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Baldwin County EMA 2 Alabama News
'You need to pay attention': Baldwin County EMA and Commission preparing for hurricane season

The Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) completed a weeklong pre-landfall hurricane exercise Friday.

Richard Scrushy Alabama News
Richard Scrushy accused of hiding money to avoid paying damages related to HealthSouth scandal

Richard Scrushy, the former HealthSouth CEO who went to prison for bribery involving former governor Don Siegelman, is being accused of hiding millions of dollars that he owes in a civil case.

Cigar Alabama News
Close, but no cigar: Five bills dead in the water as legislative session comes to an end

The Alabama Legislature ran past midnight on Friday, meaning that any bill that hasn’t passed at least one body cannot possibly pass in the other because of Alabama constitutional rules.

Fairhope American Legion Post raising $2 million to rebuild historic main building

American Legion Post 199 in Fairhope is asking for donations to help rebuild after it was destroyed during Hurricane Sally.

Ensley left and Vestavia Hills right Photos from Google Maps Alabama News
Birmingham continues violent crime wave as suburbs are both most dangerous and safest municipalities in U.S.

Last year was Birmingham’s most violent year since the early 1990s, and several sources have ranked the city one of the most unsafe in the country. Meanwhile, Birmingham suburbs like Vestavia Hills and Mountian Brook had considerably low crime rates in 2022, and Vestavia even ranked among the safest places to live in the United States.

Handley High School Alabama News
Handley High School graduation impacted by gang threat

Officials with Roanoke City Schools changed plans for graduation Thursday after receiving information of threats of gang activity.

Tuberville Alabama News
Alabama Democrats triggered by Tuberville's comments on inner-city school teachers: 'Stop dog whistling'

“The COVID really brought it out about how bad our schools are and how bad our teachers are in the inner cities,” Tuberville said. “Most of them in inner cities; I don’t know how they got degrees, to be honest with you. I don’t know whether they can read and write.”

Finley Battle Mac Alabama News
Huntsville, Madison City, Madison County leaders alarmed by revelations about Space Command delay — 'Blatant attempt to skew independent findings and use highly questionable tactics'

Public officials in Madison County were alarmed by the information revealed Thursday after the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services announced it would launch an investigation into the ongoing delays in choosing a permanent U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM) Headquarters.

Dr. Scott Harris Alabama News
Public Health Officer bill dies on Senate floor

Legislation changing how the state’s Public Health Officer is appointed wasn’t voted on this week in the Senate.

Gulf Shores Alabama News
Gulf Shores mayor cancels press conference on bridge construction; Being cautious during legal battle

1819 News called and emailed Craft, asking several questions about his position on the decision and about what will happen next. However, he is unable to answer those questions after he said he was advised to wait until a decision is made by the Supreme Court.

Tuberville Alabama News
Tuberville defends military hold over DOD abortion policy: ‘If Democrats want me to drop my hold, then the answer is very simple — either follow the law or change the law’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) published an op-ed in The Washington Times on Thursday to defend his hold on military promotions in order to combat a U.S. Department of Defense policy that financially facilitates abortions.

Regions Alabama News
Vanguard, BlackRock top owners of Birmingham-based bank Regions Financial

Vanguard and BlackRock Inc., two large asset management companies committed to controversial so-called “sustainable” investing, happen to be the largest owners of Birmingham-based Regions Financial.

Rogers and Strong Alabama News
Rogers, Strong launch investigation into ongoing delays in U.S. Space Command decision

U.S. Reps. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) and Mike Rogers (R-Saks) are spearheading a House Armed Services Committee investigation into what’s causing the continued delays in picking a permanent headquarters for U.S. Space Command.

hurricane damage Alabama News
NOAA predicts near-normal 2023 hurricane season with one to four major storms possible

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held a press conference Thursday to announce the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook.

Montgomery Whitewater Alabama News
General Fund budgets with World Games bailout, Montgomery Whitewater Park pass House, Senate

The Alabama House and Senate passed the General Fund and supplemental budgets through a conference committee shortly after midnight on Friday.

Nathaniel Ledbetter Alabama News
Legislature approves $11.6 billion education budget after debate runs past midnight Friday

After a long day that ran into the night hours and the following day, the Alabama Legislature voted to approve the $8.8 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget and $2.8 billion supplemental for the 2024 fiscal year.

Grocery Tax Alabama News
House passes bill to cut grocery tax by half over the next two years

The Alabama House of Representatives passed the long-awaited bill to cut the state tax on food in half by 2025.

Dale Strong Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Strong declares fentanyl an 'epidemic' after passage of HALT Fentanyl Act: 'It is destroying American families'

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs and therefore increase federal penalties for fentanyl dealers and users. 

Birmingham-Southern College Alabama News
‘Distressed’ Birmingham-Southern College bailout bill passes House — Creates loan program administered by State Treasurer

The Alabama House of Representatives passed an amended version of a Senate bill that would create a loan program for higher education institutions experiencing financial hardship, birthed from the beleaguered Birmingham-Southern College.

Greenetrack Alabama News
Greene County gambling constitutional amendment passes Senate

Local legislation proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize historical horse racing gambling machines in Greene County passed the Senate on Thursday.

Ivey, I65, Ainsworth Alabama News
Ivey, Ainsworth trade barbs on I-65 widening as embattled ALDOT director John Cooper is under fire

Although Gov. Kay Ivey has not commented publicly on Montgomery County Circuit Judge Jimmy Pool's scathing rebuke of Alabama Department of Transportation director John Cooper for his and his agency's handling of a bridge construction project in South Baldwin County, she did respond to Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth's multiple overtures to widen Interstate 65, which Alabama major north-south thoroughfare.

Child Cell Phone Alabama News
Senate committee passes bill to require adult content filter automatically be activated on devices sold in state

A bill requiring manufacturers to automatically activate the adult content filter on phones and tablets sold in Alabama cleared Senate committee on Wednesday.  

Dadeville shooting building Alabama News
Dadeville Sweet 16 shooting suspects indicted on 145 counts by grand jury

Five of the six suspects in a deadly shooting at a Sweet 16 party are now facing additional charges.

Photo from You Tube Alabama News
Alabama Senate passes new version of bill addressing I-65 welcome center rocket that no longer includes changes to Memorial Preservation Act

The Alabama Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to replace or restore the Saturn 1B rocket at the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 65 after a previous bill also pertaining to the rocket failed to make it out of committee. 

Gang Alabama News
Bill formerly known as the 'Gang' Prevention Act passes Senate

Amended legislation adding enhanced penalties for offenders involved in “criminal enterprises” passed the Alabama Senate unanimously on Wednesday.

Alabama flag budget Alabama News
Revised state budgets include doubled rebate checks, bailout for 2022 World Games

Both Education Trust Fund and General Fund budgets passed out of their respective House and Senate Committees on Wednesday.

Marshall County Sheriff's Office Alabama News
Marshall County Sheriff's Office identifies body in 26-year-old murder case

On April 15, 1997, the body of a white male was discovered near a shallow creek bed in Union Grove, Marshall County. According to the sheriff’s office, the body had its head, hands and feet intentionally removed, making a positive identification nearly impossible beyond race and gender.

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