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Man convicted of murder in Alabama couple's 2019 slaying

Jun. 20, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man has been convicted of murder in the 2019 slaying of an Alabama couple found shot to death inside their home. A jury in Jefferson County recommended a sentence of life without parole for 41-year-old Terrance Jermain Holder after finding him guilty...

Alabama runoff features GOP contest for secretary of state

Jun. 18, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

The party nominations for five statewide offices including secretary of state on the Republican side and governor on the Democratic ticket are on the ballot in Tuesday's primary runoff election in Alabama. The GOP nomination for a lone congressional seat also will be decided. Here is a look at the...

Gunman kills 3 seniors over potluck dinner at Alabama church

Jun. 17, 2022 22:04 PM EDT

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — The 70-year-old visitor had previously attended some services at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church before police say he showed up for a potluck dinner, pulled out a handgun and fatally shot three of the elderly participants, one of whom died in his wife's arms as she...

Police: 2 dead, 1 hurt in church shooting; suspect detained

Jun. 16, 2022 23:55 PM EDT

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — A lone suspect fired on a small group meeting at a suburban church near one of Alabama's major cities Thursday evening, fatally wounding two people and injuring a third before being taken into custody, authorities said. The attack occurred at Saint...

Man avoids death penalty in Alabama officer's killing

Jun. 14, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man charged with capital murder in the killing of an Alabama police officer who was shot to death during a chase in 2020 avoided a potential death penalty by pleading guilty to a reduced charge. Preston Johnson, 39, of Addison pleaded guilty to intentional...

Alabama Supreme Court sets execution date for inmate

Jun. 13, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 28 for a man convicted of killing his one-time girlfriend after breaking into her home in Jefferson County almost three decades ago, according to a court order made public Monday. Joe Nathan James...

Alabama student wins scholarship to aid in overcoming loss

Jun. 12, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mixed martial artist Cat Zingano is known for her toughness as a fighter. But she has a soft side as well that comes from being a survivor, not just in the ring but in her personal life. When Cat was in college, her mother was diagnosed with and eventually died of brain...

Flash flooding swamps metro Birmingham after heavy rains

Jun. 08, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Heavy rains left parts of central Alabama under water early Wednesday, with flash flooding stranding vehicles, swamping roads and parking lots and prompting rescues in some areas. Many streets were covered in Jefferson and Shelby counties after storms...

Alabama gets $5M federal grant for 120 miles of railway

Jun. 04, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 120-mile (193-kilometer) stretch of Alabama railway is in line for improvements with help from a $5 million federal grant. The Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday announced the grant from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements...

Birmingham mayor names Scott Thurmond permanent police chief

Jun. 02, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The City of Birmingham's interim police chief has been appointed to the post permanently. Mayor Randall L. Woodfin on Thursday announced Scott Thurmond's change in status in a news release. The new role is effective June 24, he said. Thurmond...