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Tag: JEFFERSON COUNTY

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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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Violent crime down in unincorporated Jefferson County for 2022, despite record homicides in Birmingham

Though 2022 was Birmingham’s most violent year so far this century, the stark increase in homicides did not reach the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County. Rather, these areas experienced a decline in violent crime compared to 2021. 

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Pinson mayor says people are 'sick and tired of laws not being enforced' to shut down bingo halls

Leaders of the city of Pinson want bingo halls out of Jefferson County and the mayor and council are calling on the sheriff to act.

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Omnibus bill sends $7.25 million in federal funds to four organizations in Jefferson County

Over $7 million from the new $1.7 trillion federal spending package is going to four projects in Jefferson County.

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County Commission President: Birmingham-Southern College bailout would be a ‘slippery slope’

Giving Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) millions in taxpayer dollars would be a “very slippery slope that we would have difficulty retreating from,” according to Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens.

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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.

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AG Marshall says electronic bingo halls in Jefferson County may be laundering money

Jefferson County Commission members have not been on the same page regarding allowing the bingo halls to operate, but Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said the Supreme Court has made it clear the bingo halls are illegal.

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Jefferson County voters continue to cast ballots as GOP leaders hope for a red wave in a blue sea

Voter turnout is steady in Jefferson County for the general election as the time for poll closing nears. Although there were some issues throughout the day, voters were thankful to have a voice in the future of the county, the state and the nation.

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Body of man found shot after mobile home fire in Jefferson County; Hispanic community concerned with investigation

The Jefferson County Coroner identified a man found shot inside a burning home in the early hours of Friday, Nov. 4.

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Jefferson County GOP chairman hopes voters are paying attention to November 8 general election

Jefferson County GOP chairman Paul DeMarco said local Republicans should pay close attention to the upcoming general election.

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Jefferson County judge who tried ruling the death penalty unconstitutional convicted again for failing to comply with previous sanction

A Jefferson County judge was convicted Tuesday of violating ethics rules by failing to return to work without pay following a previous conviction.

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Jefferson County Sheriff hopeful Jared Hudson: Rising crime due to bad leadership, politics

Former Navy Seal Jared Hudson is running for sheriff of Jefferson County — which contains some of the state’s most crime-ridden cities — and he believes the rising trend can be reversed with the right leadership.

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Former JeffCo employee's son sentenced for defrauding Jefferson County Retirement of over $100K

A federal judge this week sentenced an Alabama man for defrauding Jefferson County’s retirement plan of over $130,000.

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The Water Board bureaucracy: How does the Birmingham Water Works Board work?

The Birmingham Water Works currently serves over 600,000 Alabamians in Birmingham and five surrounding counties. It’s the largest water system in Alabama and has largely been the center of controversy in the city over the summer.

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Jared Hudson touts God, Constitution in Jefferson County Sheriff bid

Jefferson County Republican candidate for sheriff Jared Hudson is on a mission. A mission to uphold the Constitution and protect the people. It seems like a tough mission, but missions are nothing new to this 37-year-old husband and father of three girls.

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'It is what it is': Jefferson County Commission votes to give $4M in ARPA money to bail out beleaguered Birmingham World Games

The Jefferson County Commission will be forking up $4 million to the World Games 2022 to help address the organization’s $14 million debt. 

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Left-wing SPLC appeals circuit court ruling on Jefferson County judicial relocation to Madison County

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is continuing to hammer away, fighting against a judicial seat that was moved to a different county.

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Jefferson Co. Schools superintendent addresses LGBTQ, Title IX expansion -- 'Very convoluted and cumbersome'

The superintendent of the second-largest school system in Alabama said his school system would follow the law when it comes to policies concerning transgender and non-binary issues. He also said changes were necessary after Title IX expansion.

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Jefferson Co. District Attorney pledges not to prosecute violations of Alabama abortion laws

A Jefferson County District Attorney has put his name on a joint letter, stating that he will not enforce the state’s abortion laws on the books.

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Garbage bills to rise by 65% in Jefferson County, as local governments across Alabama struggle with inflation

Jefferson County families will see a 65% increase in their quarterly garbage bills, under an emergency contract amendment with AmWaste approved on Thursday. The Jefferson County Commission’s vote comes as cities and counties across Alabama are seeing major increases in the cost of garbage collection.

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Heavy rains flood parts of Birmingham area

Heavy rains left parts of the Birmingham metro area under water early Wednesday, with flash flooding stranding vehicles and swamping parking lots.

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Republican qualifying begins Tuesday

The Alabama Republican Party will open its qualifying period for the 2022 Republican Primary Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. "The...

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Smucker's Uncrustables facility to bring 750 jobs to Jefferson county

By 1819 News staff   Gov. Kay Ivey announced that The J.M. Smucker Co. plans to build a new manufacturing facility and distribution...

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Microchip shortages affecting law enforcement in Alabama

By Craig Monger The semiconductor chip shortage affecting the production of computers, appliances, and automobiles is creating an unexpected...

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New Jefferson County Manager presents five-year strategic plan to mayors' group

By Erica Thomas, Managing Editor The new Jefferson County Manager at the Eastern Area Mayors meeting in Trussville this month and updated...