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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…

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…

Woman asks for charge to be dropped against Perry Hooper

The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A woman who accused a former state legislator of groping her at a Montgomery restaurant is asking that the criminal charge against him be dropped. The woman’s attorney shared the statement with news…

Court upholds judges' removal for racist, sexist comments

The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a decision removing a probate judge from office who was accused of racist and sexually inappropriate behavior. Justices unanimously upheld the 2021 decision by the Court of…

Saga of last US slave ship finds life in 'Descendant' doc

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The prize-winning documentary, “Descendant,” tells the story of the last known slave ship to America and the descendants of the 110 people aboard. The film, a prize-winner at the Sundance Film…

Northport mayor helps hurricane Ian victims

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Daniel Tomas NORTHPORT -- Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon is serious about helping others. "I made a vow that if something nearby that was a disaster would happen, I would help," Herndon said. Now, Herndon…

Pumpkin spice is out, mushrooms are in

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Emilee Boster Small white mushrooms have sprouted up in Alabama just in time for September’s National Mushroom Month.  According to the American Mushroom Institute, mushroom farming and growing is prominent in the United States, supporting…

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…