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That's My Take, What's Yours? WAFF 48's Vice President and General Manager, Vanessa Oubre will be doing weekly editorials on timely topics, opportunities, challenges and concerns facing our community. More>>

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  • My Take - Cop Cams

    My Take - Cop Cams

    Cameras are popping up everywhere. Recently we told you how police in Athens have been putting new body cameras into action. The cameras can record up to 10 hours of video and audio. They are the same type Madison Co. deputies will soon be wearing. Let's face it, the camera doesn't lie and the cameras can keep both officers and the people they may be confronting in check. The cameras have resulted in fewer complaints against officers since the body cameras went into service. If a questionable...More >>
    Cameras are popping up everywhere. Recently we told you how police in Athens have been putting new body cameras into action. The cameras can record up to 10 hours of video and audio. They are the same type Madison Co. deputies will soon be wearing. Let's face it, the camera doesn't lie and the cameras can keep both officers and the people they may be confronting in check. The cameras have resulted in fewer complaints against officers since the body cameras went into service. If a questionable...More >>
  • My Take - WAFF 60th Anniversary

    My Take - WAFF 60th Anniversary

    On July 4th, WAFF TV Celebrated its 60th year of serving the people of the Tennessee Valley. When we first went on the air in 1954, our signal originated from Decatur, and our call letters were WMSL-TV. We were channel 23 and we carried programming from all four networks of the time - NBC, CBS, ABC and the DuMont.Network. Although a lot can and does change in the course of 60 years, our commitment to bringing you're the best news and weather coverage has been a constant throughout. Being on t...More >>
    On July 4th, WAFF TV Celebrated its 60th year of serving the people of the Tennessee Valley. When we first went on the air in 1954, our signal originated from Decatur, and our call letters were WMSL-TV. We were channel 23 and we carried programming from all four networks of the time - NBC, CBS, ABC and the DuMont.Network. Although a lot can and does change in the course of 60 years, our commitment to bringing you're the best news and weather coverage has been a constant throughout. Being on t...More >>
  • My Take - Grill Safety

    My Take - Grill Safety

    July fourth may have come and gone but grilling season will be going strong for weeks to come. With more Americans lighting their grills than ever before, it's important to remember that a fun barbecue is a safe barbecue. Remember, anytime you work with fire, there's a chance of getting burned. So, take precautions. Common sense and planning will prevent injuries. Read the owner's manual. Grills should only be used outside, and away from children. Be sure your grill is firmly in place and tha...More >>
    July fourth may have come and gone but grilling season will be going strong for weeks to come. With more Americans lighting their grills than ever before, it's important to remember that a fun barbecue is a safe barbecue. Remember, anytime you work with fire, there's a chance of getting burned. So, take precautions. Common sense and planning will prevent injuries. Read the owner's manual. Grills should only be used outside, and away from children. Be sure your grill is firmly in place and tha...More >>
  • My Take - Animal Cruelty

    My Take - Animal Cruelty

    Lately there have been no shortage of cruelty to animal stories locally and around the country. Unfortunately, it happens more often than we'd like to believe. But you can help by recognizing and reporting animal abuse in your area. Physical abuse signs can range from sores and cuts to missing fur to appearing extremely thin. Neglect is another form of abuse that is just as serious as physical abuse. Neglectful owners don't give their pets proper care and sometimes force them to live in cruel...More >>
    Lately there have been no shortage of cruelty to animal stories locally and around the country. Unfortunately, it happens more often than we'd like to believe. But you can help by recognizing and reporting animal abuse in your area. Physical abuse signs can range from sores and cuts to missing fur to appearing extremely thin. Neglect is another form of abuse that is just as serious as physical abuse. Neglectful owners don't give their pets proper care and sometimes force them to live in cruel...More >>
  • My Take - Human Trafficking

    My Take - Human Trafficking

    Last week Alabama was part on nationwide human trafficking crackdown.  In  North Alabama the FBI and its partners recovered one juvenile victim, arrested three suspected pimps and identified four otherMore >>
    Last week Alabama was part on nationwide human trafficking crackdown.  In  North Alabama the FBI and its partners recovered one juvenile victim, arrested three suspected pimps and identified four otherMore >>
  • My Take - Teen Driving

    My Take - Teen Driving

    Last week a new study came out with their  list of 2014's Best and Worst states for Teen Drivers. Alabama was near the bottom ranked 39th.  Car crashes are the leading killer of teenagers.  The reportMore >>
    Last week a new study came out with their  list of 2014's Best and Worst states for Teen Drivers. Alabama was near the bottom ranked 39th.  Car crashes are the leading killer of teenagers.  The reportMore >>
  • My Take - Summer Lunch

    My Take - Summer Lunch

    The Huntsville City School Board recently heard details about a plan that will let many more students obtain free meals on campus. Board members voiced their concerted approval of their participation inMore >>
    The Huntsville City School Board recently heard details about a plan that will let many more students obtain free meals on campus. Board members voiced their concerted approval of their participation inMore >>
  • My Take - OK VA

    My Take - OK VA

    With the VA healthcare debacle still grabbing headlines,  I am happy to report some good news resulting from a story from our sister station WSFA in Montgomery.   A Korean War Veteran's 56-year struggleMore >>
    With the VA healthcare debacle still grabbing headlines,  I am happy to report some good news resulting from a story from our sister station WSFA in Montgomery.   A Korean War Veteran's 56-year struggleMore >>
  • My Take - Summer Driving

    My Take - Summer Driving

    School may be out for summer, but from Memorial Day forward marks the 100 deadliest days for teenage drivers according to AAA.  Almost over 30% of accidents result in injury. Many are just rear-end typeMore >>
    School may be out for summer, but from Memorial Day forward marks the 100 deadliest days for teenage drivers according to AAA.  Almost over 30% of accidents result in injury. Many are just rear-end typeMore >>
  • My Take - Front Lineman

    My Take - Front Lineman

    When bad weather happens here in the Tennessee Valley they are on the front lines.  I'm talking about the men and women that call themselves  Alabama linemen. From ice and snow to tornados they are oftenMore >>
    When bad weather happens here in the Tennessee Valley they are on the front lines.  I'm talking about the men and women that call themselves  Alabama linemen. From ice and snow to tornados they are oftenMore >>
  • My Take - Kids and Pets in Hot Cars

    My Take - Kids and Pets in Hot Cars

    As temperatures across the nation soar this summer, so do the deaths of children and pets left inside vehicles. Whether you're running a quick errand or taking a road trip, it's important to understandMore >>
    As temperatures across the nation soar this summer, so do the deaths of children and pets left inside vehicles. Whether you're running a quick errand or taking a road trip, it's important to understandMore >>
  • My Take - Coaches Commended

    My Take - Coaches Commended

    Last week, football coaches at Alabama and Auburn University were commended by the Human Rights Campaign. Both coaches stated recently that gay athletes are welcome on their respective teams. UniversityMore >>
    Last week, football coaches at Alabama and Auburn University were commended by the Human Rights Campaign. Both coaches stated recently that gay athletes are welcome on their respective teams. UniversityMore >>
  • My Take - Rental Properties

    My Take - Rental Properties

    You've saved money for that big summer getaway,  but before you rent that  house or condo look out for red flags that could signal a scam.  Few of us can see the house or the condo before we rent it, soMore >>
    You've saved money for that big summer getaway,  but before you rent that  house or condo look out for red flags that could signal a scam.  Few of us can see the house or the condo before we rent it, soMore >>
  • My Take - Summer Employment

    My Take - Summer Employment

    As we head into the summer months, high school and college students find themselves with time on their hands. While vacations are great it's important for young people to use their time wisely.  SummerMore >>
    As we head into the summer months, high school and college students find themselves with time on their hands. While vacations are great it's important for young people to use their time wisely.  SummerMore >>
  • My Take - Helmets Help

    My Take - Helmets Help

    If you have lived in Alabama or the south for any period of time, you have become accustomed to the words "safe place." When tornadoes are eminent or on the ground, meteorologists such as the WAFF 48 StormMore >>
    If you have lived in Alabama or the south for any period of time, you have become accustomed to the words "safe place." When tornadoes are eminent or on the ground, meteorologists such as the WAFF 48 StormMore >>
  • My Take - Small Business Week

    My Take - Small Business Week

    Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and smallMore >>
    Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and smallMore >>
  • My Take - Rebuild

    My Take - Rebuild

    In the Tennessee Valley we are all too familiar with  picking up the pieces from devastating storms.  As we move forward on recovery and rebuilding, it's important to be on the lookout for potential scammersMore >>
    In the Tennessee Valley we are all too familiar with  picking up the pieces from devastating storms.  As we move forward on recovery and rebuilding, it's important to be on the lookout for potential scammersMore >>
  • My Take - Donations

    My Take - Donations

    As the clean up and recovery  continues after last week's  tornados  Tennessee Valley residents want to reach out to help those most directly affect by the storms.  Donating  money is the easiest way toMore >>
    As the clean up and recovery  continues after last week's  tornados  Tennessee Valley residents want to reach out to help those most directly affect by the storms.  Donating  money is the easiest way toMore >>
  • My Take - Get Out

    My Take - Get Out

    As we start the month of May, the weather is welcoming us to get out of the house. That means people of all ages and body types can benefit from regular physical activity. May is National Physical FitnessMore >>
    As we start the month of May, the weather is welcoming us to get out of the house. That means people of all ages and body types can benefit from regular physical activity. May is National Physical FitnessMore >>
  • My Take - FDA E Cigs

    My Take - FDA E Cigs

    Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to begin regulating electronic cigarettes for the first time, banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to put health warnings on theMore >>
    Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to begin regulating electronic cigarettes for the first time, banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to put health warnings on theMore >>
  • My Take - New Hospital

    My Take - New Hospital

    You may have missed it last week, but ground was finally broken on a new Huntsville outpatient clinic for veterans. The 48,000-square-foot facility will be located at 500 Markaview Road between ClearviewMore >>
    You may have missed it last week, but ground was finally broken on a new Huntsville outpatient clinic for veterans. The 48,000-square-foot facility will be located at 500 Markaview Road between ClearviewMore >>
  • My Take - Game On

    My Take - Game On

    As we move closer to the summer months that means a lot of youth playing baseball, tennis soccer and other popular summer time sports.  As parents we should take part in sharing our knowledge  and ourMore >>
    As we move closer to the summer months that means a lot of youth playing baseball, tennis soccer and other popular summer time sports.  As parents we should take part in sharing our knowledge  and ourMore >>
  • My Take - Driver Awareness

    My Take - Driver Awareness

    Last week may have been the Alabama DOT's  national work zone awareness week. However, as construction on Alabama roadways reaches its peak, we as drivers should be alert every day and ready to slow downMore >>
    Last week may have been the Alabama DOT's  national work zone awareness week. However, as construction on Alabama roadways reaches its peak, we as drivers should be alert every day and ready to slow downMore >>
  • My Take - Heroin Rise

    My Take - Heroin Rise

    Last week NBC Nightly News turned the spotlight on the fast growing heroin problem here in the US and Alabama is not exempt. The rise in heroin use in the Shoals was made apparent last week when severalMore >>
    Last week NBC Nightly News turned the spotlight on the fast growing heroin problem here in the US and Alabama is not exempt. The rise in heroin use in the Shoals was made apparent last week when severalMore >>
  • My Take - Weather Preparedness

    My Take - Weather Preparedness

    Last week marked the 40th anniversary of one of the deadliest tornadoes to ever hit north Alabama.  April has brought some of the most severe weather events our state has ever seen.  It's critical forMore >>
    Last week marked the 40th anniversary of one of the deadliest tornadoes to ever hit north Alabama.  April has brought some of the most severe weather events our state has ever seen.  It's critical forMore >>
  • My Take - ISS Issues

    My Take - ISS Issues

    When it comes to U.S. and Russian relations,  space has become an issue.  Russia's invasion of Crimea and its continuing threat of Ukraine's sovereignty is causing trouble for NASA. Last week the U.S.More >>
    When it comes to U.S. and Russian relations,  space has become an issue.  Russia's invasion of Crimea and its continuing threat of Ukraine's sovereignty is causing trouble for NASA. Last week the U.S.More >>
  • My Take - Firefighters

    My Take - Firefighters

    Last week, Huntsville Fire & Rescue started a new Firefighter class. The cadets are expected to graduate near the end of August 2014. The class consists of 24 recruits for Huntsville Fire and 2 for HuntsvilleMore >>
    Last week, Huntsville Fire & Rescue started a new Firefighter class. The cadets are expected to graduate near the end of August 2014. The class consists of 24 recruits for Huntsville Fire and 2 for HuntsvilleMore >>
  • My Take - Tax Time Scam

    My Take - Tax Time Scam

    As we near the tax deadline, it's important for us all to be wary of scams. Last week, we told you how people around the country have been scammed out of more than a million dollars, in what is being calledMore >>
    As we near the tax deadline, it's important for us all to be wary of scams. Last week, we told you how people around the country have been scammed out of more than a million dollars, in what is being calledMore >>
  • My Take - FCC

    My Take - FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission is backing off on a plan that would put monitors in newsrooms after critics called the idea intrusive and an attack on the First Amendment.  This is a big victoryMore >>
    The Federal Communications Commission is backing off on a plan that would put monitors in newsrooms after critics called the idea intrusive and an attack on the First Amendment.  This is a big victoryMore >>
  • My Take - Constitution

    My Take - Constitution

    Alabama's current constitution was written in 1901 and the state is still struggling with it. The Legislature has restarted an effort to rewrite the Alabama Constitution a few parts at a time. The SenateMore >>
    Alabama's current constitution was written in 1901 and the state is still struggling with it. The Legislature has restarted an effort to rewrite the Alabama Constitution a few parts at a time. The SenateMore >>
  • My Take - Carly's Law

    My Take - Carly's Law

    The wishes of an Alabama couple whose 3 year-old daughter suffers from seizures are getting closer to coming true. Last week the Alabama's Senate approved a bill to authorize the University of AlabamaMore >>
    The wishes of an Alabama couple whose 3 year-old daughter suffers from seizures are getting closer to coming true. Last week the Alabama's Senate approved a bill to authorize the University of AlabamaMore >>
  • My Take - Grandparent's Bill

    My Take - Grandparent's Bill

    On March 5th, the Alabama House Members voted yes on the so-called "Grandparent's Bill"  This bill  would allow a grandparent to petition the court for visitation rights if the marital relationship betweenMore >>
    On March 5th, the Alabama House Members voted yes on the so-called "Grandparent's Bill"  This bill  would allow a grandparent to petition the court for visitation rights if the marital relationship betweenMore >>
  • My Take - Red Cross Month

    My Take - Red Cross Month

    President Obama has proclaimed March as Red Cross month. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in this country every year.  So many Alabamians got much needed help fromMore >>
    President Obama has proclaimed March as Red Cross month. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in this country every year.  So many Alabamians got much needed help fromMore >>
  • My Take - Alabama Prisons

    My Take - Alabama Prisons

    Even law breakers deserve fair and humane treatment. So where is the outrage following the U.S. Justice Department's report on the cruel and unusual punishment being levied against female inmates for theMore >>
    Even law breakers deserve fair and humane treatment. So where is the outrage following the U.S. Justice Department's report on the cruel and unusual punishment being levied against female inmates for theMore >>
  • My Take - Severe Weather

    My Take - Severe Weather

    With recent snow one week and severe weather last week, you may have missed the fact that last week was severe weather week in Alabama. When it comes to severe weather, planning ahead can save your life.More >>
    With recent snow one week and severe weather last week, you may have missed the fact that last week was severe weather week in Alabama. When it comes to severe weather, planning ahead can save your life.More >>
  • My Take - Holiday Hype

    My Take - Holiday Hype

    Will children that go to Alabama public schools be able to wish each other a Merry Christmas or a Happy Hanukkah in 2014?  This month the Alabama Senate voted 22 to 7 to  pass the bill allowing ChildrenMore >>
    Will children that go to Alabama public schools be able to wish each other a Merry Christmas or a Happy Hanukkah in 2014?  This month the Alabama Senate voted 22 to 7 to  pass the bill allowing ChildrenMore >>
  • My Take - Olympics

    My Take - Olympics

    There are many reasons to watch the Olympics this year.  For the US a sense of pride and honor goes along with watching many or our citizens win medals for our country. The Olympic Games are a specialMore >>
    There are many reasons to watch the Olympics this year.  For the US a sense of pride and honor goes along with watching many or our citizens win medals for our country. The Olympic Games are a specialMore >>
  • My Take - Cable

    My Take - Cable

    Are you worried cable companies are getting too big to care for their customers?  Well last weeks announcement by Comcast and their agreement to buy Time Warner should have the attention of many of theirMore >>
    Are you worried cable companies are getting too big to care for their customers?  Well last weeks announcement by Comcast and their agreement to buy Time Warner should have the attention of many of theirMore >>
  • My Take - Smokes Out

    My Take - Smokes Out

    Last week, CVS decided to start phasing out the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, with a cut-off date of October the first. This move is another sign that the company is marching in a healthierMore >>
    Last week, CVS decided to start phasing out the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, with a cut-off date of October the first. This move is another sign that the company is marching in a healthierMore >>
  • My Take - Hacking

    My Take - Hacking

    Recent security breaches at Target and other retail establishments has shaken consumer confidence. But who really pays the price for these security lapses? Retailers blame bank card operations, and banksMore >>
    Recent security breaches at Target and other retail establishments has shaken consumer confidence. But who really pays the price for these security lapses? Retailers blame bank card operations, and banksMore >>
  • My Take - Hacking

    My Take - Hacking

    Recent security breaches at Target and other retail establishments have shaken consumer confidence. But who really pays the price for these security lapses? Retailers blame bank card operations, and banksMore >>
    Recent security breaches at Target and other retail establishments have shaken consumer confidence. But who really pays the price for these security lapses? Retailers blame bank card operations, and banksMore >>
  • My Take - Weather

    My Take - Weather

    Last week, our neighbors to the south witnessed an ice event that seemed to have caught everyone off guard. Local and national meteorologists predicted snow and ice in areas that haven't seen it in a longMore >>
    Last week, our neighbors to the south witnessed an ice event that seemed to have caught everyone off guard. Local and national meteorologists predicted snow and ice in areas that haven't seen it in a longMore >>
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