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    Northport Fire and Rescue department gets drone

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    Northport Fire Rescue has added an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or “drone” to their Special Operations Unit. The piece of equipment provides NFR with capabilities they previously never had. With the $5,000 drone a two man team can fly the “spider” looking device above hazardous materials scenes, large structure fires, and it can do inspections of large buildings without putting anyone in danger.Meredith Armstrong wil... More>>

    UPDATE: Adger wildfire now contained, 100 acres burned so far

    A wildfire has burned more than 75 acres near Adger since 1:30 a.m. A wildfire has burned more than 75 acres near Adger since 1:30 a.m.
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    A wildfire continues to burn out of control in western Jefferson County today. More>>

    Birmingham Mayor William Bell will head to Ferguson this week

    Birmingham Mayor William Bell will travel to Ferguson Friday Birmingham Mayor William Bell will travel to Ferguson Friday
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    Mayor Bell is the president of the African American Mayors Association.
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    Top 5: Birmingham retirees’ health insurance, Hoover rezoning meeting and UAB online medical site top your Wednesday morning headlines

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    Birmingham retirees are not happy about the 30% increase in their health insurance plans passed by city councilors Tuesday. Meanwhile, UAB has launched a new online medical clinic that would allow patients to stay home and receive prescriptions via the internet. Check out these stories and others in your Wednesday morning headlines.
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    Bessemer municipal election results

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    Many city and school board races will be decided in a runoff at a later date.
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    Lake Crest residents attend private meeting about proposed Hoover rezoning plan

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    Hundreds of Hoover elementary school students could be affected next school year by a new school zoning proposal. Hoover City Schools Superintendent Andy Craig wants to redraw attendance zones for the area's elementary schools. Craig says the plan would alleviate overcrowding at some of those campuses. A private meeting was held Tuesday night with residents of the Lake Crest community. The proposed plan would split the community between Trace Crossings and Gwin Elementary Schools. It would al... More>>

    Gadsden municipal election results

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    Mayor Sherman Guyton (I): 56% J. Holland: 18% Mitchell James: 24% Michael Shell 2% District 1 Billy J. Harris (I): 43% Cynthia L. Toles: 57% District 2 Warren Alexander Dates: 34% Deverick Williams (I): 66% District 3 Robert Avery (I): 32% Thomas Earl Worthy: 68% District 4 Luther D. Abel: 18% Robert (Bob) Echols (I): 63% Mike Goodson: 19% District 5 Gloria Allenstein: 18% Billy F. Billingsley, Sr.: 41% Bill C. Stewart (I): 41% District 6 Johnny Cannon (I): 67% Alfred (Al) Oyler: 33% District... More>>

    13 INVESTIGATES: NTSB removes UPS, pilot union from crash probe

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    This week, the NTSB accused UPS and a pilots union of violating its public comment restrictions and, in essence, kicked the groups out of the investigation of Flight 1354's crash in Birmingham. More>>

    Birmingham City retirees say 30% insurance hike may send them back to work to make ends meet Video included

    Birmingham City Council approved a 30 percent increase in health insurance cost for retirees. Birmingham City Council approved a 30 percent increase in health insurance cost for retirees.
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    The cost of health insurance is going up for city retirees in Birmingham. This morning, the City Council approved a 30 percent increase, which is more than what retirees paid last year. Needless to say, retirees weren't happy with the increase. More>>

    Task force wants to create board to run Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter

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    It's been a debate all summer, who will run the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.After complaints arose about how the shelter was being run earlier this year a task force was formed to investigate the issues and provide a solution for the future.One idea was to allow the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department to run the shelter using inmates as staff.The task force met this week and has come up with a plan for the future. Although it hasn't been made official the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelte... More>>

    Ex band teacher says "I love my wife and kids" following sex charges

    Jeffery Gainous appears in court Aug. 26, 2014. (PHOTO VIA WKRG) Jeffery Gainous appears in court Aug. 26, 2014. (PHOTO VIA WKRG)
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    Gainous made the statement outside the Escambia County Courthouse Monday afternoon before a bond hearing. More>>

    Rosa Parks’ apartment in Montgomery heavily damaged by suspected copper thieves (PHOTOS)

    Rosa Parks' apartment was damaged sometime between Friday and Saturday in Montgomery Rosa Parks' apartment was damaged sometime between Friday and Saturday in Montgomery
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    The apartment was one of several in the area targeted by the thieves.
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    • May Mugshots

      May Mugshots

      Wednesday, June 18 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-06-18 14:24:10 GMT
      May arrests in Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.
      May arrests in Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.
    • Ex band teacher says "I love my wife and kids" following sex charges

      Ex band teacher says "I love my wife and kids" following sex charges

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:53:22 GMT
      Jeffery Gainous appears in court Aug. 26, 2014. (PHOTO VIA WKRG)Jeffery Gainous appears in court Aug. 26, 2014. (PHOTO VIA WKRG)
      Gainous made the statement outside the Escambia County Courthouse Monday afternoon before a bond hearing.
      Gainous made the statement outside the Escambia County Courthouse Monday afternoon before a bond hearing.
    • Municipal elections today in Bessemer, Gadsden

      Municipal elections today in Bessemer, Gadsden

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:40:11 GMT
      Both city council school board seats are up for grabs today.
      Both city council school board seats are up for grabs today.
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    • Arizona man drives hour to save injured bear

      Arizona man drives hour to save injured bear

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:28:42 GMT
      An injured bear cub is recovering in Arizona after a man who initially thought it was a dead dog along the side of the road scooped it up and drove it 80 miles to get help.
      An injured bear cub is recovering in Arizona after a man who initially thought it was a dead dog along the side of the road scooped it up and drove it 80 miles to get help.
    • State court: Workers' comp OK for kickball injury

      State court: Workers' comp OK for kickball injury

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:28:41 GMT
      Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation.
      Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation.
    • New York meat truck driver charged in stinky spill

      New York meat truck driver charged in stinky spill

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:19:02 GMT
      State authorities have charged the driver of a truck that lost part of its load of expired meat outside an upstate New York mall, resulting in some irate motorists whose vehicles drove over the stinky spill.
      State authorities have charged the driver of a truck that lost part of its load of expired meat outside an upstate New York mall, resulting in some irate motorists whose vehicles drove over the stinky spill.
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    • Most dangerous cities in Alabama include seven in central Alabama

      Most dangerous cities in Alabama include seven in central Alabama

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:02:57 GMT
      Safe Choice Security has released a list of the top 15 most dangerous cities in Alabama, and seven are in our area.The report is based on population, violent crime and property crimes.The city of Bessemer tops the list.The same company also recently released the safest cities in Alabama. Click here for that report.
      Safe Choice Security has released a list of the top 15 most dangerous cities in Alabama, and seven are in our area.The report is based on population, violent crime and property crimes.The city of Bessemer tops the list.The same company also recently released the safest cities in Alabama. Click here for that report.
    • NC State students develop nail polish to battle date rape

      NC State students develop nail polish to battle date rape

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:31:05 GMT
      Four N.C. State students teamed up to invent a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date-rape drugs.
      Four N.C. State students teamed up to invent a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date-rape drugs.
    • Arby's offers $10 Meat Mountain with every meat they carry

      Arby's offers $10 Meat Mountain with every meat they carry

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:21:36 GMT
      Meat Mountain calorie estimate, via Arby's nutrition calculatorMeat Mountain calorie estimate, via Arby's nutrition calculator
      A recent promotional poster emphasizing that Arby's is more than just a roast beef restaurant has led to the offering of a monster sandwich dubbed Meat Mountain.
      A recent promotional poster emphasizing that Arby's is more than just a roast beef restaurant has led to the offering of a monster sandwich dubbed Meat Mountain.
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