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Gina Harper is a Gardendale, Alabama resident who pled guilty to driving on a revoked driver's license. When she couldn't pay the US$715 in court costs, she was placed on probation with Private Probation Services, and sentenced to 48 hours in jail. A few months later, Gina owed nearly $900- the court ...
“Do the people of Alabama want to acknowledge God, the God of the Old and New Testament, the Christian God? Do we want to acknowledge the God that our nation was founded upon?” asked Dean Young, chairman of the Ten Commandments Amendment political action committee. Young said he's ...

On Thursday evening, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice officially opened in Birmingham, Alabama. The memorial, which according to the Equal Justice Initiative, stands on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved, honors the African-American victims of lynching ...
An environmental group claims Alabama Power Co. is wrongly charging fees that increase costs for customers who install solar panels. ... The group says Alabama Power's fees for customers with solar arrays amount to about $300 annually, cutting into savings they'd otherwise receive from using solar.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Companies planning new facilities or expanding existing operations in Alabama announced nearly 15,500 new jobs and more than $4.4 billion in capital investment during 2017, according to a comprehensive report detailing economic development activity in the state last year.
Three high school students died and two others were injured in a vehicle crash in the northern Alabama town of St. Florian, AL.com reported Friday (April 27). The fatality victims were students at Wilson High School: Braden Turner, 17, and Coby Hines and Tyler Nelson, both 16, the report said. The crash ...

The researchers identified some of the Alabama fossils as representing a new Peritresius species, which they named Peritresius martini after Mr. George Martin who discovered the fossils. Their identification was based on anatomical features including the shape of the turtle's shell. Comparing P. martini ...
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist Scott Dawson and Alabama State Sen. Bill Hightower took part in the Reckon by AL.com debate at the Lyric Theater in Birmingham Thursday night. Gov. Kay Ivey did not attend, the second time she's skipped a public forum of Republican gubernatorial candidates.
The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network announced the honorees in the large, medium and small manufacturer categories in an event at the Alabama Activity Center. Taking the honors in the large manufacturer category (400 or more employees) was information and ...
It's not often a town of roughly 1,000 makes national news. But then, it's not often a town faces a plight so ripe for media attention as Parrish, Ala. For upwards of two months, a train brimming with sewage sludge has been squatting uninvited near fields used for youth baseball, simmering in the afternoon sun ...
In this 2015 photo, traffic is backed up along Alabama 59 leading into Gulf Shores, Ala. Traffic congestion continues to be an annual problem in the coastal Alabama cities of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley. Public officials in each of those cities are hoping that 2020 U.S. Census population data is ...
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday looks like a very nice spring day with ample sunshine and a high up in the mid 70s. But clouds roll in Saturday night, and rain becomes widespread across the state Sunday as a surface low approaches. The low will pass through south Alabama, meaning no risk of ...
Barring intervention by courts or its governor, Alabama will kill an 83-year-old man on April 19; long-incarcerated for the 1989 mail-bomb killings of United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance and civil rights attorney Robert E. Robinson, Walter Moody, Jr.'s wizened, ...
As Americans mourn the passing of a former First Lady and mother to another president, one Alabama woman is remembering the moment she got wedding day advice from Barbara Bush. Nannette Smith Sheaffer, a native of Pell City, now lives and works in Birmingham. Sheaffer met Bush on June 24, ...
An Alabama state representative is calling for a federal investigation into the death of Prichard man at the hands of a police officer in November 2017. Napoleon Bracy (District 98) has called on the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to look into the death of Lawrence Hawkins, 56, after a Prichard ...
PARRISH, Ala. (AP) - A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet — and the "poop train" is just the latest example of the South being used as a dumping ground for other states' waste. In Parrish, Ala., population ...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — When Deidre Downs was crowned Miss America more than a decade ago, the idea of legalized gay marriage and Miss America later marrying her same-sex partner in Alabama would have been an unimaginable future. Times have changed. Former Miss Alabama 2004 and ...

For the twelfth year in a row, Alabama's voluntary First Class Pre-K program was named as providing the highest quality state-funded pre-kindergarten program in America during the 2016-2017 school year. The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released those findings in their 2017 ...
A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet -- and the "poop train" is just the latest example of the South being used as a dumping ground for other states' waste. In Parrish, Alabama, population 982, the ...
Even after a substantial increase for state prisons, Alabama lawmakers had enough left in next year's budget to add new money for mental health, law enforcement and other programs and cover the first cost of living raise for state employees in a decade. The 2019 General Fund budget passed with little ...
FORT MORGAN, Alabama - The search for Jevon Lemke, the Reedsville teen who was swept out to sea in a rip current a week ago, has ended without any sign of Jevon. A representative from the Fort Morgan Fire Department confirmed the search has ended, although there will be extra patrols along the ...
For the last year, waste management facilities in New York and one in New Jersey have been shipping tons of biowaste -- literally, tons -- to Big Sky Environmental, a private landfill in Adamsville, Alabama. But in January, the neighboring town of West Jefferson filed an injunction against Big Sky to keep the ...
Alabama's auto sector has taken off in the past 20 years. From next to nothing, it has become the fifth-largest state for auto manufacturing, fueled by German and Asian carmakers, and it's growing. With new jobs coming, analysts expect Alabama to move up in state auto manufacturing rankings in coming ...
Home prices in Alabama kept pace with the national average as they increased 5.1 percent over last year, according to a national survey. CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data company, released its monthly report today, saying U.S. home prices were up 6.7 percent over February ...
FLORENCE, Ala. – The Historic Downtown in Florence, Alabama is known for its all-American feel. Over the last several years though, graffiti artists have been putting their stamp on walls. “It's not something that we want to have to see every day,” said Sarah Shirey. She and her husband own Turbo Coffee ...
This week, Public Radio International — a competitor of National Public Radio — examined Alabama's rise as a global player in the automaking market. It's an oft-repeated story that's worth another retelling. And in our state, this conversation always starts with Mercedes-Benz's arrival in 1993 — an event ...
An Alabama lawmaker and the former chief of the state's Republican Party face federal bribery charges in connection to efforts to force Blue Cross and Blue Shield to cover diabetic treatments at facilities owned by a California health care executive. State Rep. Jack Williams, R-Vestavia Hills, Marty Connors ...
A new study shows that Alabama is one of the top overall beneficiaries of President Trump's tax law, although the lion's share of benefits could go to the state's wealthiest residents. Alabama ranks second in the nation on a new WalletHub list of states most affected by tax reform. The ranking analyzes ...
Alabama finished seventh in the recruiting rankings in the 2018 class, but expect the Crimson Tide to be back on top come 2019. SEC Country's Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous ...
A 92-year-old woman from Alabama got to see her first great-great-granddaughter despite kidney woes. TRUSSVILLE, Ala. A 92-year-old Alabama woman dying of kidney failure was determined to see her first great-great-granddaughter. On Jan. 31, she got her wish. >> Read more trending news.
MONTGOMERY — Alabama lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt economic developers from the state law governing lobbyists, an exemption that critics painted ... Canfield has said professional site developers, who help businesses decide where to locate, would be hesitant to work in Alabama if they must ...
In Alabama, the dubious honor went to Gadsden. According to the analysis, there are 28.3 traffic fatalities per 100,000 drivers in Gadsden, compared to 21.3 per 100,000 drivers in Alabama as a whole. The average commute time in Gadsden was 26.2 minutes; the average Alabamian's commute is 24.6 ...
Florida Teen Accused of Threatening Alabama School Shooting ... (AP) — A Florida teenager is accused of threatening a school shooting in Alabama. ... Records say the Lehigh Acres man is jailed in Lee County on a warrant from DeKalb County, Alabama charging him with making a threat against a ...
A lawsuit, filed in January, requests sheriffs to disclose how they are spending excess jail-feeding money. Several instances in Alabama, highlighted by Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, indicate that sheriffs are pocketing a substantial amount of money. Meanwhile, questions are surfacing about the ...
Although most counties around Alabama lost residents during the past seven years, the state's overall population ticked up slightly. Populations in 22 of the 67 counties grew from 2010-17, while some were stagnant and the majority declined. Alabama's population grew by 2 percent during that period, ...
As of last week, there were 255 children above the age of 5 in the state of Alabama who were in a foster home, with no family trying to adopt them. "Some of these children have been in care for years," said Rachel Roberts, a pre-adoption team leader at the Children's Aid Society of Alabama's APAC ...
Alabama law allows bingo in some locations, including Macon County. McGregor invested millions of dollars in a VictoryLand expansion, filling it with machines that played lightning quick games of bingo electronically, but on the outside replicated the experience of playing a slot machine with whirling ...
BUFORD, Ga. — The Opening made its way through the Atlanta metro area this weekend, luring top talent from Georgia, as well as a handful from SEC territories such as Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. There was an abundance of talent at each position group. Kardell Thomas, Clay Webb, Nakobe ...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama state employees are getting pay raises for the first time in close to a decade. Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday signed into law bills that provide a 3 percent boost for state employees, a 2.5 percent increase for school employees and a one-time bonus of $1 a month per year of ...
In the CBSN Originals documentary, "Grassroots in Alabama: An Emerging Women's Movement," we meet three women working to change politics from the ground up and learn what's inspired a new generation of activism.
A bill making its way through the Alabama Legislature would loosen ethics requirements for economic developers. The measure passed the House last week and is now headed to the Senate. A robust debate on it misses a deeper point about what makes Alabama attractive to companies seeking to set up ...
Corruption is tough, man. Put your paw in the cookie jar and you might get it smacked. Not always, though. It depends on who you are. And when. Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford stuck his hand in and pulled back a nub. He's been in prison since 2010 -- much of it in the hospital -- and he's not ...
Travis Cox got a call last week from the music director at Morton's Chapel Church, where he and his wife are part of a small congregation. "He said, 'I think we might have a hot piano in our church," Cox recalled. The music director read news stories to him of how Margaret Webster consigned her piano for ...
Strong storms and heavy rain continued to move through parts of south and central Alabama on Sunday morning. A few of the storms could be on the strong side, according to the National Weather Service. The Storm Prediction Center has a marginal risk of severe weather in place across extreme south ...
There's a chance a few snow flurries will fall on part of Alabama tonight. The National Weather Service in Huntsville said that areas north of the Tennessee River could see a brief rain-snow mix late tonight or early Monday after a cold front moves through the region. A blast of colder air will follow the front, ...
Rain and a few storms are in the forecast for Alabama this weekend, and a few of them could be on the strong side starting late tonight. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed a marginal severe weather risk over parts of the state for both Saturday and Sunday. A marginal risk means isolated severe ...
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama man is going to prison for growing marijuana in his backyard. A judge this week sentenced 40-year-old Robert Michael Musick of Athens to three years in prison and two years of probation for drug trafficking. The Athens News Courier reports Musick was arrested in ...
Alabama is the No. 3 auto exporter in the U.S., according to a survey by the Alabama Department of Commerce, with the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International factory in Tuscaloosa County leading the way. The state's automobile exports totaled $7.75 billion in 2017, trailing only Michigan and South Carolina.
Scattered severe storms will be possible in southwest Alabama and in part of the Florida Panhandle on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed a slight risk over that area, which also includes Mobile. More of south Alabama, including Dothan in far ...
ARCHIVED PHOTO-Caption: Travel back to the 16th century at the Florida Renaissance Festival in Fort Lauderdale. (Feb.12-Mar. 13) Credit: Florida Renaissance Festival( Non Staff ). Comment. 0 shares. By Jeremy Gray · jgray@al.com. A Pike County campground has cancelled a renaissance festival after ...


 

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