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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 - 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 - Swatting

    My Take - Swatting

    Multiple Huntsville Police units responded to a call that several people had been shot at aa local residence last week. After investigating the call police determined it  was a hoax.  According to the FBI HuntsvilleMore >>
    Multiple Huntsville Police units responded to a call that several people had been shot at aa local residence last week. After investigating the call police determined it  was a hoax.  According to the FBI HuntsvilleMore >>
  • My Take - Welfare

    My Take - Welfare

    After failing last year, Alabama Senator Trip Pittman's legislation to strip welfare payments from individuals that test positive for drug use is getting a second chance in 2014.   All welfare recipientsMore >>
    After failing last year, Alabama Senator Trip Pittman's legislation to strip welfare payments from individuals that test positive for drug use is getting a second chance in 2014.   All welfare recipientsMore >>
  • My Take - Your Take

    My Take - Your Take

    Last week's editorial on Colorado's marijuana legalization generated several responses from our viewers.   The Cannabis plant and it's uses should be legalized. At a minimum the public should educate themselvesMore >>
    Last week's editorial on Colorado's marijuana legalization generated several responses from our viewers.   The Cannabis plant and it's uses should be legalized. At a minimum the public should educate themselvesMore >>
  • My Take - Boeing

    My Take - Boeing

    For the past several weeks Boeing was looking at cities in several states including  Huntsville Alabama for a possible home for a new jetliner production facility for their 777X aircraft. However,  BoeingMore >>
    For the past several weeks Boeing was looking at cities in several states including  Huntsville Alabama for a possible home for a new jetliner production facility for their 777X aircraft. However,  BoeingMore >>
  • My Take - Rash of Robberies

    My Take - Rash of Robberies

    Apparently not everyone was in the holiday spirit last week.  For some the "spirit of giving" was replace by the "spirit of taking."   Multiple robberies happened in Huntsville in the course of two days.More >>
    Apparently not everyone was in the holiday spirit last week.  For some the "spirit of giving" was replace by the "spirit of taking."   Multiple robberies happened in Huntsville in the course of two days.More >>
  • My Take - Up in Smoke

    My Take - Up in Smoke

    Should marijuana be legalized in Alabama? Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. And that experiment is being watched closely by other states. Public opinion isMore >>
    Should marijuana be legalized in Alabama? Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. And that experiment is being watched closely by other states. Public opinion isMore >>
  • My Take - New Year's Resolutions

    My Take - New Year's Resolutions

    The spirit of giving is always high during the holidays and right after natural disasters because  most people say it's top of mind. The Salvation Army, United Way and The American Red Cross get almostMore >>
    The spirit of giving is always high during the holidays and right after natural disasters because  most people say it's top of mind. The Salvation Army, United Way and The American Red Cross get almostMore >>
  • My Take - Reading

    My Take - Reading

    Tuesday, December 31 2013 11:41 AM EST2013-12-31 16:41:08 GMT
    We live in a video world. But there is no substitute for a book. Even though 40% of Americans own e-readers or other devices to read e books, American are reading 10% less than they were a decade ago.More >>
    We live in a video world. But there is no substitute for a book. Even though 40% of Americans own e-readers or other devices to read e books, American are reading 10% less than they were a decade ago.More >>
  • My Take - Heat Help

    My Take - Heat Help

    Every year we report on people who take dangerous risks buy using their stove or an unsafe heater to heat their home,  because they don't have the funds to run their furnace. As we get closer to the coldMore >>
    Every year we report on people who take dangerous risks buy using their stove or an unsafe heater to heat their home,  because they don't have the funds to run their furnace. As we get closer to the coldMore >>
  • My Take - 911 Tapes

    My Take - 911 Tapes

    Last week, news departments around the country had to make a decision as whether or not to air audio of the Sandy Hook 911 tapes. The tapes were released after a year-long request from the associated press.More >>
    Last week, news departments around the country had to make a decision as whether or not to air audio of the Sandy Hook 911 tapes. The tapes were released after a year-long request from the associated press.More >>
  • My Take Decatur Police-Social Media

    My Take Decatur Police-Social Media

    Decatur Police are making plans to join the social media site Twitter to help notify the public in emergency situations. Recently a suspicious package was discovered inside a rail car filled with a hazardousMore >>
    Decatur Police are making plans to join the social media site Twitter to help notify the public in emergency situations. Recently a suspicious package was discovered inside a rail car filled with a hazardousMore >>
  • My Take - Can-A-Thon

    My Take - Can-A-Thon

    For over 20 years WAFF 48 Can-A-Thon has joined forces with some very special local agencies to help people who are struggling to improve their lives. To do this we work closely with non-profit communityMore >>
    For over 20 years WAFF 48 Can-A-Thon has joined forces with some very special local agencies to help people who are struggling to improve their lives. To do this we work closely with non-profit communityMore >>
  • My Take - Giving

    My Take - Giving

    For most families, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything you've been given, and be grateful for all that you have. This year may be tough for many of us but there is always someone who has itMore >>
    For most families, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything you've been given, and be grateful for all that you have. This year may be tough for many of us but there is always someone who has itMore >>
  • My Take - Death Row

    My Take - Death Row

    Last week WAFF 48 News looked into the issue of death row and how a north Alabama district attorney is leading the charge to change the appeals process for killers sentenced to death. One case has hadMore >>
    Last week WAFF 48 News looked into the issue of death row and how a north Alabama district attorney is leading the charge to change the appeals process for killers sentenced to death. One case has hadMore >>
  • My Take - Shop Safe

    My Take - Shop Safe

    As we get closer to the holiday shopping season, shoppers often fall victim to smash and grab thieves in parking lots or even in their own driveways.   It's all too easy to become lazy and simply leaveMore >>
    As we get closer to the holiday shopping season, shoppers often fall victim to smash and grab thieves in parking lots or even in their own driveways.   It's all too easy to become lazy and simply leaveMore >>
  • My Take - Patriots Mosaic Project

    My Take - Patriots Mosaic Project

    In early 2013,  the Historic Huntsville Depot received a grant to fund the construction of a gateway between the Depot Grounds and the Madison County Veterans Memorial.  On Veterans day the Patriots MosaicMore >>
    In early 2013,  the Historic Huntsville Depot received a grant to fund the construction of a gateway between the Depot Grounds and the Madison County Veterans Memorial.  On Veterans day the Patriots MosaicMore >>
  • My Take - Next Steps for Vets

    My Take - Next Steps for Vets

    As we commemorate the sacrifices of our veterans this week, NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation have collaborated to launch a jobs and education resource portal to assist veterans andMore >>
    As we commemorate the sacrifices of our veterans this week, NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation have collaborated to launch a jobs and education resource portal to assist veterans andMore >>
  • My Take - New Ride for Disabled

    My Take - New Ride for Disabled

    Huntsville now has its first wheelchair-accessible taxi which means better mobility for people with disabilities. Currently shuttle buses have wheelchair lifts, but it can take more than an hour to getMore >>
    Huntsville now has its first wheelchair-accessible taxi which means better mobility for people with disabilities. Currently shuttle buses have wheelchair lifts, but it can take more than an hour to getMore >>
  • My Take - Food Stamps

    My Take - Food Stamps

    More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps are seeing their benefits go down starting this month, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts to the program.  Beginning in November,More >>
    More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps are seeing their benefits go down starting this month, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts to the program.  Beginning in November,More >>
  • My Take - Halloween Safety

    My Take - Halloween Safety

    Halloween is here, and children across the valley will soon be trick or treating. To prevent a real horror from happening, make a safety checklist. Keep an eye on your kids. Always stay in a group.  GetMore >>
    Halloween is here, and children across the valley will soon be trick or treating. To prevent a real horror from happening, make a safety checklist. Keep an eye on your kids. Always stay in a group.  GetMore >>
  • My Take - History in the Shoals

    My Take - History in the Shoals

    There are people who live in New York city who have never been to the Statue of Liberty. There are residents of St. Louis who have never been inside the Gateway Arch. And there are a lot of AlabamiansMore >>
    There are people who live in New York city who have never been to the Statue of Liberty. There are residents of St. Louis who have never been inside the Gateway Arch. And there are a lot of AlabamiansMore >>
  • 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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