Rain chances increase Wednesday evening

Rain moves into Central Alabama Wednesday night into Thursday.

  US government shutdown explained: Who works, who doesn’t?

Trump had said he wants $5 billion budgeted for the wall. A partial government shutdown could occur if there are no spending bills passed into law by Congress by midnight Friday.
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  In bipartisan act, Senate passes criminal justice reform bill with overwhelming support

The bill, The First Step Act, is also expected to pass the House and be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

TOP STORIES

  Jacksonville City Council votes to apply for Chief Ladiga Trail grant

Oxford City Council considers lodging tax increase

Hoover protesters call off protests for the night after meeting with city leaders

‘Grinch’ steals Fairfield family’s Christmas gifts

  Romance scams can hit the heart and pocketbook, hard

There are lots of folks looking for love this Christmas, but officials with the Better Business Bureau warn folks to beware of something called ‘romance scams’.
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  Funding government without border wall appears back on table

The White House set the tone Tuesday when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that Trump doesn't want to shut down the government, though just last week he said he'd be "proud" to do so.

Leeds Elementary students get Chromebooks

Protecting yourself during the holidays

Helena Fire Department bringing Santa Claus to town on Christmas Eve

Birmingham City Council fills empty seats

Update: Name of woman killed in East Birmingham wreck released

UAB Football holds special graduation ceremony for seniors

Talks of Rock the South Concert possibly moving

Nauvoo family thankful after house fire

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  Elon Musk unveils prototype for underground highways

Elon Musk unveiled an experimental tunnel that aims to ease traffic congestion in major cities.

SPORTS

  UAB wins first ever bowl game

  Birmingham Iron teammates helping community ahead of Christmas

Will UAB finish historic season with 1st bowl win?

MORE TOP STORIES

  No name badges on officers making one Hoover woman feel unsafe

Protesters descend upon Talladega school board

AL family begging for help after father’s cremated remains stolen

Vestavia Hills considering partnership to keep kids safe while playing sports

  Road projects slow traffic on Alabama’s campus

Drivers forced to take detours and drive slower due to road projects on the University of Alabama campus
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Report: Facebook allowed companies to access users’ private messages in special partnerships, among other abilities

A New York Times report highlighted one particularly invasive example in which Netflix, Spotify and the Royal Bank of Canada were given the ability to read, write and delete the private messages of users.

  Owner of Tuscaloosa Highway 55 Burger appears in court on arson charges

Investigators search for ID theft suspect

Warning about using public Wi-Fi when shopping

6 people displaced after house fire on 80th Street South

WEST ALABAMA

Tuscaloosa plans for the city’s bicentennial

Body of missing man found at Tuscaloosa park

CENTRAL ALABAMA

  ‘PayPal’ scammer backpedals after receiving call from victim

  ‘Grinch’ steals Fairfield family’s Christmas gifts

Leeds Elementary students get Chromebooks

  Birmingham City Council fills empty seats

EAST ALABAMA

  Oxford City Council considers lodging tax increase

  Protesters descend upon Talladega school board

  Gadsden Kiwanis to give bicycles to disadvantaged children

GOOD DAY RECIPES

  James K. Jones: Omelet Station

Village Tavern: Steak Au Poivre

Newk’s: French Dip Sandwich