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Piper PA-32, similar to one that crashed in Helena on July 31, 2014. Piper PA-32, similar to one that crashed in Helena on July 31, 2014.

13 INVESTIGATES: The plane and its pilot Video included

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The cause of Thursday's plane crash is under investigation by the NTSB. But, we've learned more about the pilot, the type of plane he was flying, and the crash history of that type of plane. More>>

Centre Motel closed over code violations

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A Cherokee County hotel was shut down after numerous code violations were discovered during an inspection earlier this week. More>>

Missing 13-year-old Destiny Schaetzle found safe

Destiny Schaeztle, 13, was last seen leaving her Tuscaloosa home Sunday evening. Destiny Schaeztle, 13, was last seen leaving her Tuscaloosa home Sunday evening.
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Tuscaloosa police have confirmed that a reported sighting of missing 13 year old Destiny Schaetzle was not her. More>>

Birmingham Public Library Director Renee Blalock retires after more than 30 years of service

Renee Blalock started as an Assistant at the East Lake Branch in 1968 Renee Blalock started as an Assistant at the East Lake Branch in 1968
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Renee Blalock started as an Assistant at the East Lake Branch in 1968. Today, she retired after serving five years as Director of the library system.
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Reform man killed in collision with 18-wheeler Friday

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A Pickens County man was killed in a crash with an 18-wheeler truck.The Alabama State Troopers report the collision happened today, August 1, 2014, about 8:20 a.m. on Highway 82, two miles west of Reform.The victim, Charles Hall, 80, of Reform, was killed when the Ford Taurus he was driving collided with a Peterbilt tractor-trailer truck.Hall was not wearing a seat belt.The truck driver was not injured.No further information was provided, and State Troopers continue to investigate. More>>

FREE Pepsi machines along 20th Street downtown Birmingham, Coke also joins in

The free drinks are available until 3:30 p.m. today. The free drinks are available until 3:30 p.m. today.
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The free Pepsi's will be given away until 3:30 p.m. today.
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Children’s of Alabama and Jack’s join forces to fight juvenile diabetes

Children's of Alabama and Jack's are working together to raise funding for children who suffer with diabetes. Children's of Alabama and Jack's are working together to raise funding for children who suffer with diabetes.
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The two organizations are working together to  raise funding for children who suffer with diabetes.
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BBVA Compass says direct deposit issue has been resolved

Direct deposits for some BBVA Compass Bank employees have been delayed. Direct deposits for some BBVA Compass Bank employees have been delayed.
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Bank officials say the problem has been fixed and transactions have been posted.
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Police search for missing 13 year-old girl in Tuscaloosa

Destiny Schaeztle, 13, was last seen leaving her Tuscaloosa home Sunday evening. Destiny Schaeztle, 13, was last seen leaving her Tuscaloosa home Sunday evening.
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According to her parents, Destiny Schaeztle walked away from her home in Tuscaloosa Sunday night sometime between 5:45 and 6:30. She hasn't been seen since.Tuscaloosa police officers have conducted ground, water, and air searches looking for the missing 13 year old.A flyer the family released says Schaeztle looks much young than 13 and may give a false name if confronted.She was last seen wearing a blue shirt with a flag on it.If you have any information about her whereabouts please call TPD ... More>>

No charges in July 25 shooting in Birmingham, arrests made in two other homicides

Two arrests have been made in recent homicides in Birmingham Two arrests have been made in recent homicides in Birmingham
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The Birmingham Police Department has made arrests in two separate homicides. Meanwhile, another recent shooting in the city has been ruled justifiable.
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WHAT'S WORKING: Cullman County tops for positive quality of life environment and recreational amenities

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Recently named as one of the most business friendly cities in Alabama, the Cullman County area is also drawing more attention and people to the area because of an environment that supports a positive and healthy quality of life for all ages. From a plethora of free recreational amenities, resources for seniors, parks, lakes and trails, Cullman County is earning an array of distinctions for the quality of life found in the county. In 2013, Cullman was named the number one best place to raise c... More>>

Top 5: Uptown grand opening, new jobs report and more freedom for cell phone users top your Friday morning headlines

Birmingham offiically opened the Uptown Entertainment District with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday Birmingham offiically opened the Uptown Entertainment District with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday
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Here’s a quick look at your top five headlines for Friday including the official ribbon cutting ceremony for Birmingham's Uptown Entertainment District, a preview of today's jobs report and a look at new cell phone legislation set to be signed into law today.
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Four people survive plane crash in Helena Video included

Site of small plane crash in Helena. Site of small plane crash in Helena.
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A small plane has crashed in Helena, Thursday injuring four passengers on board.
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Alabama's tax free weekend underway

Alabama's tax free weekend will last through Sunday, August 3 at midnight Alabama's tax free weekend will last through Sunday, August 3 at midnight
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This is the state's 8th year hosting a sales tax holiday weekend for customers to purchases their back to school supplies.
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Amtrak Train strikes and kills Tuscaloosa man

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An Amtrak Train claimed the life of a man Thursday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.  More>>

Helena High School is getting ready to welcome students for the first time Video included

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One week from today, 1,000 students will enter the Helena High School for the first. "We're very excited for them and we're very excited for the community. They're waited a long time for this to become a reality," Cindy Warner, the Public Relations Supervisor for the Shelby County School System said. Until now, high school students in Helena traveled to Pelham High School. Warner says they realized several years ... More>>

Birmingham's bus system teams with Google for real-time trip planning

MAX teams up with Google Transit to provide route information to bus riders in Birmingham MAX teams up with Google Transit to provide route information to bus riders in Birmingham
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A new high-tech way is coming soon to plan your ride on MAX buses in the metro Birmingham.The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) announced Thursday that it has teamed with Google Transit to provide trip planning information on smartphones or tablets.Google Transit, a feature of Google Maps, is a web-based application that plans a trip via public transportation by calculating routes, transit times and walking directions.BJCTA’s MAX bus system now has a smartphone app that wi... More>>

Shades Valley High School Marching Band members attend camp

Members of the Shades Valley High School band brave the heat this week for band camp. Members of the Shades Valley High School band brave the heat this week for band camp.
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Shades Valley takes on Florence August 22 for the first game of the season.
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Man surrenders in Pleasant Grove shooting investigation

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The 24 year old male suspect turned himself in Wednesday afternoon after being on the run for most of the day following an early morning shooting in Pleasant Grove.
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Tutwiler Prison for Women now has 300+ security cameras

The control room of new monitoring cameras at Tutwiler Prison for Women The control room of new monitoring cameras at Tutwiler Prison for Women
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A new camera monitoring system is ready to be used at the Tutwiler Prison for Women.The Alabama Department of Corrections reports crews installed more than 300 video surveillance cameras at the facility.Prison staff who will be operating the system have already been trained on using the cameras, and are now getting training on the legal aspects of camera monitoring.The cameras will help eliminate blind spots, aid in investigations of misconduct and improve accountability.“Inmate and staff saf... More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Road rage

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A armed showdown between two motorists was recently caught on tape in Fultondale. More>>

Top 5: Lawsuit filed against Obama, Healthcare.gov costs and San Diego plane crash top your Thursday morning headlines

The U.S. House has voted to file a lawsuit against President Obama over his handling of the Affordable Care Act The U.S. House has voted to file a lawsuit against President Obama over his handling of the Affordable Care Act
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Here’s a look at your top five headlines for Thursday including a vote by House Republicans to sue President Obama, a plane crash investigation in San Diego and the growing cost of healthcare.gov.
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House votes to sue President Obama

House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit against President Obama is about "defending the consittution." House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit against President Obama is about "defending the consittution."
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As lawmakers prepare to leave for summer break, there are many items left on their agenda. One item, though, has been approved---a plan to file a lawsuit against President Obama.
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Rev. Al Sharpton opens new National Action Network headquarters in Birmingham Video included

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It was a big day in Birmingham as the city welcomed the Reverend Al Sharpton for a few events. City leaders joined Reverend Sharpton to cut the ribbonWednesday morning at the National Action Network Freedom headquarters.The center will serve as the central training hub for summer volunteers who are sent to communities across the country to assist in efforts such as voter registration.Wrapping up his day, dozens joined Reverend Sharpton at 16th Street Baptist Church for a community rally .The ... More>>

Tuscaloosa City Schools launching campaign to combat absenteeism

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The Tuscaloosa City School system islaunching a campaign to combat absenteeism.Last year the school system says students in their system missed on average eight days a year. The total number of absences was about 80,000 in the 2013-2014 school year.TCS has developed a “Have Everyone Ready to Educate” campaign to encourage parents and students not to miss school.According to the system chronic absence, at any age, is on the strongest early warning indicators of academic risk. If it is left un ... More>>

National Center for Sports Safety helps audit Fultondale Park and Recreation Football to prevent injuries Video included

The National Center for Sports Safety conducts a safety audit at the Fultondale Park and Recreation Football. They aim to identify risk factors that could help prevent injuries. The National Center for Sports Safety conducts a safety audit at the Fultondale Park and Recreation Football. They aim to identify risk factors that could help prevent injuries.
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According to Safekids Wordwide, 1.35 million children are taken to emergency rooms for sports-related injuries every year. The National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) is trying to cut down on that number. More>>

Hoover police arrest suspect in Bluff Park car burglaries, break-ins

Taylor Neilson Brown, 19, is charged with burglary and unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle in connection with car break-ins in the Bluff Park area. Taylor Neilson Brown, 19, is charged with burglary and unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle in connection with car break-ins in the Bluff Park area.
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A Birmingham man is facing charges after being tied to multiple car break-ins and burglaries around the Bluff Park area. More>>

College student still recovering 3 months after brown recluse spider bite Video included

Jessica Blessing was hospitalized for five days after being bitten by a brown recluse spider. Jessica Blessing was hospitalized for five days after being bitten by a brown recluse spider.
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A 19-year-old college student is continuing to recover after she was bitten by a brown recluse nearly three months ago. More>>

Suspect captured in Forrester Gardens shooting that injured 4-year-old, 26-year-old

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A suspect in the Forrester Gardens apartment shooting has been captured. According to the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit, 19-year-old Germerio Martez Bobo was taken into custody at a residence in the 2100 block of 10th Street in Northport. More>>

Former Chilton County school employees arrested on 87 charges involving sexual contact with minors

David and Rebecca Hubbard are facing a total of 87 charges related to having sex with minors. David and Rebecca Hubbard are facing a total of 87 charges related to having sex with minors.
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Two former Chilton County educators are facing a total of 87 charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies relating to their alleged victimization of four minors. More>>

Second suspect arrested in death of man trying to stop burglary; third suspect still at large

Aronde Samuels, 20, of Birmingham, was charged with capital murder in the death of 53-year-old Arthur Mills. Aronde Samuels, 20, of Birmingham, was charged with capital murder in the death of 53-year-old Arthur Mills.
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A second suspect has been arrested in the murder of a man killed while trying to prevent a burglary in Birmingham last month. More>>

Reward offered in McCalla's Bellview Baptist Church arson

Composite sketch of suspect in Bellview Baptist Church Arson in McCalla. Composite sketch of suspect in Bellview Baptist Church Arson in McCalla.
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A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who allegedly set a McCalla church on fire July 26. More>>

Gas prices continue to drop in Alabama, despite rise in crude oil prices

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Gas prices are dropping across Alabama, and the state’s biggest metro area leads the way with the highest average price.According to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, today’s average for regular unleaded is $3.26 a gallon across Alabama.The highest average price is in metro Birmingham, at $3.31 a gallon for regular unleaded.AAA reports that’s down 4 cents from a week ago, and 14 cents lower than this time last month.Today’s lowest average price for regular unleaded in Alabama is in Montgomery,... More>>

Birmingham community rallies for Israel Video included

Birmingham-area residents gather to show support for Israel amid ongoing conflict. Birmingham-area residents gather to show support for Israel amid ongoing conflict.
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As the conflict wages in the Middle East, people in Birmingham came together to show their support for Israel. More>>

SPIRIT OF ALABAMA: Jim Lawrence Video included

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A 24-year-old army lieutenant from Troy, Alabama didn't know much about Vietnam, but he got his orders, obeyed them and shipped out. He came very close to being killed in action. Instead he lived to tell his story of Landing Zone Albany in the Idrang Valley. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: A New Definition for Rape Video included

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The FBI is making a change to its Uniform Crime Report. Because of that change, rape in our state is up more than fifty percent. But the main reason may surprise you. The FBI is changing the definition of rape to include men and boys. More>>

Reach Out and Read program spreads the joy of reading to young patients

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It was a way to share the joy of reading to children while they waited to visit with their doctors.Children, parents, staff and volunteers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at Children’s of Alabama distributed books to little ones Tuesday, according to a news release.It was part of the Reach Out and Read program.During the day, staff members were reading Nicky Goes to the Doctor by Richard Scarry to the children, as they waited for their visit with their... More>>

Birmingham city leaders revise transportation code allowing ride sharing services in Magic City Video included

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It's a popular service in major cites that's trying to make a move into Birmingham. Web-based service Uber wants to operate here but first city leaders had to revise Birmingham's transportation codes. Tuesday morning, the Birmingham City Council updated its transportation rule to allow ride sharing apps, like Uber, to make rounds in the Magic City."Initially, the current city codes would categorize Uber as a transportation company and we would fall under that regulatory banner as a taxi comp... More>>

Suspect accused of shooting 4-year-old Tuscaloosa girl on the run, considered armed and dangerous

Germerio Bobo, 19, is wanted after a 4-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were shot on James Harrison Parkway in Tuscaloosa. Germerio Bobo, 19, is wanted after a 4-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were shot on James Harrison Parkway in Tuscaloosa.
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The search is on for what police officers describe as a dangerous, armed man in Tuscaloosa. More>>

Gunfire erupts at Center Point apartment complex Tuesday

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirms the shots were fired inside an apartment complex on Polly Reed Court about 1:00 p.m. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirms the shots were fired inside an apartment complex on Polly Reed Court about 1:00 p.m.
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Several rounds ofbullets were fired at an apartment complex near Center Point Tuesday.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirms the shots were fired inside an apartment complex on Polly Reed Court about 1:00 p.m.A man went into an apartment at that location and hit another person on the head with a handgun.The JCSO believes the aunt of the assault victim then fired several shots at the suspect.The suspect ran away, and it appeared he did not suffer any gunshot wounds.Officials believe ev... More>>

Birmingham City Council approves $250K to recruit the DNC, $5 million if chosen

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The Birmingham City Council is bankrolling its efforts to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to the Magic City. More>>

Man arrested after breaking into home with children present

William Robert Thomas, 50, of Birmingham was charged with burlgary and theft of property after he was caught burglarizing a Pinson home with children present. William Robert Thomas, 50, of Birmingham was charged with burlgary and theft of property after he was caught burglarizing a Pinson home with children present.
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A Birmingham man is facing charges after allegedly burglarizing a Pinson home with children present. More>>

PHOTOS: Helena High School band warms up for its inaugural year

Helena High School Band members practice for their inaugural year of performances Helena High School Band members practice for their inaugural year of performances
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The sounds of a new school year are in the air in Shelby County and many places in Alabama.The brand-new Helena High School is holding its Band Camp.The camp started July 28, 2014, and runs August 1, 2014.Final steps are being taken to welcome students for the first time at the new school this August 7, 2014.The school is located on Hillsboro Parkway, and is 225,000 square feet, with a gymnasium, band and choral room, football stadium and track.The HHS Band performs at the school’s first foot... More>>

Attorney for doctors sued in penis amputation lawsuit seeks dismissal, calls case 'baseless, irresponsible'

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Court documents filed today call into question allegations surrounding the amputation of a Birmingham man’s penis last month. More>>

Donation given to help men become dads in children's lives

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A donation was made Monday to benefit an organization dedicated to preventing domestic violence.According to a news release, Verizon Wireless presented a $2,000 donation as part of the “Lieutenant James Jackson Domestic Violence Advocacy Award in Birmingham.The annual award is given to a non-profit organization which raises awareness and promotes prevention of domestic violence.This year’s recipient of the grant is the Family Guidance Center – The Center for Families’ Parenting Matters progra... More>>

Jefferson County woman dies after being set on fire by ex; capital murder charges expected

Michael Kennedy, 48, of Mulga, is facing attempted murder charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend. He's accused of throwing gasoline on her and then lighting her on fire. Capital murder charges are expected. Michael Kennedy, 48, of Mulga, is facing attempted murder charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend. He's accused of throwing gasoline on her and then lighting her on fire. Capital murder charges are expected.
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A man in custody for attempted murder of his girlfriend may soon be facing capital murder charges in the case. More>>

Adult and juvenile injured in shooting at Tuscaloosa apartment complex

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Police are investigating a shooting in which a juvenile and an adult were injured. More>>

Ozark man suspected of sexually abusing woman, child captured

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The man wanted for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 30-year-old south Alabama woman and an 8-year-old child has been arrested.  More>>

BURGER BYTES: SEC official conditioning test Video included

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Southeastern Conference football officials met in Birmingham over the weekend for their annual three-day officiating clinic. In addition to going over rules, and watching film, part of the clinic is a mandatory pass-fail conditioning test.
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Alabama PSC commissioners to testify against EPA restrictions on coal-powered electricity Video included

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President Obama's new proposal to fight carbon emissions and climate change is meeting heavy resistance here in Alabama. More>>

2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant winner crowned in Hoover Monday

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The newest Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant has been crowned.The reveal happened during the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover Monday.After 58 contestants were narrowed down to 10 during an event in Montgomery, finalists from all parts of Alabama competed for the crown.Here are the results:Winner: 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home: Edna Farrell, Arbor Springs Health Rehab, Opelika, Age 891st Runner-Up: JoAnn Okechukwu, Highlands at... More>>

2001 double-murder cold case comes to an end Monday with plea deal in Bessemer

Cameron Rayford has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2001 Bessemer double-murer case. Cameron Rayford has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2001 Bessemer double-murer case.
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A plea deal was reached Monday to close a nearly 13-year-old murder case in western Jefferson County. More>>

Man accused of setting ex-girlfriend on fire caught in Midfield Video included

Michael Kennedy is being held at the Jefferson County Jail after allegedly dousing his ex-girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire. Michael Kennedy is being held at the Jefferson County Jail after allegedly dousing his ex-girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire.
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A man accused of dousing his ex-girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire has been apprehended. More>>

Anniston father,son facing charges after dispute leaves 2 with gunshot wounds

Jason Frazier, 38, and his father, Claud Frazier, 65, are facing charges after a dispute left the younger Frazier and one other man with gunshot wounds. Jason Frazier, 38, and his father, Claud Frazier, 65, are facing charges after a dispute left the younger Frazier and one other man with gunshot wounds.
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An Anniston father and son are in custody after a dispute left two men with gunshot wounds. More>>

Cut riser leads to natural gas leak in Birmingham Monday

A cut riser led to a natural gas leak in Birmingham Monday A cut riser led to a natural gas leak in Birmingham Monday
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A natural gas leak in Birmingham was quickly controlled Monday.An ALAGASCO spokesperson says they received a report that a pipe was leaking near Pearson County SW about 9:00 a.m.An employee from ALAGASCO found a cut riser in the area, and that’s what was causing the natural gas leak.A riser is described as something that connects the main distribution line to the gas meter.ALAGASCO is not sure what caused the riser to be cut.No injuries were reported, and crews had the leak repaired by 12:45 ... More>>

Telephone bank phishing scheme hitting Talladega County

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A well-known phone phishing scheme is seemingly targeting the Talladega area for the first time. More>>

Sandra Little Brown says challenge to Jefferson County Commission District 2 run-off results "meritless"

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Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown is calling a challenge to election results in the Jefferson County Commission District 2 race"meritless." More>>

VIDEO: MMA-fighting convenience store clerk takes down alleged robbers Video included

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A Houston, Texas convenience store clerk turned the tables on a pair of accused robbers on July 10, and the entire incident was caught on camera. More>>

Blount County family headed home after being stranded in China

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A Blount County family who was stuck in China due to a computer glitch at the U.S. State Department is on the way home to the United States. More>>

Employee's body found inside missing Dreamcakes Bakery truck in Birmingham

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A man’s body was found inside a missing truck belonging to the Dreamcakes Bakery. More>>

Labor relations board rules in favor of Mercedes employees

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After a hearing on July 24th Judge Keltner Locke ruled that Mercedes employees are allowed to solicit and distribute union material at work. More>>

Search underway for man who doused ex-girlfriend with gasoline and lit her on fire Video included

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who doused his former girlfriend with gasoline, then lit her on fire. According to the Sheriff’s Office, about 2:30 Sunday morning, deputies responded to a house fire on Nellie Anderson Street in Edgewater. When they arrived, they found a woman suffering from severe burns all over her body. She was taken to a hospital where she is listed in serious condition... More>>

Sunday morning headlines with Alabama's 13 Ashley Roberts Video included

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Ashley Roberts has your morning news for 7.27.14. Click on the link for your complete headlines. More>>

Three people shot while standing in street

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One person died. Two others were injured. Police are now looking for a suspect. More>>

Back-to-school giveaway to help less fortunate students Video included

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Local church, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, is answering the call to help with a back-to-school giveaway. More>>

Training your dog the right way to ensure obedience Video included

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Dog training tools fall into the "good stick/bad stick" realm. More>>

Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

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A sheriff in Washington state says a massive wildfire has burned 300 homes, double the number previously estimated. More>>

Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

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Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner, killing three kids and seriously injuring two women.Police say the victims were 7- and 10-year-old brothers and their 15-year-old sister. More>>

Get ready for City Fest tops Saturday morning news Video included

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Alabama's 13 Ashley Roberts has your morning news for 7.26.14. More>>

Big plans underway to revitalize Woodlawn through Park at Wood Station development Video included

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One neighborhood in the Magic City hasn't seen a lot of magic over the years when it comes adding new homes. Now, lifestyles are about to change in Woodlawn. This afternoon, Mayor William Bell and members of the Woodlawn Foundation broke ground for the new Park at Wood Station. The multi-million dollar development will be built in different phases. The first phase of the project will include a 64-unit townhome complex. A community center is also included in phase one.The heavy machines are in... More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Dangers of distracted driving Video included

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Innocent people are dying because some drivers choose to take their eyes off the road to use their electronic devices.

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Spirit of Alabama: the Amelia Center

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The Amelia Center is a remarkable place where healing begins for families who have lost a baby or child. We just can’t imagine how you’d deal with such a loss, but they do great work here. We hope this story captures the dedication of the people who work here. The Amelia Center is tonight's Spirit of Alabama report. More>>

BURGER BYTES: Wakeboard Cable System Video included

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There's a new twist on recreational water activities at oak mountain state park. "We've had them as young as six and as old as 60's," Flip Side Water Sports owner Jeremy Talbot said.Flip Side Water Sports has installed a wakeboard cable system. Talbot said this is a pilot program for the state of Alabama. "It's something that's never been done before," Talbot said. "Part of our goal with the state, is to prove something that we already know, is that there is a demand for cable water sports in... More>>

BURGER BYTES: SEC Media Day Fans Video included

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Every year SEC football fans flock to the lobby of the Hyatt Regency waiting to catch a glimpse and maybe even a autograph from their favorite players and coaches. More>>

Mom of child killed in hot car seen in Alabama; groomsman reacts to allegations against father Video included

Ben McRea served as a groomsman for Justin Ross Harris, who is facing murder charges for the death of his 22-month-old son. McRea remembers Harris as a loving person and the life of a party.  Ben McRea served as a groomsman for Justin Ross Harris, who is facing murder charges for the death of his 22-month-old son. McRea remembers Harris as a loving person and the life of a party.
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As the mother of the 22-month-old child who died in a hot car in Atlanta last week returns to Alabama, a groomsman of the child's father reacts to the allegations being made against his friend. More>>

Suspect in hot car death fired from his job at Home Depot

Justin Ross Harris appears in court July 3, 2014 for a probable cause hearing. Justin Ross Harris appears in court July 3, 2014 for a probable cause hearing.
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The father charged in the Atlanta hot car death of his son has been terminated from his job. More>>

Friend of Justin Ross Harris speaks out

Chris Wilkerson knew Justin Ross Harris for four years when the Harris' lived in Moundville. Chris Wilkerson knew Justin Ross Harris for four years when the Harris' lived in Moundville.
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We're learning more about Justin Ross Harris who is accused of killing his toddler after leaving him in a hot car in Atlanta.The father's friend talked with news crews about her four year friendship with Harris.Harris is facing murder and child cruelty charges for allegedly leaving his son in his car on June 18 for about seven hours after forgetting to drop him off at day care.Justin Ross Harris and his wife Leanna use to live in a quiet neighborhood in Moundville, just outside of Tuscaloosa.... More>>

“What’s Working?”: Etowah Co. pushes outdoor sporting event and community unity to attract tourists

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If you are looking for a challenge that will test your physical grit, stamina and drive, the Gadsden’s Barbarian Challenge in Etowah County is an event you don’t want to miss. Gadsden, the county seat is roughly an hour northwest of the state’s most populous area , the Birmingham metropolis, and is nestled in a geographically different landscape teeming with flowing creeks, calm lakes and the second tallest waterfall in the state. In recent years, officials with the local Chamber of Commerce ... More>>

Spirit of Alabama: The Lyric Theater

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The Lyric Theatre in downtown Birmingham was built in 1913 and was a regular stop on the Vaudeville circuit. The Lyric was built for stage shows and the intimate theatre seats 750 people. 8 million dollars has been raised to restore the Lyric and that work should be completed by August of next year. In this Spirit of Alabama see how people are working together to make the new Lyric a reality. More>>

13 Investigates: Whose road is it?

Fultondale versus Jefferson County. Whose responsible for the maintenance of Carson Road? Jeff Eliasoph searches for answers. Fultondale versus Jefferson County. Whose responsible for the maintenance of Carson Road? Jeff Eliasoph searches for answers.
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What do you say we go for a little spin? We'll travel a busy Jefferson County thoroughfare where the ride is bumpy and the scenery isn't so pretty. Carson Road in Fultondale needs fixing, but the city and county are at odds over which one is responsible. So, who are you gonna call? Jeff Eliasoph is asking the questions as "13 Investigates: Whose road is it?" More>>

Top 5: “Missing” 5 year-old found, Ryan Sims verdict and Shelby County School security top your Tuesday morning headlines

Jaderian Holloway was reported missing by his mother. Police later learned he was with a family member. Jaderian Holloway was reported missing by his mother. Police later learned he was with a family member.
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Here’s a quick look at your top five headlines for Tuesday including potential criminal charges against a mother who reported her 5 year-old missing because a family member said she was too intoxicated and took the child from her care. We'll also take a look at the verdict of Ryan Sims, the man accused of holding some Chelsea Middle School students hostage at gunpoint.
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One person dead following early morning shooting in Center Point

Officials remain on the scene of a homicide in the Center Point area. Officials remain on the scene of a homicide in the Center Point area.
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Officials remain on the scene of a homicide in the Center Point area. One man is dead and another injured.
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13 INVESTIGATES: Undermining your property

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Underground mining in one Jefferson County neighborhood is causing several houses there to sink. More>>

Funeral planned in Tuscaloosa for 22-month old who was left in a hot vehicle in Georgia, father being held without bond

Justin Harris is charged with murder after leaving his 22-month old in a hot vehicle in Georgia. Justin Harris is charged with murder after leaving his 22-month old in a hot vehicle in Georgia.
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A funeral service will be held Saturday for a 22 month old who died after being left in a hot vehicle for several hours last week in Georgia. The incident happened in Cobb County, Georgia on June 18. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Donation Bin Battle

Local charities pay the price when thieves steal donations. Plus, for-profit businesses are putting out their own bins confusing donors who often think they're giving to charity. Local charities pay the price when thieves steal donations. Plus, for-profit businesses are putting out their own bins confusing donors who often think they're giving to charity.
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Local charities pay the price when thieves steal donations. Plus, for-profit businesses are putting out their own bins confusing donors who often think they're giving to charity.

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Spirit of Alabama: Eldridge Knighton Video included

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Tonight, a story of survival. A working man robbed, shot, left for dead. His survival is like a miracle, his story of forgiveness is more than I could have imagined. His name is Eldridge Knighton. he was a cab driver just doing his job. Little did he know that his last customer had robbery and murder on his mind. Here is tonight's Spirit of Alabama report. More>>

Spirit of Alabama: Ben Tomlinson's new home Video included

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Ben Tomlinson was wounded by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan. Through organizations like the Tunnel Of Towers and the Gary Sinise Foundation Ben will have a new home which will allow him start a new life of independence. He can now put Afghanistan and combat in his rear view mirror. Home town hero Ben Tomlinson is tonight's Spirit of Alabama report. More>>

Burger Byte with Cheese: full Scott Moore's coaching impressions Video included

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Click on the video player above to see Kyle Burger's full interview with coaching and celebrity impressionist Scott Moore. More>>

Spirit of Alabama: Claudia Reach, St. Martin's in the Pines Video included

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In this Spirit of Alabama report, Mike Royer introduces you to Claudio Reach, the Activities Director at St. Martin’s. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: VA Care Complaints

Two local veterans talk about their complaints concerning their treatment at the Birmingham VA hospital Two local veterans talk about their complaints concerning their treatment at the Birmingham VA hospital
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Amid the national Veterans Administration scandal - two of Alabama's VA medical facilities were found to have some of the longest wait times in the country for new patients. They are in Montgomery and Tuskegee.

Although Birmingham's VA Hospital is not on that list, a couple of local veterans do have complaints about medical care.

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13 INVESTIGATES: Fields of dreams delay

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Due to a bankrupt contractor and other factors, Birmingham is still working to complete Cooper Green Park renovations more than three years after construction began. More>>

World War II veteran recalls his experience at Omaha Beach on D-Day

Former Tuscaloosa mayor Al DuPont recalls serving as a medic in World War II when the US stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy. Former Tuscaloosa mayor Al DuPont recalls serving as a medic in World War II when the US stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy.
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Seventy years after the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy and turned the tide of World War II, former Tuscaloosa mayor Al DuPont still has vivid memories of serving as an army medic on Omaha beach. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Postponed precinct progress

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 There has been no progress at the construction site of Birmingham's new West Police Precinct since we exposed the project's delay seven months ago. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Oneonta's wet-dry vote Video included

In Oneonta and across Blount County, residents have been battling for years over whether or not to allow their communities to "go wet" or allow alcohol sales, or if they should remain "dry." In Oneonta and across Blount County, residents have been battling for years over whether or not to allow their communities to "go wet" or allow alcohol sales, or if they should remain "dry."
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For Oneonta, the "wet versus dry" debate isn't just about alcohol sales -- principles of "doing the right thing" and bringing money to the area also come into play. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Overseas Adoption Dangers

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An investigation is under way into a locally-based domestic and international adoption agency called Lifeline Children's Services. There is a concern about Lifeline not investigating children's backgrounds for international adoption. More>>

Spirit of Alabama: The Lovelady Center Video included

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The Lovelady Center for ten years has been a home, a shelter, a place of recovery for hurting women. They help as many women as they can, and some folks are trying to make things a little better for them. It's tonight's Spirit of Alabama report. More>>

Spirit of Alabama: Special Mcadory student graduation Video included

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Mike Royer shares the story of appreciating life, family and friendship in this week's Spirit of Alabama report.
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13 INVESTIGATES: Flying through storms Video included

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On April 28, more than a dozen tornadoes touched down in Alabama. Some of the storms wreaked havoc on flights at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. But,a few planes landed and took off while twisters were only miles away. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Mega church money

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 When we asked ten of the largest churches in Central Alabama to provide us with a copy of their latest financial statement, seven opened their books to us. More>>

Birmingham Water Works Board says discolored water is safe

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The company says it is currently flushing the system and expects the water to turn back to normal, though no timeline has been given.
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During these periods of extreme cold, there's a lot more affected than just the amount of clothes someone wears to go outside. More>>

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