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  Memorial service for 9-year-old B’ham girl spreads awareness of mental health, suicide

Family and friends held a heartbreaking memorial service Sunday night for a 9-year-old Birmingham girl who committed suicide.

  Young girls learn about career opportunities in aviation

Fire destroys home belonging to Brighton mayor

Recovery efforts continue for helicopter crash in Lake Mitchell

Clay church volunteers help homeless at Linn Park

B’ham police are asking for help identifying homicide suspect

Dave and Buster’s crowd will add to already heavy holiday traffic

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  B’ham police training for high-speed pursuits

Major road resurfacing project underway in JeffCo

Class hamster recovered after school burglary

Woman speaks after wallet stolen in Gardendale nail salon

2-year-old gunshot victim’s family needs help with burial expenses

Birmingham police officer hit while working wreck Friday morning

  Area shelters implements cold weather action plan during bitterly cold nights

It’s another bitterly cold night in Birmingham and area shelters are doing what they can to make sure no one has to spend the night on the street.

Experts: Talk to your kids about bullying now

Psychologists say children may understand fundamentals like no hitting, but they might not understand bullying on a different level, like on social media.

  Vaping usage increasing in high & middle schools

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, e-cigarette usage has increased by almost 80 percent among high school students and 50 percent among those attending middle school.

Residents commenting about ABC Coke plant air pollution permit renewal

A small but passionate group of north Birmingham residents filled the Jefferson County Health Department Thursday to comment on the renewal of an air pollution permit for The Drummond Company’s ABC coke plant.

  B’ham area ordering food out in new way

Boutwell Auditorium open Thursday night for shelter

3 sent to hospital after car struck by Amtrak train

Operation School Bell provides unique experience for underprivileged students

9-year-old girl’s suicide prompts parents to talk

Birmingham Mayor: Pension fund short $378 million

  Family remembers toddler they say shot himself with father’s gun

Angela Jelks Gilliam will fondly remember her great grandson.

Design firm chosen for renovations to Legacy Arena

The BJCC board of directors took some major steps Wednesday to get the renovations of Legacy Arena kicked into high gear in addition to the brand new $174 million stadium.

Graysville to take financial hit over loss of Lowe’s

A major retail store is shutting down next month in Graysville and one area leader says it will be a major blow to the city’s tax revenue.

New members of Jefferson County Commission sworn in

It’s a new day for the Jefferson County Commission. Commissioners were sworn in for a four year term of office Wednesday.

Family: 2-year-old boy dies after accidentally shooting himself in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham police say a 2-year-old boy has died after a shooting at an apartment complex in Collegeville Wednesday morning.

19-year-old shot in Center Point Wednesday morning, search underway for shooter

A caller reported hearing two gunshots and then seeing a man with a gun in some bushes near the apartments.

  Hoover BOE approves pay raise for classified employees

Tuesday night, the Hoover BOE passed a much-anticipated boost in pay for some Hoover City Schools employees.

B’ham DoubleTree hosting job fair

The Birmingham DoubleTree will be hosting a job fair on Tuesday and Thursday.

Last Birmingham City Council meeting for two councilwomen

It was an emotional day for two members of the Birmingham City Council as they attended their last council meeting.

Pharmacy or pediatrician for flu shots?

Getting the flu shot is important for a lot of parents, especially after last year’s awful season.

EPA official indicted on AL ethics charges

An Environmental Protection Agency official has been indicted on Alabama ethics charges.

Pedestrian struck, killed on Montgomery Hwy in Hoover

Police say a driver was traveling southbound when a female attempted to cross the highway.The woman was transported to UAB Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Slower speeds a must when driving in the rain

Dexter Berry admits that sometimes he can run a little late to work.

Be aware: Postcard scam popping up in time for the holidays

It started out as a routine trip to the mailbox for Ross Jacobs, but ended in an activism on behalf of himself and his neighbors.

WWII Veteran’s dog tags found in France, returned to AL

It was a very special Veterans Day surprise for one McCalla man.

Helpful resources available to veterans returning home

An average of 20 veterans die by suicide each day.

Local blues legend searching for stolen guitars

Gip’s Place is a fixture in Bessemer.Music lovers from all over come to it to enjoy the 98-year-old perform.

Helping veterans to get off the streets

Veterans are being celebrated Monday for the national Veteran’s Day federal holiday.

Risks grow for first responders after 2 mass shootings in 2 weeks

Twice in less than two weeks, officers have answered the call of a mass shooting. Nearly two dozen killed and many more injured. Those victims include law enforcement officers. Local officers react those life-threatening risks.

Hoover PD K9 passes away

The City of Hoover announced the sad news Saturday that Hoover PD K9 Hans has passed away.

Bessemer Police offer safe zone for internet customers

Buying and selling online can save you money but it can also put you in a dangerous situation meeting a stranger to complete the deal.

Major route change for Veterans Day Parade

Monday will mark the 71st year for the nation’s oldest Veterans Day Parade right here in the Magic City. This year the parade is taking a different route.

  Father works to help save lives during severe weather season

November and December mark the height of fall severe weather season in Alabama.

UAB football team enjoying record season

The UAB Blazers have a chance to put a huge exclamation point on their season on Saturday. A win over Southern Miss gives the program, which did not exist two years ago, the Conference USA Western division title.

How to get a free flu shot

Doctors say now is the time to get a flu shot if you haven’t already.

Tips & warnings for using space heaters

Cold temperatures are on the way and firefighters believe this will lead to more home fires, mainly due to space heaters.

Why fireplaces aren’t an efficient way to heat your home

With very cold weather on the way this weekend and next week, it’s important to realize that chimneys and fireplaces are not an efficient way to heat your house, but you can take steps to cut down your heating bill.

Are you prepared for this weekend’s winter weather?

Next week is Winter Weather Awareness Week, which means you should take steps now to make your life easier if we should get hit with snow or ice at some point.

Customers concerned over BWWB rate increase, Board tables vote

If you're a Birmingham Water Works customer, your bill could be going up. The board held a public hearing Thursday to discuss the rate increase they want and why its needed.

Fairfield resident fed up with break-ins

Fairfield resident has had home broken into 3 times.

Revenge porn victim reaches out to share with other women

The relief washed over her after nearly a year. It came in the form of a judge’s verdict.The woman, who asked that her identity be concealed, so we’ll call her “Jean”, says the situation all started when she ended a relationship with Johnathan Walton.

JeffCo mother claims 5-year-old son was mistakenly left on school bus

A Jefferson County mother is upset after her 5-year-old son was mistakenly left on a school bus this week, and she claims no one from the school system let her know about the incident.

U.S. mortgage rates hit seven year high

When it comes to selling homes, Kim Barelare is an expert. She’s been a realtor for thirty years.

Church security meeting teaches self-defense during worship

It’s an unsettling fact that houses of worship have become places of violence.

Some campaign signs still up days after election

You don’t have to travel far to see campaign signs still up days after the election in Jefferson County.

Experts: Children need to look out for themselves at bus stops

Too many incidents have happened recently at bus stops involving speeding cars. Experts say parents need to have a talk with their children about how to stay safe.

Alabama lawmakers react to Jeff Sessions' forced resignation

Alabama lawmakers are responding to the forced resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday.

B’ham Water Works to consider raising rates

One customer says Water Works admitted to her they forgot to check her meter for three months.

  Blazer kitchen helps feed UAB students, employees

Blazer Kitchen has been helping to feed UAB employees and students for about year and a half now.

Man arrested for carjacking in Homewood

Police in Homewood have arrested a man accused of carjacking a vehicle in a grocery store parking lot.

Keeping kudzu bugs out of your home

It’s that time of year. The kudzu bugs have been out in force in certain parts of Alabama and people don’t like it.

Army Corp of Engineers to begin flooding study in JeffCo

A three day meeting wrapped up at the Bessemer Civic Center Wednesday as work begins on trying to solve Jefferson County’s flooding problems in the western area caused by Valley Creek.

New JeffCo sheriff promises more diversity, community approach

Pettway is a 24-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office who currently serves as a sergeant in the detective division.

Woman warns drivers to be cautious after tree limb falls into her car in Mountain Brook

A woman warns drivers to be cautious after a tree limb fell into her car in Mountain Brook.

Opioid deaths down in Jefferson Co. for 2018

104 people from fentanyl overdoses. Fast forward to 2018, and so far, the number of fentanyl deaths in the county is down, by about half.

Mark Pettway becomes first African-American elected Jefferson Co. sheriff

Mark Pettway is the first African-American elected to the office.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Coyote attacks deer on front lawn in Vestavia Hills

Home surveillance video captured a coyote attacking a deer on a family’s front yard in Vestavia Hills.

Last Jefferson Co. Commission meeting for 3 commissioners

An emotional day for some Jefferson County Commissioners. Monday was the last day the current commission will meet as a body.

Jefferson County Schools Split $18 Million

A big day for Jefferson County Schools. Various school systems are splitting $18 million from Jefferson County.

Concerns about storm shelter being ready in Concord

On Monday, Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens blasted county administrators for delays in opening a much needed storm shelter in his district in Concord.

Storm shelters still going up after April 2011 storms

The McAdory shelter is one of the newest that has opened in Jefferson County since the massive storms of April 27, 2011.

Homicide investigation after shooting in east Birmingham

Birmingham Police are investigating a shooting that happened in the eastern part of the city Monday afternoon.

Central AL storm shelters opening ahead of severe weather

Shelters are beginning to open up in anticipation of a line of strong storms expected around midnight.

B’ham officer’s good deed caught on camera

One Birmingham police officer is taking community policing to new heights in one West End community.

“Woke Vote” works to make your voice heard at polls

It's the last weekend of campaigning before the mid-term elections. One group in Birmingham is working hard, pushing people the polls.

B’ham recycling center open only one day a week

A lack of funding and a worsening recyclable materials market is making it difficult for the recycling center in Birmingham top operate more than one day a week.

Deadly week involving school buses prompts drivers to speak out

Area school bus drivers are speaking out after a week of deadly school bus related accidents around the country.

B’ham synagogue encourages you to #ShowupforShabbat

It’s called #ShowUpForShabbat, and it’s a nationwide movement encouraging people to fight Anti-semitism with prayer and unity.