Rise to the moment of truth Wednesday, October 5, 2022


Only 38% of University of Alabama freshman enrollment from Alabama; Less than half undergrad students in-state

The University of Alabama (UA) reported a record-breaking freshman class on Monday, totaling 8,037 students, only 37% of whom are from Alabama.

Lora Whitehead
Birmingham self-defense instructor offers protection for runners

Birmingham businesswoman Lora Whitehead started running at 20 years old and has spent all of her adult life continuing that passion. 

Alabama could be ready for new 'gas' method of execution by next week

State officials said this week nitrogen hypoxia method for executions could be ready for the next execution, which is scheduled for Sept. 22.

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$92 million investments to create jobs in the Wiregrass

One of the largest industrial investments in the history of the southeast Alabama region is taking place in Houston County.

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Alabama Supreme Court strikes down decades-old homicide law

The Alabama Supreme Court has struck down a long-standing law that only allowed homicide prosecutions when the victim dies within one year of the criminal act.

Birmingham VA health care system making preparations for abortion services

The Birmingham office of the Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing to offer abortion services, in line with the national plan to begin offering services in VA medical centers regardless of state laws.

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State Rep. Simpson calls for mandatory minimum sentences for fentanyl traffickers

State Rep. Matt Simpson (R–Daphne) will introduce legislation in the 2023 Regular Session creating mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking fentanyl in Alabama.

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Auburn-Penn State rematch looms as players look to even the score

Auburn’s rematch with Penn State has been circled on every fan’s calendar since the series was announced in 2016, and even more so after last year’s classic in Happy Valley. Apparently, some of Auburn’s leaders in the locker room have circled it too.  

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Founding member of Ft. Payne supergroup Alabama Teddy Gentry arrested on drug charge in Cherokee County

Teddy Wayne Gentry, 70, of Fort Payne, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana second-degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dogs rescued from roof of downtown Birmingham doggy day care after fumes caused breathing difficulties

Dogs were rescued from the roof by firefighters using ladder trucks after the building had to be evacuated.

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Auburn ranked highest among Alabama universities, top 100 in the nation; UAB, UA tied for No. 137

Auburn University was ranked the highest among universities in Alabama this year by U.S. News.

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Residents concerned about development near tributary to Black Warrior River in west Jefferson County

In west Jefferson County sits a tributary to one of the area’s largest sources of drinking water. After heavy rains, commercial development in the area is taking a toll on the water source, according to concerned citizens.

North Alabama drug task force takes nearly $3 million worth of drugs off street

A Huntsville man is being held on $2 million in bonds after being arrested in a drug trafficking investigation that spanned several states.

Michael Jennings
Childersburg pastor sues police for arrest while watering neighbors' flowers

Michael Jennings, the Childersburg pastor arrested while watering his neighbor’s plants, has filed suit against the city and three police officers.

Alabama gets $15.5 million from JUUL teenage marketing settlement

JUUL Labs Inc. will pay the state of Alabama up to $15.5 million after the e-cigarette company settled a lawsuit brought by numerous states and territories over its marketing practices toward teenagers.

State Board of Education approves controversial mental health coordinator law

The Alabama State Board of Education (BOE) has approved the implementation of an Alabama law that requires mental health coordinators in every school system in the state.

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BlackRock responds to AG Steve Marshall, other conservative AGs over ESG criticism

BlackRock responded to the attorney generals of some conservative states on Wednesday, defending its stance on ESG investing.

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State Education Board moves forward additional high school diploma requirements

The Alabama State Board of Education (BOE) has proposed additional high school diploma requirements for high school graduates across the state.

Alabama EMAs observing 'National Preparedness Month' in hopes that residents have a plan

This month is Nation Preparedness Month and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (EMA), along with local EMA services are taking the opportunity to spread the word about how to be prepared for emergency situations.

Eli Gold
Eli Gold checks in with Alabama radio crew in pregame show before Saturday's game at Texas

A familiar voice visited the Crimson Tide Sports Network by phone on Saturday on the pregame show prior to Alabama and Texas kicked the football off in Austin.

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Judge dismisses case questioning integrity of Alabama's voting machines

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin dismissed a lawsuit seeking to prohibit the use of electronic voting machines, claiming the machines made elections “unsecure and fatally compromised.”

Recession fears complicate tax talks in Alabama: 'There’s scary times out there'

Will the United States, and thus Alabama have been in or be in a recession by this time next year?

Jon Sumrall
Jon Sumrall faces his hometown team in his first home game as Troy football head coach

Jon Sumrall is an Alabama A&M football fan. His mom got a Master’s degree at the school, which is in his hometown of Huntsville. He attended some Alabama A&M football games and followed the Bulldog players that played in the NFL. He ran the steps at Lewis Crews Stadium on the Alabama A&M campus as part of his training regiment as a player at Grissom High.

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Alabama Commission on Higher Education director pushes back against Biden's student loan forgiveness plan — ‘Bad policy’

Alabama colleges and universities should not increase tuition "for a long time" and President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness makes people think “Santa Claus will come along often,” according to Dr. James Purcell, executive director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE).

Frantic finishes and tremendous comebacks highlight Thursday night high school football

A full slate of Thursday night high school football produced some memorable games. The remainder of the games will be played on what is supposed to be a soggy Friday night.

Despite struggles to justify existence, Alabama ABC Board insists it protects 'the general public’s health, safety and welfare'

If you’re looking to wet your whistle, you might want to watch those prices at your local liquor store. When the state is involved in private business, prices can vary from location to location.

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State Board of Education drops transgender bathroom law from meeting agenda

The Alabama State Board of Education (BOE) met Thursday to vote on several hot-button issues in the state, but an anticipated issue was left off the agenda.

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