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  • 13 Investigates: Flood Cars

    13 Investigates: Flood Cars

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-04-15 11:38:54 GMT
    The floodwaters from last week's storms have long receded, but they've left behind damaged cars - which could spell trouble if you're looking to buy a used vehicle. Owners *can* settle with their insurance companies or not even make a claim, then, clean up their damaged cars just enough to sell them. Not only is it a threat to your wallet, but more importantly, to your safety. What do you need to know to avoid buying a flood-damaged car or truck? Flooding is a fact of life in Alabama at ...
    The floodwaters from last week's storms have long receded, but they've left behind damaged cars - which could spell trouble if you're looking to buy a used vehicle. Owners *can* settle with their insurance companies or not even make a claim, then, clean up their damaged cars just enough to sell them. Not only is it a threat to your wallet, but more importantly, to your safety. What do you need to know to avoid buying a flood-damaged car or truck? Flooding is a fact of life in Alabama at ...
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Gate City explosion 911 tapes

    13 INVESTIGATES: Gate City explosion 911 tapes

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-01 10:54:48 GMT
    Alabama's 13 has exclusively obtained the 911 calls recorded moments after the fatal Gate City natural gas explosion in December 2013.
    Alabama's 13 has exclusively obtained the 911 calls recorded moments after the fatal Gate City natural gas explosion in December 2013.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Airport tragedy anniversary

    13 INVESTIGATES: Airport tragedy anniversary

    Friday, March 21 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-03-21 04:04:06 GMT
    There has been a second airport display cabinet mishap at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport since a massive display collapsed and killed 10 year old Luke Bresette on March 22, 2013.
    There has been a second airport display cabinet mishap at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport since a massive display collapsed and killed 10 year old Luke Bresette on March 22, 2013.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Regions Field unpaid contracts

    13 INVESTIGATES: Regions Field unpaid contracts

    Monday, March 17 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-03-17 15:52:13 GMT
    Many of the contractors who built Regions Field are still owed more than $6 million nearly a year after the baseball stadium opened to the public.
    Many of the contractors who built Regions Field are still owed more than $6 million nearly a year after the baseball stadium opened to the public.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Two boys

    13 INVESTIGATES: Two boys

    Friday, February 28 2014 11:09 AM EST2014-02-28 16:09:29 GMT
    The violence of September 15, 1963 was not isolated to the corner of 16th Street and 6th Avenue North in Birmingham. The girls lost in this vicious church bombing were only four of the city's casualties
    Two Birmingham teenage boys were also killed in the aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Storage Unit Insurance Follow Up

    13 INVESTIGATES: Storage Unit Insurance Follow Up

    Friday, February 28 2014 8:57 AM EST2014-02-28 13:57:07 GMT
    Storage unitsStorage units
    Earlier this month, Alabama's 13 told you how some self-storage places require their customers to buy insurance. The requirement has some renters riled up. Since our first report, we've discovered one of the insurance companies we told you about has gotten into regulatory trouble in another state. Plus, some self-storage operators here in Alabama are working to clear up the issue.
    Earlier this month, Alabama's 13 told you how some self-storage places require their customers to buy insurance. The requirement has some renters riled up. Since our first report, we've discovered one of the insurance companies we told you about has gotten into regulatory trouble in another state. Plus, some self-storage operators here in Alabama are working to clear up the issue.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Non-Profit Accountability

    13 INVESTIGATES: Non-Profit Accountability

    Thursday, February 27 2014 6:25 PM EST2014-02-27 23:25:29 GMT
    13 INVESTIGATES:  Non-Profit Accountability13 INVESTIGATES: Non-Profit Accountability

    As the holiday fundraising season shifts into high gear, donors should do their homework on the charity of their choice.

    As the holiday fundraising season shifts into high gear, donors should do their homework on the charity of their choice.

  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Tracking tithes

    13 INVESTIGATES: Tracking tithes

    Thursday, February 27 2014 11:30 AM EST2014-02-27 16:30:27 GMT
    Response to our recent Mega church spending investigation has prompted us to examine the financial transparency of smaller churches.
    Response to our recent Mega church spending investigation has prompted us to examine the financial transparency of smaller churches.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Vaccination Compensation

    13 INVESTIGATES: Vaccination Compensation

    Monday, February 24 2014 11:18 AM EST2014-02-24 16:18:58 GMT
    Clay Ragsdale is one of 130 attorneys in the U.S., four in Alabama, who represent vaccine cases.Clay Ragsdale is one of 130 attorneys in the U.S., four in Alabama, who represent vaccine cases.
    It's a rare occurrence - a child or even an adult injured from a vaccination. Families looking for accountability have an option called the National Vaccine Injury and Compensation program. Not many people know about the 25-year-old program with a time limit on filing a claim.
    It's a rare occurrence - a child or even an adult injured from a vaccination. Families looking for accountability have an option called the National Vaccine Injury and Compensation program. Not many people know about the 25-year-old program with a time limit on filing a claim.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Mega church money

    13 INVESTIGATES: Mega church money

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 2:50 PM EST2014-02-18 19:50:21 GMT
     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.
     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.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Tow truck troubles

    13 INVESTIGATES: Tow truck troubles

    Friday, February 7 2014 10:05 PM EST2014-02-08 03:05:00 GMT
    Hundreds of central Alabama motorists abandoned their vehicles during last week's winter storm and only to return and find out they had been towed.
    Hundreds of central Alabama motorists abandoned their vehicles during last week's winter storm and only to return and find out they had been towed.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Breaking Bad, Meth in Alabama

    13 INVESTIGATES: Breaking Bad, Meth in Alabama

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 12:24 PM EST2014-02-04 17:24:56 GMT
    Derrick Lawrence, Recovering meth addict, shares his story Derrick Lawrence, Recovering meth addict, shares his story
    The problem of methamphetamine abuse has grown in Alabama with a surprising amount of the drug coming far away.We investigate who's buying, who's trying to stop it, and who's suffering from it.
    The problem of methamphetamine abuse has grown in Alabama with a surprising amount of the drug coming far away.We investigate who's buying, who's trying to stop it, and who's suffering from it.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Storage Unit Insurance

    13 INVESTIGATES: Storage Unit Insurance

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 12:23 PM EST2014-02-04 17:23:00 GMT
    Many of us, at least at times, have too much stuff. That has the self-storage industry booming. The count is mind boggling: more than 52,000 facilities across the U.S. And get this, there are more than 2.3 billion square feet of storage space.More and more, customers who rent storage units are running into a requirement for insurance or products that resemble insurance. Alabama’s 13 took a look at the fine print.
    Many of us, at least at times, have too much stuff. That has the self-storage industry booming. The count is mind boggling: more than 52,000 facilities across the U.S. And get this, there are more than 2.3 billion square feet of storage space.More and more, customers who rent storage units are running into a requirement for insurance or products that resemble insurance. Alabama’s 13 took a look at the fine print.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: West Precinct Contractor Sues Birmingham

    13 INVESTIGATES: West Precinct Contractor Sues Birmingham

    Tuesday, December 3 2013 6:07 PM EST2013-12-03 23:07:57 GMT
    Contractor Chris Woods has sued Birmingham over $1.5 million he claims the city owes him.
    Contractor Chris Woods has sued Birmingham over $1.5 million he claims the city owes him.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Matt Pitt's Badge

    13 INVESTIGATES: Matt Pitt's Badge

    Tuesday, December 3 2013 2:26 PM EST2013-12-03 19:26:33 GMT
    Larry Matthew Pitt pleaded guilty to traveling 31 miles over the speed limit in Walton County, Florida in 2011. He paid a $351 fine. However, that's not all that caught our eye. It's what Pitt said
    Florida authorities say youth evangelist Matt Pitt tried to use an 'honorary badge' badge to get out of a speeding ticket.
  • Alabama's 13 Investigates: Payday and Title Loans

    Alabama's 13 Investigates: Payday and Title Loans

    Tuesday, November 19 2013 3:19 PM EST2013-11-19 20:19:17 GMT
    Imagine paying 300 to 450% on a loan. That's what you could end up paying over the course of a year on a certain type of loan.
    Imagine paying 300 to 450% on a loan. That's what you could end up paying over the course of a year on a certain type of loan.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: UPS plane that crashed had three previous emergency situations

    13 INVESTIGATES: UPS plane that crashed had three previous emergency situations

    Thursday, August 22 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-08-22 23:02:03 GMT
    While this morning's UPS airbus A-300 cargo plane crash is an unusual and tragic occurrence, it's not the first time a plane like this has gone down. According to the FAA, there have been 60 crashes involving
    While this morning's UPS airbus A-300 cargo plane crash is an unusual and tragic occurrence, it's not the first time a plane like this has gone down. According to the FAA, there have been 60 crashes involving
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Plane flight stats

    13 INVESTIGATES: Plane flight stats

    Thursday, August 22 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-08-22 23:00:52 GMT
    Landing before sunrise at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport was not a first for the plane which crashed yesterday. UPS 671, the aircraft in question, has landed here twice since May --
    Landing before sunrise at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport was not a first for the plane which crashed yesterday. UPS 671, the aircraft in question, has landed here twice since May.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Airplane Bird Strikes

    13 INVESTIGATES: Airplane Bird Strikes

    13 INVESTIGATES: Airplane Bird Strikes

    Thursday, August 22 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-08-22 22:58:38 GMT
    We should stress birds have not been named as a cause in Wednesday's air tragedy at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport, but the airport has gone to great lengths in the past to clear birds. According
    One issue pilots who fly into the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport have to deal with is birds. In fact they're warned about it in daily reports.  Learn what the airport has done in the past to take care of this issue.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Packages on the plane

    13 INVESTIGATES: Packages on the plane

    Thursday, August 22 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-08-22 22:58:23 GMT
    Lynn Knippers and her mother run Rebecca's Fine Jewelry in Bessemer. Last week she ordered a 5 carat diamond bracelet for one of her customers. "I had a customer that lost her bracelet. She came in
    One of the parcels lost in Wednesday's UPS plane crash was a $27,000 bracelet headed to a Bessemer jewelry store.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Possible runway risks

    13 INVESTIGATES: Possible runway risks

    Thursday, August 22 2013 6:20 PM EDT2013-08-22 22:20:50 GMT
    Runway 18 at the Birmingham-shuttles worth international airport is 7,099 feet long. That's about four thousand feet shorter than the Birmingham airports other runway. We're told that landing strip was
    Runway 18 at the Birmingham-shuttles worth international airport is 7,099 feet long. That's about four thousand feet shorter than the Birmingham airports other runway. We're told that landing strip was
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