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Jeff Sanders: Real Men Wear Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Alabama News Network’s Jeff Sanders is doing his part in the fight against cancer. Jeff was selected by the American Cancer Society to be part of their “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign. Throughout the month of October Jeff and two dozen other men in the community are wearing pink each day to raise money…

State Preparations for Irma

Hurricane Irma’s force is being felt in south Florida it’s headed toward Alabama, and state officials are preparing. “I’ve authorized the national guard personnel to be deployed immediately for pre-storm preparation efforts and to respond once the storm reaches us. i have also authorized additional national guardsmen and women to lend a helping hand to our friends in Florida,” says…

Oprah, Beyonce to Headline Hurricane Harvey Relief Telethon

Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey will headline a one-hour benefit telethon to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims that will be simulcast next week on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CMT. The event will be telecast live at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 12, and on tape delay at 8 p.m. on the West Coast. It is being organized…

EXTRA: 25 Years of TV Talk in Montgomery

2017 marks 25 years of the TV talk show “Good Afternoon Montgomery”, hosted by Joe Hagler. Through the years, the show has moved from CBS 8 to ABC Montgomery to its current home on CW Montgomery. But Hagler has always been at the helm. His show got its start as “Good Morning Montgomery” in 1992. He’s gone through several co-hosts,…

EXTRA: Gov. Kay Ivey Marks First 100 Days in Office

Gov. Kay Ivey is marking her 100th day in office this week. She took office April 10, after former Gov. Robert Bentley resigned during an investigation into his administration and personal conduct. Ivey sat down with Alabama News Network anchor Stefanie Hicks for an Exclusive one-on-one interview to talk about her first 100 days. Ivey pointed out that newly-elected governors…

Church Bus Safety

Tragedy struck an Alabama church last month when a bus full of people headed to do mission work crashed on an Atlanta highway leaving a 17-year-old girl dead. Since then the driver of that bus has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle. Now other churches are checking their safety protocols to make sure they’re safe when they take the…

Your Town Friday: Alexander City

Downtown Alexander city, has seen quite a few changes over the years but one thing residents say hasn’t changed is the town’s quiet charm. Alexander City native Sandra Wyckoff says “it’s just like a family, you know, it’s a small town and a very family oriented city, so I always love coming home. ” Resident Allie Reams explains “I like that I…

EXTRA: “What’s in Your Food?”

Take a look in your pantry… and you’ll probably find that most of your food labels state they have been genetically engineered in some way. But what does that mean? And is it safe? Wendy Yeager is a fourth generation farmer. She and her husband run a 970 acre farm in Dallas County growing soybeans, cotton, sorghum and peanuts. The…

Steve McQueen to Direct Tupac Documentary

Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen is set to direct a documentary about Tupac Shakur. Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment said Tuesday that the film is fully sanctioned by the late hip-hop artist’s estate. McQueen is best known for directing “12 Years a Slave” which won the best picture Oscar in 2014 and earned him a best director nomination….

The Truth Behind Fake News

The term fake news has gained popularity in the past year.  It’s often the focus of political speeches, late-late night talk shows and now legislation in a few states. It’s also a topic of discussion in journalism classes at Troy University.  Dr. Jeff Spurlock is the director of the Hall School of Journalism and he says many of his students…