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Monkeypox vaccine arrives in Alabama

Alabama has its first doses of the monkeypox vaccine, the Alabama Department of Public Health announced Thursday. More than 200 doses of the vaccine arrived July 21, and more doses will be delivered soon, ADPH said. To help prevent illness…

Alabama reaches another record low unemployment rate

Alabama's unemployment rate reached a new low as of June, down to 2.6% from May's rate of 2.7%. That's nearly a percentage point down from June 2021's 3.5% rate, and marks a new series low for the third consecutive month,…

Official: Tree falls on Alabama home in storm, 2 dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a large tree crashed into a home in Birmingham, Alabama, killing two young children and injuring at least three other people. Birmingham Fire and Rescue says it was called shortly after 5:30 p.m. to…

Positive movement in case of Alabama men trapped in Ukraine

The aunt of a Tuscaloosa man being held by Russian forces after he and another man from Alabama were captured by troops in Ukraine more than a month ago said there have been several positive developments regarding their circumstances. Anna…

Like taking pictures? Outdoor Alabama wants to see what you got

Get your cameras ready: The 2023 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest begins accepting entries Tuesday, Aug. 2 This year's contest is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Alabama Tourism Department. The 2023 contest…

A new case of monkeypox prompts precautions

Alabama health authorities have confirmed two cases of monkeypox in the state, in Jefferson and Mobile counties. Similar to smallpox, the virus does not spread easily from person to person.…

Alabama court sets Sept 22 execution for 1990 triple killing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has set an execution date for a mentally disturbed truck driver convicted of killing three men in a workplace shooting rampage more than two decades ago. The clerk's office says 57-year-old Alan…

Gas prices continue falling: Down 17 cents in Alabama

Gas prices are still on a major downswing, to the relief of drivers across Alabama. Last week, prices fell 17.2 cents a gallon down to an average of $4.08 in the state as of Monday, according to GasBuddy‘s survey of…

Family files suit against Regions over mismanaged trust

Associated Press A lawsuit filed against Regions Financial Corp. alleges that the company mismanaged a charitable trust named for a former Alabama secretary of state - charging exorbitant fees and steering scholarship money to children of the trust board members.…

Prosecutors: Teen charged in 5 murders was aggressive before

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - New court documents allege an Alabama teen accused of killing five family members was aggressive toward his relatives before the 2019 killings. The documents say Mason Sisk tried to poison his stepmother with peanut butter when…

Inmate killed in targeted shooting outside reentry center

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Police say a federal inmate was gunned down in a targeted killing outside an Alabama prison reentry facility. Larry Taylor was shot Saturday morning in Birmingham. The 47-year-old was pronounced dead at a hospital. Birmingham police Lt.…

Health department: Monkeypox reported in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Public Health and Mobile County Health Department today announced they've identified the first case of monkeypox in the state. ADPH said the patient's specimen was tested by the ADPH Bureau of Clinical Laboratories, which is part…

New 988 hotline is the 911 for mental health emergencies

Quick help for suicidal thoughts and other mental health emergencies may soon be had by dialing 988. The United States’ first nationwide three-digit mental health crisis hotline goes live on Saturday. It connects with an existing network and is designed…

Former nurse sentenced to life for husband's death

HUNTSVILLE, Ala, - A former nurse has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of her husband, who prosecutors said was killed with an insulin overdose in 2018. News outlets reported a judge handed down the life sentence…

AlabamaWorks site back online after June cyberattack

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick AlabamaWorks, a statewide jobs database and labor exchange website, is back online for job seekers and employers after a cyberattack put it out of commission last month. A press release from the organization…

Alabama closes bond deal to build mega-prisons

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has closed a bond deal to build two supersize prisons, housing up to 4,000 prisoners each, even as inmates filed a lawsuit seeking to block the project. The Alabama Finance Department said the bond sale,…

3 firefighters fall through floor battling Gadsden blaze

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Three firefighters battling a blaze at a house in Alabama were hurt when they fell through a floor in the burning building. Alabama news outlets say it happened early Tuesday in Gadsden. The three dropped an…

Dry weather hampering corn, other crops in north Alabama

By ERICA SMITH, The Decatur Daily DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Abnormally dry weather in north Alabama may have ruined corn plantings and is damaging other crops. The National Weather Service in Huntsville says portions of Lawrence and Morgan counties have…

Clotilda descendants mark anniversary of last slave ship

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Descendants of the last African people abducted into slavery and brought to America's shores gathered to pay tribute to their ancestors. The relatives of the 110 people aboard the schooner Clotilda, the last known slave ship…