Latest Alabama News

Correction: Former Officer-Prison Sentence story

Jul. 19, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a story July 18 about the sending of a former police officer, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the man's name was Brandan Smirnoff. The correct full name and spelling is Michael Brandon Smirnoff. A corrected version of the story is below: Former Alabama officer gets...

Clarification: Musician-Child Porn story

Jul. 19, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — In a story July 16, The Associated Press reported that a musician accused of possessing child porn was in a band called Something Delicious. Another former member of the band says the group had been inactive for six years before the suspect was charged. The president of the band's...

Alabama woman is accused of killing her 14-month-old son

Jul. 19, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman has been accused of abusing and killing her 14-month-old son. News outlets reports 30-year-old Temika Carter was charged Thursday with aggravated child abuse and the murder of her son. Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Commander Capt. Gary Hood says the baby was injured at...

Alabama begins tax holiday for school supplies

Jul. 19, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's sales tax holiday for school supplies is this weekend. Purchases of items including most clothes, computer equipment, paper, writing instruments and other school-related items are exempt from the state's 4% sale tax from Friday through Sunday. A list published by the state...

Ex-Alabama officer gets prison for assaulting detained man

Jul. 19, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

TALLASSEE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer has been sentenced to prison for slamming a compliant handcuffed man into the ground and then slamming the man's head into his patrol car. News outlets report 27-year-old Michael Brandon Smirnoff was sentenced Thursday to 22 months in prison. Smirnoff...

Shootout leaves officer wounded, man dead in Birmingham

Jul. 18, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer was shot as many as seven times by a suspected armed robber who was then killed in a shootout that ended in what authorities described as a running gun battle through downtown, authorities said Thursday. The shooting, which happened Wednesday night, was...

Ivey forms criminal justice study group

Jul. 18, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

MONTOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday announced the creation of a study commission to make recommendations on criminal justice reform as the state tries to address overcrowded and understaffed state prisons. The Governor's Study Group on Criminal Justice will gather data related to...

SEC experiencing rare moment with coaching stability

Jul. 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference pays big money to its coaches and that's one reason patience is often in short supply when things go wrong. But in a rare quirk, there were no new head coaches at the podium during SEC media days for the first time since 2006. Fans should embrace the...

Kentucky coach Stoops gets Florida question -- again

Jul. 18, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky ended its 31-game losing streak against Florida last year. Now, coach Mark Stoops was asked a tongue-in-cheek question about whether the Wildcats were ready to start a winning streak against the Gators. The coach drew some laughs Thursday at Southeastern Conference media days...

Blaze destroys rural church in west Alabama

Jul. 18, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — What police are describing as an accidental fire has destroyed a church in rural west Alabama. The New Hope No. 1 Baptist Church went up in flames early Thursday in Thomasville. Police Chief Mitchell Stuckey tells WKRG-TV that authorities believe the fire was caused by a power...