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Local School Closings & Delays

The threat for severe weather on Thursday has prompted some local school systems to delay the start of classes or to close. Here is the latest list: Bullock County Schools – closed Coosa County Schools – two-hour delay Crenshaw County Public Schools – closed Crenshaw Christian Academy – closed Chilton County Schools – two-hour delay East Memorial Christian Academy –…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: FDA investigating talc powder + Lung cancer rising in women + Belly fat linked to cognitive decline

For the first time in 50 years, the food and drug administration has started investigating talc powders. This comes after regulators found asbestos in several talc products, including Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder. The FDA held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss proposed testing standards and to hear from consumer advocates and industry representatives. Plus, the number of young women…

UPDATE: Missing 13-Year-Old Amberly Flores of Pelham Willingly Got Into A Black SUV

The Pelham Police Department needs your help locating Amberly Nicole Flores. Amberly is a 13-year-old Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes. ALEA reported she is 5’1” and weighs 115 pounds. Amberly was last seen wearing a white jacket, blue jeans and carrying a pink backpack in the area of Green Park South Mobile Homes at 7:00 in the…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Sleeping issues worsen + Pregnancy PTSD + Probiotics misinformation

Nearly a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, and researchers say the problem is getting worse each year. A new study from Ball State University finds the professions that have the highest levels of sleep-deprivation are police officers and those in the military. Adequate sleep is defined as seven hours or more. Plus, a new study shows one in…

HELPFUL NEWS: Senator Doug Jones and Team Hosting FAFSA Workshops Across Alabama

U.S. Senator Doug Jones announced his local staff members will host a series of workshops across Alabama to assist students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We’re told these events are free and open to the public. In 2018, Alabama high school graduates missed out on an estimated $57.5 million in federal grants…

House in Waugh Struck by Lightning; Large Tree Down Causing Dozens of Power Outages

A separate Alabama News Network crew spent the day in Montgomery, but following the storm and strong winds, the Waugh/Mt. Meigs Voluntary Fire Department had a busy day dealing with a home that was struck by lightning. Lieutenant Brady Medley said a crew arrived to a home on Pinetree Drive in Waugh at 3:30, with reports of a house struck…

Selma’s new police chief officially takes reign of the department

Friday was the first full day on the job for Selma’s new police chief, Kenta Fulford. He officially took the reigns of the police department after a swearing in ceremony Thursday: “Just excited and ready to go to work.” Fulford said. The new top cop was appointed police chief by the Selma City Council last month. Retired Selma Police Lt….

Body found in Hueytown shallow grave identified as Paighton Houston

Birmingham media outlets report the body found in a shallow grave has been identified as missing Trussville woman, Paighton Houston. Jefferson County District Attorney Lynneice Washington told news outlets that a woman’s body was found in a shallow grave behind a residence on Chapel Drive in Hueytown.  There had been a heavy police presence at the home for two days…

ASU Food Pantry Gets $25k Grant

Alabama State University’s food pantry is getting a late Christmas present of a $25,000 grant from the ECMC Foundation. School officials say the food pantry is open two days a week for students.  They see between 20 and 30 students on a weekly basis.  Food insecurity is a major problem on college campuses across the country, and ASU officials say…