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Opelika police hoping for new leads in cold case of woman’s 2000 murder

Opelika police are hoping for new leads in the case of woman murdered in her home in 2000 that remains unsolved.

  Congressman Mike Rogers visits Opelika for town hall meeting

Fire crews battling house fire on Lee Road 2099 in Phenix City

  TX couple donates camper to Lee County tornado victim living in damaged home

  Lee County EMA says not to wait for federal funding to build storm shelters

  ‘Mama June’ was treated like any other suspect, AL sheriff says

Two Opelika juveniles arrested on robbery charges in Auburn

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  Phenix City police investigating shooting, armed robbery at Summerville Rd. Waffle House

DNA match from genealogy site leads to arrest in 1999 Alabama slayings

Alabama third grader wins award after growing colossal 30-pound cabbage

  East Smiths Station Elementary School hosts annual hair cutting extravaganza to support nonprofit

Lee County EMA to hold community Q&A for tornado survivors

Suspect wanted in Lanett for burglary at convenience store

Opelika Police search for woman suspected of credit card fraud, theft

Authorities say the suspect used a stolen credit card to purchase general merchandise items at the Walmart on Pepperell Parkway.

  Opelika man arrested after early morning shooting on Commerce Dr. in Auburn

An Opelika man is behind bars after being taken into custody following an early morning shooting.

Construction to begin on East Glenn Avenue in Auburn

Glenn will be repaved from Ross Street to Dean Road as part of the FY 17 Streets Resurfacing Project

Clean up efforts still underway in Lee County

Volunteers are continuing to offer their services in Lee County as the community is working to clean up and pick pieces of their lives off of the ground after tornadoes, one an EF-4, that devastated parts of Beauregard.

Man charged in cold case murders of Dothan teens

Inmate riot subdued at Covington County Jail

  Electric vehicle owners soon will pay fee for infrastructure, charging stations

  State and local officials warn of home repair fraud after tornado

Enterprise collecting donations for Lee County tornado victims

Spring turkey season opens Saturday in Alabama

5 arrested in Butler County robbery case

Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond says the alleged crime involved a deal gone bad over a weapon.

WATCH: Lee County DA holding press conference after tornado scams

As crews continue cleaning up following deadly tornadoes in Lee County, District Attorney Brandon Hughes is holding a press conference.

  Letter from Alabama tornado victim found in debris

Tyesha Hart’s 8-year-old daughter, Mykhayla, was killed by the March 3 tornado in Lee County.

EMA officials opening new recovery centers in Lee County

Local, state, and federal emergency management agency officials are working together to make sure that survivors get all of the assistance they need, and the benefits they qualify for.

  State’s ‘tax app’ gets some upgrades for second season

The Alabama Department of Revenue's eID tax app has several upgrades for its second tax season in existence.

1 charged after fellow inmate stabbed to death at AL prison

ADOC spokesman Bob Horton said inmate Quinton Ashaad Few, 27, was fatally stabbed by another inmate inside the facility around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees

Dees founded the organization and spent 48 years with it until his termination Wednesday.

Alabama Tourism Department statewide walking tours begin in April

Some 30 towns across Alabama will be on display during Saturday mornings in April as part of the Alabama Tourism Department's April Walking Tours.

Arrest in south AL burned body murder investigation

An arrest has been made in a gruesome murder case, according to Coffee County District Attorney Tom Anderson.

  “She touched so many lives," family remembers tornado victim Vicki Braswell

Three nieces of Vicki Braswell, a victim of the deadly tornado that hit Beauregard on Mar. 3, remember her as supportive and encouraging.

  Lee County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing 36-year-old man

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a 36-year-old man who has been reported missing.

  Police in Eufaula warning residents of payroll scams targeting employees and employers

The Eufaula Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies say they are investigating multiple reports of scams that target employees, employers and their payroll.

  Auburn police investigating attempted armed robbery on S. College St. near AU campus

An attempted armed robbery of a business near Auburn University’s campus has the school’s Department of Campus Safety and Security alerting students to be aware of their surroundings.

  Judge rules in favor of Phenix City; allows annexations of Russell County

In a lawsuit filed by the county in 2018 against Phenix City over jurisdiction and annexation of more than 50 properties, a judge ruled Wednesday that Russell County could not block the properties annexed by Phenix City.

  Poarch Band of Creek Indians deliver donation to cover funeral costs of 23 tornado victims

The donation of $184,000 will be spent through the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation to pay for the funeral costs.

  Several gather for community prayer service at Beauregard church

People prayed for the family members of those who died and for the ones whose homes were destroyed in the tornado.

  Lee Co. EMA says people should have multiple ways to receive weather alerts

Some residents in Beauregard said they hear sirens before tornadoes struck 10 days ago. There are others who said they heard nothing. Lee County EMA officials said people shouldn’t depend solely on these sirens.

  Animal shelters in Lee County working to save lost pets

People are trying to get out to damaged areas to rescue lost pets, but right now the noise and confusion of the recovery process is scaring the animals out in destruction zones.

  Columbus and Phenix City planning organization discusses new transportation plan

The Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization (CPCMOO) is currently updating the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

  Mother speaks after losing son to Alabama tornado

Shamel Hart is trying to help her family heal just a day after burying her son and niece who died in the devastating March 3 tornadoes.

  Lee County school bands perform in benefit concert to raise funds for tornado victims

Students from all four schools in Lee County came together for a concert benefiting victims of the deadly storms on March 3.

  FEMA assistance still available to tornado survivors

Though almost 10 days have passed since the deadly tornado, it’s not too late to seek help. In fact, FEMA officials are encouraging it.

Lanett man arrested on drug trafficking charges, others arrested on possession

The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office has taken a Lanett man into custody on charges of drug trafficking.

  Aubie the Tiger, AU cheerleaders, basketball team welcome students back to school in Beauregard

Kids returning to school at Beauregard Elementary School for the first time since tornadoes destroyed their community were in for a surprise this morning.

Beauregard community comes together for ‘Night of Hope’

Hundreds of people came to Beauregard High School for the “Night of Hope” vigil.

  Families of tornado victims come together for ‘Night of Hope’ to remember loved ones

Efforts continue to help heal a hurting community in Beauregard. Monday night, residents in the town came together for a vigil at Beauregard High School.

  Gospel groups come together in Opelika to help disaster relief efforts for tornado victims

Gospel groups from across the country came out for the “Hope After the Storm” concert at Bethel No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church.

  Facebook group created to reunite Beauregard tornado survivors with personal items

A Facebook group is matching tornado survivors with personal belongings like pictures, pillows and even pets.

Smiths Station still needs volunteers and donations for tornado relief

An outpouring of support and love from across the country has come to the Chattahoochee Valley this past week. Volunteers from as far away as Ohio and Arizona bringing their helping hands to our community.

  BBB warns of scams targeted toward victims of recent tornadoes

Following the catastrophic tornadoes last week, many people lost everything. Now it's time to be on the lookout for people trying to take advantage of storm victims.

Opelika police searching for suspect in fraud investigation

The Opelika Police Department is releasing surveillance photos of a woman believed to be involved in a fraud investigation.

Lee County teachers return to school, prepare for students

Monday, teachers met with counselors to determine how to best answer students’ questions about what happened.

Smiths Station community in need of food, cleaning supplies among other things

More than a week after tornadoes decimated areas of the Chattahoochee Valley, including the town of Smiths Station, residents are still working to pick the pieces up.

Lee County Rd. 38 to temporarily close for debris removal

On Monday, March 11th from the hours of 6:00 AM until 6:00PM only residents who live on the road will be permitted entry.

EAMC offers free mobile medical station for residents and volunteers in Lee County

The EAMC volunteers are offering services ranging from treating minor abrasions and blisters all the way up to wound care and removal of stitches- all free of charge

Portion of West Glenn Ave. in Auburn to close temporarily for sewer upgrades

The construction project will take place on West Glenn Avenue March 11th-15th. The westbound lane will be closed and traffic will be routed using the center turn lane.

Red Cross emergency stations going mobile Sunday

Sunday, both Red Cross Emergency Aid Stations existing in the Opelika and Smiths Staiton will be going mobile.

LaGrange man charged with aggravated assault after alleged road rage incident

Officers determined that a vehicle operated by suspect Jamie Heath had intentionally struck another vehicle occupied by 3 other people. He faces an aggravated assault charge for each of that car's passengers.

‘I think it was just an amazing opportunity,’ says 12-year-old after Bible signed by president, first lady

One kid got a special treat while President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump toured the damage left by last Sunday’s tornado.

Opelika Man dies after motorcycle strikes deer

The crash site was approximately three miles south of Opelika.

  Prayer vigil held in Salem, AL to remember tornado victims and help the community

Faith based organizations from all over East Alabama came together to remember the 23 victims of recent storms by holding a prayer vigil in Salem, Alabama Friday night.

  ‘It turned right in the front yard’ Eufaula church spared from EF-2 destruction

Late Sunday afternoon on March 3, Pastor Leonard Weaver was moving through the halls of Greater Faith Christian Center in Eufaula preparing for 5:30 p.m. service.

UPDATE: Police arrest fake Uber driver accused of taking pics of unconscious women in Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa investigators say Tommy Beard admitted buying an Uber sign and giving people rides and taking pictures of unconscious females in his car.

  FEMA assisting tornado victims in Beauregard

FEMA is providing assistance after tornadoes caused extensive damage in Beauregard on Sunday.

  Ministers in Lee County discuss dealing with grief after lives lost during tornadoes

With 23 lives lost because of Sunday’s tornadoes, grief and many other emotions are being felt all over the Chattahoochee Valley.

WATCH: President Trump visits Lee County, tours tornado damage

President Donald Trump is making a visit to Lee County, the place where 23 people tragically lost their lives as multiple tornadoes hit the area.

Lee County Humane Society to house animals affected by tornado

The Lee County Humane Society announced Friday on Facebook that they will be able to house more displaced strays affected by the tornado on Sunday.

Many Alabama teachers to see more money in their paycheck

Thousands of Alabama teachers who qualify will get a refund on those increases that could be $100′s of dollars per person.

AL authorities: 6-year-old child calls 911 to report mother’s ‘violent death’

Investigators are on the scene in the 7800 block of Robbins Circle.

Gas tax bill adding fees for electric, hybrid vehicles

The proposed gas tax law includes hundreds of dollars in additional fees for people who drive electric and hybrid vehicles.

  Friends remembering the life of EAMC nurse who died in Lee County tornado

Maggie Robinson had worked at the East Alabama Medical Center since she was 17 years old. This summer would’ve been Robinson’s 40th year at EAMC.

  Organization donates over $180K to cover funeral costs of all Lee County tornado victims

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Poarch, Alabama, donated $184,000 to cover the expenses.

  Family remembering Lee County tornado victim David Dean

23 lives lost. 23 families grieving.We are taking some time to honor the victims of Sunday’s tornadoes.

Grand opening and ribbon cutting held for new ALDI grocery store in Opelika

The store is located at 2400 Frederick Road.

800 insurance claims filed following tornado outbreak

As Lee County residents sift through the wreckage, many are working to process insurance claims to cover their damage.

Lanett man struck by car, driver believed he hit a box

A Lanett man is in the hospital after a driver struck what he believed to be a box, but turned out to be a person.

East Alabama authorities looking for missing elderly woman

Virginia Collier was last seen in Southside Tuesday evening.

WATCH LIVE at 11:30 a.m.: Lee County officials holding press conference

Officials in Lee County are holding a press conference with updates on devastation following tornadoes.