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Huntsville music festival shutting down after 13-year run

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama music festival that put the spotlight on chamber music has shut down after 13 years and nearly 100 performances by classical musicians from around the world. Al.com reports that Twickenham Fest founders Susanna Phillips…

Sheriff: Deputy kills man who pointed flare gun at him

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say an Alabama deputy shot and killed a man who pointed a flare gun at him after fleeing from a traffic stop. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s office said Marty Hutto, 50, was shot and killed…

In towns plagued by raw sewage, EPA promises relief

By JAY REEVES and MICHAEL PHILLIS Associated Press HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Federal officials announced a pilot program on Tuesday to help 11 communities improve their sewage infrastructure. Officials made the announcement in Lowndes County, Alabama, which has suffered for…

DOJ: Lawsuit should proceed over town's police fines

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to let a class-action lawsuit go forward against an Alabama town accused of policing for profit with excessive fines and aggressive enforcement of local laws. The U.S. attorney’s…

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…

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…

$11.6M going toward Alabama airport improvements

Nine airports in Alabama are getting $11.36 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants thanks to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, Shelby's office announced today. The U.S. Department of Transportation grants are designated for improvements and advances to local airport infrastructure and…

Former Alabama sheriff pleads guilty to federal charges

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama sheriff who resigned last year says he is innocent of federal charges that he used improper loans to pay personal expenses including gambling debts. News outlets report former Clarke County Sheriff William Ray…

Novelis to build $2.5B aluminum plant near Alabama coast

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta-based company says it plans to build a $2.5 billion aluminum plant near the Gulf Coast in southwest Alabama. Novelis Inc. says the recycling and rolling plant in Bay Minette, Alabama, will use low-carbon processes. More…

Young and struggling: Students detail monetary woes

By WVUA23 Digital Reporter Melanie Bumpus As it gets harder and harder to make ends meet, University of Alabama students say they're concerned about managing rent, groceries and student expenses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price…

Tattoos help ID body found in Alabama river 22 years ago

SEMINOLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say tattoos have helped identify a body found 22 years ago in Alabama's Styx River as a Texas man who helped other migrants find work. News outlets report that DNA identified the body as Daniel…

State offices close for Confederate Memorial Day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State offices are closed today in Alabama for Confederate Memorial Day. The day is one of three Confederate-related state holidays in Alabama. The state jointly observes Robert E. Lee Day with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day…

Alabama marking Holocaust remembrance with events

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama will remember the Holocaust, the systematic slaughter of Jews and other people by Nazis, with events planned for this week in Montgomery and Birmingham. The Alabama Holocaust Commission is sponsoring an annual gathering of remembrance…

Alabama State renames residence hall for civil rights leader

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State University is naming a residence hall after civil rights pioneer Jo Ann Robinson. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Robinson played a key role in the historic 13-month Montgomery Bus Boycott in the mid-1950s. University officials…

Parents challenge law banning treatment of trans kids

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Parents of transgender teens have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn an Alabama law that makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans youth under 19 with puberty blockers or…

Suit claims city trying to limit Confederate statue protests

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - An organization that has staged dozens of protests against a Confederate monument in north Alabama filed suit contending the city of Florence is trying to limit the demonstrations in violation of free-speech guarantees. The lawsuit was…

Mysterious liver illness seen in kids in Alabama, Europe

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials in several countries are investigating mysterious cases of severe liver disease in children. They think it may related to a type of virus usually associated with colds. The…

Tuscaloosa hosts Big 10 Mayors Conference

Mayors from the state's 10 largest cities gathered in the Druid City over the weekend, with the goal of learning from each other on how best they can tackle their community's issues.…

Historically Black school to remain open on Alabama coast

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A more than 120-year-old, historically Black parochial school that helped support the civil rights movement on the Alabama coast won't close after all. The Catholic Church says Heart of Mary Catholic School in Mobile will remain…