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Clay leaders propose major budget cuts Video included

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One of Jefferson County's youngest cities, Clay, is going through a rough financial patch. Clay incorporated 14 years ago. It had a balanced budget for the first eight years.

Obama: Ebola outbreak 'spiraling out of control'

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President Barack Obama says the world is looking to the United States to address the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

Paula Deen talks with Pam Huff

Paula Deen talks with Pam Huff while in Birmingham to help the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.

Two men plead guilty to murder after crash killed Hanceville family in 2012 Video included

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Two men have pleaded guilty to felony murder charges for a crash that killed a Hanceville family nearly two years ago. The men were involved in a police chase when their SUV crashed into a car, killing a couple and their baby.

2 anglers convicted of cheating during fishing tournament on Lake Guntersville

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Two north Alabama men have been convicted of cheating during a fishing tournament on Lake Guntersville.

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  • Alabama now offering "Don't Tread on Me" car tags

    Alabama now offering "Don't Tread on Me" car tags

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:42:51 GMT
    At least 250 Alabama vehicles will soon be using license plates featuring the rattlesnake emblem and "Don't Tread on Me" warning popular with tea party groups.More >>
    At least 250 Alabama vehicles will soon be using license plates featuring the rattlesnake emblem and "Don't Tread on Me" warning popular with tea party groups.More >>
  • Alabama children test positive for respiratory virus

    Alabama children test positive for respiratory virus

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:39:54 GMT
    State health officials say several cases of a mysterious respiratory illness impacting children in 10 states have been confirmed in Alabama.More >>
    State health officials say several cases of a mysterious respiratory illness impacting children in 10 states have been confirmed in Alabama.More >>
  • Coach: Referees put football team in danger by letting game continue under lightning

    Coach: Referees put football team in danger by letting game continue under lightning

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:29 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:29:32 GMT
    Safety on the football field is about more than just concussions. One team says it may have been put in danger by lighting. The defensive coordinator even says he saw lighting strike the field and the referees were no help.More >>
    Safety on the football field is about more than just concussions. One team says it may have been put in danger by lighting. The defensive coordinator even says he saw lighting strike the field and the referees were no help.More >>
  • Wounded Warrior Project releases large veterans survey

    Wounded Warrior Project releases large veterans survey

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:12:12 GMT
    Wounded Warrior Project has released the results of their 2014 Annual Alumni Survey. It is based on the responses of more than 21,000 wounded veterans, it includes the largest sample size of service members injured since 9/11. The results indicate the recent passage of sweeping legislation to improve care at the Department of Veterans Affairs comes at a time when more and more injured veterans are seeking care.The two most common problems in accessing healthcare were difficulty in scheduling ...More >>
    Wounded Warrior Project has released the results of their 2014 Annual Alumni Survey. It is based on the responses of more than 21,000 wounded veterans, it includes the largest sample size of service members injured since 9/11. The results indicate the recent passage of sweeping legislation to improve care at the Department of Veterans Affairs comes at a time when more and more injured veterans are seeking care.The two most common problems in accessing healthcare were difficulty in scheduling ...More >>
  • Five teens with masks & fake guns stopped in Hueytown

    Five teens with masks & fake guns stopped in Hueytown

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:50:27 GMT
    Halloween masks, even the scary ones, are meant to be fun. Pair a mask with a gun and you've got a formula for disaster. That's why a tipster called police over five teenagers in Hueytown. Turns out the "guns" weren't real. But the police chief is convinced this tipster stopped a crime and perhaps saved lives. Hueytown police chief Chuck Hagler believes these five teenagers will not be charged with any crime. They should be thanking police. Hagler is convinced they were headed for trouble....More >>
    Halloween masks, even the scary ones, are meant to be fun. Pair a mask with a gun and you've got a formula for disaster. That's why a tipster called police over five teenagers in Hueytown. Turns out the "guns" weren't real. But the police chief is convinced this tipster stopped a crime and perhaps saved lives. Hueytown police chief Chuck Hagler believes these five teenagers will not be charged with any crime. They should be thanking police. Hagler is convinced they were headed for trouble....More >>
  • Griffith says he will give up salary like Bentley if elected

    Griffith says he will give up salary like Bentley if elected

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:28:31 GMT
    Democrat Parker Griffith says he will give up his salary if elected governor and redirect the money to public education.More >>
    Democrat Parker Griffith says he will give up his salary if elected governor and redirect the money to public education.More >>
  • Bentley creates Small Business Commission

    Bentley creates Small Business Commission

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-09-15 18:28:05 GMT
    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is creating a commission to recommend ways the state can help small businesses get started and expand.More >>
    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is creating a commission to recommend ways the state can help small businesses get started and expand.More >>
  • Memorial Service for Aborted Children

    Memorial Service for Aborted Children

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:24 AM EDT2014-09-15 11:24:01 GMT
     An organization held a memorial service this past weekend for aborted babies. Organizers of the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children says these memorial services are being used to humanize the aborted fetus.More >>
     An organization held a memorial service this past weekend for aborted babies. Organizers of the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children says these memorial services are being used to humanize the aborted fetus.
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  • 5 children who were allegedly killed by father loved superheroes, playing with dad

    5 children who were allegedly killed by father loved superheroes, playing with dad

    Sunday, September 14 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-09-14 04:45:32 GMT
    The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling. And they loved "wrestling with their dad."More >>
    The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling. And they loved "wrestling with their dad."
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  • Ruling in Victoryland trial weeks away

    Ruling in Victoryland trial weeks away

    Friday, September 12 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-09-13 01:14:58 GMT
    It was the 4th and final day of the trial over a 20-13 raid by the Alabama Attorney General's office at Victoryland Casino. But, it will be several weeks before we know the outcome. Attorneys for the casino and the state attorney general's office wrapped up their cases in a Montgomery courtroom Friday afternoon. Circuit Judge William Shashy gave lawyers four weeks to file more legal arguments before he rules.Earlier in the day, two former state lawmakers took the stand and said that voters in...More >>
    It was the 4th and final day of the trial over a 20-13 raid by the Alabama Attorney General's office at Victoryland Casino. But, it will be several weeks before we know the outcome. Attorneys for the casino and the state attorney general's office wrapped up their cases in a Montgomery courtroom Friday afternoon. Circuit Judge William Shashy gave lawyers four weeks to file more legal arguments before he rules.Earlier in the day, two former state lawmakers took the stand and said that voters in...More >>
  • Alabama Strong: Anniston woman goes above and beyond to help local kids

    Alabama Strong: Anniston woman goes above and beyond to help local kids

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:55:02 GMT
    A young stay-at-home mother of two is going above and beyond in Calhoun County, making sure elementary school students don't go hungry at home on weekends.More >>
    A young stay-at-home mother of two is going above and beyond in Calhoun County, making sure elementary school students don't go hungry at home on weekends.
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  • Tim Tebow joining ABC's Good Morning America as contributor

    Tim Tebow joining ABC's Good Morning America as contributor

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:59:16 GMT
    Tim Tebow is taking the field for "Good Morning America." ABC said Thursday that the Heisman Trophy winner is joining the program as a contributor starting Monday.More >>
    Tim Tebow is taking the field for "Good Morning America." ABC said Thursday that the Heisman Trophy winner is joining the program as a contributor starting Monday.More >>
  • Timothy Ray Jones: Dad accused of killing 5 children was ex-convict

    Timothy Ray Jones: Dad accused of killing 5 children was ex-convict

    Thursday, September 11 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-09-11 17:34:37 GMT
    This Sunday, Sept. 6, 2014 photo made available by the Smith County Sheriff's Office shows Timothy Ray Jones Jr. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014,This Sunday, Sept. 6, 2014 photo made available by the Smith County Sheriff's Office shows Timothy Ray Jones Jr. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014,
    Prison documents and a family member say a South Carolina man accused of killing his five children and dumping their bodies in Alabama was an ex-convict who went on a crime spree in 2001 in Illinois.More >>
    Prison documents and a family member say a South Carolina man accused of killing his five children and dumping their bodies in Alabama was an ex-convict who went on a crime spree in 2001 in Illinois.More >>
  • Never Forget: 9/11 commemoration amid renewed terror threat

    Never Forget: 9/11 commemoration amid renewed terror threat

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:24:16 GMT
    The nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the U.S.More >>
    The nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the U.S.
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  • Timothy Ray Jones: Records show dad accused in killings had nasty divorce

    Timothy Ray Jones: Records show dad accused in killings had nasty divorce

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-09-11 15:48:27 GMT
    Timothy Ray Jones Jr. earned his computer engineering degree, worked at a $71,000-a-year job, had a wife of 10 years and several young children.More >>
    Timothy Ray Jones Jr. earned his computer engineering degree, worked at a $71,000-a-year job, had a wife of 10 years and several young children.
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  • Sheriff: South Carolina man confesses to killing 5 children, dumping bodies in Alabama

    Sheriff: South Carolina man confesses to killing 5 children, dumping bodies in Alabama

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:53:03 GMT
    Authorities expect to charge a South Carolina man in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led officials to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags.More >>
    Authorities expect to charge a South Carolina man in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led officials to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags.
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  • South Carolina man accused of killing 5 children described as 'loving' father

    South Carolina man accused of killing 5 children described as 'loving' father

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:52:14 GMT
    Their little bodies shrouded in plastic bags, the five children of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. had been dead for days by the time he led investigators to the spot where they had been dumped among dead trees and scrub brush.More >>
    Their little bodies shrouded in plastic bags, the five children of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. had been dead for days by the time he led investigators to the spot where they had been dumped among dead trees and scrub brush.More >>
  • Auburn tree poisoner, Harvey Updyke, has paid $99 in restitution

    Auburn tree poisoner, Harvey Updyke, has paid $99 in restitution

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-09-10 21:44:44 GMT
    The University of Alabama fan who pleaded guilty to poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees has paid only $99 toward restitution.Court documents show that Harvey Updyke made that payment on July 18. Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III ordered Updyke to pay restitution to Auburn University totaling $796,731 in December 2013.The Auburn Plainsman first reported the lack of payment on Wednesday.The judge had denied Updyke's request to cut the monthly payments from $500 to $50, which would ...More >>
    The University of Alabama fan who pleaded guilty to poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees has paid only $99 toward restitution.Court documents show that Harvey Updyke made that payment on July 18. Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III ordered Updyke to pay restitution to Auburn University totaling $796,731 in December 2013.The Auburn Plainsman first reported the lack of payment on Wednesday.The judge had denied Updyke's request to cut the monthly payments from $500 to $50, which would ...More >>
  • Deputies arrest 3 in Mt. Olive drug bust; $95,000 in cash, 3 pounds of meth seized

    Deputies arrest 3 in Mt. Olive drug bust; $95,000 in cash, 3 pounds of meth seized

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:44:07 GMT
    A Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested three people and seized cash, meth and guns during a drug bust in Mount Olive Tuesday night.More >>
    A Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested three people and seized cash, meth and guns during a drug bust in Mount Olive Tuesday night.
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  • No forensic analysis done on casino machines

    No forensic analysis done on casino machines

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-09-10 19:25:20 GMT
    A former computer crimes investigator for the state acknowledged in court that he didn't conduct a forensic analysis of gambling machines and computer equipment he helped seize from what was once Alabama's largest casino.Larry Crocker testified Wednesday in the second day of a trial over whether the 1,600 machines seized from VictoryLand casino in Shorter are illegal and can be destroyed by the state.Under questioning by VictoryLand attorney Bill Espy, Crocker said the search warrant for the ...More >>
    A former computer crimes investigator for the state acknowledged in court that he didn't conduct a forensic analysis of gambling machines and computer equipment he helped seize from what was once Alabama's largest casino.Larry Crocker testified Wednesday in the second day of a trial over whether the 1,600 machines seized from VictoryLand casino in Shorter are illegal and can be destroyed by the state.Under questioning by VictoryLand attorney Bill Espy, Crocker said the search warrant for the ...More >>
  • City of Cordova seeing progress

    City of Cordova seeing progress

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:29 AM EDT2014-09-10 12:29:15 GMT
    A city scarred by tornadoes three years ago is starting to breath new life. Cordova is finally making progress. A new grocery store is about to open and more construction is underway.Mayor Drew Gilbert says, "It's been a tough 3 1/2 years for us."Jessica Dill says, "The Piggly Wiggly was like the heart of the town and when we lost that, ugh, it was terrible."But, Cordova is on the mend. The tornadoes created a path to build a new city.Gilbert says, "We know we're getting to build an entire do...More >>
    A city scarred by tornadoes three years ago is starting to breath new life. Cordova is finally making progress. A new grocery store is about to open and more construction is underway.Mayor Drew Gilbert says, "It's been a tough 3 1/2 years for us."Jessica Dill says, "The Piggly Wiggly was like the heart of the town and when we lost that, ugh, it was terrible."But, Cordova is on the mend. The tornadoes created a path to build a new city.Gilbert says, "We know we're getting to build an entire do...More >>
  • Bodies of 5 children missing from South Carolina found in Wilcox County; father detained

    Bodies of 5 children missing from South Carolina found in Wilcox County; father detained

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:25:16 GMT
    Authorities say they have found the bodies of five children from South Carolina who have been missing for a week.More >>
    Authorities say they have found the bodies of five children from South Carolina who have been missing for a week.
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  • iPhone 6, Apple Watch: Apple unveils new phone, watch

    iPhone 6, Apple Watch: Apple unveils new phone, watch

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:15:43 GMT
    Apple's larger iPhones won't just have bigger screens. They'll have a new, horizontal viewing mode to take advantage of the larger display.More >>
    Apple's larger iPhones won't just have bigger screens. They'll have a new, horizontal viewing mode to take advantage of the larger display.
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  • Rosa Parks' archives going to Library of Congress

    Rosa Parks' archives going to Library of Congress

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-09-10 01:59:17 GMT
    Hundreds of items from the civil rights figure Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years.Library officials announced Tuesday night that Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is loaning the entire collection to the world's largest library.The collection includes about 1,500 items, including Parks' personal correspondence and photographs, letters from presidents and her Presidential M...More >>
    Hundreds of items from the civil rights figure Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years.Library officials announced Tuesday night that Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is loaning the entire collection to the world's largest library.The collection includes about 1,500 items, including Parks' personal correspondence and photographs, letters from presidents and her Presidential M...More >>
  • Iowa man dying of cancer avoids prison for growing marijuana

    Iowa man dying of cancer avoids prison for growing marijuana

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-09-09 23:38:46 GMT
    A dying Iowa man who grew marijuana to treat terminal cancer was sentenced to probation Tuesday, avoiding prison even as he defended his decision to violate the law.More >>
    A dying Iowa man who grew marijuana to treat terminal cancer was sentenced to probation Tuesday, avoiding prison even as he defended his decision to violate the law.
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  • 4th US aid worker with Ebola virus arrives at Emory in Atlanta for treatment

    4th US aid worker with Ebola virus arrives at Emory in Atlanta for treatment

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-09-09 17:37:34 GMT
    The fourth American aid worker sickened with the Ebola virus arrived Tuesday morning to a mostly calm scene at Emory University Hospital, where two others have been successfully treated.More >>
    The fourth American aid worker sickened with the Ebola virus arrived Tuesday morning to a mostly calm scene at Emory University Hospital, where two others have been successfully treated.
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  • Tension in Adamsville over planned KKK fest

    Tension in Adamsville over planned KKK fest

    Monday, September 8 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-09-09 01:44:07 GMT
    Some members of the Adamsville community are on edge after learning of a planned Ku Klux Klan rally next month.More >>
    Some members of the Adamsville community are on edge after learning of a planned Ku Klux Klan rally next month.More >>
  • Alabama casino raid trial set to begin

    Alabama casino raid trial set to begin

    Monday, September 8 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-09-09 01:01:45 GMT
    A trial starting Tuesday in Montgomery could determine the future of Alabama's largest casino. VictoryLand casino in Shorter has been closed since Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange raided it in February 2013. The civil trial will determine whether the state can destroy the 1,615 gambling machines seized in the raid and keep the $223,405 in cash that was confiscated.Strange says the games are illegal slot machines that should be destroyed. VictoryLand attorney Joe Espy says an amendment ...More >>
    A trial starting Tuesday in Montgomery could determine the future of Alabama's largest casino. VictoryLand casino in Shorter has been closed since Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange raided it in February 2013. The civil trial will determine whether the state can destroy the 1,615 gambling machines seized in the raid and keep the $223,405 in cash that was confiscated.Strange says the games are illegal slot machines that should be destroyed. VictoryLand attorney Joe Espy says an amendment ...More >>
  • Weatherizing senior citizen's homes

    Weatherizing senior citizen's homes

    Monday, September 8 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-09-08 20:58:55 GMT
    It has definitely been hot outside this summer. Your air conditioner has been working overtime. That becomes a huge problem for the older population on fixed incomes. In order to help those low-income, elderly people reduce their utility bills, Governor Robert Bentley is awarding grant money to make their homes more energy efficient. The Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program gives priority to those with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children. Homes that qualify ...More >>
    It has definitely been hot outside this summer. Your air conditioner has been working overtime. That becomes a huge problem for the older population on fixed incomes. In order to help those low-income, elderly people reduce their utility bills, Governor Robert Bentley is awarding grant money to make their homes more energy efficient. The Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program gives priority to those with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children. Homes that qualify ...More >>
  • Blood drive to honor former student

    Blood drive to honor former student

    Monday, September 8 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-09-08 20:30:35 GMT
    A Shelby County school is honoring a former student in a very special way. Montevallo Elementary School lost a student over the summer. John Oliver Tetloff lost his battle with cancer. He was most known as "Ollie." The seven-year-old attended the school, while in the second grade.His rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma, kept the student at home for most of his time. However, Ollie made a big impact on the school.In memory of Ollie, Montevallo Elementary School will hold a blood drive. The driv...More >>
    A Shelby County school is honoring a former student in a very special way. Montevallo Elementary School lost a student over the summer. John Oliver Tetloff lost his battle with cancer. He was most known as "Ollie." The seven-year-old attended the school, while in the second grade.His rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma, kept the student at home for most of his time. However, Ollie made a big impact on the school.In memory of Ollie, Montevallo Elementary School will hold a blood drive. The driv...More >>