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Breweries Teaming up for Alabama Environmental Group

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Some south Alabama breweries are working on a new beer to benefit a nonprofit environmental group that works to protect the state's coast. Six breweries in Mobile and Baldwin County are teaming up to produce an…

Auditions for "American Idol" Being Held Tuesday in Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - "American Idol" producers say auditions will be taking place in Mobile at the GulfQuest maritime museum. Auditions will be Tuesday for the show's 18th season, which will air on ABC. People planning to audition can register…

Alabama Won't Release Contract Related to Executions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama attorney general's office says it will not release to the news media a copy of a contract related to death penalty litigation. The attorney general's office on Tuesday cited security reasons for refusing a…

NASA Picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for Lunar Lander Job

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA has picked Alabama's 'Rocket City' to lead development of the next lunar lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville on Friday beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo…

MPD: Viral Facebook Walmart Threat Not Credible

The Montgomery Police Department is addressing posts on social media about potential violence at Walmart. According MPD, officers and other law enforcement agencies have researched viral Facebook posts, which allege the threat of violence at Walmart this weekend and warn…

32 New Troopers Graduate from Academy in Selma

Alabama now has 32 new state troopers to help keep the roadways and communities safe. Thanks to funding from Governor Kay Ivey and the legislature, the first of three 2019 trooper classes…

Alabama Sets Season For Hunting Sandhill Cranes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has set its first hunting season for sandhill cranes in more than a century. The state wildlife agency says a limited number of hunters will be allowed to kill the migratory birds over two periods…

Coast Guard Rescues Man South of Mobile Bay

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Coast Guard has rescued a man from a fishing vessel about 46 miles (74 kilometers) south of Mobile Bay. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at 7:44 p.m. Friday of a man…

Prosecutors: White Supremacist Convicted on Gun Charges

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal jurors in Alabama have convicted a man who prosecutors describe as a white supremacist gang member on weapons charges. A news release from prosecutors in Birmingham says a jury convicted 44-year-old Christopher "Rudy" McNabb of…

Alabama, Auburn Ranked in Annual Reviews

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A new ranking credits Auburn University with having the nation's happiest college students, while the University of Alabama is No. 2 at partying. The Princeton Review ranks universities in a number of categories each year, and…

Gulf Coast 'Flora-Bama' Bar Sues Over MTV's 'Floribama' Show

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A landmark beach bar on the Florida-Alabama state line is suing MTV's popular "Floribama Shore" show for trademark infringement. Companies that run the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key filed suit this week in Pensacola, Florida, against…

Montgomery Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Tax Fraud

On Thursday, August 8, a Montgomery woman, Laquanda Gilmore Garrott, 39, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for filing false federal tax returns, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Holloman,…

Opiods, Meth, Other Drugs Ravage Northern Alabama County

JASPER, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say opiods, meth and other drugs are ravaging Walker County in northern Alabama. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 254 people died from drug overdoses in Walker County between 2008…

Alabama Implements New Vaping Regulations

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Tobacco shops in Alabama are no longer being able to advertise vaping as a healthy alternative to smoking. A wide-ranging law regulating vaping that passed the legislature earlier this year went into effect Thursday. It also…

On A Roll: Arrest Made in Alabama Toilet Paper Bandit Case

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama authorities say they've wiped out a spate of toilet paper thefts by arresting a man accused of stealing dozens of rolls of bath tissue from a local market. Trussville Police Detective Ben Short tells news…

What Day Does School Start? See the List

Students at most school systems in our area will be going back to class in the next few days.  Several systems start the year on Monday, Aug. 5. Students in Pike Road Schools don't have to be back until Wednesday,…

Prison System Graduates New Class of Correctional Officers

The Alabama Department of Corrections is hiring a new category of corrections officer as the state tries to address a prison staffing shortage. Sixty-one basic correctional officers will graduate Friday from the Alabama Corrections Academy in Selma. The prison system…

Alabama Sued in Transgender Driver's License Case

A federal judge is questioning Alabama's requirement for a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery to change the sex on their driver's license. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson held a Tuesday hearing in the lawsuit filed by three…

2019 is Turning Into a Deadly Year for Alabama Officers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say they're seeing an alarming rise in gun violence against Alabama law enforcement officers. Al.com reports that three Alabama police officers were killed in the first half of this year. According to the National Law…

Alabama Family Continues Fight for Grease Trap Safety Laws

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama family is continuing its fight for new safety rules for restaurant grease traps across the nation. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Corrie Andrews' 3-year-old daughter, Sadie Grace, died in October 2017 at an Auburn…

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