Alabama

12-Year Old Girl Dies During Game of Tug of War

Authorities say a 12-year-old girl has died after collapsing at a school in Pell City. Pell City police spokesman Don Newton tells Al.com the girl was participating in field day activities at Williams Intermediate School when she collapsed. Chief Greg Turley says the girl had been playing tug-of-war when she fell to the ground. Newton says nurses began CPR and…

Kratom Now a Schedule 1 Drug in Alabama

Courtesy of Kratom Facebook States worried about the effect of a plant-based substance called kratom are moving to ban it over abuse concerns. The controversy around kratom – a plant originating in Southeast Asia – has led Alabama to become the sixth U.S. state to ban it. Kratom is now a Schedule 1 drug in Alabama, the same classification as…

I-Team Investigation: Teacher Sex Charges

The state of Alabama has received bad grades for a number of things in the past, but one failing grade, according to a 2014 study, really stands out. The study, compiled by a former U.S. department of education staffer Terry Abbott, found Alabama is ground zero for teachers convicted or accused of having sex with students. Several cases have made headlines…

Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Wife to Speak at Sanctity of Marriage Rally

Courtesy of Sanctity of Marriage Alabama Facebook Sanctity of Marriage Alabama announced Thursday that Kayla Moore (wife of Chief Justice Roy Moore and President of the Foundation for Moral Law) and State Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) will be among the speakers to address supporters of Chief Justice Roy Moore at a statewide rally on Saturday. Friends of Chief Justice Moore,…

Valley Grande Man Convicted of Child Abuse

Jonathan Wilson of Valley Grande, Alabama has been convicted of child abuse. Wilson and his wife Tessie were arrested in 2014 and charged with aggravated abuse. Dallas County Authorities say the couple abused an 11-year-old girl. Investigators say the victim was the couple’s niece — who had been placed in their care about a year ago before they were arrested….

Inmate Found Dead at St. Clair Facility Identified

The Alabama Department of Corrections has identified an inmate who was found dead days ago at the St. Clair Correctional Facility.Inmate found dead at St. Clair facility identified Department spokesman Bob Horton said in an emailed statement Tuesday that the inmate has been identified as 54-year-old Emory Cook. Horton says Cook’s cellmate noticed that he was unresponsive on Friday morning…

Alabama signs Ohio State transfer Daniel Giddens

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Former Ohio State player Daniel Giddens has signed to play for Alabama. Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson announced the signing of the 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward/center on Tuesday. Giddens, who played for the Buckeyes as a freshman, will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules. He will have three years of eligibility remaining….

Two Alabama Football Players Arrested on Drug and Weapon Charges

MONROE, La. (AP)- Star Alabama tackle Cam Robinson and reserve defensive back Laurence Jones have been arrested on drug and weapons charges. Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s records show Robinson and Jones were cited Tuesday for the misdemeanor charge of carrying a weapon in the presence of narcotics. Robinson also faces a charge of felony possession of stolen firearms. Monroe police detective…

What’s Next for Mike Hubbard as He Prepares for Trial?

A trial almost three years in the making is in its final chapters this week. Jury selection for the case against Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard begins May 16. Hubbard faces 23 counts of using public offices for private gain. Two of the charges allege he was paid to represent companies before the governor’s office. Another claims he sought help in…

Gov. Bentley’s Spokeswoman to Resign After 10 Years in Office

Courtesy of Jennifer Ardis Facebook Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s longtime spokeswoman is resigning next month. Communications director Jennifer Ardis said Friday that she wanted a change after nearly 10 years in the governor’s office, six with Bentley and four with Gov. Bob Riley. Ardis will take over June 16 as the director of communications and external affairs for the Alabama…