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Toyota Plant Adds 450 Jobs to Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – A Toyota factory in north Alabama will add 450 jobs as the sole North American manufacturer of engines for the 2022 Tundra pickup truck. The company says employment at the Toyota Alabama plant will increase to 1,800 people. And the company says it plans to spend $288 million on the project, which is separate from a…

About One-Third of Alabama Counties at Great Risk for Virus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Statistics show that about one-third of Alabama’s counties are at very high risk for COVID-19 as vaccination rates continue to lag. Overall caseloads and hospitalizations remain far below levels when the pandemic was at worst early this year. But state health statistics show the potential for infection remains elevated in areas including Birmingham, Huntsville, and Montgomery….

Wife Testifies Against Husband in Slaying of 5

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Testimony is continuing in the Alabama capital murder trial of Christopher Henderson, who is accused of killing his pregnant wife and four members of her family. Defense lawyers on Monday cross-examined Rhonda Carlson who testified against Henderson as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors say Christopher Henderson was still legally married to Carlson when he married…

Markers to Honor Fight for Female Suffrage in Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The fight to allow women to vote in Alabama will be recalled in a series of historical markers across the state. The first “Votes for Women” marker was dedicated Wednesday in downtown Huntsville. Additional ones are planned in Birmingham, Decatur, Mobile, Selma and Tuskegee. The markers are white with writing in purple, which was the color…

City Backs Mental Health Program after Officer’s Conviction

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Leaders in an Alabama city have agreed to support the establishment of a new mental health crisis program. Huntsville City Council members voted unanimously Thursday to back a diversion center that could help people experiencing mental difficulties. The center would be a project of the city, its police, and Wellstone Behavioral Health. The vote came days…

Officer Convicted of Murder Still gets Paid in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The city of Huntsville says a police officer convicted of murder in a shooting has been taken off duty following the verdict but will continue to be paid. A city spokeswoman says Officer William Darby can’t continue working as an officer because of the conviction but he’ll remain on paid leave as the city works through…

Alabama Officer Charged with Murder Takes Stand in Trial

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Closing arguments are scheduled Thursday in the trial of an Alabama police officer accused in the fatal shooting of a suicidal man. Huntsville Officer William Darby testified on his own behalf Wednesday, telling jurors he opened fire after Jeffrey Parker refused to drop a weapon. Darby took the stand, a day after jurors watched a video…

Reward in Vandalism on Huntsville Synagogue

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Nearly $20,000 in reward money is being offered for information about vandalism last year on a Huntsville synagogue and Jewish center that were painted with anti-Semitic graffiti. Police hope the money will lead to arrests in the attacks on Etz Chayim Synagogue and Chabad which were vandalized on back-to-back nights in April. Huntsville Police Chief Mark…