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GOP Presidential Candidates to Visit Alabama

Feb 24, 2016

The Alabama secretary of state's office says three leading Republican presidential candidates will visit Alabama this weekend.  Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are scheduled to speak at a forum Saturday in Birmingham.  Each candidate will be interviewed individually at Samford University's Wright Center.  Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Huntsville on Sunday.  Alabama has joined other Southern states in a so-called "SEC Primary" on March 1st to try drawing more interest in the region from presidential candidates.  

Innocence Inquiry Commission Bill

Feb 24, 2016

Some Alabama state senators are trying to start a commission to review innocence claims by convicted felons.  The Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on the bill Wednesday.  The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Pike Road would also put a moratorium on executions until June of 2017. The legislation would create an eight-member Innocence Inquiry Commission.  The panel could send cases back to a judge for review if members believe the innocence claim is credible.  The bill comes after several high-profile exonerations in the state.  

Trump Planning to Visit Alabama

Feb 23, 2016

The Alabama Secretary of State's office says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is planning another campaign stop in Alabama.  Secretary of State John Merrill said in an emailed statement Monday that Trump is scheduled to visit Huntsville on Sunday. Southern states including Alabama have banded together in a so-called "SEC Primary" on March 1 to try drawing more interest in the region from presidential contenders.

Teen faces Reckless Murder Charge

Feb 23, 2016

The driver in a single-vehicle crash that killed three people in September of last year is being charged with reckless murder.  State Troopers report that 19-year-old Corey Chandler Wilson has been arrested for three counts of reckless murder.  The crash occurred Sept. 26 about a mile outside Millbrook.  The SUV Chandler was driving left the road, hit a tree and caught fire.  Three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.  Wilson and another passenger were treated for injuries at a hospital.  Trooper spokesman Cpl.

Alabama EMA Tests Flood Warning System

Feb 23, 2016

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency has placed the latest gauge in its Flood Warning System in Covington County.  The system of 21 gauges in eight southern counties helps the agency measure rainfall and river levels using radar.  State EMA Director Art Faulkner says the device will allow for more precise river level readings.  Faulkner says the radar system means data can be collected without having to physically go out and measure the water, saving time, money and energy.  The latest gauge is located on the Yellow River bridge on Highway 84, between Opp and Andalusia.  

Weather Experts Warn of Inclement weather

Feb 23, 2016

Bad weather appears to be imminent today.  Weather experts are watching a cold front closely as it drives across the south, eventually to enter Alabama this afternoon.  Tornadoes, high winds, large hail and flash flooding are all in the forecast scenario.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Stefkovich is warning residents of mobile homes to seek shelter elsewhere.  Severe thunderstorms that could spawn tornadoes are predicted to strike in the late afternoon hours and on through the night.

Deadly Shooting in Fairfield

Feb 22, 2016

Police are investigating a deadly shooting in Fairfield.  Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis tells local media that a 23-year-old man was shot twice in the chest Sunday evening outside a church.  The victim was taken to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  After the shooting, nearby Miles College was put on lockdown as a precaution, but Davis says no students were involved.  The lockdown was lifted late Sunday night.  Police believe the man was shot after he used an app to track his iPhone, which had been stolen out of his car.  No arrests have been made yet.  

Elmore County Fatality

Feb 22, 2016

A Montgomery woman lost her life in a single-vehicle wreck over the weekend.  It happened in Elmore County just after 2 o'clock Saturday morning.  State Troopers say 39-year-old Sparkle Bailey was killed when the SUV she was driving struck the concrete barrier on Interstate 65 and overturned.  The accident was located near Prattville  at the 179 mile marker.  Bailey was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.  No other information has been released.  

Severe Weather Possible in Central Alabama

Feb 22, 2016

The weather bears watching this week, especially Tuesday.  Meteorologists are predicting thunderstorms associated with the incoming cold front.  We should get mostly rain Monday and Monday night, but severe storms could emerge Tuesday.  Things could change, but forecasters say confidence is highest for storms to move through central Alabama in the late afternoon and early evening Tuesday, before finally moving out early Wednesday morning. The severe weather threat runs the gamut.  Tornadoes are possible, along with straight line winds, large hail and flash flooding.

Birmingham Woman Charged with Murder

Feb 19, 2016

A 36-year-old woman who police say fatally shot her boyfriend over an argument about his ex-girlfriend has been formally charged.  Birmingham police announced a capital murder warrant against Michelle Horn.  Al.com reports that the shooting occurred Tuesday outside the couple's apartment.  Birmingham police officials say authorities were dispatched to the scene and found 27-year-old Charles Burchfield  dead on the ground near the couple's unit.  Officials say the shooting stemmed from an argument the couple had about Burch's ex-girlfriend.