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6th congressional district candidates part 1

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This year, Alabama's 6th congressional district will elect a new representative. Seven republicans and one democrat are vying for the seat held the past 20 years by republican Spencer Bachus who did not seek re-election. The winner of the republican primary June 3 will face democrat Avery Vice in the fall. Focus at Four's Edward Burch sat down with each of the republican candidates to get their take on what's important.

6th congressional district candidates part 2

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This year, Alabama's 6th congressional district will elect a new representative. Seven republicans and one democrat are vying for the seat held the past 20 years by republican Spencer Bachus who did not seek re-election. The winner of the republican primary June 3 will face democrat Avery Vice in the fall.

HBCU's vital in educating African Americans, students and administrators say Video included

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Administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities say these institutions are vital now as they were decades ago. Dr. George T. French, President of Miles College, explains the impact HBCU's have on the nation's African American students."...HBCU's only account for 4 percent of all higher education institutions, yet we graduate 25 percent of all bachelors, 40 percent of all masters, and 50 percent of all doctorates that are earned and awarded in this nation," he said.Colleges and ...

Parents remember daughter who died in ATV accident Video included

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Gracie Abbott's parents never imagined that an Easter Sunday gathering would end the way it did. They tell me their daughter rode ATVs all time. And when they got the call that she was had been in an accident they were sure it wasn't that serious. But it was serious. "I talked to her. I told her that we were proud of her. I held her," said Sharon Abbott.Abbott says she's almost sure her daughter Gracie was gone at that point. She says Gracie's eyes were already fixated and dilated by the time...

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  • New home sales down even in the South

    New home sales down even in the South

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:17:30 GMT
    Spring often is the best time of year to buy or sell a house. Families ready to relocate begin the hunt for a home.The winter weather is past and builders are increasing inventory. This Spring is atypical: the housing market now is fighting off a difficult, long winter, mortgage rates are climbing, and there is a shortage of properties.The Commerce Department's March figures show sales of new U.S. single-family houses fell to their lowest level in eight months. Compared to March last year, sa...More >>
    Spring often is the best time of year to buy or sell a house. Families ready to relocate begin the hunt for a home.The winter weather is past and builders are increasing inventory. This Spring is atypical: the housing market now is fighting off a difficult, long winter, mortgage rates are climbing, and there is a shortage of properties.The Commerce Department's March figures show sales of new U.S. single-family houses fell to their lowest level in eight months. Compared to March last year, sa...More >>
  • Birmingham Public Library reducing hours due to AC damage caused by extreme cold earlier this year

    Birmingham Public Library reducing hours due to AC damage caused by extreme cold earlier this year

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:50:59 GMT
    The mercury is rising, but the air conditioner at the main Birmingham Public Library is broken. That led the library to reduce hours for at least the next six to eight weeks. The needed repairs are the result of a January cold snap that ruptured the air conditioner coil in the library's main air handler. Parts have been ordered, and repairs will be scheduled once the parts arrive. Starting Monday, April 28, the downtown location at 2100 Park Place will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., Mond...More >>
    The mercury is rising, but the air conditioner at the main Birmingham Public Library is broken. That led the library to reduce hours for at least the next six to eight weeks. The needed repairs are the result of a January cold snap that ruptured the air conditioner coil in the library's main air handler. Parts have been ordered, and repairs will be scheduled once the parts arrive. Starting Monday, April 28, the downtown location at 2100 Park Place will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., Mond...More >>
  • Poverty in Alabama affects almost one million people

    Poverty in Alabama affects almost one million people

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:06:17 GMT
    Every state has its poor. Some just have more than others. Alabama falls into the latter category. According to Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization working to reduce systemic poverty and its root causes across the state, Alabama is the nation's seventh poorest state. The report finds nearly 900,000 Alabamians, including 300,000 children live in poverty.An individual is considered living in poverty if the household fails to earn enough to meet basic food, clothing and shelter ...More >>
    Every state has its poor. Some just have more than others. Alabama falls into the latter category. According to Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization working to reduce systemic poverty and its root causes across the state, Alabama is the nation's seventh poorest state. The report finds nearly 900,000 Alabamians, including 300,000 children live in poverty.An individual is considered living in poverty if the household fails to earn enough to meet basic food, clothing and shelter ...More >>
  • Attorney for Hoover BOE responds to statement from State Superintendent

    Attorney for Hoover BOE responds to statement from State Superintendent

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:18:54 GMT
    It would appear the lines of communication between the Hoover Board of Education and the state school superintendent aren't as open as previously reported.More >>
    It would appear the lines of communication between the Hoover Board of Education and the state school superintendent aren't as open as previously reported.More >>
  • Parents react to Hoover bus fees

    Parents react to Hoover bus fees

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:19:15 GMT
    "I think our board is very out of touch with working families in Hoover and what their budgets are like," said Hoover parent, Lisa Singer. Singer has two children in the Hoover school system. She saysMore >>
    Some parents react to Hoover school bus fee.More >>
  • Nearly half of all Alabama births to unmarried women

    Nearly half of all Alabama births to unmarried women

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:18:41 GMT
    In 2012 more than 40 percent of all births in Alabama were to unmarried women. In some counties that number was as high as 70 percent. Auburn University at Montgomery's Centers for Demographic ResearchMore >>
    In 2012 more than 40 percent of all births in Alabama were to unmarried women. In some counties that number was as high as 70 percent. Auburn University at Montgomery's Centers for Demographic Research provided the information.More >>
  • Galleria boulevard extension in need of funding

    Galleria boulevard extension in need of funding

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:23:47 GMT
    Hoover appears to be moving closer to the third and final phase of a decades-old project known as the Galleria Flyover.This phase is designed to extend Galleria Boulevard across John Hawkins Parkway andMore >>
    Hoover appears to be moving closer to the third and final phase of a decades-old project known as the Galleria Flyover.More >>
  • Is your church prepared for severe weather?

    Is your church prepared for severe weather?

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:17:21 GMT
    We are in the midst of the spring severe weather season. Chief meteorologist James Spann advises that everyone needs a plan. That includes one for your home, your work, and for your place of worship. AtMore >>
    We are in the midst of the spring severe weather season. Chief meteorologist James Spann advises that everyone needs a plan. That includes one for your home, your work, and for your place of worship. At the very least, every house of worship needs to have a NOAA weather radio.More >>
  • Diabetic alert dog to keep watchful eye over Holly Pond boy

    Trained dog keeping watchful eye over Holly Pond boy

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:56:17 GMT
    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 withMore >>
    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 withMore >>
  • Alabama AG, Jefferson County sheriff applaud court ruling in bingo raid

    A G and sheriff on winning side of bingo case

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:12:34 GMT
    A joint electronic bingo raid three years ago by Jefferson county Sheriff Mike Hale and Attorney General Luther Strange has been upheld in court. Circuit Judge David Hobdy issued a final ruling MondayMore >>
    Case stems from raid in April 2011 at Anchor ClubMore >>
  • 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 >>
  • Birmingham Water Works: Discolored water caused by elevated mineral

    Discolored water caused by elevated mineral, officials say

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-04-12 00:20:20 GMT
    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 inMore >>
    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 inMore >>
  • 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 >>
  • Rep. Alvin Holmes not apologizing for transracial adoption comments

    Rep. Holmes not apologizing for transracial adoption comments

    Thursday, April 10 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-04-10 23:35:50 GMT
    State democrat representative Alvin Holmes won't budge. He refused to offer an apology made on the floor of the house concerning interracial adoptions. In Montgomery, Wednesday outraged transracial familiesMore >>
    State democrat representative Alvin Holmes won't budge. He refused to offer an apology made on the floor of the house concerning interracial adoptions.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 >>
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