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Pelham High School to make $310K in landscape improvements Video included

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Curb appeal is on the mind of Pelham City School leaders. That's why they're looking to spend more than $300,000 for landscaping at Pelham High School. The hillside along Bearden Road is going to be transformed. Soon, pine trees and other shrubbery will be planted. There's going to be a new drainage system for irrigation. Also a new sign for the school. The idea, is to make a good first impression to those who drive by the school. "It's pretty easy to at first glance say, 310,000 dollars t...

Commissioner Carrington wants to change the way EMA does business Video included

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A new fight is brewing for the Jefferson County EMA Board. The board is under fire and review by the District Attorney for allowing a vintage fire truck organization to use a warehouse paid for by taxpayer dollars .Commission President David Carrington proposed a resolution Tuesday that would change the way the EMA does business.

Blind junior at Spain Park High volunteers for others

A blind junior at Spain Park High School uses her love for music to touch the hearts of others.

No easy or cheap solution to ridding Birmingham of abandoned buildings Video included

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Birmingham is an older city with a lot of aging properties. Birmingham Fire Marshall C.W. Mardis believes we will continue to see more and more vacant buildings in the next few years. .

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  • High school football kicks off in extreme heat

    High school football kicks off in extreme heat

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:30:29 GMT
    Temps will be hovering near the triple digit mark through most of the weekend. Football coaches are keeping a close eye on the forecast as the temperature will still be in the upper 90's by kickoff Friday night at 7 p.m.More >>
    Temps will be hovering near the triple digit mark through most of the weekend. Football coaches are keeping a close eye on the forecast as the temperature will still be in the upper 90's by kickoff Friday night at 7 p.m.
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  • Avondale Elementary school generating buzz

    Avondale Elementary school generating buzz

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:26:18 GMT
    Many parents are no longer trying to get their children out of Birmingham City Schools. In fact, more are looking to get them in.And schools, like Avondale Elementary, are seeing higher enrollment.These families aren't the only community members getting involved.Avondale is one of five schools that is part of the Woodlawn Innovation Network. This new initiative offers a hands on, personalized approach to teaching and learning. It gets more Birmingham business leaders invested and into the...More >>
    Many parents are no longer trying to get their children out of Birmingham City Schools. In fact, more are looking to get them in.And schools, like Avondale Elementary, are seeing higher enrollment.These families aren't the only community members getting involved.Avondale is one of five schools that is part of the Woodlawn Innovation Network. This new initiative offers a hands on, personalized approach to teaching and learning. It gets more Birmingham business leaders invested and into the...More >>
  • Local chefs complete Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

    Local chefs complete Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

    Local chefs complete the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS.More >>
    Local chefs complete the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS.
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  • Moody High School students mourn death of classmate

    Moody High School students mourn death of classmate

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:51:03 GMT
    Students at Moody High School are mourning the loss of their classmate. 16-year-old Jonathan Harris, a sophomore died Monday night from injuries sustained in a weekend rollover accident on Roberts Mill Pond Road in Pell City. Students wore blue on Tuesday, the school color of Moody High School, the same color he wore on the football field and on the wrestling mat. "Jonathan was always one of those kids who had a smile on his face. You would never catch him frowning or in a bad mood. He was ...More >>
    Students at Moody High School are mourning the loss of their classmate. 16-year-old Jonathan Harris, a sophomore died Monday night from injuries sustained in a weekend rollover accident on Roberts Mill Pond Road in Pell City. Students wore blue on Tuesday, the school color of Moody High School, the same color he wore on the football field and on the wrestling mat. "Jonathan was always one of those kids who had a smile on his face. You would never catch him frowning or in a bad mood. He was ...More >>
  • Essential oils not allowed to be kept in JeffCo schools

    Essential oils not allowed to be kept in JeffCo schools

    Monday, August 18 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:02:48 GMT
    The latest item to hit school ban lists are essential oils. Parents say these plant oils help their children suffering from seemingly most ailments from asthma to allergies. Jefferson County schools will not allow school nurses to administer them. Students cannot even keep them in lockers.More >>
    The latest item to hit school ban lists are essential oils. Parents say these plant oils help their children suffering from seemingly most ailments from asthma to allergies. Jefferson County schools will not allow school nurses to administer them. Students cannot even keep them in lockers.
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  • Focus@4 crew takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

    Focus@4 crew takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

    Spann, Pam, Lauren and Edward take an ice cold bath to raise awareness for ALS.More >>
  • SEC Network finally launches, set to reach over 90 million homes

    SEC Network finally launches, set to reach over 90 million homes

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-08-14 22:55:53 GMT
    Southeastern Conference fans are ready. Today at 5:00 PM, theSEC Network officially launches. The network will reach more than 90 million homes making it the largest launch of a cable network ever.More >>
    Southeastern Conference fans are ready. Today at 5:00 PM, theSEC Network officially launches. The network will reach more than 90 million homes making it the largest launch of a cable network ever.More >>
  • Mental health professionals stress seeking help for severe depression

    Mental health professionals stress seeking help for severe depression

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-08-12 20:08:17 GMT
    Although Robin Williams death has sparked interest and concern about depression, this is by no means a new problem. Major depression is the number one mental health disorder in the country. At least seven percent of all adults, some 16 million people, suffered at least one major depressive episode in the past year. The big problem is people don't seek treatment because there is still such a stigma. For many people, it's a matter of pride. They don't want to be 'labeled' as having a mental i...More >>
    Although Robin Williams death has sparked interest and concern about depression, this is by no means a new problem. Major depression is the number one mental health disorder in the country. At least seven percent of all adults, some 16 million people, suffered at least one major depressive episode in the past year. The big problem is people don't seek treatment because there is still such a stigma. For many people, it's a matter of pride. They don't want to be 'labeled' as having a mental i...More >>
  • Pelham High School has new policy on unexcused absences

    Pelham High School has new policy on unexcused absences

    Thursday, August 7 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-07 22:46:37 GMT
    A new school system considers unexcused absences inexcusable.Students at Pelham High School who rack up too many unexcused absences could come up short of credits at graduation, regardless of their grades. Any student with more than ten unexcused absences, or more than six for a semester-course, will not receive credit for that course. The board of education approved the new attendance policy during a meeting Monday. Pelham High Schoolprincipal, Jason Yohn knows this policy will likely ups...More >>
    A new school system considers unexcused absences inexcusable.Students at Pelham High School who rack up too many unexcused absences could come up short of credits at graduation, regardless of their grades. Any student with more than ten unexcused absences, or more than six for a semester-course, will not receive credit for that course. The board of education approved the new attendance policy during a meeting Monday. Pelham High Schoolprincipal, Jason Yohn knows this policy will likely ups...More >>
  • Goats brought in to clean up plants at Red Mountain Park

    Goats brought in to clean up plants at Red Mountain Park

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-08-06 22:52:25 GMT
    Birmingham's Red Mountain Park is trying out a new way to get rid of unwanted plants. They've brought in a herd of 50 goats. For the next week, the goats will be placed in various sections of the park to clean it up.More >>
    Birmingham's Red Mountain Park is trying out a new way to get rid of unwanted plants. They've brought in a herd of 50 goats. For the next week, the goats will be placed in various sections of the park to clean it up.More >>
  • Gadsden State offers program for Zebrafish testing studies

    Gadsden State offers program for Zebrafish testing studies

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-08-06 22:05:31 GMT
    Cures for cancer, and any other illnesses come out of research. For years, rats and moneys have been used in laboratories. Now, some researchers are instead using the Zebrafish. Wednesday through Friday, dozens of researchers from across the country have gathered at Gadsden State Community College to learn more about what the Zebrafish offers. This is the first "hands-on" workshop for Zebrafish training in the nation. Zebrafish are being used more widely in research efforts because they ar...More >>
    Cures for cancer, and any other illnesses come out of research. For years, rats and moneys have been used in laboratories. Now, some researchers are instead using the Zebrafish. Wednesday through Friday, dozens of researchers from across the country have gathered at Gadsden State Community College to learn more about what the Zebrafish offers. This is the first "hands-on" workshop for Zebrafish training in the nation. Zebrafish are being used more widely in research efforts because they ar...More >>
  • UAB doctors' successful alternative to open-heart surgery still awaiting FDA approval

    UAB doctors' successful alternative to open-heart surgery still awaiting FDA approval

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-06 00:06:22 GMT
    Surgeons at University of Alabama at Birmingham successfully used an alternative to open heart surgery. It's called a Valve in Valve Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.More >>
    Surgeons at University of Alabama at Birmingham successfully used an alternative to open heart surgery. It’s called a Valve in Valve Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.
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  • Proposed EPA rule could affect Alabama coal industry, power rates

    Proposed EPA rule could affect Alabama coal industry, power rates

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:03:07 GMT
    Within the next 15 years, President Barack Obama wants to cut carbon emissions nationally by 30 percent.The Alabama Public Service Commission calls the president's clean power plan a war on coal. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce agrees. It says the plan would quash the development of more than 220,000 jobs per year.Environmental groups, on the other hand, love the proposed rule. They say it will clean the air and cut heal...More >>
    Within the next 15 years, President Barack Obama wants to cut carbon emissions nationally by 30 percent.The Alabama Public Service Commission calls the president's clean power plan a war on coal. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce agrees. It says the plan would quash the development of more than 220,000 jobs per year.Environmental groups, on the other hand, love the proposed rule. They say it will clean the air and cut heal...More >>
  • Car tag renewal locations opening Monday

    Car tag renewal locations opening Monday

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:29:21 GMT
    Being able to renew a car tag in Hoover begins Monday. And, it's available for any resident of Jefferson County. The temporary location for this new car tag renewal service will be at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. But, a permanent site is still in the works.The city is looking for space in Hoover. Hoover city councilman, John Lyda, says the finishing touches on the tag renewal project are taking place at the Hoover Met. "The county has been overseeing the project at the Met, to get the techno...More >>
    Being able to renew a car tag in Hoover begins Monday. And, it's available for any resident of Jefferson County. The temporary location for this new car tag renewal service will be at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. But, a permanent site is still in the works.The city is looking for space in Hoover. Hoover city councilman, John Lyda, says the finishing touches on the tag renewal project are taking place at the Hoover Met. "The county has been overseeing the project at the Met, to get the techno...More >>
  • Safety audit aimed to make football fields safer

    Safety audit aimed to make football fields safer

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:22:05 GMT
    Little league football practice kicked off this week at the Fultondale Park and Recreation Field. The department is working to make this season safer for those young athletes.More >>
    Little league football practice kicked off this week at the Fultondale Park and Recreation Field. The department is working to make this season safer for those young athletes.More >>
  • HGH use among teens on the rise

    HGH use among teens on the rise

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:54:05 GMT
    A warning for parents. A new study shows a spike in the number of teens who admit to using human growth hormones as a performance enhancing drug. HGH use has gained popularity among professional athletes, especially in the NFL. Now, high school athletes are using it to get an edge on the field. More than ten percent of high school students admit to trying human growth hormones, or other supplements that claim to boost theirHGH levels. But there are many positives if human growth hormones ...More >>
    A warning for parents. A new study shows a spike in the number of teens who admit to using human growth hormones as a performance enhancing drug. HGH use has gained popularity among professional athletes, especially in the NFL. Now, high school athletes are using it to get an edge on the field. More than ten percent of high school students admit to trying human growth hormones, or other supplements that claim to boost theirHGH levels. But there are many positives if human growth hormones ...More >>
  • Woman who was set on fire dies, detectives seek capital murder charge for ex-boyfriend

    Woman who was set on fire dies, detectives seek capital murder charge for ex-boyfriend

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:48:21 GMT
    The woman set on fire is dead. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says 49 year old Deborah Diane Prater died just after midnight, early Tuesday morning. Now, detectives want Michael Kennedy charged with capital murder.More >>
    The woman set on fire is dead. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says 49 year old Deborah Diane Prater died just after midnight, early Tuesday morning. Now, detectives want Michael Kennedy charged with capital murder. More >>
  • Rebuilding continues in Bessemer for homes, park hit by tornado

    Rebuilding continues in Bessemer for homes, park hit by tornado

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:06:51 GMT
    Rebuilding efforts continue in Bessemer three months after a tornado hit central Alabama.Volunteers are now fixing houses that were destroyed to help families return home.More >>
    Rebuilding efforts continue in Bessemer three months after a tornado hit central Alabama.Volunteers are now fixing houses that were destroyed to help families return home.More >>
  • Election fraud allegation in District 2 Commission Race

    Election fraud allegation in District 2 Commission Race

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:26:53 GMT
    The Jefferson County Commission District 2 race is not over. Earlier this week, the Jefferson County Election Commission declared incumbent Sandra Little-Brown to be the winner over challenger Sheila Smoot by just 26 votes. Now, a voter has filed a contest to the results.More >>
    The Jefferson County Commission District 2 race is not over. Earlier this week, the Jefferson County Election Commission declared incumbent Sandra Little-Brown to be the winner over challenger Sheila Smoot by just 26 votes. Now, a voter has filed a contest to the results. More >>
  • Trending Topics July 24, 2014

    Trending Topics July 24, 2014

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:27:05 GMT
    Here are some of the topics trending online for Thursday, July 24, 2014.Amazon SmartphoneAre you a phone shopper? Amazon may have your number, with its new smartphone. Amazon's "Fire Phone" has been four years in the making.The phone renders images in 3-D. It's loaded with powerand a five-inch screen. The smart phones's nickname is "the shopping machine" because of its integration with Amazon. You can see it, want it, buy it within seconds.Bare naked BurglarsPolice are on the lookout for some...More >>
    Here are some of the topics trending online for Thursday, July 24, 2014.Amazon SmartphoneAre you a phone shopper? Amazon may have your number, with its new smartphone. Amazon's "Fire Phone" has been four years in the making.The phone renders images in 3-D. It's loaded with powerand a five-inch screen. The smart phones's nickname is "the shopping machine" because of its integration with Amazon. You can see it, want it, buy it within seconds.Bare naked BurglarsPolice are on the lookout for some...More >>
  • Clinical Trial at UAB tests drug to treat preeclampsia, may offer alternative to early delivery

    Clinical Trial at UAB tests drug to treat preeclampsia, may offer alternative to early delivery

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:02:54 GMT
    Preeclampsia is one of the most dangerous problems that can develop in a pregnancy. The only cure is to deliver the baby early. A clinical trial is underway at University of Alabama at Birmingham and other medical facilities across the country that may provide another answer.More >>
    Preeclampsia is one of the most dangerous problems that can develop in a pregnancy. The only cure is to deliver the baby early. A clinical trial is underway at University of Alabama at Birmingham and other medical facilities across the country that may provide another answer.More >>
  • California law limits full-contact football practice for youth, local coach weighs in

    California law limits full-contact football practice for youth, local coach weighs in

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:33:21 GMT
    Football, and the injuries associated with it, are in the national spotlight. With recent suits from former NFL players and new rules determining when it is safe to return to play after a concussion, it's at the center of attention.More >>
    Football, and the injuries associated with it, are in the national spotlight. With recent suits from former NFL players and new rules determining when it is safe to return to play after a concussion, it's at the center of attention.
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  • JeffCo schools approve hiring of deputy supt.

    JeffCo schools approve hiring of deputy supt.

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:46:34 GMT
    Jefferson county superintendent of schools Dr. Craig Pouncey wants to clarify the chain of command within the district. Dr. Pouncey expects to hire a deputy superintendent of school and community support. The position is intended to provide school administrators with a direct link to the district office. Pouncey says hiring a deputy superintendent ensures that board governance is determined and understood correctly. "I think that will link each community with representatives of the board," s...More >>
    Jefferson county superintendent of schools Dr. Craig Pouncey wants to clarify the chain of command within the district. Dr. Pouncey expects to hire a deputy superintendent of school and community support. The position is intended to provide school administrators with a direct link to the district office. Pouncey says hiring a deputy superintendent ensures that board governance is determined and understood correctly. "I think that will link each community with representatives of the board," s...More >>
  • Alabama ranks among worst in child well-being

    Alabama ranks among worst in child well-being

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:41:03 GMT
    Something doesn't add up when it comes to math and Alabama's eighth grade students. The latest national assessment of education progress puts Alabama 50th. Eighty percent of eighth graders in the state aren't proficient in math. The latest Kids Count report also places Alabama 44th in the nation when it comes to overall child well-being. Some educators blame a lot of the problems on systemic poverty in this state. Dr. Craig Pouncey, superintendent of Jefferson County schools says until th...More >>
    Something doesn't add up when it comes to math and Alabama's eighth grade students. The latest national assessment of education progress puts Alabama 50th. Eighty percent of eighth graders in the state aren't proficient in math. The latest Kids Count report also places Alabama 44th in the nation when it comes to overall child well-being. Some educators blame a lot of the problems on systemic poverty in this state. Dr. Craig Pouncey, superintendent of Jefferson County schools says until th...More >>
  • DNC trip helps change residents’ perspective of Birmingham

    DNC trip helps change residents’ perspective of Birmingham

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-07-21 23:35:35 GMT
    Whether Birmingham is chosen or not, the DNC selection committee's trip alone is a big win.More >>
    Whether Birmingham is chosen or not, the DNC selection committee's trip alone is a big win.More >>
  • Activists for and against Payday Loans already rallying lawmakers

    Activists for and against Payday Loans already rallying lawmakers

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:34:57 GMT
    Every year, more than 5% of all Americans take out a payday loan. Payday lenders say they provide a valuable service. Others call the product rotten.More >>
    Every year, more than 5% of all Americans take out a payday loan. Payday lenders say they provide a valuable service. Others call the product rotten.More >>
  • Foreclosures decreasing a positive sign for economy

    Foreclosures decreasing a positive sign for economy

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:28:04 GMT
    Some encouraging news in the housing market. Home foreclosures are at the lowest level we've seen in five years. But, that creates another issue. All those service mortgage employees working to try to prevent foreclosures now have nothing to do. Case in point, this week Wells Fargo cut loose close to five hundred mortgage positions across the country. Most of those at the central mortgage office in Homewood. Those in the real estate industry say this is a good sign. Bottom line is we are r...More >>
    Some encouraging news in the housing market. Home foreclosures are at the lowest level we've seen in five years. But, that creates another issue. All those service mortgage employees working to try to prevent foreclosures now have nothing to do. Case in point, this week Wells Fargo cut loose close to five hundred mortgage positions across the country. Most of those at the central mortgage office in Homewood. Those in the real estate industry say this is a good sign. Bottom line is we are r...More >>
  • Changing face of poverty in Alabama

    Changing face of poverty in Alabama

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:32:57 GMT
    According to U.S. Census data, Alabama is the seventh poorest state in the country. Nearly one million of our neighbors live below the poverty line. And, to make matters worse, the face of poverty includes all demographics. Poverty isn't just confined to inner cities and the homeless, it's right in our own backyard.It could be a friend, a family member, someone living next door, who at first glance, appears to be just fine. But, the reality is, they're hanging on by a thread, right at or be...More >>
    According to U.S. Census data, Alabama is the seventh poorest state in the country. Nearly one million of our neighbors live below the poverty line. And, to make matters worse, the face of poverty includes all demographics. Poverty isn't just confined to inner cities and the homeless, it's right in our own backyard.It could be a friend, a family member, someone living next door, who at first glance, appears to be just fine. But, the reality is, they're hanging on by a thread, right at or be...More >>
  • Changing face of those seeking food assistance

    Changing face of those seeking food assistance

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:16:07 GMT
    One in six americans doesn't know how they will get their next meal. In central Alabama, more than half a million people count on food pantries, which receive supplies from food banks and then provide assistance to those in need. The belief that problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society is just not true. Alabama has the second highest food hardship rate in the nation. Food pantries are seeing a changing face of those coming through the doors. "It's terrifying...More >>
    One in six americans doesn't know how they will get their next meal. In central Alabama, more than half a million people count on food pantries, which receive supplies from food banks and then provide assistance to those in need. The belief that problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society is just not true. Alabama has the second highest food hardship rate in the nation. Food pantries are seeing a changing face of those coming through the doors. "It's terrifying...More >>
  • Little Brown declares victory with 31 vote lead; Smoot won’t concede

    Little Brown declares victory with 31 vote lead; Smoot won’t concede

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:55:09 GMT
    Questions surround one Jefferson County Commission Race with only 31 votes separating the two candidates.The race in question is between Shelia Smoot And incumbent Sandra Little Brown, who is the unofficial winner for District Two.More >>
    Questions surround one Jefferson County Commission Race with only 31 votes separating the two candidates.The race in question is between Shelia Smoot And incumbent Sandra Little Brown, who is the unofficial winner for District Two.More >>
  • UA game day preps underway with road projects in mind

    UA game day preps underway with road projects in mind

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:06:28 GMT
    In addition to keeping people informed about roadwork, The University of Alabamagoes to great lengths to make sure people are informed about parking and other logistics prior to attending a game."September will be here before you know it and we will be welcoming our fans back to campus in September for the that florida atlantic game," said Gina Johnson.Johnson works in game-day operations for theUA.She says her department tries not to leave any stone unturned when it comes to preparing for g...More >>
    In addition to keeping people informed about roadwork, The University of Alabamagoes to great lengths to make sure people are informed about parking and other logistics prior to attending a game."September will be here before you know it and we will be welcoming our fans back to campus in September for the that florida atlantic game," said Gina Johnson.Johnson works in game-day operations for theUA.She says her department tries not to leave any stone unturned when it comes to preparing for g...More >>
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