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Diabetic alert dog to keep watchful eye over Holly Pond boy Video included

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Xander Bonelli, 10, has a new friend in his life. Meet his dog named 'Hawk.'  "He helps me to where I don't go too low or too high," said Bonelli, of Holly Pond. "He's a furry friend that can sleep with

Alabama AG, Jefferson County sheriff applaud court ruling in bingo raid

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Case stems from raid in April 2011 at Anchor Club

Birmingham Water Works: Discolored water caused by elevated mineral Video included

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The wrath of Monday's downpour continues four days later.  More than five inches of rain made its way into the Birmingham Water Works Shades Mountain Facility, increasing a mineral called manganese in

Rep. Alvin Holmes not apologizing for transracial adoption comments Video included

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State democrat representative Alvin Holmes won't budge. He refused to offer an apology made on the floor of the house concerning interracial adoptions.

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  • Center Point Elementary reopens

    Center Point Elementary reopens

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:10:20 GMT
    For children at Center Point Elementary, this Monday marked a new beginning. The school was heavily-damaged in an EF-3  tornado in January 2012. The students were moved to Erwin Intermediate School.More >>
    For children at Center Point Elementary, this Monday marked a new beginning. The school was heavily-damaged in an EF-3  tornado in January 2012. Now, after more than two years and a lot of reconstruction the students have come home.More >>
  • Callahan artwork getting restored

    Callahan artwork getting restored

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:47:17 GMT
    Beauty can fade with age.That's exactly why an original work of art at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital is getting a restoration. 'Complex Vision' -- created by Yakov Agame 40-years-ago, is kineticMore >>
    Beauty can fade with age. That's exactly why an original work of art at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital is getting a restoration.More >>
  • Computer science offered as math credit

    Computer science offered as math credit

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:23:42 GMT
    In Alabama, a student must have at least four credits in mathematics or a math equivalent to graduate. Some students now have a new option to earn those credits. Alabama is one of 16 states offering computerMore >>
    In Alabama, a student must have at least four credits in mathematics or a math equivalent to graduate. Some students now have a new option to earn those credits. More >>
  • Public hearing on air pollution set for Monday

    Public hearing on air pollution set for Monday

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:55 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:55:13 GMT
    Monday afternoon, the Jefferson County Department of Health will hold a public hearing regarding Drummond Company's Title V operating permit for ABC Coke in Tarrant. The hearing begins at 1:00 p.m. inMore >>
    Public hearing begins at 1:00 p.m.More >>
  • Meals on Wheels expects check from county by the end of the week

    Meals on Wheels expects check from Jefferson County by week's end

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-10 21:56:46 GMT
    Meals on Wheels provides hundreds of thousands of hot meals yearly to homebound seniors in Jefferson county. But it takes money to run the program, and the Jefferson County Council on Aging has not beenMore >>
    Meals on Wheels provides hundreds of thousands of hot meals yearly to homebound seniors in Jefferson county. But it takes money to run the program. And the Jefferson County Council on Aging has not been paid by the county since December.More >>
  • Trans racial adoption rally in Montgomery

    Trans racial adoption rally in Montgomery

    Thursday, April 10 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-04-10 18:00:56 GMT
    A statement made on the floor of the state house last month in Montgomery got a loud reply this afternoon from angry parents. State representative Alvin Holmes said republican lawmakers would support abortionMore >>
    A statement made on the floor of the state house last month in Montgomery got a loud reply this afternoon from angry parents.More >>
  • Homeowners in Pelham begin cleaning up after the storm

    Homeowners in Pelham cleanup after the storm

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:17:57 GMT
    For homeowners on Chandalar Court in Pelham, the day after Monday's powerful storm was taxing emotionally.  "This is a mess and not much we can do about it," said George Kakoliris.  Kakoliris explainedMore >>
    For homeowners on Chandalar Court in Pelham, the day after Monday's powerful storm was taxing emotionally.  "This is a mess and not much we can do about it," said George Kakoliris.  Kakoliris explainedMore >>
  • Professionals offer flood damage tips for homeowners, business owners

    Flood recovery tips

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:48:54 GMT
    Floods are known as the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Once the water recedes, it's important to quickly treat your house or business for water damage.  If not, mold and other contaminatesMore >>
    Floods are known as the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Once the water recedes, it's important to quickly treat your house or business for water damage.More >>
  • Flooding rescue at Lakeshore Garden apartments

    Flooding rescue at Lakeshore Garden apartments

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:22:30 GMT
    Lakeshore Garden apartment took a hard hit this morning. People awoke to water in their homes.  Homewood police and firefighters made boat rescues until everyone made it out safely. More than 120 peopleMore >>
    Lakeshore Garden apartment took a hard hit this morning. People awoke to water in their homes.  Homewood police and firefighters made boat rescues until everyone made it out safely.More >>
  • Fayette County storm shelter near completion

    Fayette County storm shelter near completion

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:26:55 GMT
    In 2009, Fayette County leaders rolled out a plan to build 14 safe rooms throughout the county to be opened in times of severe weather. Now five years later, some are wondering why those safe rooms stillMore >>
    In 2009, Fayette County leaders rolled out a plan to build 14 safe rooms throughout the county to be opened in times of severe weather. Now five years later, some are wondering why those safe rooms still are not complete. County administrator John Gordon says construction for the safe rooms was supposed to take one year.More >>
  • Will Governor Bentley veto education budget?

    Will Governor Bentley veto education budget?

    Friday, April 4 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-04 20:46:24 GMT
    Governor Robert Bentley isn't "feeling the love" of some members of his party.  Last night, the house ignored the governor's request for a two percent pay raise for teachers as they passed an educationMore >>
    Governor Robert Bentley isn't "feeling the love" of some members of his party. Last night, the house ignored the governor's request for a two percent pay raise for teachers as they passed an education budget. More >>
  • Carly's Law to be studied at UAB

    Carly's Law to be studied at UAB

    Thursday, April 3 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-04-03 20:34:53 GMT
    One bill that did come out of this session became law earlier this week with the governor's signature is Carly's Law. Carly's Law permits the University of Alabama at Birmingham to conduct a study of aMore >>
    Carly's Law permits the University of Alabama at Birmingham to conduct a study of a marijuana derivative used to treat seizures. This is going to take some time. UAB must still go through several levels of government regulation, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  More >>
  • World's largest yard sale, start of school; concern for parents

    World's largest yard sale, start of school; concern for parents

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-03 01:01:24 GMT
    If you haven't been to the World's Longest Yard Sale before, its a real treat.  The yard sale actually begins in Addison, Michigan and ends in Gadsden.  Its 690 miles of lamps, furniture, and other treasuresMore >>
    If you haven't been to the World's Longest Yard Sale before, its a real treat.  The yard sale actually begins in Addison, Michigan and ends in Gadsden.  Its 690 miles of lamps, furniture, and other treasuresMore >>
  • State facing shortage of lethal injection drug

    State facing shortage of lethal injection drug

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:34:57 GMT
    Right now, Alabama has 197 inmates on death row. This state has run out of pentobarbital, one of the three drugs used during an execution.All executions are halted here until the state finds a new supplier.More >>
    Right now, Alabama has 197 inmates on death row. This state has run out of pentobarbital, one of the three drugs used during an execution.More >>
  • Alabama Supreme Court ruling in Greene county

    Alabama Supreme Court ruling in Greene county

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-04-02 16:11:15 GMT
    The Alabama Supreme Court has cleared the way for all gambling cases in Greene County to proceed. The high court struck down six illegal orders by Greene County judges. In the 62-page ruling, the CourtMore >>
    AG announces Supreme Court ruling on Greene county casesMore >>
  • As winter ends hiring begins

    As winter ends hiring begins

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-04-02 15:56:24 GMT
    It's been a long, cold winter - literally and figuratively - for those seeking employment. Spring may finally bring relief. Payroll processer ADP reports private employers in the United States increasedMore >>
    Core capital goods are considered a good guide to business investments plansMore >>
  • Trafficking stolen identities

    Trafficking stolen identities

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:25:11 GMT
    Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country. It impacts more than 15 million people each year. None of us is safe. Identity thieves grow more sophisticated by the day. Their methods areMore >>
    Identity thieves grow more sophisticated by the day. Their methods are constantly changing -- and the victims are individuals, retailers, and even the government. One of the more recent arrests in Shelby County, deals with 'trafficking' stolen identities. More >>
  • 77,000 Alabamians have healthcare through Affordable Care Act says Enroll Alabama

    77,000 Alabamians have healthcare through Affordable Care Act says Enroll Alabama

    Monday, March 31 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-03-31 21:55:40 GMT
    Cristal Brister hasn't had health insurance in the last 2 years, but she says options through the healthcare exchange are giving her choices which she can afford.  "Its hasn't been too big of a concern.More >>
    Cristal Brister hasn't had health insurance in the last 2 years, but she says options through the healthcare exchange are giving her choices which she can afford.  "Its hasn't been too big of a concern.More >>
  • Highway 31 improvements coming soon

    Highway 31 improvements coming soon

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:26:39 GMT
    During a regular week, Riverchase Galleria in Hoover draws thousands of visitors.  Holiday traffic on Highway 31 in front of the Galleria can be maddening. Improvements set to begin soon will help makeMore >>
    During a regular week, Riverchase Galleria in Hoover draws thousands of visitors.  Holiday traffic on Highway 31 in front of the Galleria can be maddening. Improvements set to begin soon will help make Highway 31 easier to navigate during peak times.More >>
  • Search warrants served at four Greene County casinos

    Search warrants served at four Greene County casinos

    Monday, March 31 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-03-31 17:32:29 GMT
    Attorney General Luther Strange announced that four search warrants were served Monday morning at four separate casinos in Greene County. It was a joint effort by law enforcement agents from the AttorneyMore >>
    The search warrants served today culminated in the seizure of more than 1,000 gambling machines and an undisclosed amount of cash.More >>
  • It's opening day and time to celebrate spring

    It's opening day and time to celebrate spring

    Monday, March 31 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-03-31 15:34:51 GMT
    Baseball fans tried hard, but this opening day of baseball season will not be declared a national holiday. Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and Budweiser got the idea circulating by creating a White House petitionMore >>
    A few games have been played already; including one in AustraliaMore >>
  • Law professor weighs in on Texas abortion decision and what it could mean in Alabama

    Law professor weighs in on Texas abortion decision and what it could mean in Alabama

    Friday, March 28 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-03-28 21:55:52 GMT
    Last summer, lawyers for Planned Parenthood challenged two provisions of a new abortion law in Texas. One provision places strict limits on how abortion-inducing pills are prescribed. The other requiresMore >>
    Alabama's legislature passed a similar law in 2013. The Women's Health and Safety Act, however, has been tied up in federal court for the past year. Corky Strickland, from Samford's Cumberland School of Law, weighed in on what the decision in Texas could do for Alabama's law. More >>
  • SEC responds to pay to play debate

    SEC responds to pay to play debate

    Friday, March 28 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-03-28 19:25:47 GMT
    The Southeastern Conference has opened up on the most recent "pay to play" debate among college athletes. This comes one day after the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board decidedMore >>
    The Southeastern Conference has opened up on the most recent "pay to play" debate among college athletes.More >>
  • Jeremiah Denton, American war hero and former US senator, dies at 89

    American hero and former US senator dies

    Friday, March 28 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-03-28 17:52:41 GMT
    Former Alabama Senator Jeremiah Denton, who survived almost eight years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam has died of complications from a heart ailment. He was 89 years old. Denton, a native of Mobile,More >>
    Jeremiah Denton had been in declining health for more than a yearMore >>
  • Pay to play debate continues

    Pay to play debate continues

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-03-27 22:27:22 GMT
    It could be a real game changer for college athletes concerning the debate over pay to play.The Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board says that football players at NorthwesternMore >>
    It could be a real game changer for college athletes concerning the debate over pay to play.More >>
  • What's Up With That!? Trussville dealing with string of car break-ins

    What's Up With That!? - Trussville crime

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-03-26 23:18:52 GMT
    A recent rash of burglaries and car break ins in northern Jefferson County has neighborhoods on edge. In Trussville, alone nearly 40 car break ins have been reported since first of the year. The policeMore >>
    A recent rash of burglaries and car break ins in northern Jefferson County has neighborhoods on edge.
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  • Avondale continues to see business growth

    Avondale continues to see business growth

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-03-26 22:21:10 GMT
    Birmingham's Avondale neighborhood has gone through a major transformation in the last few years.Southern Living magazine calls Avondale "one of Birmingham's hippest places to live and visit."The buzzMore >>
    Birmingham's Avondale neighborhood has gone through a major transformation in the last few years.More >>
  • Local leaders committed to helping young men of color

    Local leaders committed to helping young men of color

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-03-25 22:46:02 GMT
    Compelled and motivated to address the achievement gap among young men of color, President Obama initiated "My Brother's Keeper."  The aim of the initiative is to give Black and Hispanic men a fair shotMore >>
    Compelled and motivated to address the achievement gap among young men of color, President Obama initiated "My Brother's Keeper."  The aim of the initiative is to give Black and Hispanic men a fair shotMore >>
  • Birmingham Water Works teams up with HomeServe USA

    Birmingham Water Works teams up with HomeServe USA

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-03-25 22:07:34 GMT
    It's a homeowner's nightmare. Something happens to the water service line between the street and your house. It is your responsibility to get it fixed, sometimes at a cost of thousands of dollars. OddsMore >>
    It's a homeowner's nightmare. Something happens to the water service line between the street and your house. It is your responsibility to get it fixed, sometimes at a cost of thousands of dollars. Odds are pretty good your homeowner's insurance policy doesn't cover it.More >>
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