Central Alabama

  UAB hits record number of COVID-19 patients, more expected

Dr. Marrazzo said the hospital hasn’t even seen the expected surge from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. She believes hospitals could see what she calls a tidal wave or tsunami of patients.

  2021 Mercedes Marathon postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

Fultondale man killed in accident Monday afternoon

Skeletal remains discovered last week in Jefferson Co. identified as Hueytown man

  Alabama almost ready to receive COVID-19 vaccines

  Officials worried about potential spike in COVID cases after Thanksgiving

HeART of Children’s of Alabama greeting card program to feature holiday season artwork

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  Boutwell Auditorium to open as warming station Monday and Tuesday

Birmingham Christmas tradition begins lighting up downtown tonight

Airport travel increases for Thanksgiving

  ALDOT to soon take bids on CityWalk public space under new 20/59 bridges

CDC considers shortening COVID exposure quarantine time

  COVID hospitalizations could hit 2,000 by mid-January

  What does the future hold for COVID-19 testing at Legion Field?

It’s been up and running for six months, but the COVID-19 testing site at Legion Field could be shut down next month because money for it is running out, according to Jefferson County Health Department officials.

  UAB doctors fight fatigue, frustration during COVID-19 pandemic

Medical professionals have been through the ringer over the past 8 months and increased numbers of COVID patients is straining staff.

  Feeding needy and homeless on Thanksgiving during COVID-19

We’re only a few days away from Thanksgiving and some non-profits in Birmingham are gearing up for a busy day to help the homeless and the needy with Thanksgiving meals.

Cullman Police officers deliver Thanksgiving meals to families

Officers made and delivered Thanksgiving meals to families Tuesday.

  Vestavia Hills research clinic helping with COVID-19 vaccines

Deputies: Suspect in custody after fatal shooting in Clay

Search for man accused of shooting and killing an 18-year-old in Center Point

Disposing of household cooking grease following Thanksgiving

UPDATE: Arrest after man shot and killed at Captain D’s in Birmingham

Well-known Birmingham attorney Charles Salvagio dies at 66

Pedestrian dies after being struck by car in Bessemer

Authorities say 65-year-old Bruce Parham was hit in the 100 block of 4th Avenue North at 9:26 p.m.

Birmingham police investigating a double homicide; name of both victims released

There has not been any information released about victims or suspects.

Alabama State Trooper involved a wreck on I-59

An Alabama State Trooper has been transported to a hospital after his parked car was struck by another vehicle that veered off the highway.

Jury finds Kat West’s husband guilty of manslaughter

A jury has found Williams Jeffery West guilty on the lesser offense of manslaughter in the murder of his wife

  Black Friday vacation deals starting now

Even if you’re a bit hesitant to travel right now, you can still take advantage of the Black Friday deals and promotions and travel later.

B’ham police investigate homicide in Fairview

Birmingham police report they are investigating a homicide in the 2900 block of Avenue Z in the Fairview community.

  Hoover City Schools changing schedule after Thanksgiving

The updated scheduling will begin November 30 and run through January 19.

Man killed in a Bessemer wreck identified

It is not known what led to the vehicle crossing the middle lane.

‘I would never hurt my wife’: Kat West murder trial continues

Trial began on Tuesday for the murder of Kat West. Her husband, Jeff West, is accused of killing her. He says he is innocent.

  GuideSafe app expands to other states

The app, which tells you if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, is now in 12 other states and the District of Columbia.

  BPD: Wanted felon in custody after leading officers on chase with 3 kids in vehicle

The chase ended at 29th Avenue and 29th Street in the Collegeville area. Police say there were two kids in the car.

  JeffCo coroner identifies victim in Inglenook homicide

Police say they responded to a report of gunshots in the 4000 block of 36th Avenue North around 10 a.m.

Woman dies 5 days after multi-vehicle accident near UAB

The multi-vehicle accident happened on November 13 around 3 p.m. at University Blvd. and 24th Street South.

  Ethan’s Heart: Local boy provides care packages for homeless community

Ethan's care packages include non perishable snack bags, wash cloths, and insulated sleeping bags for temperatures as low as 35 degrees.

  New professional building planned for vacant Regions Bank in Five Points West

Birmingham attorney and investor Eric Guster says he’ll be tearing down the vacant Regions Bank branch he purchased in September on Bessemer Superhighway in Five Points West.

  The Clay-Chalkville HS band marches to a tribute to Beyoncé

The halftime show is a tribute to Beyoncé, and well the fans know her music well and with plenty of affection.

  UAB director of infectious disease gives update on increasing COVID-19 numbers

Alabama health leaders are urging people to continue to protect themselves against the coronavirus as circumstances continue to evolve.

  ADPH developing plan for COVID vaccine in need of super cold freezers

The Alabama Department of Public Health is still working on a plan for distribution and housing of the COVID-19 vaccines in Alabama.

  Lost your sense of smell after COVID? Here’s how to re-train your nose

We’re On Your Side with ways you can re-train your nose after smell loss from COVID-19.

  Rural hospitals being strained by COVID-19 patients

At the beginning of March Pickens County Hospital closed its doors because of declining patients and increasing demands. Eight months later, the pandemic has not made life easier for rural hospitals.

Vestavia Hills Board of Education approves $400 special supplement for employees

We’re told employees will receive the one-time payment around mid-December.

  Jefferson County health officer does not want to shut down businesses again

Due to state law, Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson has the authority to shut down businesses in Jefferson County if there is a serious health threat.

  Alabama’s public health officer continues to worry about COVID-19 numbers

Alabama has almost 220,000 cumulative cases and hospitalization numbers are a concern.

Congresswoman Sewell hosts virtual job fair in 7th District

The virtual job fair is Wednesday and Thursday and 10 industries will be represented, including automotive, manufacturing, hospitality, government agencies, law enforcement and construction.

  Fundraiser started to save financially strapped Alabama and Lyric theatres

The nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre started a fundraiser to keep the Birmingham landmarks in operation through the end of the year.

  Concerns about COVID-19 after Election Day

For anyone who voted at the Horizon Church on Election Day last week, you’ll want to pay close attention to your health and possible symptoms for COVID-19.

  Despite overall crime being down, homicides are on the rise in Birmingham

Despite overall crime being down in Birmingham, there's one crime on the rise and that's homicides. In the past week, police say at least three people were killed - all from domestic violence.

Five Decatur brothers, who all served in Vietnam, live to tell their story

James, John, Thomas, Willie and Leo, the Miller brothers. All born in Limestone County and raised in Decatur All five of them, Vietnam War veterans.

Mother sues after daughter is attacked and killed by dogs in Walker County

Court documents state Brown was brutally attacked and killed by the dogs while walking in the right of way on Jagger Road on the afternoon of October 19, 2020.

  JeffCo sees big increase for COVID-19 deaths Wednesday

The 33 deaths were acknowledged on Twitter by UAB infectious diseases doctor Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D., who reminded everyone to wear a mask.

Birmingham police investigating death of 68-year-old man

The incident happened Monday at the victim’s home on Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.

At least 1 person injured during overnight wreck in Birmingham

The accident happened just after 2 a.m. on 31st Street.

  A.G. GASTON Boys and Girls club works to keep rolling after catalytic converter theft

A recent theft is making it harder for Birmingham’s A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club to pick up and drop off some the children they serve.

  Remembering Century Plaza as demolition clears way for new beginning

Demolition began on the old Century Plaza Mall this week and since the first brick fell, many have been sent down memory lane.

  UAB concerned about increasing COVID-19 numbers

State health officials continue to see a steady rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.

I-65 south in Clanton reopens

All lanes on Interstate 65 southbound have been cleared, according to a tweet from ALGO Tuscaloosa.

  Friday night lights are the perfect time to entertain for the Hillcrest H.S. marching band

The pandemic has really taken a toll on the Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School marching band as its numbers have been cut by almost 50 percent. And yet, the Pride of Patriot Parkway continues to boom out a sound that band director Meghan Miller brags about.

Victim identified as Birmingham police continue investigating Tuesday night homicide

Police say they were called to the 1600 block of Roberts Street shortly before 6 p.m.

  Jefferson County health officer offers praise, warning about COVID-19 in kids

The Alabama COVID-19 dashboard just for Kindergarten through 12th grade has been public for nearly two weeks and most schools have submitted data.

  Hospitalizations are up in Alabama

"There are two holidays coming up. I don’t think there is any question we are going to have group gatherings and people are not going to wear their masks," says Dr. Don Williamson.

  Clanton firefighters get new life-saving devices

The CPR device, called LUCAS, is able to give patients continued mechanical chest compressions, which allows for quality CPR for a long period of time.

  Storing COVID-19 vaccines in Alabama

“This vaccine has to be stored at -70 or -80 degrees centigrade. There are not a lot of institutions outside of research institutions that can store it at -80 degrees centigrade.” A UAB doctor said it's not easy but it can be done.

  B’ham City Council votes to rezone Carraway Hospital for mixed-use development

Following a public hearing Tuesday, council members voted to rezone the campus, opening the door for a mixed-use redevelopment.

Hoover PD K9 unit outfitted with new protective vests

After the Hoover Police Department recently tried out some ballistic vests for working police dogs from a company in Canada, they were gifted six of them.

  Birmingham middle school holds rally to build relationship between students, police

Wilkerson Middle School hosted its fifth annual Blue is True rally Tuesday in an effort to build positive relationships between students and police.

  Birmingham Police have identified victims in double homicide, domestic incident

Police identified the victims as Loretta Frazier, 65, and Derick Williams, 40.

  No one injured in massive apartment fire near Woodlawn High School

The fire started around 10 p.m. Monday on Georgia Road and 59th Place South.

UPDATE: 18-year-old shot and killed in Center Point identified

Deputies were called to the Park Brook Apartments off of Chalkville School Road to investigate the shooting death.

  COVID-19 update in Alabama

Alabama has more than 200,000 COVID cases. The state continued to see about a thousand positive cases a day in the state.

  UAB Doctor: Word of potential Pfizer vaccine is good news

Hopeful news Monday about a possible vaccine for the coronavirus.

Hoover man killed in single-car accident

The Jefferson County coroner said Steven Edward Burnett was killed when he lost control of his car and hit a tree in the 1300 block of 3rd Avenue South.

Employment opportunities for people with felonies or misdemeanors at Jefferson County Hiring Fair

The employers participating in the event are ready to hire, regardless of criminal record.

  Local democrats celebrate President-Elect Joe Biden’s win

Dozens of Birmingham democrats and supporters celebrated as President- Elect Joe Biden delivered his acceptance speech.

  School nurses recap after one week using statewide K-12 COVID-19 school dashboard

Alabama K-12 schools are reporting more than 300 new positive COVID-19 cases this week on the statewide school dashboard.

  Bessemer City Schools releasing a district COVID-19 dashboard app

The Bessemer City Schools district is developing a new app to help keep COVID-19 out of the classroom.

Birmingham Water Works working to repair major water main break in Homewood

The broken 42-inch water main is causing water to pour out across from the Hardee’s on Oxmore Rd.

  Organizers prepared to enforce safety measures at Funk Fest at Legion Field

Funk Fest 2020 is happening Saturday at Legion Field, but don’t expect the big crowds of the past.

UPDATE: Pedestrian dies 3 days after hit and run in Birmingham

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as Clarence Allums, Jr. of Birmingham.