Alabama

Judge hears arguments on Alabama mega-prison lawsuit

A Montgomery County circuit court judge heard arguments Friday on whether to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the progress on Alabama’s multi-billion dollar mega-prison construction plan.

Alabama Power warns of scam targeting customers

Ivey reacts to CDC mask, social distancing guideline changes

Father’s charge now capital murder in Montgomery baby’s death

Reward offered for arrest of Georgia murder suspect

Senior Prank: Minecraft Creeper at Auburn High School

  Gas prices continue to rise in the Chattahoochee Valley

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Court records: Father charged in newborn’s death was out on bond for unrelated drug charges

  East Alabama doctors gear up to vaccinate children 12 and older against COVID-19

Lee Co. Sheriff’s Office employees receive badges honoring March 3rd tornado victims

Gas averages top $3 for first time since 2014

Gov. Kay Ivey awards grant to help child abuse victims in East Ala.

Mayor: Buc-ee’s considering location in Auburn

  Phenix City native, U.S. Army Reserve Soldier to compete in 2021 Olympics

A Phenix City Native and U.S. Army Reserve Soldier has earned a spot on Team USA in Women’s Sport Pistol and will compete in the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Gov. Ivey, 19 governors sign letter to Pres. Biden on southern border crisis

Governor Ivey has signed on to a letter with 19 other governors calling on President Biden and Vice President Harris to take action on the crisis at the southern border.

  Opelika Police Department updates public on campaign to reduce crime

The Opelika Police Department shared an update on their “Together, Opelika” campaign that launched six months ago.

MLS Next coming to Alabama

Major League Soccer has launched a nationwide elite youth soccer league to help players take their game to the next level.

  East Alabama schools wrapping up school year

Gov. Ivey to end Ala. participation in federal pandemic unemployment benefits

Multiple vehicle accident on Hwy. 165 in Phenix City

Rural, underserved Alabama communities to receive broadband access

McDonald’s restaurants across Ala. to hire 3,000 people

AUM softball wins first ever Gulf South Conference championship

Alabama is extending at-home vaccinations

Deputy State Health Officer, Dr. Karen Landers, said it’s important to think about those unable to leave their homes or with inadequate transportation.

Alabama community rallies for teen in final stages of rare cancer battle

Maddie McClendon, 18, is in the final stages of her battle with cancer, but it’s the not disease that’s getting the upper hand. It’s something else her family considers far more potent.

Ivey ‘hopes’ to sign medical marijuana bill after thorough review

Gov. Kay Ivey said she hopes to sign a medical marijuana bill after thoroughly reviewing it.

Phenix City Board of Education holds special meeting on teacher altercation with student

The Phenix City School District is speaking out on a teacher altercation with a student that was all caught on camera.

Memorial service held for Alabama’s fallen law enforcement officers

Gov. Kay Ivey and other state leaders are honoring the state’s fallen law enforcement officers Friday morning.

  Craft breweries across the nation come together for festival in downtown Opelika

Craft breweries from across the nation are ready to converge on beautiful downtown Opelika this weekend, bringing the opportunity for many to taste a great craft beer.

  Chattahoochee Valley expresses gratitude to nurses during National Nurses Week

This week kicked off National Nurses Week. People everywhere, including right here in the Chattahoochee Valley, are expressing gratitude to the group of essential workers.

  Russell Co. ranks last in Ala. for percentage of people receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Alabama ranks near the bottom when it comes to vaccination rates compared to other states, and according to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s vaccine dashboard, Russell County ranks last in Alabama for similar statistics.

State health officer updates lawmakers on herd immunity in Alabama

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said Alabama could reach herd immunity in a couple of months if there is not a significant drop in vaccination rates.

Arrest made in deadly Eufaula shooting

Christopher Armani Norris is accused of killing Eric Jamal Lynn.

  Pastoral Institute discusses importance of mental health in diverse communities

May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month and at the Pastoral Institute in Columbus, officials say it’s especially important to take care of your mental health, especially during the times we’re living in now with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Warm weather brings out snakes in Chattahoochee Valley

Now that we’re seeing more warm weather around the Chattahoochee Valley, some folks may be seeing more slithering critters around their homes.

Medical marijuana bill stalls in Ala. House after 9 hours of debate

The bill would make marijuana legal medical treatment for about 10 different medical conditions.

  E. Alabama vaccine providers keep doling out shots despite lower demand

As states are rolling back COVID-19 restrictions, some vaccine providers in Alabama are seeing a decrease in demand for vaccines.

Gov. Ivey signs public teacher, state employee pay raises into law

Alabama’s K-12 public school teachers are getting a 2% pay raise.

Three suspects arrested on multiple charges including unlawful breaking and entering in Opelika

The Opelika Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three suspects on multiple charges including several unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle cases.

15 cows killed by Macon County lightning strike

A Macon County family farm has discovered multiple head of cattle dead after severe weather moved through central Alabama Monday night.

Proposed lottery proceeds would go toward academic scholarships

Rep. Chris Blackshear said the bill establishes education lottery scholarship programs.

  Technology from an Auburn-based materials company used in at-home COVID-19 tests

Auburn-based Aptar CSP Technologies has designed and is producing a special piece of technology that is used in two COVID-19 tests that recently received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Cusseta woman arrested on felony theft of property charges

Auburn police arrested a theft of property suspect.

Tuskegee church helps Macon County teacher during pandemic

Whether it’s in the classroom or virtually, teachers have faced many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alabama debates removing Confederate flag from coat of arms

The bill will not get a vote this session, but House State Government Committee Chairman Chris Pringle said they want to study the idea and work on possible ideas.

  Fuel tax dollars being used to help repave roads in Alabama

In Russell County, Alabama and every county in the state, you’ll see some blue signs around by the roadside that mention “Re-building Alabama.”

Former Cullman, Auburn baseball pitcher Keegan Thompson called up to the Chicago Cubs

Former Auburn pitcher Keegan Thompson has been called up to the Chicago Cubs after being added to the team’s taxi squad earlier this week.

  Shortage of truck drivers in the Chattahoochee Valley increasing

There’s always been a need for truck drivers across the country, but now that the world seems to be on the back end of the COVID-19 pandemic, that need could be increasing.

‘Suspicious’ van driver found in Auburn, no charges filed

The Auburn Police Department opened an investigation after learning of reports that the driver was offering rides to females in the downtown area in the early morning hours of April 24.

Employees with unemployment benefits not returning to work

Many businesses now face the struggle of employees not willing to come back to work, because of the extra boost in unemployment benefits.

Culver’s fast food restaurant coming to Auburn Mall

Culver’s, a popular fast food joint, is coming to the Auburn Mall.

Pedestrian dies after hit by vehicle on Hwy. 280 in Phenix City

A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Phenix City.

  Family of Eufaula triple murder suspect says he has history of untreated mental illness

The family of an East Alabama man, who police believe is responsible for the deaths of his girlfriend and her two sons, spoke out Wednesday, April 28.

  City of Auburn, local businesses gearing up for busy graduation weekend

The school year at Auburn University is coming to a close, and students and families are celebrating this weekend with spring commencement ceremonies. This comes after last year’s graduation saw lots of changes.

Taylor sentenced for Bramblett deaths after youthful offender status granted

Taylor was granted youthful offender status earlier in April after being charged with two counts of reckless manslaughter for the 2019 crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett in Auburn.

UPDATE: Suspects arrested, one shot after chase near Opelika ends in Columbus

A police chase that began near Opelika and ended on Boxwood Boulevard Tuesday morning resulted in one of two suspects being shot.

Schedule announced for 2021 SEC Media Days event

The schedule for the 2021 SEC Media Days event has been released and teams, coaches and fans from around the Southeastern Conference will soon converge on the Hoover area for the four-day event.

20th Ave. in Phenix City closed until May due to construction

A road will be closed in Phenix City until May.

  Suspect and victims identified in Lake Eufaula triple murder

A man considered to be a person of interest in the murder case of a mother and her two children found dead inside of a car submerged in Lake Euafaula, received medical care at a Dothan hospital after being flown there by helicopter for his injuries.

Gov. Ivey awards COVID-19 Community Development Block Grant to Auburn

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded a grant to help the city of Auburn recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police chase near Opelika ends on Boxwood Blvd. in Columbus

A police chase that began near Opelika ended in Columbus Monday morning, April 28.

April 27th: The unforgotten tragedy

Alabamians who lived in the state at the time. All you have to say is a date: April 27. No year needed—no more context. The month and day alone sending people back to widespread damage, now 10 years ago.

  New HBO series on con artists features Opelika convicted felon

A new documentary series created by HBO about con artists features the city of Opelika and convicted felon Kyle Sandler.

Ivey to sign Alabama public teacher pay raise legislation

The Alabama Legislature approved a two percent teacher pay raise, which now moves to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk for final approval.

Gadsden PD: East Alabama dentist arrested on sex abuse, rape & sodomy charges

Gadsden Police confirmed an East Alabama dentist was arrested on sexual abuse, rape, and sodomy charges Tuesday.

ADPH recommends resuming J&J COVID-19 vaccine

After a pause on its use since April 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC recommended resumption of J&J vaccine for people 18 years of age and older.

Two suspects arrested after drug bust on US Hwy 29 in Cusseta

After a four month investigation by multiple agencies, two suspects were arrested in Chambers County April 21, after a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 9600 block of US Highway 27 in Cusseta.

Gov. Ivey proclaims April 27 as Day of Remembrance in Alabama

April 27, 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic natural disaster that killed 254 Alabamians, injured more than 2,000 and devastated the state.

Auburn University warns of ‘suspicious’ man offering females rides

Auburn University’s security team has a warning about a man trying to pick up people on and off campus.

Abortion pills targeted in new Alabama legislation

The bill would make it illegal for doctors to prescribe certain medications that induce an abortion.

‘A second chance:’ Alabama approves expungement bill

The bill would allow people with certain nonviolent misdemeanor convictions to apply to have their records expunged if they have met conditions.

Phenix City police officer named CrimeStopper of the Year

Central Alabama Crime Stoppers awarded Kristina Anglin as the Phenix City Police Department’s 2020 Crime Stopper of the Year.

  Auburn CityFest rescheduled for Sunday

Auburn CityFest will take place at Kiesel Park Sunday, April 25 at 6 p.m. CST.

  Chambers County lumber company recovering after massive fire

The East Alabama Lumber Company in Lafayette is working to recover millions of dollars of damage to machinery and supplies.

  18-year-old dies in single-vehicle crash on I-85 in Macon Co.

One person is dead following a vehicle accident in Macon County Saturday.

Court rejects appeal of man in Auburn student’s killing

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals let stand the capital murder conviction of Courtney Lockhart in the killing of Lauren Burk, a freshman from Marietta, Georgia.

Opelika man missing since April 15 sought by police

The Opelika Police Department is asking the public for help finding a man who has been missing for more than a week.

No foul play suspected after body found in front of Alabama Capitol

The Montgomery Police Department opened a death investigation around 2:20 a.m. after officers and fire medics found a body in the 600 block of Dexter Avenue, just in front of the Capitol.

Lumber costs rise and put spotlight on possible price gouging

Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office says there has been one complaint of lumber price gouging so far in Alabama and urges anyone suspecting it to report it immediately.

$35K reward offered for information in 1991 LaFayette, Ala. cold case murder

A reward totaling $35,000 is being offered for information in the 1991 murder of Elizabeth Spence.

  Auburn University names dorm after first black female student to graduate in 1966

The Auburn University Board of Trustees voted to rename a building on campus, Eagle Hall, in honor of Dr. Matthews.