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  Decatur clinic offering free health care

If you live in Morgan County, there’s an option for health care that won’t cost a thing.

Caught on camera: Houston worker survives flying out of construction bucket hit by truck

Thank you for your support: ‘Together for Alabama’ raises over $56K for storm victims

  Grant Street Church in Decatur helping Lee County Tornado Victims

Supplies needed to help homeless following heavy rain in the Valley

  New planetarium opens at U.S. Space & Rocket Center

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Severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday happening this weekend

  U.S. Space & Rocket Center hosting world premiere of Apollo exhibit this weekend

  ‘Dollar General Baby’ turns 1, visits store where she was born

  New Orthopedic & Spine Tower continues to take shape at Huntsville Hospital

  Workers putting finishing touches on new multimillion dollar Florence Middle School

  Russellville High School hosts largest high school blood drive in northwest Alabama

Free nutrition classes for busy Huntsville families start this week

Healthy Huntsville and Huntsville Hospital are offering six free “Good Nutrition for Busy Families” classes, starting Feb. 12. These one hour classes are taught by Huntsville Hospital Wellness Center Registered Dietician Nutritionists Anna Key and Juliana Wright.

  Upcoming job fair in Huntsville geared at providing many with new career path

Are you someone who has been laid off or have you been out of the workforce for a while and you're looking to get back in?

  Hampton Cove parents voice concerns over flu outbreak

In Hampton Cove, the flu has been wreaking havoc in classrooms. In recent weeks, it's led to multiple sickouts, causing students to miss out on lessons.

Sparkman schools raise more than $20k for its classrooms

The PTA and PTO of all the Sparkman family schools came together Sunday to fund raise in a unique way.

  Huntsville boy battling Stickler Syndrome gets to be police officer for a day

  Latest on new AL School of Cyber Technology & Engineering

National Children’s Advocacy Center looking for local superheroes

Black History Month on WAFF 48

  Not Alone Conference aims to break the stigma of mental health

Cecil Ashburn Drive contractors making headway

Huntsville High School student earns perfect score on ACT

Ella Michael took the test last fall and found out she had made a perfect score in December, according to Huntsville City Schools officials.

  Blue Origin breaks ground on Huntsville plant

Blue Origin selected the Rocket City to build its BE-4 engine after landing a contract with United Launch Alliance.

  Opiate addiction forum in Huntsville

The public forum addressed where we are, as a community and a state, in combating this addiction.

  What drivers can expect with Church Street construction in Huntsville

Crews are hard at work creating a new corridor into downtown Huntsville.

Freebies and assistance to furloughed federal workers in the TN Valley

Restaurants like Farm Burger and Chick Fil-A are offering either free meals or discounted meals to furloughed federal workers.

  Hard work stressed during Redstone Arsenal’s MLK observance

WAFF 48 News played a part in a special big event on Redstone Arsenal that focused on unity and diversity in their growing workforce.

  Development booming in downtown Huntsville; more projects coming

From new hotels and new stores and restaurants, there's a lot going on in downtown Huntsville.

Redstone Federal Credit Union sees increase in furlough loans

With the shutdown surpassing the 30-day mark, Redstone says, it has seen an increase in loan applications from furloughed workers.

  Businesses, passengers show support for unpaid airport workers at HSV

In the midst of the government shutdown, TSA staffing at some airports is dwindling. Callouts are at record highs, but that’s not the case in Huntsville.

  North Alabama couple going to great lengths to find missing dog

What would you do to bring your best friend home? A Huntsville couple is doing whatever it takes to find their lost dog.

  Huntsville mayor’s MLK award met with backlash

A group of pastors, community leaders and residents from north Huntsville organized a protest to get their message across.

Furloughed employees spend time volunteering

One Huntsville local is trying to get furloughed workers to volunteer, share and create opportunities that will fill a need in the community.

  Free adoptions through Saturday at Huntsville Animal Services

There are more than 90 animals at the shelter who need a loving home, and the shelter is out of space.

APOLLO 11 German-American Heritage Lecture Series

In celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago, this lecture series will feature those who lived and worked it.

Applications open for SALSA program

Applications for the Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) are now open.

Calhoun Community College to host FAME Information and Recruiting Sessions in Decatur and Huntsville

The Alabama FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) program incorporates an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Advance Manufacturing and two years of paid industry experience.

  Contractor preps for Cecil Ashburn blasting

Pre-drilling and pre-splitting of rocks is underway in preparation for blasting.

  Secretary of the Army visits Redstone Arsenal for key modernization talks

The Army’s top civilian leader made his way to Redstone Arsenal this week to see the progress being made when it comes to the next generation of helicopters.

  ‘I’m back home now’: Kevin Turner sworn in as new Madison County sheriff

Monday morning in the Madison County Courthouse, Kevin Turner was sworn in as the new sheriff of Madison County.

  Dorning, Turner work together for smooth transition in Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office

They've bonded during the transition as Dorning hands over the reins to Turner and the agency's next chapter begins.

  Alabama Human Trafficking Awareness Day sheds light on problem, efforts to fight it

A state group is working to create awareness as the fight continues to combat the problem.

New reality show follows power couples in Huntsville

It centers around the lives of three high-powered African-American couples in the Rocket City. They have a multi-million dollar joint real estate venture called the Comeback Group.

  Outgoing Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning reflects on long career

The outgoing Madison County sheriff received a big “thank you” from the community as he marks the end of a decades-long career.

  Yellowhammer Brewery running out of beer because of shutdown

If the government shutdown continues, Yellowhammer Brewery general manager Ethan Couch says it’s going to run out of its most popular beers.

  Hartselle’s new police chief lays out priorities to move department forward

Hartselle has a new police chief and he’s a familiar face within the department!

  Gov. Ivey visits Providence Elementary School

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey spent her Thursday morning reading to pre-K students at Providence Elementary School.

“Be the Match” hopes to find stem cell donor for Bob Jones graduate

Brandon Harris graduated in 2012 and has since been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria, both of which are bone marrow diseases which Harris will need a stem cell transplant for.

  Message from businesses: We’re open during Cecil Ashburn construction

Signs have been added along Cecil Ashburn Drive to let people know that they can still go to their favorite places as widening work continues on the mountain.

  Police, fire, paramedics taking key steps during Cecil Ashburn shutdown

Public safety agencies are adapting to the changes that the project brings.

  Research: Workplace fitness programs can save hundreds

Finding time to actually stick to New Year's fitness resolutions can be tough, but a group of Valley moms started encouraging each other by working out every noonday.Throughout 2018, they lost over 100 pounds collectively.

  What route will you take during the Cecil Ashburn closure?

People in the Rocket City are weighing in on which route they are going to be taking during the Cecil Ashburn closure.

  Closing Cecil Ashburn Drive expected to cause problems for motorists and nearby residents

We're less than 2 days away from the closure of one of Huntsville's main arteries. Construction is taking place on Cecil Ashburn Drive.

  Everything you need to know about the closure of Cecil Ashburn Drive

The major South Huntsville corridor is completely closing Monday, January 7 for widening. Thousands of drivers will be impacted by the project.

  Comics helping Huntsville boy with brain disorder

James Pollard, 11, lives with cerebral palsy, dystonia, a seizure disorder, and autism. His doctors say the Huntsville boy now has a neuromuscular degenerative condition and needs to see a specialist.

  Athens police officers remembered on 15th anniversary of their deaths

Jan. 2 is a day that stands in infamy for the city of Athens and its police department. On that day, 15 years ago, two officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.

  Huntsville good Samaritan continues to get national attention as he expands his mission

His journey across the United States to help others went viral and now Rodney Smith Jr. is taking his mission to a whole new level in 2019.

  Cecil Ashburn Drive shutdown is fast approaching

It's the shutdown many have been dreading, but the city says the work needs to be done to make Cecil Ashburn wider to handle more traffic as growth continues- and to make it safer.

  Huntsville police officers spreading holiday cheer with good deeds

Their small acts of kindness are making a big difference in the community.

  Huntsville, Athens mayors ready for prosperous 2019

There's no denying that 2018 was a great year for economic development in North Alabama and now, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks are gearing up for a successful, busy new year.

  A look back at the top stories of 2018

It's been a busy year for us here at WAFF, covering the news that matters to you. As we gear up for 2019, we're also taking a look back at the biggest stories of 2018.

  Albertville sextuplets celebrate turning 1, get new season of TLC show

“Sweet Home Sextuplets” will be returning for a second season, the family and TLC announced.

  New cancer center could be making its way to the Shoals

The state's Certificate of Need Board approved the request for the North Alabama Medical Center and UAB Health System to build a comprehensive cancer center.

Justin Barley named Hartselle’s new police chief

Justin Barley is honored to be chosen to lead the Hartselle Police Department.

  Lauderdale County students learn the importance of giving this holiday season

Hundreds of Lauderdale County High School students are honoring faculty members by recognizing them through what they call 12 days of giving.

Twelve Strays of Christmas: Day 1

The holiday season can be a great time to make an addition to your family by adopting a pet in need. For the next twelve days WAFF will be partnering with Huntsville Animal Services to introduce you to 12 dogs and cats that are eligible for adoption and looking to brighten your home.

Efforts ramping up to draw Mazda Toyota suppliers

The North Alabama Industrial Development Association is recruiting suppliers for the plant across the 13 county region they serve.

Debate sparked over classic “Rudolph” film

That tweet has garnered thousands of likes and retweets and an abundance of comments.

  Redstone Arsenal rings in the holidays with sparkling tree displays

U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s Garrison Redstone and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center held separate holiday tree lighting ceremonies.

  Ridesharing efforts underway as Cecil Ashburn shutdown approaches

The corridor will soon be closed for widening and a local group is collaborating ridesharing options.

Huntsville sushi-making class at Straight to Ale

Learn how to make sushi at Straight to Ale on Wednesday December 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Sippin Cider Festival: Annual event returns Dec. 8

Set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, the eighth annual event offers an evening of roasting marshmallows, special activities for children, visits with Santa, door-prize giveaways and, of course, plenty of cider prepared by downtown merchants.

Huntsville City Council President gets stuck on city hall elevator

The tweet received several responses after Keith posted the initial tweet, including Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison County Lt. Donny Shaw.

Lawrence County animal shelter seeking beds, supplies

Officials in Lawrence County are hoping to warm up their animal shelter as conditions outside get colder.

  Christmas tree farmer on how to pick the perfect tree

Christmas Tree farmers in Huntsville say picking out a Christmas tree is much more than chopping one down.

  How you can donate on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is here, and here's how you can find a non profit that needs donations or some volunteers.

Florence Wine Fest tickets available on Saturday

The Florence Wine Fest is set to return to the Shoals in March and fans of the event will be able to get tickets earlier this year

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving

But there are people out there, who aren’t into the traditional food of Thanksgiving or maybe some don’t want to cook.

  Huntsville homeless shelter fights to keep families together

No other homeless shelter in the area allows a married couple to stay together. Genders are segregated - even at mealtime. Single moms are separated from sons 13-years-old and older; the teens have to go into the men’s side alone.As for single dads? There really isn’t any provision in Huntsville f