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Governor's Panel Tours Aging, Understaffed Prison

State officials toured a state prison that the corrections commissioner say illustrates the state's problem with aging facilities. It also shows the state's ongoing problems with understaffing. The Governor's Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy on Tuesday toured Holman Correctional…

Officials Investigate Cause of Plane Crash in Rural Alabama

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine what caused a small plane to crash in rural Alabama, killing the pilot. WBRC-TV reports the Calhoun County coroner's office has identified the pilot as 70-year-old Harvell Jackson Walker, of Fayetteville,…

Alabama City Approves Massive No-Smoking Zone

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities. Al.Com reports Birmingham City Council unanimously approved the rule last week. It'll go into effect on Dec.…

Charges Still Pending for Hurt Woman Accused of Sons' Murder

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama woman accused of killing her 9- and 3-year-old sons hasn't been charged while she remains hospitalized. News outlets report authorities say it may be another two weeks until 32-year-old Sara Franco Tapia is released…

Person Killed at Alabama Grocery Store

MADISON, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say they are looking for a suspect following a shooting that left one person dead outside an Alabama grocery store. Police in the Huntsville suburb of Madison say a person found wounded at a Kroger…

Search Fails to Turn up Missing 3-Year-Old Alabama Girl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Another search has failed to turn up signs of a 3-year-old Alabama girl who's been missing more than a week. Media outlets report that volunteers joined police, rescue workers, firefighters and others on Sunday searching for…

Update: Volunteer Firefighter Killed in Coosa County

Alabama News Network now has more information on the wreck that killed an on-duty volunteer firefighter in Coosa County. Alabama State Troopers say 45-year-old Michael Wayne Johnston of Equality was killed when the tanker truck he was driving hit an…

Person of Interest in Girl's Abduction Freed on Bond

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A person of interest in the abduction of a 3-year-old Alabama girl has been released from jail after being arrested on unrelated charges. Al.com reports 39-year-old Patrick Devone Stallworth bonded out of the Jefferson County Jail…

Police: Girl, 3, Kidnapped From Alabama Birthday Party

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has been kidnapped from a birthday party in Alabama. Police issued an Amber Alert late Saturday after someone in a dark SUV grabbed Kamille McKinney while she was outside with friends…

Pastor, Trump Ally Robert Jeffress to Give Talladega Prayer

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress has been selected by Talladega Superspeedway to give Sunday's pre-race invocation and wave the green flag. Jeffress has warned of a "civil war-like fracture" if President Donald Trump is impeached. NASCAR has…

Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream That May Contain Plastic Pits

SYLACAUGA, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Blue Bell Creameries is recalling a batch of ice cream made at an Alabama plant over concerns it may contain pieces of plastic. The agency made the announcement Wednesday.…

Study to Assess How People React to Severe Weather

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A new research project getting under way around Tuscaloosa aims to document how people react to severe weather. The University of Alabama says research sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Severe…

Boy Dies After Falling From Wagon at Children's Hospital

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama boy has died after falling out of a wagon that's commonly used at a children's hospital in Birmingham. Red wagons have been used for years to transport young patients and supplies at Children's of…

Wildfires Still a Threat Despite Rain in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Scattered rain across Alabama hasn't been enough to ease the wildfire threat. The Alabama Forestry Commission says all 67 counties remain under a fire alert that was first issued last month. The agency's website says four…

1 Dead, 1 Injured in Shooting Over Dog Hit by Vehicle

VERBENA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a woman is dead, her husband is hospitalized with a gunshot wound and a third person is charged with murder following a shooting that stemmed from a dog being hit by a vehicle. News…

A "More Than Tours" Perspective

Michelle Browder is the owner and operator of More Than Tours. The company specializes in historic tours of Montgomery. Tours focus on the history of Montgomery from its founding up to present day. "When people…

Mobile Bus Driver Killed in Crash, No Students Onboard

A Mobile school bus driver is dead following the crash of a bus that had just dropped off students at school. Mobile County school officials tell say the wreck happened Thursday morning near Interstate 65 at U.S. 45. Photos show…

US Soldier in Afghanistan Accused of Raping Alabama Student

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - U.S. Army criminal investigators have arrested a deployed soldier accused of raping an Auburn University student last year. Auburn  police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey said in a news release Tuesday that 27-year-old Ryan Charles Petro of North…

Police: 50 Animals Found Alive in Feces-Filled Mobile Home

PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in Alabama say they've arrested a woman whose mobile home was filled with feces, dead carcasses and 50 malnourished animals. News outlets report Donna Mullins was arrested Friday and charged with obstruction of governmental…

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