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Convicted killer escapes from Alabama work-release facility

Feb. 23, 2020 9:59 AM EST

Authorities are searching for a convicted killer they say escaped from a work-release facility. The inmate escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center Saturday night, the Alabama Department of Corrections said in a statement. Daniel Miner was not found in his bed during a count of inmates at the facility,...

Alabama man sentenced to prison in country club fraud

Feb. 21, 2020 12:41 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge sentenced a man to more than three years in prison Friday for stealing more than $630,000 from an Alabama country club. U.S. District Judge Annemarie Axon imposed the 41-month sentence on Michael Charles Vines, who pleaded guilty last year to defrauding the Country Club of...

Lawsuits: Alabama failed to protect foster kids from abuse

Feb. 21, 2020 8:08 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer is seeking millions of dollars in damages for four children who were fostered or adopted by a couple accused of child abuse in Alabama and Florida. The cases involve Daniel and Jenise Spurgeon, who cared for about 50 children over the years as they lived in Florence,...

Lawmakers, cities clash on occupational tax, local control

Feb. 18, 2020 5:28 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers movedforward Tuesdaywith an attempt to block Montgomery's possible occupational tax, the latest clash between the Alabama Legislature and cities over local control. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted 8-2 to advance the House-passed bill that would...

Coroner: Missing Alabama man found by lake was shot to death

Feb. 13, 2020 7:58 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A missing man found dead at the edge of the lake was fatally shot and now authorities in Alabama are investigating the case as a homicide. Sean Caribe Avant Jr., 18, was identified Tuesday after his body was found at Bayview Lake in Jefferson County, news outlets reported. Avant...

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...

Alabama doctor convicted of child pornography charges

Feb. 11, 2020 5:54 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama doctor was convicted Tuesday of producing and possessing child pornography. Dr. Ronald Tai Young Moon Jr. was found guilty of child pornography charges after five days of testimony, a news release from the Department of Justice said. Moon previously worked at The...

FILE - In an Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, Birmingham city workers use plywood panels to cover the Confederate Monument in Linn Park, in Birmingham, Ala., on orders from Mayor William Bell. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 criticized an Alabama law forbidding the majority-black city from removing, or altering, a Confederate monument as well as new proposal to fine cities $10,000-a-day for violations. Birmingham faces a $25,000 fine for putting wooden panels around a Confederate monument in Linn Park.(Joe Songer/The Birmingham News via AP, File)

Mayor criticizes Alabama law protecting Confederate monument

Feb. 11, 2020 5:53 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Birmingham on Tuesday criticized an Alabama law forbidding the majority-black city from removing or altering a Confederate monument as well as a new proposal to fine cities $10,000-a-day for violations. “We're saying protect something that is a slap in the face...

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...

Man shot by police in suburban Birmingham identified

Feb. 10, 2020 9:59 AM EST

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have identified the person who died in a weekend shooting involving police in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Douglas Harold Hart, 67, of Irondale, news outlets reported Monday. Officers were...