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  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Paying to win

    13 INVESTIGATES: Paying to win

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:48:05 GMT

    The University of Alabama and Auburn University spent more on their football programs during the 2013 season than any other college in the country.

    The University of Alabama and Auburn University spent more on their football programs during the 2013 season than any other college in the country.

  • 13 INVESTIGATES: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Controversy

    13 INVESTIGATES: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Controversy

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:41:16 GMT
    Dr. Peter King is a brain disorders researcher at UAB. He hopes his research will lead to a better way to diagnose ALS and learn what causes it.Dr. Peter King is a brain disorders researcher at UAB. He hopes his research will lead to a better way to diagnose ALS and learn what causes it.

    More than 94 million and climbing... that's how much the ALS Association has collected from its viral ice bucket challenge. That number changes daily. The ice bucket challenge is not for everyone and some disagree *where* you should donate your money.

    More than 94 million and climbing... that's how much the ALS Association has collected from its viral ice bucket challenge. That number changes daily. The ice bucket challenge is not for everyone and some disagree *where* you should donate your money.

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

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

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:00:15 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • 13 Investigates: Diabetes in Alabama

    13 Investigates: Diabetes in Alabama

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:05:27 GMT
    More than 1 in 8 Alabamians are dealing with the disease, and experts say it is getting worse.
    More than 1 in 8 Alabamians are dealing with the disease, and experts say it is getting worse.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: EMA warehouse deal

    13 INVESTIGATES: EMA warehouse deal

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:28:20 GMT
    The Jefferson County District Attorney is probing a warehouse deal between the county EMA and an antique fire truck organization.
    The Jefferson County District Attorney is probing a warehouse deal between the county EMA and an antique fire truck organization.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: UPS plane crash

    13 INVESTIGATES: UPS plane crash

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:46 AM EDT2014-08-15 11:46:03 GMT
    NTSB picture of Flight 1354 crash site.NTSB picture of Flight 1354 crash site.
    The NTSB has finished its probe of the fatal UPS cargo plane crash exactly one year ago.
    The NTSB has finished its probe of the fatal UPS cargo plane crash exactly one year ago.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: The Coaching Culture Follow-up

    13 INVESTIGATES: The Coaching Culture Follow-up

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:26 AM EDT2014-08-14 11:26:45 GMT
    As the new school year is underway, "Henry" remains off the court and out of school until his juvenile case is resolved.As the new school year is underway, "Henry" remains off the court and out of school until his juvenile case is resolved.

    A Talladega high school basketball player remains sidelined after asking a federal court to let him back in school. It's a story we first brought you back in May. That's when, we reported that the young man was suspended from school after a physical altercation with the school's head basketball coach.

    A Talladega high school basketball player remains sidelined after asking a federal court to let him back in school. It's a story we first brought you back in May. That's when, we reported that the young man was suspended from school after a physical altercation with the school's head basketball coach.

  • 13 INVESTIGATES: The Organ Donation Dilemma

    13 INVESTIGATES: The Organ Donation Dilemma

    Monday, August 4 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-08-05 03:15:07 GMT
    Lisa Winnege watches tv.Lisa Winnege watches tv.
    Every year thousands of Alabamians wait to learn if they'll be next to find a matching donor organ. It can be a life or death matter but the need exceeds what's available.
    Every year thousands of Alabamians wait to learn if they'll be next to find a matching donor organ. It can be a life or death matter but the need exceeds what's available.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Road rage

    13 INVESTIGATES: Road rage

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:40:31 GMT
    A armed showdown between two motorists was recently caught on tape in Fultondale.
    A armed showdown between two motorists was recently caught on tape in Fultondale.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: A New Definition for Rape

    13 INVESTIGATES: A New Definition for Rape

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:11:43 GMT
    Courtesy: APCourtesy: AP
    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.
    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.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Dangers of distracted driving

    13 INVESTIGATES: Dangers of distracted driving

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:21 AM EDT2014-07-23 12:21:18 GMT
    Morgan Sanders recovers from distraced driving wreckMorgan Sanders recovers from distraced driving wreck

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

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

  • 13 Investigates: Whose road is it?

    13 Investigates: Whose road is it?

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-07-08 13:30:20 GMT
    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.
    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?"
    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?"
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Undermining your property

    13 INVESTIGATES: Undermining your property

    Friday, July 4 2014 8:14 AM EDT2014-07-04 12:14:37 GMT
    Underground mining in one Jefferson County neighborhood is causing several houses there to sink.
    Underground mining in one Jefferson County neighborhood is causing several houses there to sink.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Donation Bin Battle

    13 INVESTIGATES: Donation Bin Battle

    Thursday, July 3 2014 11:27 AM EDT2014-07-03 15:27:11 GMT
    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.
    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.

  • 13 INVESTIGATES: VA Care Complaints

    13 INVESTIGATES: VA Care Complaints

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-06-17 14:17:43 GMT
    Two local veterans talk about their complaints concerning their treatment at the Birmingham VA hospitalTwo local veterans talk about their complaints concerning their treatment at the Birmingham VA hospital
    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.

    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.

  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Fields of dreams delay

    13 INVESTIGATES: Fields of dreams delay

    Thursday, June 12 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-06-13 03:11:04 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Storage Unit Insurance

    13 INVESTIGATES: Storage Unit Insurance

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:25 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: Breaking Bad, Meth in Alabama

    13 INVESTIGATES: Breaking Bad, Meth in Alabama

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:25 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: Tow truck troubles

    13 INVESTIGATES: Tow truck troubles

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:25 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: All About You

    13 INVESTIGATES: All About You

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:25 GMT
    The internet has become a huge part of most people's lives. We pay our bills online, shop online even reconnect with long lost friends on the web. With all that information floating around out there, have you ever wondered how much someone could find out about you? You might be surprised as we found out when Alabama's 13 Investigates: All About You. There’s so much information available at the click of a mouse. These days it's easy to find out just about anything you want to know online. B...
    The internet has become a huge part of most people's lives. We pay our bills online, shop online even reconnect with long lost friends on the web. With all that information floating around out there, have you ever wondered how much someone could find out about you? You might be surprised as we found out when Alabama's 13 Investigates: All About You. There’s so much information available at the click of a mouse. These days it's easy to find out just about anything you want to know online. B...
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Mega church money

    13 INVESTIGATES: Mega church money

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:25 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: Shotspotter Progress

    13 INVESTIGATES: Shotspotter Progress

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:26 GMT
    Birmingham Police are attributing a 26 percent drop in New Year's Eve celebratory gunfire since 2011 to the City's Shotspotter system. 
    Birmingham Police are attributing a 26 percent drop in New Year's Eve celebratory gunfire since 2011 to the City's Shotspotter system. 
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Business Tax Incentives

    13 INVESTIGATES: Business Tax Incentives

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:27 GMT
    Tax incentives help bring industries and a lot of jobs to the state. But, the price-tag of those incentives is in the hundreds of millions of dollars. And, some people question if those deals are worth the price.
    Tax incentives help bring industries and a lot of jobs to the state. But, the price-tag of those incentives is in the hundreds of millions of dollars. And, some people question if those deals are worth the price.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Mercury Spill Price Tag

    13 INVESTIGATES: Mercury Spill Price Tag

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:26 GMT
    The current price tag for the 2012 mercury spill at Putnam Middle School stands at $860,765.
    The current price tag for the 2012 mercury spill at Putnam Middle School stands at $860,765.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Trusted Traveler Programs

    13 INVESTIGATES: Trusted Traveler Programs

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:26 GMT
    AAA estimates, based on last year's numbers, nearly 600,000 people will travel by air during the holiday season this December. Some may have noticed longer lines at TSA checkpoints. There are ways to avoid them. But to skirt around those lines, you'll have to pay extra, and you can't apply for these programs locally. Are they worth the cost? Alabama’s 13 Investigates: Trusted Traveler Programs.
    AAA estimates, based on last year's numbers, nearly 600,000 people will travel by air during the holiday season this December. Some may have noticed longer lines at TSA checkpoints. There are ways to avoid them. But to skirt around those lines, you'll have to pay extra, and you can't apply for these programs locally. Are they worth the cost? Alabama’s 13 Investigates: Trusted Traveler Programs.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Gate City Gas Explosion

    13 INVESTIGATES: Gate City Gas Explosion

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:26 GMT
    The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating only its third pipeline accident in Alabama.
    The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating only its third pipeline accident in Alabama.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Delayed Justice for Desta

    13 INVESTIGATES: Delayed Justice for Desta

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:26 GMT
    The Bibb County man convicted of murdering his wife 14 years ago is set to be sentenced.
    The Bibb County man convicted of murdering his wife 14 years ago is set to be sentenced.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: The future of UAB Football

    13 INVESTIGATES: The future of UAB Football

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:26 GMT
    Many Alabama-based college football teams have performed well this season, but it was another tough season for the UAB Blazers, who won only two of their 12 games. Has the program bottomed out, and now, destined for better days? Or is it on a collision course with more futility?
    Many Alabama-based college football teams have performed well this season, but it was another tough season for the UAB Blazers, who won only two of their 12 games. Has the program bottomed out, and now, destined for better days? Or is it on a collision course with more futility?
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Final Mercury Spill Price

    13 INVESTIGATES: Final Mercury Spill Price

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:26 GMT
    The final total cost of the cleanup following the 2012 mercury spill at Putnam Middle School stands at $894,000.
    The final total cost of the cleanup following the 2012 mercury spill at Putnam Middle School stands at $894,000.
  • 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: 911: The cost of safety

    13 INVESTIGATES: 911: The cost of safety

    13 INVESTIGATES: 911: The cost of safety

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:28 GMT
    In an emergency, you call 9-1-1. But it's not free. You pay for it. Whether from a home phone or your cell. But that charge is changing.
    In an emergency, you call 9-1-1. But it's not free. You pay for it. Whether from a home phone or your cell. But that charge is changing.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: The Affordable Care Act in Alabama

    13 INVESTIGATES: The Affordable Care Act in Alabama

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:28 GMT
    It's been a rough & rocky road for the Obama Administration as it rolled out the Affordable Care Act's online application for the uninsured. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor said, "The rollout of
    Plagued with problems and under fire, the Affordable Care Act also commonly called Obamacare, is entering its second month of sign-ups for the uninsured. Alabama chose not to operate its own health insurance exchange and to not expand Medicaid. Linda White looks into what effect those decisions and the computer glitches are having on Alabamians.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Public Housing Loopholes

    13 INVESTIGATES: Public Housing Loopholes

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:28 GMT
    There are dozens of families living in public housing in Central Alabama who make more than the average family in the state.
    There are dozens of families living in public housing in Central Alabama who make more than the average family in the state.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Nursing home care in Alabama

    13 INVESTIGATES: Nursing home care in Alabama

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:27 GMT
    A private foundation gave Alabama's nursing homes a grade of "D."  Lisa Crane looks at who is behind that group and if they have an agenda.
    A private foundation gave Alabama's nursing homes a grade of "D."  Lisa Crane looks at who is behind that group and if they have an agenda.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Long Jefferson County tag lines

    13 INVESTIGATES: Long Jefferson County tag lines

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:27 GMT
    Every work day in Jefferson County, people are standing in line for up to five hours just to get an auto tag. But things may be getting better.
    Every work day in Jefferson County, people are standing in line for up to five hours just to get an auto tag. But things may be getting better.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: The Rising Tide of Flood Insurance

    13 INVESTIGATES: The Rising Tide of Flood Insurance

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:27 GMT
    Insurance rates are going up for some homeowners, specifically flood insurance rates. Now The National Association of Home Builders is asking Congress to delay those rate increases. Learn why rates are increasing as Alabama's 13 Investigates: The Rising Tide of Flood Insurance.
    Insurance rates are going up for some homeowners, specifically flood insurance rates. Now The National Association of Home Builders is asking Congress to delay those rate increases. Learn why rates are increasing as Alabama's 13 Investigates: The Rising Tide of Flood Insurance.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Nursing home care in Alabama (Part 2)

    13 INVESTIGATES: Nursing home care in Alabama (Part 2)

    13 INVESTIGATES: Nursing home care in Alabama (Part 2)

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:27 GMT
    Nursing homes in Alabama received a grade of "D" by a private foundation. Lisa Crane investigates official reports which describe injuries to nursing home residents.
    Nursing homes in Alabama received a grade of "D" by a private foundation. Lisa Crane investigates official reports which describe injuries to nursing home residents.
  • 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: Medicaid in Alabama

    13 INVESTIGATES: Medicaid in Alabama

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:28 GMT
    These little guys and gals are some of Alabama's sickest patients. Some of their families use Medicaid to pay for the high cost of months long stays in neo-natal intensive care units here at Northport
    Medicaid in Alabama will change significantly over the next several years, as the state revamps the way it works. The state is deciding on the changes in phases.  Up first Regional Care Organizations will be created. What are those? And how will they work? Learn what RCO's, as they're called, are and besides patients, who else is concerned about any potential changes... as 13 investigates: Medicaid in Alabama
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Breaking the silence

    13 INVESTIGATES: Breaking the silence

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:28 GMT
    While Johnnie Robinson's remains rest in peace at the Grace Hill Cemetery, the details of his death are still coming to light. Fifty years ago last month, the 16 year old Robinson and four friends were
    The sole surviving witness at the scene of Johnnie Robinson's shooting death on September 15, 1963 publicly shares his account for the first time.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: The Lowdown on Uptown

    13 INVESTIGATES: The Lowdown on Uptown

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:28 GMT
    The vision for this empty space, announced in January 2011, near the BJCC is now here. Today you can see progress at Uptown, as it's called. BJCC Executive Director, Tad Snider said, "We have one space
    It may have taken longer than expected to fill it, but Birmingham's new entertainment district is on its way to full capacity. Just about all of the space at Uptown near the BJCC is under lease. What has taken so long and when will all the restaurants be open? This 13 Investigates follow-up, looks at the Lowdown on Uptown.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Acker lawsuit update

    13 INVESTIGATES: Acker lawsuit update

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:28 GMT
    For nearly two decades, Daniel Acker, Jr. victimized his own students. Now attorneys for five of those victims want to expand their lawsuit against Acker and the School Board which allowed him to keep
    Victims of Daniel Acker, Jr's sexual abuse are seeking Class Certification for their federal lawsuit against the former Shelby County teacher.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Postponed police precinct

    13 INVESTIGATES: Postponed police precinct

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:28 GMT
    The Birmingham Police Department's West Precinct has run its course. Officers have been operating out the old building in the heart of Ensley since 1967. Work on a new West Precinct began almost two
    The City of Birmingham has fired the contractor it hired to build the new Police West Precinct, putting the project in limbo.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Long Road to Justice

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:29 GMT
    The families of the four girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing had to wait nearly 40 years for justice. Someone was not convicted for murder in the case until 1977, 14 years following
    The families of the four girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing had to wait nearly 40 years for justice.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Pardons and Paroles

    13 INVESTIGATES: Pardons and Paroles

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:29 GMT
    The three men you see here hold the keys to an Alabama inmate getting out of prison on parole. Three days a week they see on average about 90 cases a day, eight thousand a year. Alabama Board of Pardons
    It was a horrific crime, a Birmingham-Southern coed brutally murdered in December 1976. For the third time, one of the men convicted of killing Quenette Shehane is up for parole. Could the third time be the charm for Jerry Lee Jones or will the words of the coed's mother keep him behind bars? Take a look at how the system works as Alabama's 13 Investigates: Pardons and Paroles.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Jones Parole Denied

    13 INVESTIGATES: Jones Parole Denied

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:29 GMT
    Parole Board announces, "Ladies and gentlemen, this parole has been denied." Little to no reaction on the outside, but plenty on the inside for Miriam Shehane. Alabama's Board of Pardons and Paroles took
    An Alabama family is feeling relief tonight after one of the men, convicted of murdering their loved one, was denied parole. The murder was that of Birmingham-Southern coed, Quenette Shehane, killed just before Christmas in 1976.
  • 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: 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.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Free federal phones

    13 INVESTIGATES: Free federal phones

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:45 GMT
    As the Presidential race heated up last fall, one hot button issue which 'rang out' stemmed from tax-funded cell phones for the poor. In fact, President Obama supporter Michelle Dowery made headlines
    The FCC has uncovered that more 34,000 Alabama homes had more than one free cell phone funded through a federal assistance program.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Preseason Predictions

    13 INVESTIGATES: Preseason Predictions

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:29 GMT
    Starting back in 1950, the Associated Press issued its first ever Preseason College Football Poll. That year, Notre Dame was the hot pick to finish number one. Not only did the Fighting Irish not finish
    Notre Dame is the most overrated college football team since 1950 based on the Associated Press' Preseason Poll.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Lawbreakers on the Ballot

    13 INVESTIGATES: Lawbreakers on the Ballot

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:39:29 GMT
    © AP© AP
    Whether people run for mayor, governor or offices in-between - there are minimum eligibility requirements. The majority of offices require candidates to be 18 years of age, have a 90-day residency, only
    You don't need much experience to run for office in Alabama. There are some basic requirements like age, length of residency, and, you have to be a registered voter. But what if you've been convicted of breaking the law, or, have plead guilty to a crime, while in office? Can you still hold office? Alabama's 13 Investigates Lawbreakers on the Ballot.
  • 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
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Abandoned Schools

    13 INVESTIGATES: Abandoned Schools

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:46 GMT
    When Brad Hobbs and East Birmingham resident Richard Rutledge videotaped their discovery of confidential student records at the former Banks High School a few weeks ago, the security breach spearheaded
    Following the discovery of confidential student records left behind at the former Banks High School, we inspected 15 other closed Birmingham Schools and found a handful of them unsecure.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Emergency Rooms v. Urgent Care

    13 INVESTIGATES: Emergency Rooms v. Urgent Care

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:45 GMT
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    You've broken or sprained a limb, have a stuffy head, or have some sort of discomfort and you need healthcare in a hurry but your doctor's office is closed - or you don't have a doctor? Which do you choose?
    These days many of us are pinching our pennies, looking for ways to save on the items we buy, and that includes healthcare.  When you need care in a hurry where should you go? We found out the best place depends on what's wrong - and the cost could be different.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Buckner Truck Violations

    13 INVESTIGATES: Buckner Truck Violations

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:45 GMT
    Five times in the last 2 years, trucks from Buckner Barrels Sales have had to be taken off the road immediately due to what the U.S. department of transportation calls quote "imminent hazard to public
    You may remember that a truck accident shut down several lanes of I-20/59 traffic last week. Now 13 Investigates has discovered that same trucking company is being closely watched by the department of transportation.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: I-59 Pothole Probe

    13 INVESTIGATES: I-59 Pothole Probe

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:45 GMT
    On February 12, 2007, a tractor-trailer carrying this steel coil through the heart of Birmingham lost its load. The 20 ton cylinder collided with the concrete railing near red mountain expressway. In
    The bridge where a massive hole popped nearly a dozen vehicles' tires is classified as 'structurally deficient' and slated to be replaced within three years.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Medical Billing Errors

    13 INVESTIGATES: Medical Billing Errors

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:45 GMT
    Medical billing errors may be more common than you think.  Find out how to spot them and what to do if you've been billed incorrectly.
    Medical billing errors may be more common that you think.  Find out what to look for and what to do if you think your medical bill is incorrect.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: School Record Security

    13 INVESTIGATES: School Record Security

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:45 GMT
    The former Banks Middle School has seen better days. Its sign is shattered, windows are ripped open and a locked security fence shields the former halls of learning from thieves and vandals. In fact,
    East Birmingham residents recently discovered confidential student records at the former Banks High School following a similar security breach five years ago at the same campus.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Repeat Offenders

    13 INVESTIGATES: Repeat Offenders

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:45 GMT
    (WVTM) Friday, June 28th - 17 year old twins, Jonathon and Jeremi Berry lost their lives at their Attalla Street home in Birmingham. They had been shot. Their mom, Latasha Berry, was shot while trying
    Convicted of manslaughter, on bond for a different murder charge, now back in jail charged in a double murder. That describes one of the four people, Stanley Chatman, connected to a double slaying in June in Birmingham. Alabama's 13 Investigates the Alabama law that allowed Chatman back on the street after a murder charge.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: How safe are our bridges?

    13 INVESTIGATES: How safe are our bridges?

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:46 GMT
    Lee Carpenter has lived around this Glasgow Road bridge most of his 70 years. The bridge has been around even longer, 78 years, and is definitely showing its age. "There's a lot of cracks in it. There's
    Nearly 9 percent of Alabama's bridges are classified as 'structurally deficient', lower than the national average.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Sequester Cuts in Alabama

    13 INVESTIGATES: Sequester Cuts in Alabama

    13 INVESTIGATES: Sequester Cuts in Alabama

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:46 GMT
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    From the unemployment office, to the IRS, to medical research, if an Alabama agency or department receives federal dollars, it and the people who use its services are likely impacted by the across the
    Across the board budget cuts, we know them well here in Alabama as proration. On the federal level, they call it sequestration. It took effect in March. Before the sequester began, there were cries of its devastating impact. How is it impacting you? Alabama's 13 Investigates Sequester Cuts in Alabama.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Property Tax Sale

    13 INVESTIGATES: Property Tax Sale

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:46 GMT
    Recently, counties around Alabama held property tax sales. Private investors bid on properties whose owner does not pay their property taxes. "It gives each county the authority to have these sales in
    A property tax sale for in Jefferson County recently yielded $1.3 million for 353 properties whose owners are delinquent on their taxes.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: How Safe are Our Bridges?

    13 INVESTIGATES: How Safe are Our Bridges?

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:45 GMT
    When we recently toured the lowest scoring bridges across our area one in particular prompted us to probe a little further. Remember the Leeds bridge at Cogbil Street with the shaky railing? For Diane
    Residents near an aging bridge in Leeds fear it could collapse and are begging the City to replace it or give them an alternative access road.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Delinquent Property Taxes

    13 INVESTIGATES: Delinquent Property Taxes

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:46 GMT
    Over the years, Jefferson Count Tax Collector J.T. Smallwood has seen his staff shrink from 50-plus down to 16. So when people in Jefferson County do not pay their property taxes on time, it compounds
    Hundreds of Jefferson County property owners owe the county a combined $6.3 million in unpaid property taxes.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: New Home Construction

    13 INVESTIGATES: New Home Construction

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:46 GMT
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    Built in 2007, sold as brand new construction in 2009, that's what happened at this Pelham home, and this one too. This realtor, we'll call Michael, who does not want to be identified, calls the way these
    In the wake of the housing bubble burst - central Alabama - just like other communities across the US saw a glut of brand new homes sitting on the market. Some of those homes sat empty for years. One man claims those homes here in our area were mis-advertised as "brand new" and believes some in the real estate community mis-led homebuyers. Alabama's 13 News Investigates: New Home Construction.
  • 13 INVESTIGATES: Auto Insurance in Alabama

    13 INVESTIGATES: Auto Insurance in Alabama

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:40:46 GMT
    No matter how safely you drive, a wreck can happen to the best of us. There's a 25% chance you'll crash a car in your lifetime.
    No matter how safely you drive, a wreck can happen to the best of us. There's a 25% chance you'll crash a car in your lifetime.
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