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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


New Jefferson County Sheriff Rescinds 21 Promotions

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Less than two weeks on the job, new Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway rolled back the promotions of 21 deputies who were recently given new ranks by the previous administration. Several civilian employees were also rolled back.


Funeral services set for murdered Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter

Visitation for Sgt. Wytasha Carter of the Birmingham Police Department will take place on Friday, with the funeral to follow on Saturday. Per WBRC, family and friends will gather for the visitation from 12-6 p.m. at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel on Gadsden Highway.


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


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.


Grand jury indicts father for manslaughter in child's drowning death

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — A 23-year-old father was indicted for manslaughter after his 5-month-old was found unresponsive in a bathtubin September. Jefferson County deputies responded to a home on Hickory Grove Drive near Tarrant on reports 5-month-old not breathing. The infant was transported to a l

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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 mayor: Violent crime is a public health crisis

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Violent crime in Birmingham should be declared a public health crisis, according to mayor Randall Woodfin. Mayor Woodfin shared this opinion during his state of the city address this week, which came only a few days after a Birmingham police sergeant was shot and killed, and


Alabama man accused of locking toddler in running dryer

ALABASTER, Ala. – An Alabama man faces multiple charges after authorities say he abused a toddler on multiple occasions by locking the child inside a dryer and turning it on.


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


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.


A Life Remembered: Hundreds Line Up to Pay Their Respects to Larry Langford

Hundreds of mourners had already walked by the rose-covered casket in the center of Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham CrossPlex by the time the visitation for Larry Langford was scheduled to begin.


‘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


A love letter to Angela Davis from a Birmingham 4th grader

By Salaam Green, a Birmingham-based writer, poet, social entrepreneur-founder of Literary Healing Arts. literaryhealingart.com, Follow her on Instagram @beautifulblackpoetry, twitter, salaamgreen1.


State Sen. Gerald Allen responds to judge striking down Alabama Memorial Preservation Act — ‘Judges are not kings’

On Tuesday afternoon, State Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa), the sponsor of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, criticized Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michael Graffeo’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional.


Funeral of slain officer set for arena in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The funeral of an Alabama police officer who was fatally shot while trying to make an arrest will be held in the main public arena in Birmingham. Police say a service for Sgt. Wytasha Carter will be held Saturday morning at Legacy Arena, which seats as many as 19,000 people.


‘Mayor’s mayor’ Larry Langford laid to rest with spiritual, defiant tributes

You won’t often hear “swag” or “rear end” uttered from the pulpit at a funeral. But if you were going to, it would certainly be at the funeral for Larry Langford. Sure, the funeral mass for the flamboyant, charismatic and, yes, polarizing former mayor of Fairfield and Birmingham, held at St. Mary’s


Alabama QB Jalen Hurts will transfer to Oklahoma for senior season

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has committed to play his senior season at Oklahoma, announcing his decision Wednesday via a story on The Players' Tribune. "I've decided to take my talents to the University of Oklahoma, where I will continue my development as both a quarterback and as a student," Hu


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.


Following shooting death of Birmingham police sergeant, Governor orders flags to be flown at half-staff

BIRMINGHAM — An order from Governor Kay Ivey will ensured that flags will be flown at half-staff to honor Sgt. Wytasha Carter, who was shot and killed early on Sunday morning, according to WBRC.