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  House bill allowing no excuse absentee voting carried over

There was a record number of absentee voting this past general election that some said started the groundwork for a house bill that would make it to where Alabamians wouldn’t have to have an excuse to vote absentee.

Birmingham police looking for missing Spain Park graduate, family believes she may be in danger

  State lawmakers to debate banning over the counter drugs like Tianaa

  Alabama hospitals supporting extension of statewide mask mandate

Alabama Hospital Association urging Gov. Ivey to extend mask order

UPDATE: Kangaroo caught after escape from farm in small Alabama town

  Ethan Hill receives award for profound impact in B’ham homeless community

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  Cullman ranked 3rd in micropolitans by Site magazine

Alabama to get 40,100 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week

GasBuddy: Average price of gasoline jumps for the 8th straight week

  McMaster leads group of governors against COVID-19 relief bill

Statewide wellness program registration deadline extended

Free Alabama College Application Week begins

  Aniah’s Bill on priority agenda for legislative session; would allow bond denial for violent offenders

Two families who both lost loved ones from to murder say their accused killers should not have been on the streets. Now both families are fighting for laws to change in Alabama.

  Nearly one month after deadly Fultondale tornado, residents still need help

Large trees are still crushing homes and yards and still need to be cleaned up. Fultondale Fire Chief Justin McKenzie said rainy and winter weather can only make the problem worse.

  Alcohol delivery bill draws controversy over exclusion of breweries, wineries and distilleries

Home delivery of alcohol is now one step closer thanks to a bill lawmakers are currently debating this legislative session, but not everyone is rejoicing with the possibility. Some local groups report they were left out of consideration.

2 killed after Air Force jet crashes near Montgomery, Ala. airport

The U.S. Air Force confirmed Friday night that a T-38 trainer aircraft crashed near Montgomery Regional Airport Friday.

  Breast cancer screenings and COVID-19; What you need to know

Birmingham man pleads guilty for fraud on fallen Huntsville Police Officer’s memorial fund

  ‘I thought my kid was going to grow up,’ Major Turner’s mother talks about the pain of losing her toddler

COVID-19 variant identified in 8 Alabama residents

Lawmaker to propose bill that increases penalties for rioters

Court documents show criminal complaint for Shelby Co. man in U.S. Capitol riot

  Money from lottery proposal could help with teacher shortage

Some state lawmakers hope money from a lottery proposal would encourage more teachers to work in Alabama.

UPDATE: USPS Resumes Delivery, Retail Operations in Alabama

The United States Postal Service announced Tuesday the temporary suspension of mail service to a number of ZIP codes in north Alabama.

  4-year-old dies after Tuskegee drive-by shooting

A 4-year-old who was critically injured in a drive-by shooting has died, Tuskegee police confirmed.

Alabama execution cancelled after injunction maintained

An Alabama inmate has won a reprieve from a scheduled execution.

  House Bill proposes public schools should offer semester-long course in Black American history

If passed, the required course would cover important events in Black American history, including the history of slavery in America.

Tuskegee WWII veteran, 102, gets COVID-19 vaccine

A World War II veteran from Tuskegee has received his final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pet rooster reunited with owner after disappearing from Cracker Barrel parking lot in Cullman

The people of Cullman stepped up recently to help reunite an owner and his rooster friend.

Consumer claims processing underway in statewide Terminix settlement

In November, a $60 million settlement with Terminix International was announced.

Arson investigations hard but not impossible to solve, says state fire marshal

Two major arson cases have made local headlines in recent years, but beyond that you rarely hear much, if anything, about why there haven’t been any arrests.

  Department of Homeland Security warns of extremist threats

The Southern Poverty Law Center released new statistics and data on hate groups showing several in Alabama, Tennessee, and across the country indicated on a map.

Ala. registered sex offender sentenced for distribution of child pornography

48-year-old Chadwick Rice was sentenced to 188 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

  The Sweet Potato Bill; Students in Alabama are working for a state vegetable to be named

A group of homeschoolers are responsible for a senate bill lawmakers are currently talking about after they realized Alabama was in need of a state vegetable.

  Bessemer Amazon fulfillment center workers to vote on forming union

The fulfillment center’s 5,000 employees will start voting by mail Monday to potentially form the first workers union for Amazon employees in the nation.

  Pathfinder shuttle lifted off external tank at U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Monday, the Pathfinder shuttle orbiter was moved off the external tank, where it has been on display for more than 30 years.

  Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers State of the State address

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will deliver his third State of the State address tonight.

UAH student, Cullman native Alexandria Flanigan crowned Miss Alabama USA

The woman who will represent Alabama in Miss USA 2021 is Cullman's very own Alexandria Flanigan. She also happens to be a UAH Charger!

Police say missing 10-year-old has been found safe

A 10-year-old girl who was reported missing out of New Iberia late Sunday, Feb. 7 was found safe on the morning of Monday, Feb. 8, according to the New Iberia Police Department.

  $15k reward being offered in 1995 east Ala. cold case

More than 25 years after an east Alabama woman was shot and killed in her own home, police have yet to catch the person who killed her.

  Senate Bill 12: Could the National Anthem soon be required in public schools?

If passed, Senate Bill 12 would require public schools to play the National Anthem during the school week and before athletic events.

Local Cracker Barrel stores soon serving alcohol

Some folks in north Alabama will soon be able to order a beer with their biscuits and gravy or a mimosa with their Momma’s Pancake Breakfast.

AP sources: Alabama senator has indicated he won’t run again

U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama has indicated to some confidantes that he doesn’t intend to run for reelection next year.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris provides COVID-19 vaccine update Friday

Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will provide a COVID-19 vaccination update at 11 a.m. Friday.

Medical marijuana bill passes Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill which allows people with certain health conditions to receive medical marijuana.

Hangout Fest won’t happen in spring, organizers considering fall event

Organizers said because of the ongoing pandemic, May is just going to be a bit too soon to gather that many people together.

  Alabama lawmakers to debate controversial bill about athletic trainers

Alabama lawmakers plan to debate a controversial bill that could impact how your injuries are treated.

Father in Alabama diagnosed with COVID variant passes away

The wife of Alfonzia Jackson Jr. announced his passing away on Facebook on Tuesday night.

Gov. Ivey’s State of the State Address

Governor Ivey delivered the annual State of the State Address Tuesday night

Senator Clay Scofield named Alabama Senate Majority Leader

Senator Scofield represents District 9, which includes Blount, Madison, and Marshall Counties.

UPDATE: ADPH will open 8 drive-through vaccination clinics

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced today its launch of a new online portal for people to check their eligibility for their vaccination, and to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at county health departments!

  Bill in consideration to fine violators $10K daily after a monument is moved

Two of the bills being introduced this legislative session in Montgomery are aimed at the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act. One of them is intended to strengthen it, the other essentially strip it away.

  Vaccines will soon be available for more frontline workers, those 65 and older

With a limited supply, Dr. Harris said he understands they’re giving mixed signals.

More than $349 Million in PPP loans approved in second round

PPP loans were created to help businesses stay afloat and their workforce employed during the pandemic.

Ivey to sign 2 mega-prison lease agreements, possibly Monday

The pending lease approvals come months after Ivey and Alabama Department of Corrections released the names of the developer teams that would build three proposed new mega-prisons.

Curfew issued in tornado damaged areas of Fultondale, 3 arrested for stealing from damaged house

The mayor and city leaders have also issued a curfew that runs from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. for the storm damaged areas. The curfew will remain in place until the next regularly scheduled council meeting on February 9, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Gov. Ivey receives call from President Biden about recent Alabama storms

After devastating storms swept through central Alabama Monday night, President Joe Biden called Governor Ivey to see how community members were doing.

United Kingdom COVID-19 variant identified in Ala. residents including 2 children

The variant is a more highly transmissible form of COVID-19 known as B.1.1.7. The patients are two children under 19 and an adult.

Fultondale Waffle House and Full Moon Bar-B-Que feed community following tornado

Following Monday night’s deadly EF-2 tornado, the restaurant started feeding anyone who needed a meal.

  Alabama Housing Finance Authority: money to help renters, landlords is coming soon

“I’m getting calls from landlords who go, ‘I’ve got three or four rental properties and nobody’s paying and I cant pay the mortgage payments. What do I do?"

Air Force to expand women’s hair style options

Women in the U.S. Air Force will soon have more options when it comes to how they wear their hair.

Auburn man, arrested during riots said he went to D.C. to ‘support the patriots’

Investigators said Watson was carrying a can of mace and joined people to forcibly enter the U.S. Capitol and disturb the business of Congress.

  Can your workplace require you to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Can your job legally require you to have the COVID-19 vaccine? Many people have wondered about this.

First COVID case in the US: One year later

One year ago, wearing a mask everywhere wasn’t a common thing. Socially distancing wasn’t in our vocabulary, and being away from our family wasn’t normal.

Suspect identified after fatal officer-involved shooting in Birmingham

It happened in the 600 block of Center Place Southwest.

Alabama leaders react to President Biden’s inauguration

Alabama’s leaders are reacting to the inauguration of President Joe Biden and many are promising, despite having political differences, to work with the new administration where common ground can be found.

  IRS spokesperson shares important message before filing

Tax season is a stressful time for many Americans, and this year there are more questions than ever.

ADPH responds after 4 Alabama senators release letter on COVID-19 vaccine distribution issues

Senators Jim McClendon, Greg Albritton, Tom Whatley and Randy Price released the letter.

UA mistakenly sends 7,500 COVID-negative email notifications

The technical problem was quickly identified and corrected.

Cullman Co. deputy returns to work, welcomed back by dad

Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry posted on Facebook “After almost a year of hard work, therapy, and a tremendous amount of love and support from his friends, family, co-workers and the entire community; Adam is back!”

Lawmaker planning bill to let Selma residents rename Edmund Pettus Bridge

State Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier says the bill would create a process to allow Selma residents to determine if there will be a name change.

Singer Usher visits Selma to mark MLK Day

A famous singer/songwriter made a stop in Alabama Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King Day.

Buc-ee’s opening in Leeds

The celebration will mark the second Buc-ee’s location in Alabama. The first one is in Loxley in South Alabama.

Bessemer woman celebrates 105th birthday

A drive-through birthday celebration was held on Monday for Mrs. Strait. She turned 105 years old!

  Birmingham restaurant owner calls to bring back curbside alcohol sales

A restaurant owner in Birmingham is calling on the state to bring back curbside alcohol sales to help struggling businesses.

  No lottery in Alabama means many are going to Tennessee for their chance at winning big

With no Alabama state lottery, this left many north Alabamians making the trek to Tennessee on Friday.

  SPLC warns more violence could be looming starting this weekend

SPLC Spokesperson Michael Hayden says extremists have hinted different events will begin Saturday and could ramp up from there.

Madison County responds to State lawsuit regarding Confederate monument

Madison County has released a response to the State after a lawsuit was filed against the County regarding the removal of a Confederate monument last year.

  Impeachment expert weighs in on proceedings

President Donald Trump became the first president in history to be impeached twice. Critics have questioned why with just a few days left in his presidency, and others are looking forward to a Senate trial.

Leeds man charged in Capitol riot, identified by blood on his cheek

Court records describe Black as being in the Senate chamber wearing a red hat, camouflage jacket, and yellow gloves, and appeared to be bleeding from his left cheek.