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Alabama Man Gets Prison for Pointing Laser at Helicopter

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison for aiming a laser at a helicopter last year. U.S. District Judge Anna M. Manasco sentenced 27-year-old Gabriel Lopez Mathews, who pleaded guilty to the charge in April. U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona for the Northern District of Alabama said Wednesday in a news release…

Woman Charged with Kidnapping in Abduction of Alabama Infant

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman is charged with kidnapping after a newborn baby boy was abducted from a home in suburban Birmingham. Authorities tell news outlets that 37-year-old Lakesha Brown was arrested in the disappearance of 4-day-old Kamarion Taylor. Authorities say the baby’s mother awakened from a nap Tuesday afternoon to find the infant missing from the playpen…

Biden backs Woodfin in Birmingham Mayoral Race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden has endorsed Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin for reelection. Biden called Woodfin one of the great young leaders of the country. Biden praised Woodfin’s record on virus response, job creation, and fighting for voting rights. Woodfin faces seven challengers in his bid for another term, including his predecessor, former Mayor William Bell. Jefferson…

Man is Shot and Killed Outside Birmingham Nightclub

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man has been shot and killed outside a Birmingham nightclub, police said. The gunfire happened early Sunday morning outside Empire Gentleman’s Club. Birmingham police Officer Truman Fitzgerald said that the man was taken to UAB Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Police say their initial investigation found that the man was involved in an…

Birmingham Hospitals: Most COVID Patients are Unvaccinated

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Hospitals in Birmingham are seeing a surge in COVID-19 patients and doctors are pleading with the public to get vaccinated. Officials say the overwhelming majority of current COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated, and patients tend to be younger than they were at the start of the pandemic before vaccines were available. Doctors and administrators at seven Birmingham…

Birmingham Man Accused of Holding Woman Captive For 3 Days

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of holding a woman against her will for three days is in custody. Jefferson County deputies were called to a home in Adger, an unincorporated community southwest of Birmingham, at about 2:35 p.m. on Sunday to investigate reports of a person being held against their will. When deputies arrived at the scene they…

Founder of Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama Departing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The founder and chief executive of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama will leave the nonprofit organization at the end of the year. The Birmingham-based nonprofit says Isabel Rubio will be replaced by chief operating officer Carlos Aleman, who went to work for the group as deputy director three years ago. Growing from a staff of…

Birmingham Organizing Committee Announces Television Agreement with CBS Sports for The World Games 2022

The World Games 2022, an international multi-sport event organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee, will hold its 11th edition in Birmingham from July 7-17, 2022. An anticipated 3,600 athletes will participate in more than 30 different sports throughout The Games.

$3 Million in Grants Going to Black History Sites

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A fund formed in response to the deadly racial violence four years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, said Thursday it will award $3 million in grants to more than three dozen groups and sites nationwide to help preserve landmarks linked to Black history. Recipients of money from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund include a consortium of civil…

Project to Develop Area Beneath New Interstate in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Work has begun on a $34 million project to develop a nearly mile-long area beneath an elevated interstate highway through Birmingham. City Walk BHAM will be located under Interstate 59/20, which was recently rebuilt. It lies between the main downtown area and the city’s civic center, indoor arena, and new football stadium, which is opening this…