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Walker County residents worry about drinking water after proposed surface mining

WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) --The Alabama Surface Mining Commission will begin considering feedback from neighbors against a proposed surface mining operation in Walker County. Neighbors spoke out at a public meeting Wednesday over plans to have an active mine at a site along the Mulberry Fork of the


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Jefferson And Walker Counties Until 8:30PM

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a. Northwestern Jefferson County in central Alabama…. * At 658 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Winfield to 6 miles south of Bankston, moving east at 45 mph.


82-year-old pillar of Walker County church dies in ladder fall during renovations

A man described as a pillar of his Walker County church was killed Wednesday morning in a ladder fall inside that church. Coroner Joey Vick said 82-year-old Armond Pendley was helping with renovations at Sumiton Church of God when the ladder he was on slipped, and Pendley fell 15 feet onto the concr


We are on WEATHER ALERT: Overnight storms enter our Alabama counties 1AM CT

The forecast continues to show signs of a much stronger event on the latest runs. This will be stronger than tis past Sunday’s storm system, which brought the EF-0 & 1 tornadoes. These could be stronger…


Man found slain and dumped in Jefferson County lake remembered for his big heart, love for others

A man found murdered and dumped in a Jefferson County lake is being remembered for the love he had for his family and others. Fishermen discovered the body of Billy Walker Powell, 46, Friday night, and now his grief-stricken family is trying to make sense out of his slaying and imagine a world witho


Dateline NBC to feature story of Jesse ‘Madison’ Holton, Alabama teen accused of killing parents

An Alabama teen who was charged in the shooting deaths of his parents, only to have the charges dismissed last year, will be featured in a Dateline NBC segment Friday night. Jesse “Madison” Holton, then-17, was charged as an adult in the 2016 slayings of his father, former Eclectic mayor Mike Holton


James Spann: Threat of severe storms across Alabama tonight

WATCHING THE RADAR: A line of severe storms is along I-55 in Mississippi as I write this update; a few tornado warnings are in effect for line segments where storms are in rotation. But here in Alabama, all is calm; it is a warm, windy afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures in the 7


300 law enforcement officers carry out predawn contraband raid at Alabama prison

Hundreds of law enforcement officers descended upon an Alabama prison Thursday morning in a joint operation targeting contraband. The Alabama Department of Corrections led the predawn raid at William C. Holman Correctional Facility beginning about 4:30 a.m. More than 300 officers took part in the ef


Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Parts Of North/Central AL Until 3:00 AM

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued starting immediately for the extreme north, northeastern, and eastern parts of North/Central Alabama until 3:00 am CDT Sunday morning.


Storms heading into Talladega County; Thunderstorm watch until 2 a.m. in eastern Alabama

UPDATE 8 p.m. -- The National Weather Service has released a weather advisory for Talladega and Coosa counties, noting that thunderstorms are heading into the area. Cities affected include Talladega, Sylacauga, Oxford, Lincoln and Pell City, among others.


Alabama teen gets 2 years in brother’s slaying

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A judge sentenced an Alabama teenager to two years in jail after he pleaded guilty to killing his older brother during a fistfight last year. The News Courier of Athens reports 18-year-old Kobe Keshon Peoples shot 21-year-old Mikus Peoples about eight times with a pistol after th


Central Alabama Wind Damage Reports

Here are wind damage reports from late this afternoon and this evening across Central Alabama:. There are scattered trees down all across Central Alabama this evening. A tree fell on a house in Pell City at 8 p.m. trapping the occupants.


Tornado Watch For Parts Of Central Alabama Coming Very Soon

NWS Birmingham is currently on a call with the Storm Prediction Center about the issuance of a tornado watch for the western parts of the area. Tornado watch should be issued before 4:00 pm CDT.


Tornado Threat Extending Farther North Into The Northern Half Of Central Alabama

Strong storms are approaching the state line and NWS Birmingham has gone ahead and issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for all of Sumter County until 5:30 pm. A few tornado warnings continue for a few counties in the eastern parts of Mississippi that we’ll need to watch as they approach the state.


37-year-old identified as victim of fatal Fultondale house fire

Authorities have released the name of a woman killed in a fire at her Fultondale home. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Loren Marie Chambers. She was 37.


NWS extends tornado watch to include Jefferson County

BIRMINGHAM — The National Weather Service in Birmingham has extended a tornado watch to include Jefferson County. Counties impacted are Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Jefferson Lowndes, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa Counties.


4 Alabama doctors among 60 charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

CINCINNATI — Federal authorities say they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous drugs.


Severe weather threats across Alabama on Thursday

Forecasters said Alabama could be hit by severe weather on Thursday night and into Friday morning. The National Weather Service in Birmingham said damaging straight line winds are the primary threat, but brief tornadoes are also possible. The agency urged Alabamians to have multiple ways to get warn


True or False: Rebuild Alabama tax creates registration fees for regular, non-electric vehicles?

Rebuild Alabama does NOT place additional registration fees on normal, non-electric vehicles. Newly adopted registration fees only apply to electric and hybrid vehicles and put the state on the cutting edge of electric vehicle infrastructure. Learn the facts. #fixALroads.


College student on class trip falls 100 feet to her death while posing for photo

JASPER, Ark. — A college student studying environmental science fell about 100 feet to her death while hiking on a class trip to the Ozarks, officials said. Andrea Norton, 20, was among a group of Briar Cliff University students who traveled to Hawksbill Crag in Arkansas' Ozark National Forest on Su