smell and Taste Clinic on Monday to treat patients who haven’t been able to taste or smell since they became infected with COVID-19.

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Birmingham City Council approves consulting agreement with Bill Gates-funded Aspen Institute to address violence problem

The city will pay $275,000 for the non-profit to compile criminal justice-related statistics from neighborhoods in Birmingham and Jefferson County.

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U.S. Rep. Barry Moore keeps promise, backs bill to reinstate military servicemembers fired for vaccine refusal

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) has joined a bill to reinstate military servicemembers who were fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Blount County Sheriff's Office asks for prayers and support after 'catastrophic day'

The Blount County Sheriff is asking for prayers after what he called a catastrophic day for the sheriff's office Tuesday.

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Teacher passes away at Mortimer Jordan High School; Class canceled for the day

Jefferson County School System administrators canceled school on Wednesday after a teacher died on a high school campus early Wednesday morning. 

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Jefferson County opioid, fentanyl overdose deaths soar in 2022, exceeds record violent death toll

Violent crime isn’t the only thing taking lives in Jefferson County. According to a new report from WBHM, overdose deaths exceeded homicides and vehicle-related deaths in Jefferson County in 2022 and Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said that he doesn’t see it slowing down.

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Outgoing UA professor — Universities ‘no longer places that embrace the freedom of exchanging ideas’

Speaking up about issues like climate and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion policies was “career suicide,” according to University of Alabama assistant Professor Dr. Matthew Wielicki.

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‘Divisive concepts’ prohibition legislation pre-filed by State Rep. Oliver

A bill pre-filed by State Rep. Ed Oliver (R-Dadeville) on Wednesday would prohibit “education, promotion, and endorsement of certain divisive concepts in certain public school settings.”

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Perry Hooper files complaint against Montgomery — Claims sexual abuse charges were an 'obvious political setup'

Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. has filed a complaint against the City of Montgomery and Montgomery Police Department (MPD) Chief Darryl J. Albert concerning now-dropped charges of sexual abuse filed against Hooper in 2022.

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Caleb Crosby to step down as Alabama Policy Institute president and CEO; Stephanie Smith named successor

On Wednesday, the Alabama Policy Institute (API) announced a change in its leadership.

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Toll Road Authority advances I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project

Members of the Alabama Toll Road, Bridge and Tunnel Authority approved starting negotiations with two joint venture groups that submitted proposals for building and design of the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project.

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Woman arrested in Foley after incident involving pepper spray and K9 search

A Foley woman is facing a felony charge after police say she tracked down a man she met at a store, sprayed him with pepper spray and fled into the woods.

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