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Ledbetter elected as new Alabama House Speaker

The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter of Rainsville was sworn in Tuesday as the new speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives after being elected to the leadership role. House members elected Ledbetter on a…

Gov. Ivey announces rules for prison 'good time' incentives

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has announced new rules for prison “good time” incentives that allow some inmates to get out early for good behavior. Ivey signed an executive order Monday that…

Selma man killed in ATV wreck Sunday

A man from Selma is dead after a single-vehicle crash involving an all-terrain vehicle on Sunday. Antonio Martin, 33, was fatally injured when the ATV he was operating left the road, struck a fence and overturned. Martin, who was not…

Weekly gas update: Prices up 11 cents over past week

Gas prices in Alabama rose 11.3 cents per gallon in the past week, up to an average of $3.03 a gallon as of Monday, according to GasBuddy‘s survey of 3,348 gas stations in Alabama. That's 12.7 cents higher than this…

State investigators to review 2 law enforcement shootings

The Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The state law enforcement agency is investigating two separate fatal shootings by law enforcement officers. The Madison County sheriff’s office said 50-year-old Ray King of Hazel Green was killed Thursday when deputies were…

Birmingham mayor proposes micro-shelters for unhoused people

The Associated Press Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is proposing to build up to 100 prefabricated tiny homes that have heating and cooling, as well as a desk and bed. AL.com reported Friday that Woodfin will present the micro-shelter pilot program…

Former House speaker Hubbard released from prison

The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been released from prison after serving more than two years for an ethics conviction. The Alabama Department of Corrections said Hubbard was released from Limestone Correctional…

Escaped inmate captured

An escaped inmate on the run for two days is now back behind bars. 53-year-old Linwood Harris was arrested Thursday night at 7pm. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) said Harris escaped his work detail in Montgomery Tuesday, Jan. 3.…

New COVID strain XBB.1.5 is now most prominent strain

With a new COVID strain getting around the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) says now is the time to get up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations. The COVID-19 vaccine and the new bivalent boosters are important for your maximum protection…

15 counties identified as potentially high radon levels

Radon is the number one leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. In an effort to reduce radon exposure and save lives the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is offering free radon test kits. Radon is a radioactive gas…

Severe weather moving across West Alabama

Live updates on WVUA 23's Facebook, on-air and on online at https://www.wvua23.com/watchnow The National Weather Service has issued multiple tornado and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. More severe storms are expected through the evening hours and overnight. Storms are expected…

Senator-elect Katie Britt sworn into office Tuesday

United States Senator Katie Boyd Britt (R-AL) took her oath of office on the Senate floor Tuesday shortly after the 118th Congress convened. U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), as Alabama’s new senior senator, escorted Senator Britt to Vice President Kamala…

Severe weather expected in West Alabama

7am Tuesday Update: There is a change in the time line of the storms to come through our area. The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of Alabama in a risk, with a slight risk (level 2 of 5) north…

Young, Anderson, Gibbs declare for the NFL Draft

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Samantha Huver Bryce Young, Will Anderson and Jahmyr Gibbs all declared for the 2023 National Football League draft  Jan. 2. They all spoke on their love for the University of Alabama as well as their…

ALEA Announces Firearms Prohibited Person Database

On January 1 Alabama will become the latest state to allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a state permit that requires a background check. The new state law ends the requirement for a person to get a permit…

UPDATE: Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission receives 94 applications

UPDATE:  The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) received 94 applications for medical cannabis business licenses by its deadline of Friday, Dec. 30. The Commission received the following number of applications by license type: 12 - cultivator applications 12 - processor…

Six storm shelters coming to Hale County

Six storm shelters could soon be built in Hale County. U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell recently announced that she secured $42,820,760 for 15 community projects in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District in a 2023  government…

Excessive water loss hampering many utilities in state

Due to excessive water loss being experienced by many public water systems in the state, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management is requesting that residents and businesses discontinue dripping faucets once temperatures are above freezing. Water utilities across the state…

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