Central Alabama

  UAB Police Sergeant goes home after surviving COVID-19

Samford University will welcome students in the fall, along with new guidelines

  Beware of crooks trying to get unemployment checks

  Hoover PD issues warning after reports of vehicle break-ins in Bluff Park

Suspect arrested for early-morning chase & firing at B’ham police

  UAB doctor says state needs stricter health order

Continued Coverage

  The latest on the B’ham City Schools superintendent search

  President of the Alabama Hospital Association reacts to new ‘Safer at Home’ order

  COVID-19 outbreak hitting Birmingham city workers in the pocketbook

  Birmingham mayor calls for political courage in coronavirus fight

  ‘I wanted to hug him’: UAB police sergeant discharged Tuesday after battling COVID-19 since March

  Jefferson County’s mandatory mask covering ordinance now in effect

‘Black Lives Matter’ art downtown may have been vandalized

Over the weekend, it appears white paint was splattered on the “B” of the street art.

  Hardcore Bassing: 13-year-old Vestavia Hills youngster lands The Big One

Thirteen-year-old Emory hooked a 15-pound-4-ounce Large Mouth Bass.

Former Birmingham police lieutenant sentenced for rape conviction

The sentencing comes nearly five months after Williston was found guilty of first-degree rape.

Police investigating separate homicides in B’ham that happened at the same time

According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, both fatal shootings happened at 10:30 p.m.

UPDATE: All 11 Harpersville police officers test negative for COVID-19

Hoover police officer fired for social media post

U.S. Army Special Ops skydiving into Bham in honor of healthcare workers

  Local restaurant Redeaux Bistreaux in Center Point opened their doors for the first time.

  New Jefferson Co. face mask ordinance doesn’t apply to places of worship

  Collegiate national champion angler hails from Alabama

25-year-old man dies after industrial accident at Barber’s Dairy

The coroner’s report says the man was injured while working on machinery.

4 captured in Jefferson Co. after leading authorities on early-morning, multi-county chase

Authorities say the four people were taken into custody after crashing a stolen car between I-22 East and U.S. Hwy. 78 West.

  Fireworks are a nuisance - and illegal - in Birmingham at all hours

With a little over a week until the Fourth of July, people aren’t holding off on setting off their fireworks.

  Jefferson County getting ready to reopen schools

Jefferson County and other school systems are waiting to hear from State School Superintendent Eric Mackey Friday on his advice for reopening in August.

  Unemployment numbers remain steady as others dropped from claims

The ADOL said it appears the state’s economy is going in the right direction with unemployment numbers dropping recently.

City of B’ham re-implementing some work from home measures

The city says the schedule adjustments are an effort to limit the number of people coming into the office at one time.

  NASCAR releases photo of noose found in garage of Bubba Wallace

Learning that it may not have been a hate crime has left many wondering how to feel.

  Wanted: Autistic and other special baseball players in central Alabama

The Alternative Baseball Organization wants to play ball in central Alabama and the league is looking for players and coaches. Founder Taylor Duncan talks about the special requirements they are looking for in athletes and what it means to be able to play out on the diamond.

  Birmingham City leaders balancing budget hit hard by COVID

Early estimates show a roughly 70 million dollar blow to the city because of COVID closures

  Shelby County Schools to release survey on return to classroom

So far about 12,000 people have responded.

  Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in need of canned green vegetables

The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama has had record-number distributions over the past few months, but they’re currently in need of one item - canned green vegetables.

  Alabama goes over 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Alabama has gone over 30,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases, State Health Officials are convinced the infectious disease is still spreading, but there is growing concerns about COVID fatigue.

  Jefferson County leaders hear pitch for Countywide face masks

Jefferson County Health Officer, Dr. Mark Wilson is continuing to make a case for a mandatory countywide face covering ordinance.

Man arrested on child sex abuse charges in Cullman Co.

Investigators say 63-year-old Jesus Cortes Sandoval was arrested on two counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

  Birmingham City Council has change of heart on 16th Street renaming

The Birmingham City Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday to consider renaming a portion of 16th Street North to “Black Lives Matter Boulevard.” But after speaking with local activists and community members, City Council President, William Parker, had a change of heart.

Missing 65-year-old Talladega Co. woman found safe Monday morning

Police say Jay Maddox has a condition that could impair her judge.

  Youth rally in Birmingham to protest racial inequality and police brutality

Organizers said they hoped the event inspired youth to be the change they hope to see in the world.

  Hundreds celebrate Juneteenth at Patton Park

The celebration was unifying, uplifting, and for some, a learning experience.

Birmingham City Council to consider renaming a portion of 16th St. N to Black Lives Matter Blvd.

The street is home to 16th Baptist Church, where four little girls were killed in a hate crime,

  Does Jefferson County have enough COVID-19 contact tracers?

Contact tracing is one defense the county has to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and while medical leaders at the Jefferson County Health Department said the county has a sufficient number of contact tracers, an infectious disease doctor at UAB said the task is next to impossible.

Miles College announces layoffs, furloughs because of COVID-19 pandemic

Officials with Miles College announced some cost reduction measures Thursday in response to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Birmingham Housing Authority sees decrease in crime compared to last year

There is a 19.5% drop in overall crime in HABD communities according to data from the Birmingham Police Department.

  ’Black Lives Matter’ street art installed on Birmingham street

The city expects the project will be completed before Juneteenth.

  UAB researcher takes on his third pandemic in fight against COVID-19

Facing a world pandemic is nothing new for UAB research resident doctor Kevin Harrod, he is doing his part in working with COVID-19 after also playing a part with SARS and the H1N1 pandemic with the last 17 years. Harrod talks about what he does in the fight against coronavirus.

Looking for books on race or social justice? Here are some suggestions

Libraries across the country are seeing a large response in books on the subjects of race and social injustices in wake of the racial unrest and protests that have followed the deaths of several African Americans.

  The artistry of a chainsaw carver with plenty of power

Heather Bailey has been a chainsaw carver for 15 years. She is so proficient is now considers herself an artist with the chainsaw. Bailey talks about the fun and the accomplishment along with the talent it takes to complete a project and so something not many people can do.

  Bamboo on 2nd Avenue reopens with comprehensive safety process

On Monday, Bamboo opened its doors for the first time in months with some of the strictest safety measures in place that we’ve seen so far.

JeffCo Sheriff’s Office begins testing inmates for COVID-19; 1 person tests positive

All inmates deputies and unsworn personnel will now have the chance to be tested for COVID-19.

  Some parks & playgrounds in JeffCo begin reopening this week

The EXPLORE Playground and Splash Pad are located at the Hoover Met complex.

Hoover community expresses love & support for family after death of recent graduate

A walk from Trace Crossing Elementary School to the McCollum home is planned for June 14 at 8 p.m.

  Preparations are underway for Camp McWane

Dozens of young scientists will be descending upon the McWane Science Center in downtown Birmingham next week for Camp McWane.

BPD adds “Accountability Booklet” to website

The Birmingham Police Department has added an accountability section to the department website.

Health professionals respond to spike in COVID-19 cases

Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris said the big increases are likely to continue as the state opens up for businesses and entertainment; especially if people fail to do the right things to keep them and their families safe.

  Etowah County SROs receive new vehicles

Sheriff Horton says the 13 new Ford Explorers are an investment in Etowah County's school children.

  COVID-19 threat and young people

The death of a baby and a teenager in Alabama this week sends a message that everyone is at risk.

EXCLUSIVE: District attorney urges new trial for man on Alabama’s death row

Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr filed an extraordinary legal pleading Friday in the high-profile capital murder case of Toforest Johnson, urging the Court to set aside Johnson’s conviction and order a new trial.

Birmingham Freedom Fest announced for July 25

The annual festival has been announced for a July 25 date.

  Black-owned companies in B’ham see recent uptick in business

Many are looking for ways to take action following the death of George Floyd and local black businesses say they are seeing an uptick in sales as people visit stores to show support and solidarity with the black community.

  Student IDs could be coming to Birmingham City Schools

Changes could be coming for Birmingham City School students in the form of ID cards. As we found out, they could do more than show faces and names.

  Statewide back to school plan still in the works

State School Superintendent Eric Mackey’s says he hopes to provide a plan soon on how and which schools can reopen the fall.

Fatal vehicle crash occurs Wednesday evening in Pelham

The wreck occurred on Highway 11 at Parsons Drive. One fatality was confirmed.

2 people arrested for burglary in Cullman Co.

The suspects stole a boat trailer that was located at the residence and various other items from inside the residence, according to police.

  Highlands’ pastor responds to B’ham housing authority and school board cutting ties with church

The pastor of the Church of the Highlands is now responding to decisions made by Birmingham’s Housing Authority and school system to cut ties with the church. It comes as some are wondering if those group’s decisions are an attack on free speech.

  Birmingham mayor to launch police review; Will other cities follow?

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin to launch review of police department. Will other cities follow?

  Why a Pinson man who caught a suspected car thief decided not to press charges

Just before 5:30 Monday morning, Lawrence said he and his family were asleep when they got a notification from their home surveillance system. The cameras caught a person, appearing to try to break into their cars.

  Lakeshore Premiere Cinema set to re-open later this month

Movie theaters are now allowed to reopen, but just how different will the experience be?

  Traffic concerns about new development at US 280 and I-459

There are reports out of a new development just off Highway 280 across from The Summit shopping center.

Homicide on 47th St N in Birmingham ruled justifiable

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office ruled the actions of the subject involved were justified as defense.

  Arrest in murder of 25-year-old missing chef from Birmingham

Birmingham police say 26-year-old Christopher Deantwon Davis was at large and taken into custody Wednesday on a murder warrant.

  New group to help small businesses in western Jefferson County and Alabama

It was already a struggle for some small businesses even before the pandemic, but a new group has come together to provide assistance to help those businesses survive and even grow.

  Church of the Highlands pastor issues apology amid social media controversy

We're hearing from a former Church of the Highlands member after Instagram posts show its pastor liking some controversial posts.

  Birmingham City School Board votes to terminate Church of the Highlands leases

The Birmingham City school board has decided to end its partnership with Church of the Highlands after a social media controversy surrounding its pastor.

  Questions about spread of COVID-19 from asymptomatic people

The World Health Organization (WHO) clarified their position Tuesday about those people who have the coronavirus but don’t show any symptoms. The WHO had earlier said that would be rare.

  EastWest prepares to reopen its dining room after Birmingham curfew lifted

Birmingham’s city-wide curfew is lifted, and several downtown businesses are ready to extend their hours. The owner of EastWest is excited to welcome guests back into the dining room, but he wanted to eliminate any confusion about the city’s curfew and the county’s curfew.

Birmingham City Council votes to extend face covering ordinance, but is it really working?

The City of Birmingham has extended its face covering ordinance, but is it actually working to help stop the spread of COVID-19? Chasity Maxie spoke with Jefferson County’s top doc, and he said it's best to err on the side of caution.

  The end of an era: Buddy Anderson to retire after 2020 football season

One element has remained constant as we gear up for our 32nd season of Sideline, and that’s Buddy Anderson as the Head Football Coach at Vestavia Hills. But after this season, that will all change.

  Does law enforcement need a citizen review board?

As protest continues across the country many are demanding reforms in law enforcement. Some are demanding the creation of Citizen Review Board.

  Birmingham City Council extends face coverings ordinance

The Birmingham City Council has officially extended the mandatory face covering ordinance until July 3.