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Opelika man sentenced to 90 years for 2017 double murder

An Opelika man has been sentenced to nearly a century in prison after being convicted on two murder charges.

  Concerns grow over wait for COVID-19 results in the Chattahoochee Valley

Auburn educator named finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year award

  Phenix City man sentenced to 10 years on federal gun charges

Safety kits being given away to caretakers of those at risk for COVID-19

  Lee County Schools releases new details about school reopening plan

Al. Rep Ronald Johnson, longest serving member of the house, dies at age 76

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Tuskegee Golden Tigers move forward following suspension of fall sports

  Veterans debate location of new VA clinic coming to North Columbus

Alabama sees record 40 deaths, another 1,673 COVID-19 cases Tuesday

U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville casts ballot in Auburn

Opelika police release surveillance photo of breaking and entering, theft suspect

Alabama’s primary runoff election set for Tuesday

  Eufaula police arrest man suspected of 10 business burglaries

56-year-old Frederick Moreland is suspected of 10 local businesses burglaries.

AUM makes preparations to keep students safe from COVID-19 this fall

College students can expect to see some changes made on campus when they head back to school this fall.

EAMC officials concerned about rise in COVID-19 cases

East AL COVID cases causing concern among health officials

  Phenix City School District lays out reopening plan

Phenix City students have the option to either return to the classroom for in-person learning or learn virtually for the start of the school year.

Suspect wanted in assault case in Lee County, Ala.

  UPDATE: Marietta woman dead in crash with 18-wheeler in Lee County

  Community calling for termination of Eufaula City Schools employee

UPDATE: Victim ID’d in Lake Harding drowning

Alabama sees over 1,600 new virus cases, 7 additional deaths

  UPDATE: Woman who drowned on Lake Harding identified

Former Russell Co. Sheriff Tommy Boswell dies at 71

Former Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell died early Saturday morning unexpectedly.

Alabama eclipses 50K confirmed coronavirus cases

Alabama’s confirmed cases are up 1,402 cases from Friday bringing the overall total number of confirmed cases to 51,294.

Univ. of Alabama AD says they will ‘adjust’ after Pac-12 decision

The matchup between Alabama and USC Sept. 5 to kick off the season will not happen.

Auburn University releases guidelines for fall semester

Auburn University has released, A Healthier U, the 32 page document details plans for safe return to campus this fall.

Alabama warns election officials against Tuesday mask requirement

While Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall strongly urge people to use masks, they say state law does not require it in order to vote.

Some lawmakers want testing for all Ala. K-12 students

Some state lawmakers want all K-12 students to be tested when returning to school.

  Auburn University launches plan to bring students, staff back on campus in the fall

The Healthier U initiative includes four options for course delivery.

  Counties in East Alabama considered high risk for COVID-19

Several Alabama counties are considered high or very high risk by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) when it comes to the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

OraSecure receives funding for breakthrough COVID tests

The Alabama Department of Commerce and city of Auburn are awarding $250,000 to OraSecure, LLC to accelerate the company’s breakthrough saliva collection device to help in the battle against COVID-19.

  Quitman County Sheriff’s Office receiving help from law enforcement agencies after COVID-19 outbreak

The Sheriff's Office there is operating with only half it's normal staff.

Alabama Capitol still surrounded by metal barricades after 5 weeks

The Alabama Capitol continues to be surrounded by metal barricades five weeks after they were erected.

2,164 new COVID-19 cases breaks Alabama daily record

Additionally, the state continued a fourth straight day of record hospitalizations with 1,110 now being treated.

Opelika police investigating “serious traffic accident” in median on I-85

Opelika police are currently investigating a “serious traffic accident” along I-85.

ALEA reports eight deaths over Independence Day holiday period

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigated eight roadway and waterway deaths over the Fourth of July holiday period.

  Opelika woman charged with murder after allegedly stabbing boyfriend

An Opelika woman is behind bars and facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend.

  Valley man arrested on multiple child sex crime charges

35-year-old Charles Lester Coker is charged with child sex abuse, rape and incest with a minor.

  Opelika Housing Authority providing free internet to its communities

Families living in the Opelika Housing Authority’s affordable housing communities will soon have free internet.

  Chambers and Barbour counties see increase in confirmed coronavirus cases

Two East Alabama counties are among those that continue to see new coronavirus cases.

  CVCC hosts drive-thru campus tour

CVCC organized different stations for students across the campus to share information on programs of study, financial aid, and filling out applications.

  Innovation Fund, City of Auburn support development of saliva collection device for COVID-19 testing

OraSecure says the patent-pending device is designed to provide a safer, more comfortable process for those wanting to be tested.

  Lee Co. woman sentenced to 18 years for causing baby’s death from meth use

Cherith Shoemaker was convicted in March of chemical endangerment of a child causing death.

  Chambers County Schools outlines plan for starting classes in August

A survey sent to all parents Wednesday with children in the Chambers County School District is asking for parents to weigh in on if they feel comfortable sending their kids back to school.

  Mayor of Eufaula explains city’s curfew; locals react

Several people said they’re all for the curfew. Most said they’re home anyway during the times the order is in effect.

Opelika residents can donate to help community members pay power bills

If you live in Opelika and are looking for a small way to help others in your community, you can participate in the Opelika Share program that helps other pay their power bill.

  Two arrested before third suspect leads law enforcement on chase in Opelika

Three people are in custody after a chase with law enforcement that ended in Opelika.

Eufaula Police Department makes changes due to COVID-19

Police in Eufaula will still respond to emergency situations, but as of Wednesday morning changes in how the department operates have gone into effect.

Security changes could be coming to Riverchase Galleria after deadly shooting

We could see security changes soon at the Riverchase Galleria after a deadly shootout. Hoover’s mayor says the city is working to make the Galleria a safe place for everyone.

Tallassee police investigating death of 22-year-old woman

The Tallassee Police Department is investigating a Tuesday death.

Alabama surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations reach record high

Alabama hit another record-high Tuesday for COVID-19 hospitalizations, breaking a record set the day before.

  Eufaula mayor institutes city-wide curfew

Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs has signed an executive order requiring residents to remain in their homes after a certain time.

Ga. fugitive arrested in Opelika

A man wanted on multiple felony warrants out of Coweta County, Georgia has been arrested in east Alabama.

Opelika man arrested, charged with assault after domestic incident

An Opelika man was taken into custody and given multiple charges related to a domestic incident involving a family member.

Paws Humane Society receives COVID-19 relief grant from Best Friends Animal Society

Paws Humane Society received a $3,000 Rachael Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Grant from Best Friends Animal Society.

How to cast an Alabama absentee ballot for July 14 runoff

Secretary of State John H. Merrill issued new guidance for absentee voting on Tuesday.

  Chattahoochee Valley hospitals ready themselves for potential increases in COVID-19 cases

As the Peach State inches closer to 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitals across the state are preparing.

  Capital murder suspect in Auburn murder of Phenix City woman makes court appearance

A 21-year-old charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Phenix City woman appeared in a Lee County courtroom for a probable cause hearing.

Eufaula man in critical condition after being shot multiple times; suspect arrested

Rudy Orellana, 34, of Eufaula has been arrested and charged with first degree assault.

Suspect wanted in Lee Co. for theft of property at business on Hwy. 280 E.

Theft of property was reported at a business in the 20000 block of Highway 280 E.

Ga. man arrested in Auburn; charged with financial abuse of the elderly

The victim said 24-year-old Deontravious Bonner, 24, of Griffin, Georgia committed a scam that involved overcharging the victim a large amount of money for landscaping.

  Phenix City police officer arrested after altercation with neighbors

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor is holding a press conference after a police officer was arrested.

Man in critical condition after holiday weekend shooting in Opelika

A man is in critical condition after being shot in Opelika over the holiday weekend.

Filing beginning for historic Phenix City School Board election

For the first time in the history of Phenix City Schools, members of the school board are going to be elected, not appointed.

Governor Ivey awards $48 million to Alabama Department of Education for help to reopen schools

The money will be used to help schools meet the policies established in the Alabama State Department of Education’s Roadmap to Reopening Schools.

Grant to help foster farm conservation practices in Alabama

A $3 million grant will help encourage new conservation practices by Alabama farmers.

  One dead after two-vehicle crash in Bullock Co.

One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash near Union Springs on Saturday evening, July 4.

Rental truck overturns on HWY 431 in Russell Co., road blocked

An overturned rental truck on Highway 431 in Russell County has blocked two lanes of traffic.

Alabama adds nearly 1K coronavirus cases Saturday

The total number of confirmed cases increased by 997 from 41,362 on Friday to 42,359 as of Saturday afternoon, according to Alabama Department of Public Health data.

Goodwill hosting multiple job fairs in the Chattahoochee Valley

The job fairs take place July 9 at locations in Columbus, Phenix City, and Opelika.

COVID-19 parties in Tuscaloosa: What’s really going on?

You may have seen the headlines, students at Alabama throwing parties where people who have coronavirus show up and the first person to get infected, gets money. We’re On Your Side working to determine how much of that is true and how much of it is rumor?

Survey: Ala. hospitals lost millions after elective procedures cut

Alabama hospitals lost about $739 million in revenue from March 13 to April 30, according to a survey from the Alabama Hospital Association.

Alabama Marine Patrol stresses common sense during holiday weekend

Boaters won’t be the only ones on the water during the fourth holiday weekend, so will the Alabama Marine Patrol.

  Phenix City assistant police chief laid to rest

Assistant Chief Gail Green-Gilliam died last week after battling COVID-19.

  Company creating vials for COVID-19 vaccine brings more jobs to Auburn area

Over the past couple of months, Si02 has made expansions that are employing people in the city and playing a role in getting COVID-19 vaccines to the market faster.

  Law enforcement encouraging safe driving during Fourth of July weekend

AAA is forecasting Americans will take 700 million trips over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Opelika City Schools to require face masks when school resumes in August

When in-person instruction resumes in August in Opelika, students and faculty will have to wear face masks while on campus, if social distancing is “not feasible.”

Tuberville campaign asks for help fixing bus that burned

Calling it a “pivotal piece of our campaign,” one of Alabama’s U.S. Senate candidates is asking for financial help to restore his burned out bus.

Alabama hits new single-day record for COVID-19 cases

The state's hospitals are also reporting a third straight day of record hospitalizations.

  Gov. Ivey touches on societal events in Fourth of July video message

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has published an address to Alabamians ahead of the Fourth of July weekend in which she touches on current issues, specifically race issues coming to the forefront across the country.