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4 teens shot, 1 fatally, in metro Birmingham

Oct. 27, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — An apparent drive-by shooting left one teenager dead and three others wounded near Birmingham, authorities said. Gunfire erupted Monday afternoon at a house in Bessemer, located just west of Birmingham. Mikel Cooper, 18, was killed, the coroner's office told news outlets, and three...

Authorities: 2 girls in truck led police on 30-mile chase

Oct. 26, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

ARGO, Ala. (AP) — Two young girls in a pickup truck led police on a chase of at least 30 miles through metro Birmingham, Alabama authorities said. News outlets reported the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a report about the unauthorized use of a vehicle. Bessemer police spotted the...

Alabama tourist site with natural rock bridge up for sale

Oct. 25, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

HAYLEYVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A tourist site in northern Alabama that is billed as having the longest natural rock bridge east of the Rocky Mountains is up for sale, and at least one legislator is interested in turning it into a state park. The family that has owned Natural Bridge Park for 40 years is asking $3...

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) pulls in a pass over Mississippi defensive back A.J. Finley (21) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Saban says Alabama's Jaylen Waddle likely needs surgery

Oct. 24, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban said junior wide receiver Jaylen Waddle has a high ankle sprain with a fracture and will be out the rest of the season if he needs surgery. Waddle was hurt when he took the opening kickoff out to the Alabama 15. He was tackled by Kenneth George Jr., and...

UAB opening clinic for recovered COVID-19 patients

Oct. 23, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham said it will open a clinic meant to help COVID-19 patients who recover from the illness caused by the new coronavirus yet still need care. While many patients make a complete recovery, doctors have discovered long-term, chronic health...

Oats: Alabama freshman Tchikou to miss season after surgery

Oct. 21, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama freshman forward Alex Tchikou will miss the upcoming basketball season after suffering a torn right Achilles. Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said Tchikou had surgery Wednesday in Birmingham and is expected to make a full recovery. The 6-foot-11, 225-pounder was a four-star...

New documentary focuses on blues music in Alabama Black Belt

Oct. 18, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new documentary about the blues tradition of Alabama's Black Belt will premiere on Alabama Public Television on Oct. 23, showing off a region that's sometimes overlooked musically. Produced by One State Films and APT and director by Alabama filmmaker Robert Clem, the hourlong show...

Populous Jefferson County approves Saturday absentee voting

Oct. 16, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's most populous county decided Friday to open its courthouses for absentee voting on two Saturdays because of the heavy turnout expected on Election Day and the pandemic. Commissioners in Jefferson County, which supported Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican President...

FILE- In this Nov. 20, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, right, meets with officials from southern states, including Alabama Gov.-elect Bibb Graves, left, Florida Gov. David Sholtz, in the president's study at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga. Historically black Alabama State University on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2020, has removed the name of Graves, once the leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter, from a campus dormitory following a decision by trustees that occurred during the national discussion prompted by the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. (AP Photo/File)

Historically black school renames hall honoring KKK leader

Oct. 15, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A historically black university in Alabama has renamed a dormitory that honored a one-time governor who also led a Ku Klux Klan chapter nearly a century ago. Workers at Alabama State University removed the name “Bibb Graves” from a residence hall on Wednesday. The...

Landlord checking on open door finds 2 dead in home

Oct. 14, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A landlord checking on an open door at a house in Birmingham found two people dead inside. A neighbor noticed a door that was ajar at a rental house and notified the homeowner late Tuesday, police said in a statement. That person went to check on the house and found a man and a...