Author: Alabama News Network Staff

Alabama Prisons to Allow Video Visitations

The Alabama prison system, which suspended visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, is starting a video visitation service to try to reconnect prisoners with their family and friends. The Alabama Department of Corrections said the system is expected to be rolled out to all prisons by early December. Inmates will be able to use the video kiosks by appointment. The prison…

State Christmas Tree to Arrive at Alabama Capitol on Monday

FILE – State Christmas tree in front of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) It is about to look a lot like Christmas around the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. The state Christmas tree is being delivered to the Capitol’s front steps just after noon Monday. Workers will spend several days decorating the 35-foot tall tree and the Christmas…

Hyundai, Kia Fined for Delaying Recalls Regarding Engine Failures

(AP Photo, File) Hyundai and Kia will spend $137 million on fines and safety improvements because they moved too slowly to recall over 1 million U.S. vehicles with engines that can fail. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the penalties today. They resolve a three-year government probe into the companies’ behavior involving recalls of multiple models dating to the…

“A Christmas Carol” Goes Digital at Alabama Shakespeare Festival

A holiday tradition in Montgomery is undergoing changes because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be streaming digitally this year rather than being presented in a theatre setting. What makes this version even more unique is one actor, Greta Lambert, will take on several roles in this holiday favorite. ASF…

Magical Christmas Toy Drive: Eastdale Mall

Alabama News Network is proud to bring you the 7th Annual Magical Christmas Toy Drive benefitting the Salvation Army of Montgomery. We are collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 11th.  The Salvation Army of Montgomery will distribute the toys to families in time for Christmas. Our partners at Eastdale Mall are helping to fill the vault by going on a shopping spree…

Mother of Millbrook Man Who Vanished 22 Years Ago Still Hoping for Answers

It was 22 years ago this week that George James was reported missing in Millbrook. His mother told Alabama News Network she’s still hoping to finally get answers about what happened to her son. James was 21 years old when he vanished the day before Thanksgiving in 1998.  His car was found shortly afterward on Interstate 65 in Evergreen, which…

Preparations Underway for Montgomery Half Marathon and 5K

The Montgomery Half Marathon and 5K may not be until next March, but preparations are already underway. Hardy Sellers joined us on Alabama News Network to talk about the annual running event. The 2020 race was canceled the day before it was to take place because of the coronavirus outbreak. For the 2021 event, he says entries will be limited…

Alabama Ranks 9th Nationally in Inmate COVID-19 Deaths

Alabama ranks ninth in the country for the number of COVID-19 deaths per 10,000 inmates. Advocates say crowded conditions and an aging prison population have merged with lethal results. Thirty-four people (32 inmates and two staff members) have died from COVID-19. Numbers compiled by The Associated Press and the Marshall Project say that ranks the state ninth in the country…