Latest Birmingham News

Crews work to replace drainage pipes at the Oktibbeha County Lake dam in Starkville, Miss., as heavy rains cause water levels to rise, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. In eastern Mississippi, officials in Starkville said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake had once again reached a critical level just weeks after heavy rains caused a mudslide that put the earthen dam in danger of failing. (Ryan Phillips/The Starkville Daily News via AP)

Hill collapses, roads flooded, dam eroded by Southern rains

Feb. 11, 2020 7:39 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Tennessee hillside collapsed, roads were flooded and rivers were rising across the Southeast on Tuesday after a day of heavy rains that once again threatened a Mississippi lake where a dam previously was in danger of failing. The National Weather Service said minor to moderate...

Downpours cause flooding across Deep South

Feb. 10, 2020 5:28 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Storms stretching across the Deep South dumped heavy rains on Mississippi and Alabama on Monday, causing flash floods that covered roads and forced some schools to close. Dozens of roads were under water in low-lying areas across the Tennessee Valley after a hours of rain, and cars...

The Bristol Tennessee Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue team brings a couple and their 3 dogs to safety after the Shadrack Campgrounds flooded Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 in Bristol Tennessee. (Andre Teague/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

Storms sweep over Southeast with rain, wind, floods; 4 dead

Feb. 6, 2020 9:38 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A powerful winter storm raked the Southeast on Thursday with high winds, rain and floods that killed at least four people and injured several more across a dozen states. Rescue crews repeatedly pulled people from cars that got stuck in high water, but couldn't reach a person whose...

Former Alabama police spokesman found guilty of raping teen

Feb. 5, 2020 7:42 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police spokesman was found guilty Wednesday of raping a teen relative. It took the jury 30 minutes to convict former Birmingham Police Lt. Pete Williston of first-degree rape, AL.com reported. Prosecutors said Williston used his authority over the teen and forced...

This photograph released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's office in Birmingham, Ala., shows Preston Chyenne Johnson, who was charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a police officer on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Authorities said an officer from the town of Kimberly was fatally wounded during a vehicle pursuit. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Alabama police officer fatally shot, man charged with murder

Feb. 5, 2020 2:43 PM EST

WARRIOR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer was shot to death in an ambush while assisting other officers during a vehicle pursuit, a mayor said Wednesday, and a suspect was charged with capital murder. Kimberly Mayor Bob Ellerbrock told a news conference that officer Nick O'Rear was killed in a...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. A flurry of newly released emails from scientists and top officials at the federal agency responsible for weather forecasting clearly illustrates the consternation and outright alarm caused by President Donald Trump’s false claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Emails show the fallout from Trump's claims about Dorian

Feb. 1, 2020 3:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of newly released emails from scientists and top officials at the federal agency responsible for weather forecasting clearly illustrates the consternation and outright alarm caused by President Donald Trump’s false claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. A top...

Execution set for man in slayings of 3 police officers

Jan. 31, 2020 6:59 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man convicted of killing three police officers in 2004 is set to be executed next month, state judges ordered. Nathaniel Woods is scheduled to be executed by injection on March 5 at a south Alabama prison, the court said Thursday. Woods and co-defendant Kerry Spencer...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2007 file photo shows the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a near-replica of the ship that sparked a 19th century slave revolt, as it sails into port in central Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Talladega College on Friday, Jan 31, 2020, was scheduled to dedicate a new museum that will hold paintings which illustrate the story of the Amistad mutiny. Commissioned by the college in 1938 and painted by artist Hale Woodruff, the murals hung in the campus library for nearly seven decades until they were removed for restoration and a national tour in 2008.(AP Photo/Nazia Parvez)

Alabama college opens home for Amistad slave ship murals

Jan. 31, 2020 1:56 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A historically black college in Alabama is unveiling a new home for murals that depict a famous revolt by African captives aboard a slave-trading ship more than 180 years ago. Talladega College on Friday was scheduled to dedicate a new museum that will hold paintings which...

Lovan scores 19, lifts UAB over UTSA 76-68

Jan. 30, 2020 10:31 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tavin Lovan had 19 points and six rebounds as Alabama-Birmingham topped Texas-San Antonio 76-68 on Thursday night. Lovan made just 6 of 17 shots from the floor for the Blazers (13-9, 4-5 Conference USA), but he hit 7 of 8 free throws. Will Butler added a career-high 18 points on 8-of-10...

Missing Alabama woman's death ruled accident; suspect caught

Jan. 30, 2020 8:21 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The death of an Alabama woman whose body was found in a shallow grave about two weeks after she disappeared has been ruled an accidental overdose. Paighton Houston, 29, died of morphine and methamphetamine toxicity, Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates told news outlets Thursday...