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Funeral procession for slain Birmingham police officer to begin in Trussville, end at Legacy Arena

Authorities on Wednesday announced the route of the police procession for the Saturday funeral of slain Birmingham police officer Sgt. Wytasha Carter. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18, from noon until 6 p.m. at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel, 1500 Gadsden Highway. The funeral will be held Sat


New Jefferson County sheriff rolls back 21 promotions

Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Pettway on Wednesday morning rolled back nearly two dozen promotions made under the previous administration just weeks ago. Pettway, who was sworn in Friday, rescinded the promotions of two men who former Sheriff Mike Hale named as deputy chiefs of the state’s large she


Judge sets back Confederate monument protection in Alabama

A judge in Alabama has invalidated that state's law aimed at preventing local governments from removing monuments to the Confederacy. This has relevance in Arkansas because of pending legislation.


Birmingham I-59/20 shutdown: What to know when Alabama's busiest interstate closes

Starting Monday night, one of Alabama's busiest roadways will shut down until 2020, as the elevated sections of Interstate 59/20 in downtown Birmingham will close to traffic for an estimated 14 months to rebuild the bridges supporting the interstate, likely snarling traffic and wreaking havoc on dai


Jefferson County School Board discusses changes to district calendar

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala (WIAT)-- Jefferson County students will be going back to school about two weeks later for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Parents and school employees voted between two options for the upcoming school year: Option A was to start the school year August 27th and end the


Teen indicted in shooting death of beloved Woodlawn High football captain

A Birmingham teen has been indicted in the shooting death of a beloved Woodlawn High School football captain. A Jefferson County grand jury on Jan. 11 issued the capital murder indictment against 17-year-old Rodrick Hodges. He is charged in the Sept. 1 killing of 16-year-old William Edwards. Hodges


Jefferson County Hires Woolpert to Implement Cityworks, Upgrade Asset Management Systems

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Jan. 15, 2019) — Woolpert was contracted by Jefferson County, Ala., to implement the Cityworks Enterprise Asset Management System (AMS) for its Department of Roads and Transportation, and to upgrade the AMS for the county’s Department of Environmental Services.


Loaded Oklahoma team could give Jalen Hurts a shot at Alabama

The Sooners don't rebuild. They reload, with transfer quarterbacks. Oklahoma's rise to perennial playoff contender under coach Lincoln Riley has been spearheaded by a pair of transformational transfer quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, who over the past two seasons became the first quart


‘Seven shattered families’: 7 US law enforcement officers killed since Jan. 1

Seven law enforcement officers were killed in the United States in the first two weeks of this year — representing “seven shattered families, seven local communities that are grieving and seven work forces grieving and trying to compensate for having lost an officer,” said Steve Groeninger, a spokes


Family sought for man found dead in Homewood apartment

Authorities are searching for family members of a man found dead in his Homewood apartment earlier this month. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Carlton Elijah Patterson. He was 62, and died Jan. 8.


Larry Langford’s grand visions and furious flops in Birmingham, Jefferson County

Wherever the box was, Larry Langford’s thoughts were galaxies outside of it. Langford, who died Tuesday at age 72 after being granted compassionate release while serving a 15-year federal prison sentence for bribery and public corruption stemming from his tenure on the Jefferson County Commission an


Jefferson County Veterinarian Charged With Sex Abuse

GARDENDALE, AL - A veterinarian in Gardendale has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of an employee. Hoover resident Dr. Thomas Hughes Fuqua, 67, is charged with first-degree sex abuse, according to court records made public Wednesday.


Alabama paying February food stamp benefits early

(AL.com) — Alabama food stamp recipients will see February benefits on their cards within the next five days, a workaround required by the ongoing government shutdown. Barry Spear with the Alabama Department of Human Resources said benefits will be on EBT cards prior to or on Jan. 20. The benefits a


Fairfield man charged with opening fire on girlfriend outside Fultondale shopping center

A 21-year-old Fairfield man was arrested at his home early Tuesday morning after police say he opened fire on his girlfriend in Fultondale Sunday night. Authorities have charged Martez Deon Wade with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail


Hey, Birmingham: Here’s how you eat at Cook Out

Congratulations, Birmingham. You’re getting your first Cook Out!. For some of you, this is nearly life-changing news. Others of you maybe wondering what the big deal is. Well, for first-time visitors, the menu can be daunting.


Buffalo Rock’s PepsiCo lawsuit shines light on Birmingham soft drink history

A lawsuit filed this week by Birmingham’s Buffalo Rock against PepsiCo contends that one of the historic underpinnings of the U.S. soft drink industry is in jeopardy. The suit, filed Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, names the soft drink company, as well as several other defendants, in a di


BPD officer injured in weekend fatal shooting ‘improving’

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police say the officer who remains in the hospital after being shot Sunday is doing much better and is now listed in stable condition. That officer was working alongside Sergeant Wytasha Carter early Sunday morning investigating a string of car break-ins. The shoot


Alabama loses staffer as Lou Spanos lands at UConn

The hits keep on coming this month for Alabama's coaching staff. Crimson Tide analyst Lou Spanos was officially introduced at UConn on Wednesday as the Huskies' new defensive coordinator, a crucial hire for the program following a disastrous 2018 campaign.


Auburn Voted Ninth in SEC Preseason Poll

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Auburn’s softball team is selected to finish ninth in the Southeastern Conference for the 2019 season, the conference office announced on Wednesday morning.


Metallica’s wild history of crushing Alabama arenas

Riding his bicycle around his West Huntsville neighborhood one day, 13-year-old Damon Eubanks found a busted-up cassette tape on the ground. He stopped to pick it up. The cassette label read “METALLICA 'KILL ‘EM ALL,’” which simultaneously startled and intrigued Eubanks.